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The Art of Making Gougères

December 6

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 the rest of this entry »

Holiday Gifts (for Those Hard to Buy for)

December 5

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 the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

November 26

Thanksgiving Turkey

After Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you’ve had your fill of turkey sandwiches, get creative with your turkey leftovers! Chef Stefan shared two of his favorite recipes to help you to put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use! Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving Entertaining

November 17

What’s on the menu for Thanksgiving?

At The Spice & Tea Exchange®, we love to incorporate unexpected flavors in our holiday recipes to break from the norm! Whether cooking for a formal dinner or just in need of some food for the big game, we have the right recipes to keep your guests coming back for more! Read the rest of this entry »

The Science of Brining

November 15

by Chef Stefan


There are so many brining recipes out there, which has made “brining” a popular buzz word. But what does brining really mean? What’s the science behind it and how does brining work?

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Chef Stefan’s Thanksgiving Tips & Ideas

November 10

by Chef Stefan

For a Flavorful Turkey

Homemade stock reduction with butter for basting. If you are a baster, then how about arming yourself with an intense flavor packed basting liquid?

Try: In a saucepan, combine 4 cups of vegetable stock, 8 Tbs. of butter and a complimenting Spice Blend, such as Herb Turkey Rub, English Roast Rub, or Lamb & Pork Seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until your basting liquid has reduced by at least half. This will intensify the flavors. As you baste, the liquid will combine with your bird’s drippings and add additional flavor.Turkey Prep
Try: Pre-rub turkey in a combination of Herb Turkey Rub & mayonnaise. Use 1 oz Herb Turkey Rub per cup of mayo. Be sure to rub entire bird, inside and under the skin.
Try: Espresso Steak Rub applied to the turkey’s cavity in addition to any seasoning placed outside the bird will add a unique sweet, nutty richness. The drippings will impart new dimension to gravy. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Pickling for the Holidays

November 7

Quick pickling is a handy little trick to have up your sleeve, especially when vegetables are abundant or rich and spiced foods are on the menu. It’s fast (sometimes as quick as 15 minutes) and if you have a few of The Spice & Tea Exchange®’s most popular blends on hand, you can create a variety of pickling liquids to match just about any meal you’re serving up.

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Thanksgiving Turkey – as Easy as 1, 2, 3

November 2


Your Thanksgiving turkey can be as easy as 1,2,3…just clean, rub, and bake!

Whether you’re brining your turkey, or simply baking, we have flavorful blends that take the hassle out of turkey prep and deliver plenty of flavor—giving you more time to spend with your family Thanksgiving day. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Togarashi Inspiration

October 11


Pronounced: toh-guh-RAH-schee

We get a multitude of questions every week asking about our products and their flavorful uses. Many of our blends and rubs are all-purpose seasonings that can be used in a variety of ways. Our Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend is quite the chameleon of spice blends, serving purpose in both traditional and Asian-inspired dishes. Its flavor profile has recently emerged as a trending flavor around the world…but it isn’t new to the culinary scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Pumpkin Pepitas – Capturing Fall Flavors

September 29

by Chef Donna Marie Desfor


Capturing the Flavor of Fall 
As soon as summer ends, it seems like the air is instantly filled with smell of pumpkin pie. It’s warm and inviting; it feels like home. Being at home and back in the kitchen after summer vacation is a good thing! Especially when TSTE® Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend is in your pantry. It’s a tasty little blend that, yes – works for pumpkin pies, cakes, and cookies – but is also a great seasoning base for a lot of other cooking and baking applications.

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Fall Flavors for Coffee & Tea

September 20



Want to add some rich fall flavor to your coffee or tea– without the added syrups you’ll get at large coffee chains? If you’re looking for an alternative to the annual “pumpkin spice” beverages, and want to create your own at home, The Spice & Tea Exchange® is the perfect place to shop for fall flavor! Below are a few recommendations to get you started on your own fall concoction. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfectly Paired – Exploring Vintner’s Spice Blend

September 14


TSTE® Vintner’s Spice Blend is a great choice when wine is as important as the food being served! In fact, we created this blend to help food pair better with wine─ especially red wine, heartier aromatic whites (such as Gewürztraminer or Viognier), and oaky new world Chardonnays. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you simply enjoy wine, this blend is worth a try! Read the rest of this entry »

Tuscany Blend Homestyle Chicken Sausages

August 29

Tuscany Blend Chicken Sausage

Who doesn’t love the idea of making your own sausage?  That is, of course, until you consider that most recipes want you to grind your own meat and stuff your mixture into hog casings!  It’s an investment not only in time, but equipment and resources!  Well, never has it been so easy to make just about any kind of meat sausage, without a meat grinder, without a sausage stuffer, and without having to track down hog casings! It’s easy, actually pretty fast, too.  But when you mix in Tuscany Spice Blend for seasoning, your results are nothing short of super-delicious.
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5 Must-Have Grilling Blends For Summer

July 14

Looking for ways to spice up your cookouts this summer? Check out these unique all-purpose spice blends!

Smokehouse Rub Spice Blend

Smokehouse Rub Spice Blend

Enjoy a rich blend of tangy tomatoes, garlic, onion, sugar, smoky sea salt, and spices. Intended for pork, but also great on poultry and seafood, this rub includes all the flavors of a traditional Midwest barbecue. Read the rest of this entry »

Herb Sesame Hot Sauce

June 6

by Chef Donna Desfor


Who doesn’t love a great hot sauce?  With so many flavor options available, if you’re a fan you’ll end up with a pantry full of them.  We prefer to keep things simple and whip up a batch of seasoned hot sauce whenever we need it.  This master recipe is easily adjusted to match whatever you’re cooking up!  Read the rest of this entry »

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