These are some frequently-asked questions about Your Spice of Life, me, and this blog:

Q:  Do you grow your own herbs and spices?
A: No… I am not a farmer. My base ingredients came from, literally, all over the world:  Egyptian basil; American chives, oregano, garlic, lemon peel, orange peel and paprika; cloves from Sri Lanka, lemongrass from Guatemala, Turkish anise seed, turmeric from India, etc.  My sea salts are equally well-traveled, with Hawaii, California, Sicily, France and the Himalayan Mountains among the sources. I do have a small herb garden at home, and it’s something I encourage everyone to do if they can.

Q: Are you a chef?
A: Nope… and guess what, you don’t have to be to create amazing dishes! Obviously, trained chefs are amazing to behold, and have technical skills that allow them to create works of art. But the lack of formal training doesn’t hold me back in what I do. I was lucky to have parents who liked to experiment beyond typical American dishes, and I give them credit for opening up my mind to lots of other cuisines. I wasn’t always great;  it took a lot of practice and experimentation before I developed a style that worked for me. Now, I am very comfortable creating recipes and showing others how to create variations on their own.

Q: What is a home tasting party?
A: My home parties are unique, I have to say! Working with the hostess, we gather a group of people who either love to cook, hate to cook, or just don’t have a lot of time to cook. I have several variations of my parties,  but the most typical is for me to prepare a large number of dishes and have the guests take a small sample of each one. This gives them an understanding of the variety of items that can be prepared using YSOL products, from appetizers right through to desserts. I foot the bill for all of the food, knowing that it will come back to me in sales. Since the hostess has basically nothing to do once she has sent out the invitations — which I write for her — she gets to sit back and enjoy her own party, and chatting with her friends while someone else cooks for her and cleans up her kitchen. I bring a tremendous amount of inventory with me to the party, so that people can fulfill their orders on the spot — this makes people very, very happy!

(more FAQ’s to come)

  1. Hi Laura! It’s been quite a while since we last spoke…I got your website address from Brian O’Keefe, who just started working here this week.

    Glad to hear things are going well, sounds as if you have a nice little business going on!!

    Anyway, I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hello…hope everything is well!!

    Keith Nelson

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