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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

Read more: http://fox43.com/2014/03/24/chef-donna-snacks-for-march-madness/#ixzz2wuBTga5Y

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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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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 14

Chef Donna has prepared the ultimate Irish dinner for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! This step-by-step meal recipe, starts with an amazing Genmaicha Tea Soup, then segues into a delicious Tea Poached Halibut prepared with TSTE® Genmaicha Tea. The meal is completed by a wonderful Baby & Winter Greens Salad with Dressing. If you are ready to see just how much flavor The Spice & Tea Exchange® can deliver in just one meal, then these recipes are for you.

The Menu:
Genmaicha Tea Soup, Crisped Genmaicha Tea Halibut (or chicken), and Baby & Winter Greens Salad w/ Dressing

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This green-tea-and-toasted-rice (Genmaicha Tea) base broth is the perfect platform for sweet roots, earthy vegetables, mushrooms and the bright warm spice of ginger.  *Note:  When you add miso to hot liquids the miso solids will separate and settle out.  If you’re serving your soup right away, no worries.  However, if you’re making it ahead, it’s worth the added step to strain these solids out.  You’ll sacrifice the vegetables, but we think it worth it to get their delicious flavor into the stock.  You can add another round of vegetables to the soup when your reheat your now clear broth. 

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Braised Pork Chops with Cabbage & Apples

March 13

Here’s yet another great recipe to kick off the celebration of St. Patty’s Day. Try our Braised Pork Chops with Cabbage & Apples recipe for a real taste of Irish cuisine.

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Potato Bacon Quiche

March 12

Potatoes, bacon, eggs, and TSTE® Coastal Blend set this quiche apart from the rest. Start the day right with this hearty, delicious dish. 

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Ingredients:

From TSTE®

1/8 tsp chopped fresh TSTE® Thyme
2 tsp TSTE® Coastal Blend

 

From the Grocer

1 – 9” frozen pie crust
4 slices naturally smoked bacon
1 small onion, chopped
3 Yukon gold potatoes (or 1 russet), peeled and diced
1 cup half and half
3 eggs
½ cup Swiss or Gruyere cheese

 

Preparation:

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

THAW the frozen pie crust for 15 mins. Then pre-bake it for 15 mins. Remove from oven.

FRY bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat for 5-7 mins or until crisp. Remove. Pat dry with paper towels and chop when cool.

ADD onion, potatoes, and TSTE® Thyme into the frying pan and cook until tender; about 10 mins.

WHISK half and half, eggs, and TSTE® Coastal Blend together.

SPRINKLE cheese, bacon, and onion mix on top of the pre-baked pie crust. Pour eggs mixture over top. Wrap foil around the edge of your quiche crust to prevent it from burning.

TURN the oven up to 450°F and bake the quiche for 35 – 40 mins.

 

Yield: 8 servings
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 40 mins

*If you prefer a slightly more browned crust, take the quiche out 5 mins early. Remove the foil and brush the edges with 1 TBS of melted butter. Return to the oven for the remainder of the baking period.

 

-The Spice & Tea Exchange

www.spiceandtea.com

Peppermint Patty Bars

March 11

These Peppermint Patty Bars are a perfect, sweet bite to serve at your next Spring celebration. Simply whip, spread, freeze and serve!

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Ingredients:

From TSTE®

½ cup TSTE® Natural Cocoa Powder
2 tsp TSTE® Madagascar Pure Vanilla
1 TBS TSTE® Peppermint Patty Sugar 

From the Grocer

1 ¼ cup (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, divided
2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
3 ¼ cups powdered sugar, divided
¼ cup egg substitute (pasteurized egg)
¼ cup crème de menthe liqueur
1 TBS vegetable shortening
1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preparation:

MELT ½ cup (1 stick) of butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, whisk in TSTE® Natural Cocoa Powder. Remove from heat. Add TSTE® Madagascar Pure Vanilla, graham crackers, ¼ cup powdered sugar, and egg substitute. Stir.

COAT a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and press the graham cracker mix into the bottom. Refrigerate.

IN the meantime, melt another stick of butter. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and crème de menthe liqueur together. Continue beating and slowly add the remaining powdered sugar. Spread the mixture over the graham cracker later with a spatula and return bars to the fridge. Chill for an hour.

