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How it’s made: Spiced Chocolate Bark (part 1)

Have you ever looked at something and wondered how it is made?

I do,  all the time.  Ridged rigatoni, a ball of twine, a violin– they’ve all captured my curiosity.

Chocolate bark is nowhere as complex as a violin, but it is still interesting to think about all of the steps required to get from this:

to this:

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Product Profile: Lula’s Fruit Crisp Mix

You should never speak badly of your competition, they say.

Grayscale Lulas in a  bowl

I understand what’s behind that. And I won’t speak badly of anyone here. But I have to tell you that I definitely spent a good chunk of time, in the early phases of Your Spice of Life,  looking at what my competitors were doing. I had a very critical eye, and made careful note of what I appreciated about their products, whether it be packaging, price or taste — and also things I was not a fan of. Read the rest of this entry

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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