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January Top 10 - Spices to liven up your cooking!

Spices we love to liven up your cooking!

  1. Peppercorns India Tellicherry - If there is only one spice in your kitchen, it should be pepper. No other spice adds the greatest amount of flavor to the greatest number of dishes.
  2. Garlic Salt- Kids really seem to like garlic salt--try it on half a toasted buttered bagel, or sprinkled over pasta, they might eat it and like it too. Shake on garlic bread, salads, subs, pasta, and French fries. Also good on chicken, hamburgers, and baked potatoes.  Hand-mixed from: coarse flake salt, granulated garlic and minced parsley.
  3. Maldon Sea Salt - You can taste the difference between common table salt and this superb natural sea salt. Founded in 1882, England's Maldon Salt Crystal Company still draws salt from seawater using traditional long-handled rakes, processing it with no artificial additives for flavor that's pure and clean.
  4. Borsari Citrus Salt - Borsari's all natural seasoned salts are made from a mix of salt and herbs in small batches after an age-old Bolognese recipe. Only fresh, whole herbs, and gourmet ground salts are used to create Borsari's intriguing blend of freshness, taste and aroma.  Sea salt, kosher salt, fresh garlic, fresh basil, fresh rosemary, black pepper, lemon peel. (No preservatives, MSG, gluten or dehydrated ingredients.)
  5. Penzeys Cinnamon - Now you can have it all. Just the right mix of four fabulous cinnamons to bring the best of each to everything you bake. Put the shaker right on the table! Sprinkle on cereal and fresh fruit, toast and applesauce, rice and popcorn. A jar full of smiles.  Hand-mixed from: China cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon, Korintje cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon.
  6. Bicentennial Rub - The rich flavor and golden color make this our favorite blend for turkey, duck, goose and pork roast. Perfect for the grill, sprinkle heavily on rotisserie-style chicken or pork roast, also on thick-cut pork chops and beef short ribs. The larger chunks of spices in our Bicentennial Rub also make it perfect for any large cut that takes an hour or longer to cook, and the beautiful golden color can't be beat. Try on roast leg of lamb, baked or roasted whole stuffed chicken, Yankee pot roast and thick-cut pork or veal chops.  Hand-mixed from: coarse flake salt, Tellicherry black pepper, sugar, turmeric, minced orange peel and coriander.
  7. Galena Street Rib & Chicken Rub - A mouth-watering traditional Southern-style seasoning with hints of sage, nutmeg, and cayenne red pepper. For pork ribs, rub on seasoning, 1-2 tsp. per pound. Add a little more halfway through cooking. For chicken use a bit less. For tasty barbecue sauce, mix 1 TB. in 1 cup tomato sauce or even ketchup. Really good for grilled or broiled turkey wings--cut wings into sections (we call them riblets) and sprinkle the Galena Street on heavily before cooking.  Hand-mixed from: flake salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, sage and cayenne red pepper.
  8. Woodford Reserve Bourbon Smoke Chef's spice blend - Woodford Reseve® Chef's Blend contains Bourbon Smoked Salt, Bourbon Smoked Pepper, Bourbon Smoked Paprika, Bourbon Smoked Sugar, garlic, and parsley and a few other ingredients.  This spice blend hits all of the smoky notes created by bourbon barrels. This spice blend is great for simple meat rubs, grilling recipes, or even over a fried egg. 
  9. Chili Powder, regular, Rich flavor, deep color, very little heat. This blend is the traditional backbone of many Mexican dishes, from burritos to tamales. Great for family-style chili, use 1-3 TB. per quart.  Hand-mixed from: Ancho chili pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano. Ancho - Ancho pepper is the most popular chili pepper for Mexican cooking. They are not hot, just richly flavorful with a beautiful purple color and Chipotle - Chipotle peppers are rich, smoky and fairly hot. Add whole or chopped to chili, beans, sauce. Ground Chipotle Pepper is an attractive, coarse red powder, a tasty all-purpose tabletop shaker.  
  10. Cumin - Throughout the world, cumin is second in popularity only to black pepper. Americans use it mostly for chili, but cumin is a must in Indian, Mexican & Asian cooking. Salsa and tacos are heavily seasoned with cumin.