Mardi Gras Entertaining

Mardi Gras Entertaining

“Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday.” Certainly one HUGE holiday in New Orleans. Considered the last big feast and celebration before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Mardi Gras is about food, excitement, parades, food, floats, music, beads, food and fun. Did I mention food? Really great food. New Orleans is a melting pot of incredible cuisines. Though no substitution will equal eating in the Crescent City, here are a few simple ways to bring the Big Easy flavor to your next Mardi Gras party. Read more about Mardi Gras Entertaining

Garlic…Oh Heavenly Garlic…

Garlic…Oh Heavenly Garlic…

One of the most ubiquitous spices in the world. We use it on or in just about everything and when cooking with fresh garlic, its oh-so-familiar smell ends up hanging around on our hands as well. (Quick tip- after working with fresh garlic, rub your hands on a stainless steel faucet or appliance door handle, instantly neutralizing most garlic, onion, and fishy odors). Read more about Garlic…Oh Heavenly Garlic…

Spicy Gifts For Your Valentine

Spicy Gifts for Your Valentine

Here at The Spice & Tea Exchange®, we LOVE to share our love for food! With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is the perfect time to show your love. Whether it is for a significant other, family member, a friends, etc., we have gifts that are sure to please your favorite foodie! Take the stress out of Valentine’s Day shopping with these gifts from the heart. Read more about Spicy Gifts for Your Valentine

Sweethearts Chocolate Pasta & Valentine’s Drinks

Sweethearts Chocolate Pasta & Valentine’s Drinks

Sweethearts Chocolate PastaAh Valentine’s Day. Roses are sent to a secret admirer. Lovers and couples exchange gifts of jewelry, fragrance, lingerie and more. It’s also the time to show someone special that you care.

But nothing says “I care” or “I love you,” than a gift made with love. So why not make a gift with love, from one of the most popular gifts of all. Chocolate. Sure, you could make chocolate truffles, or chocolate cake, but why not make something more unique. Chocolate Pasta. Read more about Sweethearts Chocolate Pasta & Valentine’s Drinks

Cooking Spicy Sweet With Mango Habanero Sugar

Cooking Spicy-Sweet with Mango Habanero Sugar

Sunset and Palm Trees in ParadiseMango Habanero Sugar makes dishes spicy-sweet!

We can probably all agree that visions of warm sandy beaches, azure seas, and tropical-flavored-anything, are hot on our minds during the cold days of winter. However, the reality may be anything but. Mango Habanero Sugar brings a tropical heatwave of flavor to many everyday dishes. Adding 1-2 tsp Mango Habanero Sugar into pancake or waffle batter, oatmeal, or even on top of your morning grapefruit, will help bring that island vibe. Read more about Cooking Spicy-Sweet with Mango Habanero Sugar

Hot Tea Brewing - Brew a Quick Cup

Brew a Quick Cup of Tea with Tea Mug Infusers

As the winter continues, it can be difficult to follow to find the motivation to follow through with our New Year’s resolutions, our day-to-day tasks, and everything we had planned to get done by the end of the month! Luckily, tea can help us accomplish a lot of these things. Read more about Brew a Quick Cup of Tea with Tea Mug Infusers

Garlicky Herb Dip

Quick, Impressive Dips

Sour CreamWhen it comes to Game Day snacks (or other special occasions), quick and easy dips can be the star quarterback. Using a simple flavor base from The Spice & Tea Exchange®’s custom Spice Blends, your dips will be MVP candidates, with almost no work.

Many of our custom blends can be combined with sour cream, whipped cream cheese, or Greek yogurt. Refrigerated for 30 minutes or more and the fusion of flavors will develop, scoring you and your dip a touchdown with your guests. Read more about Quick, Impressive Dips

Easy Football Party Food

Easy Football Party Food

It’s game time and you’re ready to create your party food menu, but a recipe fumble is the last thing you need.  Make sure you have the perfect game plan with these winning recipes: Read more about Easy Football Party Food

Earl Grey Crème – What is Bergamot? Featured Image

Earl Grey Crème – What is Bergamot?

Whether it’s a hot cup of Earl Grey Crème Tea, or preparing a luxuriously sweet and comforting London Fog Tea, there’s no mistaking its unique flavor. Bergamot oil. Bright orange citrus notes, with spiced undertones.

Sure, it imparts bright crisp flavors, but how? And what is it? Read more about Earl Grey Crème – What is Bergamot?

Cooking Pasta for a Party Featured Image

Cooking Pasta for a Party

One of the easiest and most versatile foods in our pantry is pasta. It’s a terrific vehicle to get just about any other flavor, sauce, vegetable or meat into our mouths. And, when it comes to entertaining, pasta should be at the top of our go-to list of foods for those very reasons! Instead, most of us pass on the idea because cooking a lot of pasta and keeping it perfectly al dente, not to mention hot, doesn’t ever seem to work. Until now. Read more about Cooking Pasta for a Party

Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

This curious little taste combination is inspired by one of my favorite holiday sorbets. For a holiday cookie, I thought I’d try to combine the two distinctive flavors into a shortbread-like cookie. And though I love shortbread, I don’t often make them because they are far too delicate for my somewhat sturdy hand. So, I created a cookie that mimics shortbread, has a lovely buttery undertone, and holds together with a little help from cornstarch. Read more about Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

The Art of Making Gougères

The Art of Making Gougères

French cheese puffs (gougères); what’s not to like? These tasty little pastries are a party favorite for a lot of reasons. First, they can be made-ahead and kept in the freezer until you’re ready to party. They’re also versatile and you can make them with just about any soft or fast melting cheese. But mostly, if you think of these as little bite size cheese snacks that can be made to go with sweet or savory fillings, then you’ve got yourself an endless line up of party snacks that will get you through any holiday season. Read more about The Art of Making Gougères

Holiday Gifts

Holiday Gifts (for Those Hard to Buy for)

As the holiday season approaches and shopping continues, many of the remaining gifts left on our lists are the difficult ones. Sometimes, pre-assembled gift sets are the quickest and most convenient option.
Griller's Sampler

However, if you are looking for a very specific price, specific contents, or simply shopping for someone who you’re not sure what to buy for…creating your own gifts is often the only option. Whether it’s for your selective sister, your co-worker that you don’t know that well, or your uncle that only wants pricey gifts, we can help you create the perfect gift! Read more about Holiday Gifts (for Those Hard to Buy for)