MELT remaining butter (½ stick), shortening, and chocolate chips. Lightly spread over the crème de menthe layer. Work fast as the chocolate will harden quickly. Sprinkle with TSTE® Peppermint Patty Sugar.

RETURN to fridge for at least an hour. Cut into small squares before serving.

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Yield: 24 small bars    
Total Time:
3 hrs
Prep: 30 mins     
Cook: 10 mins

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-The Spice & Tea Exchange

www.spiceandtea.com

 

 

The Spice & Tea Exchange® Brings Exciting New Flavors to Sulphur, OK

March 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 10, 2014

Melinda Phelps, Paula Stewart, and staff of The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sulphur

Melinda Phelps, Paula Stewart, and staff of The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sulphur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spice & Tea Exchange® Brings Exciting New Flavors
to Sulphur, OK

Sulphur, OK – March 10, 2014 – Come In and Smell the Spices® this spring at The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sulpur, OK. The Spice & Tea Exchange® offers food lovers, professional chefs, and tea enthusiasts a shopping experience filled with unique ingredients and culinary delights. Now open at the Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa in Sulphur, OK.

The Spice & Tea Exchange® offers an abundance of products to choose from, with more than 120 fresh spices, over 70 hand-mixed seasoning blends, 12 naturally-flavored sugars, 24 salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. The store also offers recipes, gift boxes and accessories to complement the spice and tea selections.

After discovering The Spice & Tea Exchange® on a trip to Texas, good friends Melinda Phelps and Paula Stewart finally found the passion they were looking for in owning their own franchise business. The Spice & Tea Exchange® retail locations are known for their educational atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. Guests are encouraged to smell the spices, watch Spice Masters create handmade blends, and let their curiosity guide them through rustic shelves filled with apothecary-style jars.

Phelps and Stewart are excited to bring this new experience to the Sulphur community, and delighted to be in the position of “owning a store with products that [they] absolutely believe in.” Their new location in the shopping plaza at the Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa is the perfect place for visitors and Sulphur residents to find quality products and exclusive gourmet gifts. “[It] is a wonderful and new experience every time you visit,” stated Phelps.

The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sulphur opened its’ doors last weekend on Friday, March 7, 2014. A Grand Opening event is being planned for the near future. The store will be open Monday – Friday, 10a.m. – 7p.m., Saturdays, 10a.m. – 5p.m. and Sundays noon – 4p.m. For more information visit them on the web at SpiceandTea.com/sulphur.

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CONTACT
PRESS: Libby Breivogel, Corporate Marketing Coordinator
(727) 422-0309 or l.breivogel@spiceandtea.com

STORE: Melinda Phelps & Paula Stewart, Proprietors
(580) 622-3770 or Sulphur@spiceandtea.com

 

Green Tea Cheesecake Bites

March 7

These green tea cheesecake bites are simple and delicious. Add some zen to your day with the calm, smooth, creamy flavors of TSTE® Madagascar Pure Vanilla and TSTE® Sweet Matcha contained in these lavish green cheesecakes. 

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Citrus Braised Cabbage and Warm Potato Salad with whole grain mustard vinaigrette.

March 5

  For those cabbage nay-sayers out there this recipe might just change your mind.  Something fantastic happens when you combine these ingredients!  Bright and earthy with a toothsome crunch, this cabbage dish is perfect as a side to pork or potatoes; it makes a great condiment for Brats or Hot Dogs, and as an alternative to sauerkraut for the classic Reuben, it can’t be beat.  But, don’t stop there.  This technique for braising works deliciously for other odiferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts or fennel, making them suddenly a friendly addition to your table.  And while this will be a great addition to your St. Patty’s day meal, don’t forget to pull it out come Thanksgiving.  You’ll be delighted at how this brightens up that savory meal.

The potato salad couldn’t be easier, and takes but a handful of minutes.  The dressing is perfection with a nice crusty sear on the potatoes, and manages to balance the citrus braised cabbage when added.  It’s all just over the top delicious.

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Potatoes and Cabbage from the Kitchen of Chef Donna.

Potatoes and Cabbage from the Kitchen of Chef Donna.

