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Perfect Chicken Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/28/2018 to Soup

This flu season has been brutal!  Lots of runny noses and coughing at my house, so I decided to make a healing, feel-better, soup.  My Instant Pot is one of my new favorite kitchen tools.  Not only does is cook quick, but it infuses soo much flavor.  The cooked chicken is so tender and juicy, practically falling off the bones.


You can of course make this soup in a crock pot or on the stove top as well.  In a crock pot it takes 8-10 hours on low, stove top simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Same directions....


For my soup today I am using Perfect Chicken Soup Mix (Perfect Poultry).  It is hand blended with just the right balance of freshly ground marjoram, thyme, oregano, sage and rosemary.  One of my favorite Salt-Free blends.


You can literally use any combination of veggies that you wish.  I used a traditional blend of carrots, celery, onion and peas.  I made noodles on the side and added to my bowl before the soup itself.   I find that if you add the noodles as part of the soup, the soup gets gummy and the noodles mushy.


I think you will love this soup!


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Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Marinara

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/28/2017 to Italian

I have an abundance of end of the season tomatoes and needed to use them.  



I adore a Roasted Tomato Marinara and decided to make it with Chicken Parmesan and using South Lyon’s Own Spaghetti Sauce blend.  This is hand blended using minced onion, Mediterranean oregano, red pepper flakes, sweet basil, garlic flakes, parsley flakes and sea salt.  Fantastic mediterranean flavor and great in any Italian dish.


A great Tip: 


When roasting veggies use a tomato to cup the garlic.   This actually prevents the garlic from burning, and as a bonus really infuses the tomatoes with flavor.



A glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is perfect with this dish!


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Baked Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Marinara Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/4/2017 to Italian

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs.  So today I am making ground turkey baked meatballs with a roasted tomato marinara sauce.  Roasting the veggies for the marinara produces a richness that is fantastic.  I used Buon Appetito for this because it has the perfect Italian flavor that build up in both the meatballs and the sauce.  Buon Appetito is hand blended with Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.


Baking the meatballs produces a caramelized crust and juicy balls.  I used a mini-muffin tin to cook my meatballs. Perfect tool for this job!


This dish is sure to become a family favorite.


A glass of Italian Chianti is perfect with this dish!


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Chicken Provencal

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/19/2017 to Chicken & Poultry

This is an elegant version of comfort food!  Juicy chicken thighs paired with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, and a creamy sauce.  Yum…


I used Wordhouse Wow in this dish because of the lovely blend of granulated garlic, white lemon pepper, parsley flakes, tarragon and chervil.  Very sophisticated and absolutely delicious.


This is one of my favorite blends for egg dishes, salads and dressings, dipping oil, fish and chicken.


A nice cold glass of White Shiraz pairs really well with this dish.


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Chicken Caprese Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/15/2017 to Salad

Caprese Salad is one of my favorite summer dishes.  Homegrown tomatoes and basil with fresh mozzarella, what is not to love about that!


My tomatoes are not quite ready yet so I made do with vine ripened tomatoes from the grocery store.  Fresh mozzarella is a must, the drier aged version is not the same by a long shot.  My basil however, is raring to go!  I decided to make a salad today using these ingredients and paring with a chicken thigh layered with basil, tomato and mozzarella.  Topped with a really great balsamic vinegar, YUM!


I used Buon Appetito to season my chicken.  This wonderful salt free blend is a balanced mix of Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  Perfect addition to tomatoes, tomato sauces, fish, poultry, meat, and salad dressings.


A glass of slightly chilled Chianti is a perfect pairing with this dish.


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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/17/2017 to South of the Border

Stuffed peppers of any kind is always fabulous!  I adore Mexican foods so I thought I would put a southwestern flair on this concept.


I used Poblano peppers which have a wonderful flavor, not spicy at all, but sooo good!  I stuffed them with shredded chicken, black beans, roasted corn, Mexican blend shredded cheese and sour cream.  I seasoned this with Taco Tuesday.  This mix is hand blended from chili powder, domestic paprika, granulated onion, cumin, granulated garlic, Mexican oregano, brown sugar, black pepper medium, and cayenne pepper.  This is a spice blend that should be a pantry staple, one of my favorites!


An ice cold Corona beer went very nicely with this meal.


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Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/16/2017 to Quick & Easy

This is super easy dinner that will bring everyone to the table for some family time.  Very little prep and very little to clean up.  Great for the kiddos to help.  Play a game before dinner while this fabulous casserole wets the appetite for the whole family.


Cream of Mushroom soup is very versatile and is a great item to keep in the pantry for a quick sauce.  I used Buon Appetito which is a balanced mix of Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  It really enhances the flavors of tomato sauces, fish, poultry, meat, and salad dressings.  Truly a great addition to almost anything.


