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Fettuccine Alfredo

Posted 02/06/2014

Fettuccine Alfredo

 

1/2 cup Sweet Butter

2 Garlic Cloves,  Minced

2 Cups heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon White Pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese

1 box of fettuccine noodles

 

Melt better in saucepan over medium heat

Add the garlic, cream white pepper, nutmeg and bring to simmer

Make sure to stir often

Add the parmesan and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce is thick and smooth

When sauce has thickened add the mozzarella cheese

As the sauce cooks, boil noodles

 

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Cheesy Green Beans

Posted 02/05/2014


*4 cups fresh green beans
*2 tablespoons dried mushrooms
*1 cup soymilk or 1 cup cow milk
*2 tablespoons flour
*1 tablespoon butter
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*2 tablespoons crushed garlic
*1 quart vegetarian broth or 1 quart chicken broth
*2 ounces of good cheddar cheese (I used white cheddar with truffles)
*1 tablespoon black pepper

*1 teaspoon Southwest Seasoning 
*1 cup crushed cracker

Preparation:

1 Boil green beans in broth until tender but still crisp.

2 In a small sauce pan melt butter with olive oil and add flour Wisk into a paste.

3 Add half the milk to the paste a little at a time this is your sauce base.

4 Add dried mushrooms and garlic and half the salt and pepper.

5 Add cheese to sauce and slowly Wisk in the rest of the milk.

6 drain green beans and save broth for another use.

7 Taste sauce and add more salt and pepper to taste.

8 pour green beans into casserole dish pour sauce over and mix well.

9 top with crushed crackers and a little drizzle of olive oil.

 

10. Bake at 350 for about 30 min until golden and bubbling.

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Chicken Wing Marinades

Posted 01/31/2014

Tequila Lime Marinade

1/2 c Blanco-Tequila

1/4 c honey

1/4 c freshly squeezed lime juice

Zest from one lime

3 TBSP Olive oil

6-8 cloves garlic, Minced

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 white onion, thinly sliced

1 small Jalapeno 

Marinade chicken wings for 2 hours before grilling or baking

 

Espresso Chipotle Rub

2 TBSP Espresso Power

1 TBSP packed brown suger

2 tsp ground chipotle powder

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp Spanish Sweet Paprika

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Place wings & Marinade in large ziploc bag and shake. 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry cupcakes

Posted 01/30/2014

Recipe: Strawberry cupcakes

Ingredients:

Vanilla cake mix
Instant vanilla pudding mix
Strawberry yogurt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 lightly beaten eggs
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
2 cups unsalted butter
5 ½ cups sugar
8 medium fresh strawberries in pure form

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the cake and pudding mixes, Greek yogurt, oil, water, eggs and vanilla.
4. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined. Fold in diced strawberries
5. Using a large cookie scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.
7. The cupcakes may develop a slight divot in the center as they cool, but that will be covered with the frosting.
8. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack.
9. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.

How To Make The Frosting:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
2. Turn the mixer down to low speed and gradually add sugar until it is completely incorporated.
3. Add in vanilla and 3 tablespoons of the strawberry puree, mix until incorporated.
4. Turn off the mixer and check the buttercream for taste and texture.
5. Gradually add in the last 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree until you reach the desired level of strawberry flavor.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Posted 01/29/2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

 

1/4 c unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion

3 teaspoon all purpose flour

3 cups of whole milk

1 can of chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 heads of broccoli, finely chopped

2 cups of shredded sharp cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 Parmesan Rind

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Melt butter in a stockpot. Add Garlic and onion.  Stir until onions are translucent about 4 to 5 minutes. 

Whisk in flour until light brown.  Whisk in milk, chicken broth and heavy cream. Add Parmesan rind.   When everything is combined add in broccoli. 

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.  Cook until broccoli is tender.  Stir in cheese a handful at a time until smooth. 

Add Salt and Pepper to taste. 