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INGREDIENTS

 

From TSTE®

For the cabbage

1 teaspoon TSTE® Maple Syrup Granules

¼ cup TSTE® Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 teaspoon TSTE® Chili Lime Salt

2 teaspoons TSTE® Sweet Onion Sugar

TSTE® Florida Sunshine and TSTE® Pirates Bite, to season

 

For the vinaigrette

1 tablespoon TSTE® Shallots

TSTE® Florida Sunshine and TSTE® Pirates Bite, to season

2 teaspoons TSTE® Maple Syrup Granules

1 teaspoon TSTE® Bourbon Black Walnut Sugar

½ teaspoon TSTE® Soy Sauce Powder

 

From the Grocer

For the Cabbage

One 1-pound cabbage, halved, cored and sliced 1/8-inch thick

1/3 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons)

½ cup fresh orange juice

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

¼ cup +1 tablespoon white wine

2 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, thinly sliced

 

For the Vinaigrette

¼ cup Apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard

½ cup vegetable oil

 

For the Potato Salad

4 or 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 ½ pounds) peeled and cubed

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons butter

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Preparation

For Citrus Braised Cabbage.

In a large bowl, TOSS the cabbage with the lemon and orange juice, TSTE ® extra-virgin olive oil and Maple Syrup Granules, the brown sugar and wine.  LET STAND at room temperature for 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

PLACE a large pot over medium heat.  ADD butter then onion and TSTE® Chili Lime Salt; toss to coat.  COVER and steam about 3 minutes.  ADD TSTE® Sweet Onion Sugar, reduce heat and cook uncovered until onions are soft and beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes.  ADD the citrus-soaked cabbage, cover and bring to a boil.  REDUCE heat and braise partially covered for about 20 minutes, until the cabbage is crisp-tender and glazed.  SET ASIDE.

For Vinaigrette.  COMBINE TSTE® Shallots and vinegar in a small mixing bowl.  ADD 2 tablespoons very hot water.  SEASON with TSTE® Florida Sunshine and Pirates Bite.  LET STAND about 15 minutes for shallots to soften and flavors develop.  Add remaining ingredients whisking in oil to emulsify.  LET STAND until granules and sugar are melted; whisk occasionally.  WHISK before using.

For the Potatoes.  COVER potatoes with plastic wrap in a microwave safe bowl, then STEAM in microwave for about 8 minutes.  Carefully remove plastic wrap and drain.

PLACE a large skillet over medium high heat.  ADD oil and butter then potatoes.  Season with Florida Sunshine and Pirates Bite, TOSS to coat then cook undisturbed for 3 to 4 minutes to crisp the potatoes.  ADD about ¼ cup of the vinaigrette and cook, tossing to coat, until dressing is warmed through.  Serve warm, or add Citrus Braised Cabbage and serve.

Serves 4

 

From Chef Donna

-The Spice & Tea Exchange

www.spiceandtea.com

 

 

March 2014 Calendar of Events

February 27

What’s happening in your area?

Ashland, OR

Friday March 7th- First Fridays
Featuring fantastic art and debuting our new culinary cooking class cohort

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Newport, RI

Sat.  March 15th - St. Patrick’s celebration
Stop in and sample an array of green foods and mint tea.

Tuesday, March 18th- Newport Chamber Business Expo- 4-7 pm
Join us in the Marketplace sampling teas and spice blends at the Newport Hyatt on Goat Island.

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Bentonville, AR

March 3- Bentonville Shopping Night
NW Arkansas Fashion Week begins with the Downtown Bentonville Shopping Night.  The Spice and Tea Exchange will extend our hours on March 3rd until 8:00 p.m.  Stop in Monday night for a nice cup of tea and other goodies.

The first “First Friday” event of 2014 will be held March 7 — Midway to St. Patrick’s Day — in Downtown Bentonville! 
Come celebrate the Irish in all of us.  Any “green” item in our store window will be discounted and we have be serving goodies all evening.

