spice blends ~ pumpkin apple pie

spice blend: apple pumpkin pie

After countless times of countless jars and countless spoons –  I’ve finally come to my spicy senses! Open 6 bottles once, make a blend, and enjoy the taste of pie whenever the mood strikes! Spice companies got smart, threw a few spices together, slapped on a label – and sat back thinking they found the missing chromosome – “pumpkin pie spice” or “apple pie spice” – secret’s out – spice blends aren’t some mystery concoction bottled by those of higher intelligence. Let’s face it – we’re just as clever as those sequestered until they come up with the secret formula. How clever? Well,  shut the kitchen door, open a few bottles and make up your own. It’s your blend, you’re in charge of what’s in it – and when it comes to spice blends – there’s no end in sight! Herbs will have to wait another day …

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So consider this the first of many mixes – without even thinking, I can think of dozens of combinations headed for just as many dishes, so stay tuned to take your flavour makers to a whole new hangout – in your  kitchen, on flavour street, just as you pull into flavour town! Next mixer coming soon … stay tuned …

eggs in pepper rings

eggs in pepper rings

Did you know that we all own a never-ending set of ring molds that take up absolutely no space in our gadgets-we-rarely-use drawer? I know, I know – I didn’t either – but we do! Meet Mr. Red Pepper, sliced into thick rounds, makes the perfect ring mold minus the fuss of oiling & washing…

quinoa-crusted quiche

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Quiche is a method – bring a grain-based crust together, load it up with vegetables and protein, held together with eggs and milk, and you’ve got yourself a meal for anytime of day.

tomato sauce deconstructed

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Tomato sauce is a staple in every pantry, so why not load up on fresh tomatoes and make it yourself!

sausage meatballs marinara

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Sausages can be turned into meatballs with a simple pinch and slide saving you a boatload of time customizing your own recipe. Try this on for size and you’ll be enjoying meatballs more often than you thought possible!

lemon summer squash soup

lemon summer squash soup

Lemon summer squash soup is fast, delicious and a great addition to your soup repertoire!

citrus roasted (or grilled) chicken

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Do yourself a big favour and roast a chicken at least weekly – it’ll turn into more meals than you could ever imagine! Enjoy is as is, or shred it and start creating – salads, pastas, soups, sandwiches, tacos, rice dishes – roasted chicken gets along with everything – kind of like Switzerland!

corn on the cob with garlic & lime

corn roasted in a pan with citrus

Corn and the cob can be enjoyed like it came hot off the grill, but didn’t! Thanks to a hot pan, you can roast it to caramelized perfection, as if it did. It sears up beautifully right on your stove-top, ready for whatever you’d like to throw at it.

pork loin grilled with smoke

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There’s nothing like a grilled pork loin, sliced up to feed a crowd – perfect in sandwiches, wraps, salads, paninis, pastas & rice dishes. For melt-in-your-mouth pork – the secret is a marinade, a pouch of wood chips and a hot grill!

mango cubes

frozen mango cubes

Stock pile in-season fruit and make a purée that can be easily frozen in ice cube trays for use in all sorts of recipes – smoothies, sauces, curries and baking.