 

This recipe has been modified from the orginial post.  For a traditional Broccoli Cheese Soup check out Cooking Classy

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Egg Fried Rice

Posted 01/25/2014

As winter is draggin on in the North, I begin to look for something old favorties to being back to the table.  Here is a quick and easy fried rice recipe.  I make it as a side dish when we are having an Asian inspired dish (Five Spice Tilapia with Citrus Ponzu Sauce)

Egg fried rice are very easy to make as the ingredients and the method is quite simple. Before you plan to cook egg fried rice, you need to know the ingredients and the method to cook the delicious rice.

How to Cook Egg Fried Rice

Preparation Time 10-15 Minutes

Cooking Time 10-15 Minutes

Servings 1-2 Persons

Ingredients

The ingredients you need to make egg fried rice are enlisted below:

For Fried Rice

· Rice 2 Cups

· Oil 1 Tbsp

· Onion 1-2

· Garlic 4-5 cloves

· Carrot 1

· Pepper 1

· Beans 8-10

· Soy Sauce 3 tbsp

· White Pepper As needed

Salt According to taste

For Egg Scramble

Eggs 2

Oil 1 tbsp

Salt According to taste

Black Pepper to taste

 

Preparation

After having all the ingredients at your kitchen, you can take the initial step towards cooking delicious egg fried rice. For this, first of all you need to chop garlic, carrots, onions, beans, and capsicum.

 

Take a big pot and put 2 cups of water in it for boiling. When the water starts boiling, add 1 tbsp oil, half tbsp vinegar, and Chinese salt according to your taste. Now add 2 cups of rice in the water pot and let it boil. After boiling the rice, take it out in a separate bowl.

For egg scramble, take a pan, put one tbsp oil in it and heat it. Beat 2 eggs in a separate pot and add salt and pepper according to your taste. Now pour the beaten egg in the pan and heat it until it sets a little. Now scramble the egg and it is ready.

Method to Cook Egg Fried Rice

After necessary preparation for making egg fried rice, you need to follow the simple steps mentioned below:

Take a pan and add oil in it. Add garlic in the heated oil and sauté it for few minutes. Now add onion and fry it so that it becomes translucent and loses its crunchiness. After adding onion, add and stir the finely chopped carrots, beans, and capsicum.

A high flame stirring is very important in the whole process but do not overcook the vegetables. Overcooking of vegetables can cause the vegetables lose their crunchiness.

When you are done with the vegetables, add cooked and cooled rice in the pan. Also add salt, white pepper, soya sauce, and cook it well.

Add the scrambled egg you prepared in the initial steps and toss well.

Your Egg fried rice is ready. Dish out and serve with garnishing.

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Super Bowl Drinks

Posted 01/23/2014

Super Bowl Drinks

Southwestern Bloody Mary - Tomato, Orange, Lime Juice & Habanero Puree

Apple Chai Martini - Rooibos Chai Vodka, apple Cider & Agave nactor

Grapefruit Crush - Grapefruit Tea, green tea liqueur & Tequlia 

 

 

 

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Himalayan Salt Block Cooking Class

Posted 01/21/2014

Himalayan Salt Blocks are sourced from natural salt deposits found in the Himalaya Mountains. The dense salt crystals add depth and complex flavor to foods. Spice Merchants will help introduce how to cook with Salt Blocks to Amp up your Entertaining, Grilling and Seasoning.


Receive a $5 Spice Merchants Store Voucher & Take Home Grab Bag with Complimentary Product, Recipes, & Much more!

Instructor: Matt Perry of Spice Merchants
Part of our "Discover the Market" series

Register with us right now Inn the Store or Online; Seats are filling fast so register quickly!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/himalayan-salt-blocks-spice-merchants-registration-9799048217

Quick and Easy Potatoes

Posted 01/18/2014

1 lb. Ground Beef

1c minced onion

3/4 c A1 Steak Sauce

1 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled boiled drained

1/2 c butter

1/4 c milk

 

Cook Beef and onions, drain and add steak sauce. Heat to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.   While the beef and onions is cooking mash your potatoes with the milk.