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Cincinnati, OH

Tuesday March 11th from 6:30 – 8:00PM  – Find Your Way to Flavor – Chef Series begins

Join us as we welcome Robert Hopkins, Executive Chef, Relish Modern Tapa Restaurant in Mason, Ohio | Event Theme: Tapa Madness
Save YOUR seat: call 513-531-7000 or email us at cincinnati@spiceandtea.com. Cost $30.00

CELEBRATE MARCH FOODIE DAYS, in store samples and promotions on blends, salts and sugars:

March 1st & 2nd – Mulled Wine Day and National Seafood Day
March 8th & 9th – National Potato Chip Day featuring our Adobo Seasoning
March 15th & 16th – All things GREEN Day
March 22nd & 23rd – Brownie and Salsa Bar
March 29th & 30th –  National Orange and Lemon Day – tea bar
March 26th  5:30 – 10pm CITY BEAT 2014 BEST OF CINCINNATI PARTY Bertke Electric Warehouse Stop by our booth and sample our award winning tea. Tickets $30.00. For more information visit :www.citybeat.com

SAMPLE, SIP & SHARE TEA SERIES, with Tearistas Brittany and Terri. Join us at our FAMOUS FREE Tea Bar, Sundays from 1-4pm as we talk and taste TEA!

March 2nd  – What’s  up with Rooibos
March 9th –  Earl Grey Sampling
March 16th – GREEN Tea vs Green Beer
March 23rd – Introducing our Spring Fling Limited Time Teas
March 31st – Single Estate Teas from Rishi

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West Monroe, LA

March 9, 2014 – Examine Asian Tea Ceremonies and Traditions
March 23, 2014 – Enjoy a Traditional Garden Tea Party
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Sarasota, FL

Chef Series at Clasico -  Wednesday March 5th at 6pm
Clasico Sarasota 1341 Main St, 34236  | Cost: $25 includes demonstrations and tastings | Cash bar
RSVP by March 1st. 941-388-1411 or to p.callender@spiceandtea.com

Warming up to Cupid

February 11

Try this recipe for instant home-made “spiced moonshine.”  Warming and delicious to sip on a winter’s night, this may be the perfect night cap after a cozy Valentine’s Day.

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Tempting Cupid’s Taste-buds

February 11

 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon and thoughts turning to roses, here’s the perfect combination of roses and liqueur.  This spiced-up little cocktail is inspired by a drink that celebrity mixologist Alex Ott shared with me at Beaver Creek’s Food & Wine Weekend.  I’ve spiced it up a bit with some ginger liqueur to quench cupid’s thirst… and keep things spicy on Valentine’s Day!

 

Angel of Love Cocktail

 

Ingredients:

From TSTE®

TSTE® Ginger Sugar to rim glass
TSTE®
Rosebuds and Petals, to garnish
TSTE®
Candied Ginger, to garnish

From the Grocer

2 oz (1/4 cup) (ginger) Snap® Liqueur, OR 2 oz (1/4 cup) ginger ale
1 oz (about 1/8 cup) blackberry liqueur (optional)
2 oz  (1/4 cup) cherry infused vodka
Generous splash of cranberry juice
Dry sparkling wine OR club soda

Preparation:

COMBINE ginger liqueur, blackberry liqueur (if using), infused vodka and cranberry juice over ice.  Stir.  Pour into a GINGER SUGAR rimmed martini glass.  ADD sparkling wine or club soda floater and garnish with a ROSE PETAL and piece of CANDIED GINGER. 

Yield:  2 cocktails

 

From Chef Donna

-The Spice & Tea Exchange

www.spiceandtea.com

 

Chocolate Kissed Strawberries

February 6

Perfect with romantic dinners or a quick party appetizer – these strawberries look gourmet and professionally made in only a matter of minutes.

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Ingredients:

From TSTE®

Your choice of:

TSTE® Dark Cocoa Sugar

TSTE® Coconut Sugar

TSTE® Espresso Sugar

 

From the Grocer:

10 – 15 strawberries (with stems)

1 – 7 oz cup of dipping chocolate (dark or milk)

6 oz white chocolate chips (about ½ a bag)
1 tsp vegetable shortening

 

Preparation:

RINSE strawberries. Pat dry thoroughly with paper towels and set aside.

MELT white chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir consistently throughout the process until the chocolate is smooth.

REMOVE the plastic lid from your cup of dipping chocolate. Heat the cup of dipping chocolate according to the directions on the package – this will typically entail repeatedly microwaving on medium for 30 sec and stirring afterwards, until completely melted.

DIP each strawberry in dipping chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle white chocolate over top. Sprinkle with TSTE® Dark Cocoa Sugar, TSTE® Coconut Sugar, or TSTE® Espresso Sugar. Refrigerate until the chocolate is hardened and serve.

