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Sea salts: flavor AND fun!

I got fan mail!! 

My lovely customer, Clare M., of Voorheeseville NY, took time from her jam-packed life of a successful financial career and wearing all the hats that Moms do, to tell me about her recent experience. She says:

” I hosted a holiday luncheon on Sunday for my family. On the table I had put out a multicolored salt assortment that I had purchased from Laura Griffin “Your Spice of Life”. Cancel the entertainment! It is not needed! My family had so much fun sprinkling the different salts and comparing the different tastes and textures.  It was a lot of fun. They were so impressed by my black and pink salts (reminiscent of meals I have had down at Dale Miller where they bring out a salt variety – very trendy).” set of 5 mini salts

Mini salt collection all lined up for action!


They also raved over my carrots upon which I had sprinkled “As Sweet as Kate” spiced sugar blend. There wasn’t a carrot left! Read the rest of this entry


Home Tasting Party!

Brunch selections

You are invited for a tasting party!

One of the most fun and effective ways to showcase my yummy products is to hold a full-out tasting party at someone’s home.

Here is what I do:

  • supply the groceries and all paper goods (napkins, plates, cups, cutlery)
  • prepare a selection of dishes, ranging from simple appetizers to main courses like sirloin tips and onion mashed potatoes
  • bring a large inventory of product with me, so that your guests can usually leave with their full order, that day
  • leave your kitchen as tidy as I found it

Here is what you do:

  • forward the invitation that I write for you, to your friends [my minimum number of guests is 8, and I have no maximum.  Couples count as ONE]
  • have some wine and water on hand
  • relax!

If you are interested in hosting a tasting party yourself, drop me a line at or call me at 518-810-4042. Note, I am available for most of Columbia, Saratoga, Green and Duchess Counties (New York State). 

This is an example of a typical invitation for you to forward:

Spice it up with Maria!

 You are invited to a home party like you’ve never seen!

 At 6:30PM on Friday, May 6th ,  Laura Griffin will be at my home in Colonie to share her line of yummy, organic foods and spices – and I’d like to invite you to join us!  Her company is not a franchise;  Laura is a New Yorker and networking colleague who started Your Spice of Life almost 3 years ago, creating and producing a variety of products like: 

  • Versatile organic spice blends – original recipes like Thai Treasure and Sunny Sicilian
  • Lula’s Fruit Crisp Mix, a fantastic, wholesome dessert mix
  • Smokin’ Onion Double Dipper dip & seasoning mix
  • Chai Spiced Coffee mix…  and much more

 She will be serving up numerous dishes using her products…
so bring an appetite!

 You’ll be able to bring most products that you order home with you, that night, while other items like gift baskets or custom blends will be delivered to me for pickup later. (Psst… Your Spice of Life products make fabulous gifts for birthdays, weddings and hostess gifts for the holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day)

 So mark your calendar for Friday, May 6th at 6:30PM…  and get ready to discover how easy, delicious and versatile it can be to cook with fresh, organic spices and mixes!

 Please RSVP to me by May 4th so I can tell Laura how many guests she will be cooking for. Thanks!

 If you want to check out Your Spice of Life ahead of time,  visit, her blog at,  or go to her Facebook fan page at  

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Fact Sheet: Dulse Flakes and Iodine

People living near the oceans have always counted on its bounty for their existence. The first thing that comes to mind is seafood, but you can’t forget about the amazing seaweeds. You may have heard of nori (wrapped around your sushi rolls), but would you believe there are at least 20 other types of edible seaweed? I am going to focus on one called “dulse”, and the important role it plays in our diet.

Meet dulse flakes…

Dulse Seaweed Flakes from Mountain Rose Herbs

Pronounced like “pulse”,  dulse is a red seaweed harvested in the cool waters along Atlantic coast of Canada and also along the shores of Ireland and Norway. Its fronds grow in tidal areas on rocks, shells, and the larger, longer, brown seaweeds.  [a]

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Just the facts: Sea Salt

Rows and rows of salt
Do you know your Sea Salts?

Sea salt has become commonplace over the last few years. Maybe you’ve even switched over to it yourself.  But for many people, it’s a little mysterious, especially when confronted with the hundreds of different kinds. Do you really know what it is, where it comes from, and what makes it so different from traditional table salt?

If you are like most people, the answer is NO.

Since Your Spice of Life sells lots of different sea salts, I wanted to put together a nice little “fact sheet”  to answer the most common questions I get.  If you have others, let me know! Read the rest of this entry

Meet the Sea Salts!

Get to know my sea salts! 

Sea salt is such a hot topic these days, with its gorgeous colors, health benefits over table salt, and unquestionable “foodie” appeal. I am continually adding to the salts that I carry, but here is the present line-up of deliciousness:

“Fault-Free” (California White) All natural, solar evaporated, it is gathered from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.
“Hawaiian Nights” (Hawaiian Black Lava) Hawaiian ocean water is drawn into complex array of filters and will go through a reverse osmosis process. From here the water is evaporated through a sophisticated solar evaporation method leaving behind the finished salt product which is hand collected and further infused or “bathed” in activated Coconut shell charcoal.

“Hawaiian Sunset” (Hawaiian Red Alaea) Unlike most salt which is mined, Red Alaea is sea salt that is created through natural evaporation when it is trapped in tidal pools and mixes with red volcanic clay. The red color itself comes from the extremely high amount of iron in the clay.

“Tickle Me Pink” (Himalayan Pink) Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts found on earth, having been protected by hardened lava within the Himalayan salt beds for hundreds of millions of years.  The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and iron content.

“Kitchen Campfire” (Smoked Sea Salt) 100% natural, solar evaporated, gathered from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. From there it is slow roasted above Red Alder wood for a rich and distinctive flavor.

“Simply Celtic” (Tamise de Guerande Grey) Hand-harvested using centuries old Celtic methods. Sel Gris comes from the clay lining the salt ponds. Guerande is a French town on the West coast of France, on the Celtic Sea.

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