Place the beef in a cassarole layer the potatos over the top evenly.  Bake for 350 degrees for 15 minutes. 

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Refrigerator Home Storage for Fresh and Processed Foods

Posted 01/16/2014

Refrigerator Home Storage (at 40 °F [4.4 ºC] or below) of Fresh or Uncooked Products

·         If product has a "use-by" date, follow that date.

·         If product has a "sell-by" date or no date, cook or freeze the product by the times on the following chart.

Refrigerator Storage of Fresh or Uncooked Products

Product

Storage Times After Purchase

Poultry

1 or 2 days

Beef, Veal, Pork and Lamb

3 to 5 days

Ground Meat and Ground Poultry

1 or 2 days

Fresh Variety Meats (Liver, Tongue, Brain, Kidneys, Heart, Chitterlings)

1 or 2 days

Cured Ham, Cook-Before-Eating

5 to 7 days

Sausage from Pork, Beef or Turkey, Uncooked

1 or 2 days

Eggs

3 to 5 weeks

 

Refrigerator Home Storage (at 40 °F [4.4 ºC] or below) of Processed Products Sealed at Plant

·         If product has a "use-by" date, follow that date.

·         If product has a "sell-by" or no date, cook or freeze the product by the times on the following chart.

Refrigerator Storage of Processed Products Sealed at Plant

Processed Product

Unopened, After Purchase

After Opening

Cooked Poultry

3 to 4 days

3 to 4 days

Cooked Sausage

3 to 4 days

3 to 4 days

Sausage, Hard/Dry, shelf-stable

6 weeks/pantry

3 weeks

Corned Beef, uncooked, in pouch with pickling juices

5 to 7 days

3 to 4 days

Bacon

2 weeks

7 days

Hot dogs

2 weeks

1 week

Luncheon meat

2 weeks

3 to 5 days

Ham, fully cooked

7 days

slices, 3 days; whole, 7 days

Ham, canned, labeled "keep refrigerated"

9 months

3 to 4 days

Ham, canned, shelf stable

2 years/pantry

3 to 5 days

Canned Meat and Poultry, shelf stable

2 to 5 years/pantry

3 to 4 days

 

 

 

 

 

Crock Pot Chili

Posted 01/13/2014

Crock Pot Chili

 

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp Ancho chili powder

1 tsp Chipotle chili powder

1 lb coarsely cut chuck roast

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

 

1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cans black beans (drained)

1Tbsp red wine vinegar

 

Toast cumin and chili powders in dry pan. (Watch carefully so as not to burn!)  Remove from pan and place in crock pot.  Brown the beef in vegetable oil over medium-high heat.  Remove after beef is nicely browned.  Add onion into the same pan used to brown the beef.  Cook until onion becomes translucent.  Remove and add to crock pot.  Carefully add broth to pan to deglaze and reduce by half.  Add all remaining ingredients to crock pot, salt and pepper to taste, and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.  Serve with fresh cornbread muffins

 

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Cooking Temperature

Posted 01/11/2014

 This was one of our most searched post in 2013, so I thought I would repost just in case you missed it last year! 

Meat

Cooking Temps

Chicken Breasts 165°
Whole Poultry 165°
Ground Beef 160°
Pork 160°
Egg Dishes 160°
Fish 145°
Steaks & Roast 145°
Whole Turkey 180° (Check in Thigh)
Turkey Stuffing 165°in the center of the stuffing
Sources

USDA & Butterball

 

 

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Spice Substitutions

Posted 01/09/2014

Spice Substitutions

Allspice

Cinnamon; cassia; dash of nutmeg or mace; or dash of cloves

Aniseed

Fennel seed or a few drops anise extract or Caraway Seed

Almond Extract

Amaretto

Anaheim Peppers

Whole Poblano Pepper

Anise

Cardamom

Balsamic Vinegar

Cider Vinegar

Brown Sugar

1 cup Brown Sugar = 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons molasses

