Keeping it Hot - Pirate's Bite Salsa

Keeping it Hot – Pirate’s Bite Salsa

Keep it HOT this summer! And what better way to stay hot then to celebrate National Hot & Spicy Food Day. Take today to dedicate yourself to the eating of spicy foods…and make sure you have a glass of milk on hand! If you could live off nothing but spicy food, we have some delicious ways for you to heat things up…

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Quick Broiled Catfish

Quick Broiled Catfish

Back in 1987, President Reagan designated June 25 as National Catfish Day. The idea was to “celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.” I’m glad he did. It gives me a reason to develop some new recipes and approaches to a fish that’s become one of my go-to’s. Catfish is just so versatile. It’s an all-American favorite that summons images of lazy afternoons cane-pole fishing on a meandering stream. Very Huck Finn. Very satisfying. Read more about Quick Broiled Catfish

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

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 […]

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

Easy Football Party Food

Easy Football Party Food

It’s game time and you’re ready to create your party food menu, but a recipe fumble is the last thing you need.  Make sure you have the perfect game plan with these winning recipes: Read more about Easy Football Party Food

Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

This curious little taste combination is inspired by one of my favorite holiday sorbets. For a holiday cookie, I thought I’d try to combine the two distinctive flavors into a shortbread-like cookie. And though I love shortbread, I don’t often make them because they are far too delicate for my somewhat sturdy hand. So, I created a cookie that mimics shortbread, has a lovely buttery undertone, and holds together with a little help from cornstarch. Read more about Lemon Star Anise Shortbread Cookies

Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving Entertaining

What’s on the menu for Thanksgiving?

At The Spice & Tea Exchange®, we love to incorporate unexpected flavors in our holiday recipes to break from the norm! Whether cooking for a formal dinner or just in need of some food for the big game, we have the right recipes to keep your guests coming back for more! Read more about Thanksgiving Entertaining

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

Pumpkin Pepitas – Capturing Fall Flavors

Pumpkin Pepitas – Capturing Fall Flavors

Capturing the Flavor of Fall 
As soon as summer ends, it seems like the air is instantly filled with smell of pumpkin pie. It’s warm and inviting; it feels like home. Being at home and back in the kitchen after summer vacation is a good thing! Especially when Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend is in your pantry. It’s a tasty little blend that, yes – works for pumpkin pies, cakes, and cookies – but is also a great seasoning base for a lot of other cooking and baking applications. Read more about Pumpkin Pepitas – Capturing Fall Flavors