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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/15/2017 to South of the Border


I am loving the quick and easy sheet pan dinners!  Today I made a chicken fajitas sheet pan dinner.  I used two 1/2 sheet pans for this but you can combine on one.  I chose to use a mix of peppers; jalapeño, poblano, anaheim and bell pepper.  Depending on your level of spice tolerance you can mix any peppers your taste-buds desire.


Taco Tuesday is such a wonderful blend of chili powder, domestic paprika, granulated onion, cumin, granulated garlic, Mexican oregano, brown sugar, black pepper medium, and cayenne pepper.  It is fantastic in just about any southwestern recipe.


I served this with Black Bean & Corn Salad.  Healthy and light!



A glass of Sangiovese is great with this meal.


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Sumac-Mediterannean Sheet Pan Chicken

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/10/2017 to Sheet Pan Cooking

I love cooking dinner on a sheet pan.  It does not get much easier than that.  This recipe uses Sumac which is very common in the middle east and other countries around the world.  The cooks in these counties use Sumac instead of lemon zest or lemon juice.  I has an acidic lemony flavor that really enhances the flavors of what you are making.


I marinated the chicken in olive oil and Sumac for a couple of hours.  You can do this in the morning and let it marinate until you get home from work, throw it on a sheet pan, and voila.  Dinner!  


I served this with our Israeli Chopped Salad and Zahtar sprinkled pita bread.  Lightly brush olive oil on pita and sprinkle with Zahtar and then bake at 350º until golden brown, around 5 minutes.




A glass of slightly chilled Pinot Noir is great with this meal.


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Mexican Blast Stuffed Chicken breast

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/16/2016 to South of the Border



I came home from a grueling day at the Farmers' Market and did not feel up to a stop at the grocery store.  I had some chicken breasts and decided to play pantry roulette!  I found some tortilla chips, pepper jack cheese, frozen roasted corn and eggs.  I decided to try stuffed chicken breasts with the jack cheese, encrusted with crushed tortilla chips and seasoned with Milford’s Mexican Blast.  Turned out to be really terrific, if I do say so myself!


Milford’s Mexican Blast is salt-free and is hand blended from Mexican oregano, black pepper, ancho chili powder, pasilla chili powder, chipotle powder, cumin granulated garlic, garlic flakes, granulated onion, onion flakes and coriander.  As the name implies, it is  BLAST of fantastic Mexican flavors!


I made Baked Mexican Rice and added the frozen roasted corn to rice and tomatoes, before baking.


We enjoyed an ice-cold Corona Beer with a slice of lime with this meal.


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Greek Lemon Garlic Chicken with Potatoes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/21/2016 to Quick & Easy


Mediterranean foods are so fantastic, and good for you!  What is there not to love about this simple one sheet pan dinner.  Chicken thighs, lemon, garlic, olive oil and It’s All Greek to Me.  So simple but soon flavorful!  This is a dish sure to please the entire family.


It’s All Greek to Me is hand blended from Greek oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, parsley, Korintje cinnamon and ground nutmeg.  This blend creates a wonderful gyros sauce or use it for marinating your Mediterranean style chicken gyros or beef, lamb, chicken or pork shisk-ka-bobs. Similar to our Mediterranean Dry Rub this blend is outstanding on grilled or baked chicken and fish.


We enjoyed an ice-cold glass of Biblia Chora Ovilos White with this meal.


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Chicken Shawarma

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/4/2016 to Exotic Spices


Another new exotic spice blend to try! Shawarma, a Middle Eastern, Mediterranean spice mixture that is hand blended with cumin, coriander, garlic, paprika, tumeric, black pepper, cloves, cayenne and cinnamon.  This truly captures the fabulous flavors of authentic Shawarma.


I chose to make a salad with the marinated and roasted chicken with hummus, cucumber and tomatoes, cabbage and a cilantro dressing. Sooo delicious, healthy and amazingly fresh tasting.  Perfect salad for dinner on a warm night or hot in pita bread for a cold night.  My kids love this!


We enjoyed an ice-cold glass of Pinot Grigio with this meal.


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Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwich

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/25/2016 to Grilling Fun!


Trying new and exotic spice blends is soo much fun!  I had never tried making a Bahn Mi Sandwich before.  This sandwich is a "street food" in Vietnam, I have seen them at restaurants and in many cooking magazines.  They looked great, but seemed too exotic to make, that I needed way to many spices I would never use again.  When Milford Spice Company introduced the Easy Bahn Mi blend, I had no more excuses…


The Easy Bahn Mi is salt-free and hand blended from demerara sugar, ginger, coriander, clove, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, sesame, black pepper and lemongrass. Great as a dry rub or a marinade.