Buttermilk

1 cup Buttermilk = 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup milk stir well

Cardamom

Ginger

Chili Powder

Dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin

Cinnamon

Nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)

   

Cloves

Allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg

Cumin

Chili powder

Ginger

Allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg

Mace

Allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg

Mustard (dry or ground)

Wasabi powder (1/4 to 1/2 as much since it is hotter); horseradish powder; 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder = 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard

Nutmeg

Cinnamon; ginger; or mace

Saffron

Dash turmeric or annatto powder (for color)

Turmeric

Dash saffron (for color) plus ground mustard powder (one to one ratio); annatto powder

 

 

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Super Bowl Snacks - Cheese Tacos

Posted 01/07/2014

Ingredients:

· Corn tortillas (as many as tacos you want to make, packaged or homemade)
· Butter
· Cheddar or jack cheese
· Salsa (homemade or prepared)
· 
Optional ingredients
· Avocado
· Apple
· Lettuce
· Strips of cooked chicken, beef, or pork (a great use of leftovers)
 
Special equipment needed
· A large cast iron frying pan
· A metal spatula
Preparation: 
Heat up the cast iron frying pan on medium high heat. While the pan is heating, prepare your ingredients.
Cut some slices of cheese.
Get the salsa out of the fridge. Thinly slice as many slices of apple as you want tacos.
Cut, remove seed, slice, and remove from skin the avocado slices you want. Slice some lettuce and any
leftover meat you want to add in.
When the pan is hot (sprinkle a few drops of water on it, they should sizzle) lightly butter 
one side of one tortilla and place it in the pan, butter side down. Using a spatula,
quickly flip the tortilla over to the other side, and back again,
repeating until there is melted butter on both sides of the tortilla.
Let the tortilla sit in hot pan until pockets of air start to form
bubbles in the tortilla.
Add slices of cheese to one side of the tortilla. Make sure to allow room for the cheese to melt and 
not spread all over the pan.
Flip the side of tortilla without the cheese over the side with the cheese, as if you were making an omelet.
Move the folded cheese taco to one side of the pan. Add a second tortilla, lightly buttered on one side, and
repeat the process. You can tell when the taco is done by pressing down on it with a
spoon or fork or edge of the spatula. If it gives easily, the cheese is melted and you can remove
the taco from the pan.
You are basically done with the cheese tacos. Now all you have left to do is assembly. 
Open up each taco and add the ingredients you want.
A slice of avocado, a slice of apple, a piece of chicken, a little bit of lettuce.
Don't over do it or you won't be able to hold the taco and
get it in your mouth.
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Raspberry and Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins

Posted 01/03/2014

Recipe: Raspberry and chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup fresh or frozen rasberries



Topping:

¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup softened butter
1 ½ teaspoons finely ground cinnamon

Crumb Topping:

White and brown sugar
Flour
Butter
Ground cinnamon


Cooking Directions:

1. Begin heating your oven at 400 degrees F (200 C). Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.

2. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.

3. In another bowl mix combine vegetable oil, egg and buttermilk.

4. Mix together with flour mixture.

5. Add the raspberries and chocolate chips

6. Fill the cups all the way to the top.

7. Sprinkle the crumb topping.

8. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes until they turn golden.

Dips and Finger Food

Posted 01/01/2014

Happy New Year!   It is hard to believe we are already through the first day of 2014.  How did you spend your first day? Did you spend it recoveing from the end of 2013 or planning a year of excitment?  We spend the day with family cooking and watching parades and football.   As we watch the Spartans win the Rose Bowl, I stated thinking we are only a few weeks from the BIG game and I have not started putting together a plan of the SuperBowl foods. So, I started looking through our blend options.  

