Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

The mint julep is the traditional drink of the horseracing derby culture, and it’s easy to see why…what’s better than a sporting event paired with a traditional Southern cocktail? Of course, the juleps don’t stop when the race is over. The mint julep is a warm weather favorite for all kinds of entertaining—or even for just sitting on the porch for a spell. Read more about Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

In my experience, nothing says summer’s coming like the mouth-watering aroma of freshly-smoked beef. One whiff and you’re ready to knock off work, open a beverage, pull up a patio chair, and settle in. Smokehouse briskets take time—which is a huge part of the appeal. You can’t rush smoked brisket, but you can bring the great taste (and smells!) of the traditional outdoor smokehouse indoors with this clever slow-cooker recipe. Read more about Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

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

Tomato Tarragon Blooming Quiche

Tomato Tarragon Blooming Quiche

May 20 is “National Quiche Lorraine Day” (who knew?) but why wait? Quiche Lorraine is a fabulous choice for an anytime weekend brunch or a light patio supper with good friends. Easy to make, easy to serve, Quiche Lorraine is one of those hearty-yet-light anomalies in the gourmet world. It packs a protein-filled satiety but retains an airy presentation that’s just right for spring and summer entertaining. Read more about Tomato Tarragon Blooming Quiche

Brunch as Special

Brunch as Special as She Is

Mothers Day Coming SoonIt takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child, and someone special to love someone more than herself. Whether you love her for her care taking, her selflessness, her strong will, or simply just for being your Mom, make her feel special this year for Mother’s Day. In fact, we thought it would be nice to make Mother’s Day just as special as she makes us feel…

By cooking her the most important meal of the day on Mother’s Day; Sunday brunch! Our recommended brunch menu comes straight to you from our chef’s kitchen: Hibiscus Mimosas & Smoked Salmon & Mushroom Galette. Read more about Brunch as Special as She Is

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco De Mayo ~ Throw a Fiesta

Cindo de Mayo Food Commonly known for Mexican cuisine, parties, parades, music, dancing, and margaritas, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is associated with a celebration of Mexican-American culture. Whether you want to celebrate by making a festive meal at home or you want to have a full-blown party, it is easy and fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your own home!

While there are essentials to a party such as décor, entertainment, etc. we find food to be the underlying factor that can make or break a party.  Mexican cuisine is full of lively fun flavors, food, and drinks, and makes for the perfect party food. Inclusive of many Mexican cuisine essentials; corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, chili peppers, and of course margaritas, here are some menu items to turn your Cinco de Mayo into a FIESTA! Read more about Cinco De Mayo ~ Throw a Fiesta

Inside Out Pretzels

Inside-Out Pretzels

Most often, we think of eating pretzels while at carnivals, ball parks, shopping at the mall, and watching a movie. Quite frankly, all you need to do is pick up a bag of your favorite variety, at your local grocery store. Personally, a pretzel that’s right out of the oven, with its hot crunchy crust, and soft chewy interior, is the only pretzel that I truly enjoy. There’s no better way to satisfy that pretzel craving than to make them at home. Read more about Inside-Out Pretzels

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 […]

Natural Egg Dying

Natural Egg Dying

Due to concerns in the news about the effects of artificial coloring and dyes, many large companies are moving away from using these types of dyes. (Learn more from Forbes, U.S News, and Special Education Degrees). However, while it is becoming increasingly easier to buy food using exclusively natural dyes, solutions are still needed for many common traditions such as dying eggs. Luckily, dying eggs doesn’t have to be limited to the restraints of artificial colors. Many natural alternatives for dying eggs can be found either right in your pantry or at your local The Spice & Tea Exchange®! Read more about Natural Egg Dying

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

For The Love of Ranch

For the Love of Ranch

From salads to dips, dolloped on a baked potato, and baked onto chicken or even pizza; there isn’t much you can’t do with ranch dressing. There are some great bottled dressings on the market, but why not take a few minutes and DIY? Here is our favorite ranch dressing recipe with a few options to create flavorful alternatives. Read more about For the Love of Ranch