 

Pressed for time? Dipping chocolate cups come in both milk and dark chocolate and the strawberries will look great using both (if you don’t want to take the time to melt the white chocolate chips).

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Yield: 10-15 strawberries  Kitchen Time: 10-15 minutes 

 

-The Spice & Tea Exchange

www.spiceandtea.com

 

 

The Spice & Tea Exchange® opens in Blowing Rock, NC

February 4


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 4, 2014

CONTACT:
Libby Breivogel
The Spice & Tea Exchange®
(727) 422-0309 or l.breivogel@spiceandtea.com

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The Spice & Tea Exchange® opens in Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock, NC – February 4, 2014 – A new kind of gourmet retailer has moved to Blowing Rock, NC. The Spice & Tea Exchange® is now located at 1087 Main Street in the heart of downtown. Find Your Way to Flavor™ and take part in an interactive shopping experience opening Friday, February 7, 2014.

The Spice & Tea Exchange® is a unique gourmet retailer focused on bringing a world of spices, teas, and unique custom blends to at-home-cooks, connoisseurs and professional chefs alike. At The Spice & Tea Exchange®, guests are encouraged to “Come In and Smell the Spices!®” and adventure through rustic product displays while watching Spice Masters create hand-made blends in store. Reminiscent of an 18th Century trading post, with wood floors and beams, the store’s interior boasts jar-lined shelves filled with spices, teas and gourmet gifts.

The Spice & Tea Exchange® carries over 70 exclusive hand-mixed blends. Store guests also have an abundance of products to choose from with more than 120 spices, 12 naturally-flavored sugars, 24 salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. To compliment the spice and tea selections, the store offers recipes, gift boxes and accessories. In addition, educational information can be found on their website and blog.

New franchise owners Andy and Gayle Barth have been long-time customers of The Spice & Tea Exchange®, following a visit to the original store in St. Augustine, Florida. In their travels, Andy and Gayle discovered other locations and were “always impressed with the quality and freshness of [the] products and the diverse selection of proprietary blends.” Now, they are thrilled to bring this interactive experience to the Blowing Rock community.

The opening of this location has been highly anticipated by the city of Blowing Rock. The Barths believe that their selection of whole spices, teas, and specialty ingredients will directly compliment the area’s awareness and desire for “high-quality foods.” Although they plan to open their doors this weekend, a Grand Opening event is planned in late spring when the population of Blowing Rock expands with seasonal residents and tourists.

The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Blowing Rock will be open for business Friday, February 7, 2014. For more information visit them on the web at SpiceandTea.com.

 

The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Blowing Rock
1087 Main Street, Unit 4 | Blowing Rock, NC 28605
828-372-7070 | blowingrock@spiceandtea.com
Hours: Monday – Tuesday, 10a.m. – 6p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Thursday – Saturday, 10a.m. – 6p.m.
Sunday, 12p.m. – 5p.m. (Hours subject to change)
www.spiceandtea.com/blowingrock

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Easy Layered Nachos

January 24

Here’s another great appetizer for your“Big Game” party. Nachos are easy, loved, and affordable. Why not add a little spice and flavor to your nachos by topping with TSTE® Southwest Seasoning!

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Ingredients:

From TSTE®

1 TBS TSTE® Southwest Seasoning, or to taste

From the Grocer

11 oz bag tortilla chips

15 oz can black beans, rinsed

8 oz shredded cheddar cheese

4-5 jalapeños, sliced

12 oz jar banana pepper rings

1 tomato, diced

2.25 oz  can black olives

1 bunch of cilantro, minced

8 oz sour cream

16 oz salsa

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Preparation:

PREHEAT oven to 400°F.

COVER the bottom of a 9×13 pan with a layer of tortilla chips (about half the bag). Sprinkle half of the black beans and cheese over top.

COVER again with the rest of the chips and then follow with the remainder of the beans and cheese. On top, layer: jalapeños, banana peppers, tomato, black olives, and cilantro. Top with TSTE® Southwest Seasoning.

BAKE for 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite salsa and a dollop of sour cream.

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Yield: 4 servings   Kitchen Time: 15 minutes

 

-The Spice & Tea Exchange

 

 

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