Roasted Garlic Feta Dip

 

Provincial Popcorn

 

Parmesan and Green Peppercorn Wafers

 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will post a few other options.  If you have a go to finger food recipe, please private message us on FB or send us an email. 

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New Year's Eve Spice Store Events

Posted 12/31/2013

Traverse City and Petoskey Store Front Photos - December 31, 2013

Want a free spice, spice blend or tea? Take your picture in front of our Petoskey & Traverse City location tonight and post on FB (make sure to tag us or PM). We will send you a coupon for free prize. All photos must be posted by noon 1/1/14. Please make sure the photos are family friendly.

 

Saugatuck, Anna Maria and Coconut Point - Last Meal of 2013 Photos December 31, 2013

Send us your last meal of 2013 photos and we will feature them on our site.   If you send us the recipe along with the photo we feature you on our blog.   All photos must be submitted by January 2, 2014.  Please submit on FB.

 

 

New Year's Eve Good Luck Dishes

Posted 12/28/2013

New Year's Eve Good Luck Dishes

In the South eating Black Eyed Peas on New Year's Day is said to bring prosperity for the upcoming year.  I am not a big fan of the texture of peas, so I went on the search to find other ways to eat black eye peas.  Here are a few options, I found on Pinterest. 

Black Eyed Pea Hummus

Black Eye Pea Hummus

Click here for recipe

The recipe calls for Himalyan Sea Salt 

 

Black Eyed Pea Tacos

Black Eye Pea Tacos! Fast, easy, healthy and super yum.

Click here for recipe

 

Black Eyed Pea Fritters

black-eye pea fritters

Click here for recipe

 

Black Eyed Pea Sliders

Black-eye pea sliders #vegan

Click here for recipe

 

Hopefully, these recipes will bring you luck in 2014.  

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Egg, Breakfast Sausage Dish

Posted 12/27/2013

This year I was in charge of Christmas morning breakfast and I was looking for something I could put in the oven and walk away.  I love pancakes and waffles but you have to watch them and bake in batches.  I found a few recipes that sounded good, so I mixed them together and created this egg dish.

 

1 roll of Pillsbury sheet rolls

6 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 lbs. breakfast sausage

1 TSP of Oregano 

1 cup of cheddar cheese (I used Mexican combo)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Cook your breakfast sausage.  While sausage is cooking place your sheet roll into a 9x13 non-stick pan.  Mix your eggs, milk and oregano and sit aside. When your sausage is cooked spread it evenly over the pan.  Add the egg mixture to the pan.  After the egg mixture is added place the cheese on top. 

Place in oven for 20 minutes.  The eggs should be at 140 degree to be considered done. 

 

Anise Seed

Posted 12/26/2013

Anise Seed

 

Taste: Anise Seed is sweet and very aromatic.  It has a very distinct licorice-like flavor. 

Family: Parsley

Forms: Seed, Ground, Powdered

Found in:Black Jelly Beans, Liquior, Cakes, Italian Pizzelle,  German Pfeffemusse and Springerle etc

Subsitutes: Fennel, Star Anise, Caraway, Chervil

Pairs well with: beets, bread, desserts, Fish

Spice Merchant's Spice Blends and Coffee: Ground Coffee

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10 Helpful Food Tips to Make your Groceries Last Longer

Posted 12/21/2013

10 Helpful Food Tips to Make your Groceries Last Longer


With the cost of food rasing, it is getting harder and hard to feed a family on a budget.  So, it is important to make sure we maximize the use of everything I have purchased. Here a few tips I have found to help maximize our Groceries. 

  1. A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.
  2. A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  3. A "Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.
  4. "Closed or coded dates" are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer.
  5. Store and Apple with your potatoes, it will stop them from sprouting.
  6. Use a Vinegar Solution to make your berries last longer (one part vinegar to 10 parts water). Wash berries in the mixture, drain, rinse and put them in the fridge. 
  7. Dont slice food until you are ready to use it, unless you are going to freeze it.  Chopped meat, fruit, and veggies spoil faster than whole items
  8. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bnanas with plastic wrap.  They will keep 3-5 days longer
  9. Food will have a longer shelf life in the refrigertor. 
  10. Store yur salsa jars upside down in the fridge.  It will help prevent mold.

