Category Archives: Mixed spices

Recipe: Spicy, Sweet ‘n Smokey Cowboy Chili

It’s that time of year that this owner of a spice company looks forward to the most:  the annual Chili Contest at Catamount Ski Resort!

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This great event brings together chili competitors from all over — home cooks, caterers, chefs, restaurants. It’s great fun but also a great cause, as both the competitor registration fee and the tasters’ entrance fees are donated to the Roe Jan Food Pantry.Chili cookoff image

According to Heather White, Communications Manager for Catamount,

“A total of $676 for the Roe Jan Food Pantry during the event, so please give yourselves a hand!  We had 95 people as taste testers, who voted for the winners.”

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19 bubbling pots of chili were available for tasting this year. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Wintery Spiced Fruit Compote

My younger sister likes to tell people that I went through a period,  early in my cooking life, where almost everything I made was stewed. I claim no recollection of this and yet, here I am with a stewed fruit compote recipe.

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Why? Because it’s delicious and warming and fragrant and elegant. Not to mention, it was THE perfect dish to bring to a brunch potluck during the holidays. Did I mention, it has no added sugar? Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Spanish Chorizo with Smoked Paprika Potatoes

In continuing to document the most fun Christmas Eve meal I just had, I have to tell you about this dish!

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Chorizo & Potato with smoked paprika

Recap: no kids this year, no enduring family traditions, opening the door to the imaginative Spanish-style menu we developed.

I had been keeping an eye out for appropriate ingredients during the week before, and I spotted fresh chorizo at The Berry Farm while making a delivery. I’ll be darned if I can’t remember the brand, but I do recall that there were no gross ingredients, no nitrates or mentions of organ meats, and it was local. (I also picked up a package of huge, moist Medjool dates which got transformed into this recipe.) Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Smokey Spiced Spanish Almonds

I admit, I’m not all that familiar with Spanish food.

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Although I’ve lived in several countries in Europe, and traveled a lot, I just haven’t had much exposure to it. For some reason, Spanish restaurants aren’t that popular around me, which is surprising considering how many other international cuisines there are  (I checked!  Asian, Cajun, Creole, Chinese, Eastern European, French, Greek,  Indian,  Italian,  Japanese, Mexican,  Thai, Vietnamese are all within 15 minutes of me).

So…  when my family decided to go with a Spanish theme for our Christmas Eve dinner this year, I gulped. Read the rest of this entry

Recipes: Time-savers and add-ins

Who wouldn’t love creating soup-to-nuts meals every day, from scratch?

OK, maybe not literally soup-to-nuts, but you know what I mean: wholesome, healthy meals that are creative and delicious. Time constraints and energy shortages can get in the way;  as much as I   to cook from scratch,  there are times when I need to take a few shortcuts.

I’m not alone in that, either;  there is a very popular show on the Food Network, Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee,  in which Sandra combines fresh ingredients with store-bought to create what she calls “semi-homemade” dishes.

Over time, I’ve come up with a few shortcuts, myself,  that are real winners: Read the rest of this entry

Brain Food Smoothie

A dash of spices in this smoothie makes it a power meal!

No, there are no brains in the smoothie… the smoothie is food for your brain!

In a blender, combine and mix:

8 oz coconut milk (or almond milk)
handful strawberries
handful blueberries
scoop protein powder
one banana
a dash each of organic cinnamon, ground clove, ginger, and turmeric*

This yummy recipe is from my customer Kathy Johnson, MS Ed, who “helps move struggling learners through developmental stages to open pathways for better learning” with her company, Pyramid of Potential.  Kathy credits this smoothie with her high energy and mental clarity in the morning. Thanks, Kathy!

* each of these spices was chosen for a specific reason due to the benefits attributed to them — more on that in another post.

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