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

St. Patrick's Day

Add a Little Green This St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, originally began as a cultural and religious feast honoring the foremost patron saint of Ireland (who passed away on March 17). What began as a religious feast, evolved over time into an intentional festival celebrating the heritage and the culture of the Irish with parades, festivals, green beer, and delicious food.

Symbolized by lucky charms, shamrocks, and the color green, decorating and preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering can be fairly simple. However, hosting a St. Patrick’s day feast, can take a little more planning. Read more about Add a Little Green This St. Patrick’s Day

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

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