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Mexican Rice Salad & Adobo Shrimp

May 27

by Chef Donna Desfor

Simplicity. We crave it in the kitchen and there are some blends in the The Spice & Tea Exchange® pantry that make cooking so easy. The Spice & Tea Exchange® Adobo Spice Blend is one of those blends! It’s what gives Mexican flavor to this simple rice salad, and is the star ingredient in the incredibly versatile Adobo dressing below.

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Talking Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend

April 21

How to use this Japanese All Purpose Seasoning Like a Pro:

By Chef Donna Desfor


Ask any professional cook what they use to make flavors pop and they’ll almost always answer “salt.” Ask a Japanese cook how to give that same kind of kick to foods that might be fried, or grilled, or mixed in with noodles and broths, and chances are they’ll say, “togarashi.” Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Global & Ethnic Flavor Trends

March 24

What do the top 2016 culinary trend prediction lists and newly released products in the food industry have in common? Flavor, flavor, and more FLAVOR!

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In a market full of new recipes, food products, and restaurants, one group of flavor profiles has continued to stray from the typical and stand out amongst the rest—ethnic flavors. Offering a new and exciting world of exotic flavors, as well a chance to partake in a culinary adventure from areas across the globe, ethnic flavors provide the unique sensory experience for which foodies yearn. Read the rest of this entry »

ChocolaTEA Latte

November 18

Turn your tea into a tea latte for the perfect dessert on a chilly evening or for the commute to work. Use TSTE® Black Chocolate Tea, TSTE® Peppermint Patty Sugar, and TSTE® Dark Cocoa Sugar in this easy step-by-step process, to make this sweet and chocolatey tea latte. Read the rest of this entry »

London Fog Tea

November 18

This classic combination traditionally made with earl grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla, has an extra creamy flavor provided by TSTE® Earl Grey Crème Tea and a hint of warm lavender. Perfect for sipping by the fire, this warm drink is luxuriously sweet and undeniably comforting. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Turkey Brining Using TSTE® Bird Brine

November 5

Ready for a tender, juicier, more flavorful holiday turkey without a ton of extra work? With just a few quick steps and a convenient seasoning blend, TSTE® Bird Brine Seasoning takes your turkey from ho hum to fabulous!

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Winter-White Mulled Wine

November 5


TSTE® Mulling Mix Spice Blend is used to craft a lighter-bodied mulled white wine full of wintery flavors. This warm & easy-to-make drink contains pear, cinnamon, and other lovely seasonal hints with an inviting scent that’s perfect for get-togethers. Read the rest of this entry »

Herb Stuffing

November 5

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An enticing holiday dinner option, this unique dish consists of an array of exquisite flavors, enhanced by TSTE® Herb Turkey Rub and TSTE® Black Truffle Sea Salt. Homemade herb-filled stuffing is guaranteed to make this seasonal meal special! Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Halloween Party Dip Tray

October 28


DIY Party Tray ~ Fun, and oh-so-easy for your next gathering! Read the rest of this entry »

Pumpkin Carving at its Best!

October 27

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Grandma’s Apple Pie

September 30


Grandma always added “a pinch of this, and a pinch of that” to make her apple pie just right! Enjoy a bit of that homemade taste in this easy pie recipe. With a decorative crust and warm gooey center, this pie is the ultimate dessert to share with family and friends! Read the rest of this entry »

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

September 25

Great for entertaining, these bacon-wrapped poppers can be made ahead and baked just before serving! Complete with a velvety cheese filling, a crisp bacon coating, and finished with a spicy-sweet kick from TSTE® Habanero Sugar, this quick and simple appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read the rest of this entry »

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

September 11


Black-eyed peas are a symbol of prosperity often served on New Year’s Day and during Rosh Hashanah. TSTE® Tuscany Spice Blend, TSTE® Salted Caramel Sugar, and TSTE® Pinot Noir Sea Salt add a different twist to a traditional recipe. Served as a side dish at a formal dinner or as a tailgate party dip, this healthy and versatile dish is a family favorite! Read the rest of this entry »

Thai Pumpkin Custard

September 4


All the pumpkin goodness, without the hassle of the crust—this smooth and creamy custard contains spiced fall flavors with a delicious hint of citrus! The perfect size for a snack or a quick dinner party dessert, Thai Pumpkin Custard takes minimal preparation time and can be stored in the fridge and kept for several days. Read the rest of this entry »

Greek Chicken Gyros & Tzatziki

September 1

Chicken seasoned with TSTE® Greek Seasoning brings traditional Greek flavors to this dish! Create your own quick and delicious tzatziki sauce with TSTE® Vik’s Garlic Fix! Spice Blend to accompany the gyros. Read the rest of this entry »

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