 

If you have any tips you would like to share, please like us on Facebook and post them there!

 

 

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Blueberry Pancakes

Posted 12/20/2013

Ingredients
• 2cups AP Flour
• 2cups Milk
• 4Tbsp White Vinegar
• 6Tbsp Sugar
• 2tsp Baking Soda
• 4tsp Baking powder
• 6Tbsp Melted butter
• Pinch Kosher Salt
• 1/2 Vanilla bean scraped
• 1pint blueberries, Driscoll
• 1 lemon zest


Garnish
• 8oz butter, softened
• 1Tbsp Honey
• 1Tbsp Pine nuts
• Pinch Sea Salt
• Blend these Ingredients with a spoon
• 6oz Maple Syrup
• 1bunch Fresh mint
• TT Powder Sugar

Recipe:
1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl. Allow to sour 4-6minutes.

2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk butter into sour milk, add the lemon zest and the vanilla meat. Pour the flower mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

3. Fold in the blue berries

4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with unsalted butter. Using a 4ounce ladle, pour batter onto skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. With a spatula, flip over and repeat procedure on the opposite side.

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Allspice

Posted 12/16/2013

Allspice

 

Allspice is the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant.

Allspice is also known as Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, pimento, English Pepper and newspice.

Flavor Profile: Allspice has a woody, Cinnamon like flavor with a hint of Clove, Nutmeg and Peppercorn.  

Uses: Seasonings, sauces, pickling, marinades, chutneys and desserts.

Forms: Ground, Berries and leaf (Leaf should be treated like a bay leaf and removed before serving dish)

Our Spice Blends that contain Allspice:

Jamaican Jerk

Gourment Grinder Blend

Caribbean Island Blend

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift that Keeps on Giving All Year

Posted 12/11/2013

Holiday Gift that Keeps on Giving All Year

 

 

 

Do you have a person that has everything and loves to cook?  If so, we have the perfect gift for you.  Spice Merchants offers a Spice of the Month club. Every month your family or friend will recieve 3 ozs of one our spice blends or 1 ounce of three different spice blends.  The gift recipient can choose the spice blends or we can send them some of our best sellers.

You can choose from 4, 8, or 12 month gift options.  The recipient will recieve a gift certificate.   When they are ready they can give us a call or email us and we will step up their monthly options. 

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Top 5 Holiday Tips to Help Reduce Holiday Cooking Stress

Posted 12/09/2013

Top 5 Holiday Tips to Help Reduce Holiday Cooking Stress

Holidays are stressful enough without adding an unexpected guest or daily meal planning to the mix.  Here are a few ideas to help reduce your holiday cooking stress this season.

 

1) Cook in Bulk.  When you are cooking a meal, make extras and freeze.  The ready made meals will come in handy when you have an unexpected guest or you are running late from holiday shopping or parties.

2) Make Semi-homemade cookies.

Buy ready made sugar cookies in a roll.  Roll out the dough and cut into shapes.

If you add cinamonn to the dough, you will have snicker doodles.

3) Cut up fruit and store in fridge.  Fruit makes an excellent snack, a quick appetizer or a great addtion to holiday beverages.

Frozen grapes can be used as ice cubes in drinks

4) Take a photo of your recipes with your phone before heading to store.  You can use them as a quick references before leaving the store to make sure you have everything.

5) Keep your favorite treat on hand.  Reward yourself when you avoid the stress of the holidays by your planning.

These are all great tips, but the best tip of all is to remember the holidays are about spending time with your loved ones, not the perfect holiday meal or display.  You can always remake a meal but you can never get more time.

 

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