The final result was a sandwich with a complex layers of flavors.  So fresh and flavorful.  This is easily a new family favorite.  I marinated the chicken and made some quick pickled veggies.  So delicious!


We enjoyed an ice-cold beer with this sandwich.


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Panzanella Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/11/2016 to Salad


Yesterday was a record breaking hot day.  102º in Denver, yikes!  Hot or not, still love to cook.  I decided on making a Panzanella Salad.  I used my first tomatoes from the garden, with homegrown oregano, basil and parsley.  My co-hort foodie, my neighbor Lori, had some fantastic arugula that I also added.  This salad is the quintessential summer meal!



Panzanella is a tomato and bread salad.  A lot of recipes call for day-old bread but I like the flavor and texture of fresh better.  Use a crusty bread, like Ciabatta, to make the hearty croutons.  You let the tomatoes and croutons sit at room temperature and the tomato juices and dressing soak into the croutons.  You end up with a chewy/crunchy texture and flavor that is amazing!


I also added some chicken (you can skip if you want vegetarian) seasoned with An Evening in Tuscany.  This is the first blend I tried from Milford Spice and now I am addicted to all of their fantastic products!  This is hand blended with garlic, Kosher salt, Mediterranean oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, black pepper, rosemary, onion and parsley.  To make a classic bread seasoning dip, mix 2 tablespoons An Evening in Tuscany with 1/2 cup of your favorite olive oil.  Yummy!


Do you know that you are never supposed to refrigerate tomatoes?  Doing so changes the texture of the tomato and weakens the flavor.  Leave them in a bowl on the counter.  Not only will they taste better, they look so pretty and colorful.


A cool glass of Chianti paired perfectly with this meal.


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Taquitos with Fresh Roasted Salsa

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/29/2016 to South of the Border


I know that I am repeating myself, but I LOVE MEXICAN FLAVORS!!!  The fresh roasted salsa is made with Taco Tuesday and literally sings in your mouth.  So flavorful!  Taco Tuesday is hand blended from chili powder, domestic paprika, granulated onion, cumin, granulated garlic, Mexican oregano, brown sugar, black pepper medium, and cayenne pepper.


I rarely will fry anything.  But I was in the mood for something crispy.  If you make sure that your oil is nice and hot, the food you are frying will absorb less oil.  Also make sure that you heat up (in a microwave or skillet) the corn tortillas before you try to roll them.  Otherwise, they will crack and fall apart.  You will need two long kabob or bamboo skewers to hold the taquito’s while frying.


An ice cold Corona Light with lime paired perfectly with this meal.


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Seoul City BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/26/2016 to Quick & Easy


Seoul City BBQ is such a fun spice blend to play around with.  This mix is hand blended with demerara sugar, garlic, onion, sea salt, black pepper, sesame, soy sauce, ginger, Korean chile flakes, orange, turmeric and chives. It is really great on chicken, beef, pork, fish or really good on roasted vegetables too.  Using it is like to travel with your taste buds.  Quickly becoming another favorite!


My kids have been begging me to make Chicken Lettuce Wraps, we love this at P.F. Changs.  This is my version of that dish.  Depending on your love of spicy, use more or less of the sriracha sauce.


An ice cold glass of Chardonnay is very tasty with this dish.


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It's All Greek Grilled Chicken and Radicchio

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/25/2016 to Grilling Guide

I adore this time of year.  It is warm outside and we want to eat healthier and lighter.  This recipe is a play on a great dish by Tyler Florence.  It is so light and refreshing, the roasted herb garlic dressing that it is accompanied with is absolutely fantastic!  It is a great shade of green and oh-so good!


If you have never roasted your own garlic, you are in for a treat!  It really mellows the flavor and and enhances the sweetness.  So good you can just pop them in your mouth and enjoy by themselves. You can roast the garlic a day in advance if you wish.  Just keep it in the fridge.


I used It’s All Greek to Me to enhance the flavors, this is hand blended from Greek oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, parsley, Korintje cinnamon and ground nutmeg.   Also great as a dressing, on chicken, pork and fish.  It brings out the Greek in you and the flavors of the Mediterranean into your home!


This pairs beautifully with a Mythos beer.


καλή όρεξη.  (Enjoy!)


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Grilled Chicken Taco's

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/10/2016 to South of the Border

My family loves tacos and truly any Mexican foods.  Today I marinated some chicken breasts and thighs in canola oil and Milford’s Mexican Blast.  I grilled them and served them in corn tortillas with a quick black bean side dish.  I also served Baked Mexican Rice and substituted the Taco Tuesday for the Mexican Blast.


