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Egg “Frittata” Casserole

May 23

Weekend guests? No need to fret or fuss when it comes to breakfast. Go from a handful of ingredients to a satisfying meal in about 20 minutes.


When it comes to breakfast, we think easier is better. While technically this recipe is a casserole, you can cook it in a skillet so it comes out of the oven looking like a frittata – only you didn’t have to mess with multiple pans… flipping ingredients. Read the rest of this entry »

Fish Two Ways

May 14

Making Fish Two Delicious Ways: Cornmeal Fried Catfish Bites and Potato Crusted Baked Fish Sticks with Cajun “Rémoulade”

Fish Two Ways from Chef Donna and Fox 43

If you’re looking for just a few more ways to prepare fish, this one recipe provides a lot of options. Choose your breading – either cornbread mix or potato flakes, then your cooking method, either pan frying or oven baked, and you’re on your way to a delicious meal. The “rémoulade” sauce features a kicked-up little Cajun Spice Blend available from The Spice & Tea Exchange®, and though not a classic rémoulade, it’s as easy and delicious as it gets. (Rémoulade is a simple mustard-flavored mayonnaise spiced with garlic and pepper.) For your Perfect Pairing, The Vineyard at Hershey Gewürztraminer is a great aromatic wine. This is the perfect counterpoint to the spiced seasonings layered on the mild fish.

Watch me prepare it on Fox 43:

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Fruit Tart for Mom

May 9

 Fruit Tart Glazed The Spice & Tea Exchange

This spectacular looking (and delicious tasting) tart couldn’t be easier! The easy-to-make hazelnut crust gets a boost of flavor from TSTE® Limited Edition Tahitian Nectar Tea and TSTE® Salted Caramel Sugar. For good measure, we add a bit of the tea into the tart glaze so the flavor runs top to bottom in every bite. Read the rest of this entry »

Lamb Tacos

May 3

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo!

Let’s face it. With grilling season just around the corner and big hunks of meat being tossed on the open flames (leg of lamb anyone?), having an idea or two in your back pocket for leftovers is going to be a good thing. And, with a hefty amount of leftover roasted lamb in my freezer from Easter, I’m thinking of ways to use it.

I’ve got Cinco de Mayo on my radar screen so here’s my chance: Mediterranean flavors married with a bit of a Spanish culture and Mexican cuisine equals…Lamb Tacos!

To make it over the top delish, I’ve added a couple easy toppings and everything gets a punch of flavor from a handful of classic The Spice & Tea Exchange® spice blends that you probably have on hand (If you don’t, these are a few that have endless uses in the kitchen!).

These tacos are easy and, the toppings take no time to prepare. Since my roast started with a healthy dose of seasoning and intense herbs, I grabbed my TSTE® Greek Seasoning blend to feature in my taco. The herbs match the Lamb Seasoning blend, and the feta powder and onion gives the meat and toppings a snap of flavor that keeps you coming back for another bite.

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Sparkling Moscato Sangria

April 30

Flavored Vodkas are all the rage, but they’re super easy to make at home if you’ve got some quality, flavorful tea on hand. Tea infused Vodka works great as a mixer in a cocktail, works as a substitute for brandy in a base for a Sangria, and can even be used to infuse sauces on the stove top.

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In this post we show you how to use the infused vodka to make a sangria base for our Sparkling Moscato Sangria. To start, you need to make a tea-infused vodka. TSTE® Limited Edition Hibiscus Rooibos Tea is the perfect candidate with its bright hibiscus and citrus tang combined with tropical notes. Read the rest of this entry »

Herbal Education- Thyme

April 25

Thyme is the work horse of the herb garden! Whether fresh or dried, thyme adds a freshness with aromas that hint at pine, grassiness, and pears!

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Herbal Education- Tarragon

April 24

If you grow fresh tarragon in your garden you are in for quite a surprise. The flavor, taste – the powerful (and sweet) minty heat with a peppery bite that lingers – is quite different from the dried version. Harvested from your garden, it is best used sparingly to add a citrusy, minty aromatic to sauces (think butter braises and mayonnaise/aioli-type blends), seafood and beef.

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Herbal Education- Lavender

April 23

To know lavender is to love lavender. It’s fragrance unmistakable: intensely perfumed, it invigorates and relaxes at the same time.

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Herbal Education- Chives

April 22

Distinct and onion-like, chives are mild with less of a bite than onions or garlic. This makes them a great option where you’d like a hint of onion flavor but not the raw stinging bite of the real deal.

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Herbal Education- Basil

April 21
Who doesn’t love the vibrant scent of sweet basil?  It’s hard to imagine summer without it.  Warm and spicy with hints of clove, citrus and even cinnamon layered over a minty-camphor-like aroma.

This leafy herb is known for its sweet smell and flavor. Frequently used in Mediterranean cooking, this herb comes in several varieties, including sweet basil (common use), Thai basil, opal basil (purple hue), lemon basil, cinnamon basil, clove basil, anise basil, and many others. Varieties of basil are dependent on the region they are grown in.

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Marbled Tea Eggs

April 16

Gear up for Easter Sunday with this brilliant Marbled Tea Eggs recipe! Give your Easter eggs a savory flavor while decorating them at the same time. We’ll show you how…

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April 2014 Calendar of Events

April 1

What is going on in your area?! Follow your store here and on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

Signature Chicken Flatbread

March 28

Flatbreads are perfect for relaxed weekend meals! Get the kids together for a fun activity and top your flatbread with your favorite toppings! Today, we’ve chosen to make our own Signature Chicken Flatbread. Savor the warmth and heat of TSTE® Signature Spice Blend on moist chicken, atop fresh garden veggies and a cheesy-baked pizza crust. It’s all delicious, and all from The Spice & Tea Exchange®.

Try a Tuscan flatbread with TSTE® Tuscany Spice Blend, or a spicy chicken flatbread with TSTE® Crazy Chicken Seasoning. For an herbal twist, give it a try with TSTE® California Blend or our famous TSTE® Herbal Garden Grinder Blend.



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Buffalo Cauliflower “How-To” from Chef Donna’s Kitchen

March 25

Taken from Fox43: Chef Donna’s Snacks for March Madness

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Snacks for March Madness!

With March Madness in full swing this is a great little snack to make while you watch all those games.  Buffalo Cauliflower is everything you love about hot wings and all that deliciousness and toothsome bite of veggies.  If you have a deep fryer, this the time to get it out and put it to use.  If not, I’ve got an easy oven-bake method for you to follow, instead.  For your Perfect Pairing try The Vineyard at Hershey Dry Riesling.  The tart Riesling grape goes toe to toe with the sauce, without compromising the beer-batter and overall “wing” taste! Read the rest of this entry »

Cucumber Bites

March 21

These light Cucumber Bites are the perfect appetizer for a spring party! Get together a few simple ingredients for a light and flavorful treat.


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