Citrus and Salt

Citrus & Salt; Add a Zesty KICK

The pairing of citrus and salt, is a very famous combination in the culinary world. While there are other non-food uses for citrus and lime, such as DIY cleaning products and nutritional aids (like detox or rehydration beverages), one of the main reasons citrus and salt is so famous in the culinary world is due to the notorious salt + tequila + lime. Read more about Citrus & Salt; Add a Zesty KICK

Assemble Melt Enjoy

Assemble – Melt – Enjoy

Sloppy Joe Grilled CheeseThe iconic grilled cheese sandwich. So simple, so plainly perfect. It’s basically 3 ingredients, white bread, sliced American cheese, and butter. It’s eaten by itself or can be dunked into simple homemade soup, like our Tuscany Tomato Soup (containing rich hearty flavors from Tuscany Spice Blend & Sweet Onion Sugar and ready in 10 minutes). Grilled cheese can even be stuffed and loaded up Sloppy Joe style!

The grilled cheese sandwich is an incredible flavor canvas with endless possibilities; bread choices, which cheeses to use. Should it be butter, oil, mayonnaise, and what about added flavors? The idea of sprinkling a spice blend into layers of bread and cheese and grilling to a flavorful perfection, seems just too easy to believe. But it is. Read more about Assemble – Melt – Enjoy

Fresh Spring Flavors and Recipes

Fresh Spring Flavors & Recipes




Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially in the culinary world. It’s time to trade in those classic winter comfort foods for some new and exciting fresh spring flavors! At The Spice & Tea Exchange®, we experimented with many different combinations of products and flavor profiles that we felt would […]






Taco Tuesday at Its Finest

Taco Tuesday at Its Finest

Taco Tuesday. It’s basically a standing Tuesday thing for me, and usually ends up being sort of a pot luck taco Tuesday. Whatever I’ve got going on in my fridge ends up nestled into those heavenly crunchy shells. My favorite however, is still the good old ground beef taco. It’s so simple, and yet satisfies all my basic criteria for the perfect taco. Read more about Taco Tuesday at Its Finest

Sweet & Salty - The Perfect Pair

Sweet & Salty: The Perfect Pair

Life is packed with many hard decisions: what career path to take, where to live, whether to rent or buy a home, do you want to get married and/or have kids, etc. Luckily, in the flavor world, you can have your cake and eat it too. The biggest conundrum is often whether to satisfy your sweet or salty cravings…but why choose when you can have both? Read more about Sweet & Salty: The Perfect Pair

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…

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

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

Chef Stefans Thanksgiving Tips and Ideas

Chef Stefan’s Thanksgiving Tips & Ideas

Chef Stefan prepares us for the holiday season with Thanksgiving tips and ideas!

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. Read more about Chef Stefan’s Thanksgiving Tips & Ideas

Quick Pickling for the Holidays

Quick Pickling for the Holidays

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. Read more about Quick Pickling for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Turkey – as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Thanksgiving Turkey – as Easy as 1, 2, 3

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 more about Thanksgiving Turkey – as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Fall Togarashi Inspiration

Fall Togarashi Inspiration

Togarashi Pronunciation: 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 more about Fall Togarashi Inspiration