Milford’s Mexican Blast is a delicious blend of chile peppers, garlic, onion, cumin, Mexican oregano and other spices that makes your taste buds sing!  I love this on everything from chicken, pork, steak to veggies and shrimp!


A glass of red Sangria goes really well with this dish.


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Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/6/2016 to South of the Border


My family LOVES Mexican food!  It can be really heavy though, especially now before bathing suit season, it is nice to serve healthier versions of our most liked dishes.  


Adobo Lime is one of my all time favorite spice blends.  It is hand blended from fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary.  It is so versatile to use on anything from veggies to grilling.


The tomatillo sauce is really fresh and light.  You control the cheese to your liking!


An icy cold Corona is delightful with this meal!


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Columbian Chicken Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/11/2016 to Soup


I adore creating new soups!  Especially this time of year when it is chilly outside and we are trying to be healthier!  


Fish Delish is so versatile, hand blended from thyme, Greek oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, orange zest, lemon zest and fennel.  It is truly fantastic on fish, chicken and veggies.


The Columbian Chicken Soup is a hearty yet healthy chicken and potato soup with corn and a wonderful salsa on top.  I also served this with a savory whipped cream, optional, but added a richness.


I made may own chicken stock, but to make this a quick and easy soup, you can use store bought stock and use shredded chicken.


A nice ice-cold Corona goes beautifully with this soup!


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Citrus Chicken Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/30/2015 to Soup

A wonderful soup tastes great any time of the year.  I love this chicken soup because I know everything that is in it!  So healthy and fabulous.  


Today I used Citrus Sea Salt which is such an amazingly versatile seasoning.  It is hand blended from sea salt, orange zest, lemon zest, coarse black pepper, lime zest, smoked Pacific sea salt and ginger root.  It adds citrus kick to anything you make.  Mmmmmm!


I served this soup with a simple grilled cheese sandwich.  Simple, healthy and delicious.


We enjoyed a glass of Merlot with this soup…


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Zahtar Middle Eastern Taco's

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/30/2015 to Quick & Easy

I adore playing with new spices!  Zahtar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that has become a new favorite.  It is hand blended from sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, thyme, cumin and black pepper.  It has a distinctive lemony flavor that is derived from the berries of the Sumac bush that grows in the Middle East and in Italy.  This is great on veggies, fish and chicken.


Today I made a fun taco that is so delicious with a new flavor profile.  So fun to experiment!


We sipped an ice cold beer with this meal.


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Brined Turkey

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/19/2015 to Holiday Ideas

I love Thanksgiving!  I did not grow up in the USA but in Sweden and was not introduced to this fabulous meal until my late teens!  It is my absolute favorite meal of the year to prepare….


As most you know, this fantastic bird is easily dried out for various reasons.  I have learned that brining your turkey (whole or breast only) creates a spectacularly moist and delicious bird!


I used the MSC Turkey brine.  It is full of flavor…  Hand blended with sea salt, brown sugar, white peppercorns, orange peel, garlic flakes, black peppercorns, toasted minced onion, rosemary, pink peppercorns, thyme, basil, oregano, sage and bay leaves.


It is really simple to do and truly does make a huge difference! 


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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/3/2015 to Quick & Easy

Chicken Pot Pie is almost a soup!  As Rachel Ray would say, it is a Stoup (soup+stew).  It feels so good to feed your family something that you have made from scratch.  It is truly so easy to make, and super delicious.


Milford’s Perfect Poultry Seasoning  added so much flavor to this dish.  This is a great seasoning to use all year long.  It is a salt free blend of marjoram, thyme, oregano, sage and rosemary.  Great on grilled chicken or pork!


I chose to use Puff Pastry as a topper for my pot pie.  I really enjoy the flakiness that it creates.  You can also use pie dough.  Cook it the same way.


A glass of Chardonnay pairs well with this meal.


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Sheet Pan Chicken Harvest Veggie Dinner

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/24/2015 to Sheet Pan Cooking

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My husband and I went to the Farmers' Market this past Sunday morning. It is always so much fun to walk around and buy fresh ingredients and get inspired to try something new!


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I saw a chef on a cooking show make an entire meal on a sheet pan and bake it together to create a quick and delicious dinner. This is my take on that idea. I used the MSC Citrus Sea Salt blend with this meal! So delicious!!!


Don’t be afraid to try new vegetables! I had never purchased Brussel Sprouts on the stalk before. It may look a little intimidating, but so easy. Just use a short knife to cut the “sprout” off the stalk and clean off the outer leaves.


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Farmers' Markets are also the perfect place to pick up fresh herbs if you did not grow any at home! We also got the potatoes there. All so fresh. Does not get any better than that!


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I hope you enjoy!


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