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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*4 cups fresh green beans
*1 teaspoon Southwest Seasoning
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.
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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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.
Recipe: Strawberry cupcakes
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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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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
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
Oil 1 tbsp
Salt According to taste
Black Pepper to taste
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.
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 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.
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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 (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.
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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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This was one of our most searched post in 2013, so I thought I would repost just in case you missed it last year!
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· Corn tortillas (as many as tacos you want to make, packaged or homemade)
· Cheddar or jack cheese
· Salsa (homemade or prepared)
· Strips of cooked chicken, beef, or pork (a great use of leftovers)
Special equipment needed
· A large cast iron frying pan
· A metal spatula
When the pan is hot (sprinkle a few drops of water on it, they should sizzle) lightly butter
Add slices of cheese to one side of the tortilla. Make sure to allow room for the cheese to melt and
Flip the side of tortilla without the cheese over the side with the cheese, as if you were making an omelet.
You are basically done with the cheese tacos. Now all you have left to do is assembly.
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Recipe: Raspberry and chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup white sugar
White and brown sugar
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.
6. Fill the cups all the way to the top.
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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.
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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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.
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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
The recipe calls for Himalyan Sea Salt
Black Eyed Pea Tacos
Black Eyed Pea Fritters
Black Eyed Pea Sliders
Hopefully, these recipes will bring you luck in 2014.
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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
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.
Taste: Anise Seed is sweet and very aromatic. It has a very distinct licorice-like flavor.
Forms: Seed, Ground, Powdered
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
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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 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:
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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
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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