Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/30/2018 to Appetizers

Pumpkin seeds are the perfect blank canvas for any seasoning.  Soo simple to make and they are healthy and delicious.  Great with a cold beer as you are passing out candy, or fantastic as a part of your Thanksgiving appetizer spread.

Today I chose to use Honey Chipotle.  This is hand blended with granulated honey, sea salt, chipotle powder, granulated onion, Spanish paprika and Italian seasoning.  Wonderful on salmon, shrimp, veggies chicken, pork and popcorn!  Sweet with a little bit of heat!  Absolutely fantastic!

Mix raw cleaned pumpkin seeds with olive oil if you are using a savory spice and melted butter if you are going to the sweet side.

The most important part of getting crispy, crunchy seeds is to clean them really well and to boil them.  It seems like an unnecessary step but this actually par cooks the seeds and ensures that they cook fully, when baked.  Make sure to display your pumpkin!

Any cold beverage is fantastic with this treat!

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Shredded Potato Kugel Casserole

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/24/2017 to Holiday Ideas

I have always loved egg noodle kugel.  My friends describing passover to me told me that that you can do something similar using shredded potatoes.  It has the same taste profile as a latke but in a casserole form.

It turned out really well!  DiDad’s Passion for Pepper is a fabulous hand blended mix of black pepper, granulated onion, granulated garlic, celery seed and sweet bell pepper.  This is wonderful on just about anything!

A glass of Pinot Noir paired very well with his meal.

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Passover Brisket

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/23/2017 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

I think there is nothing more fun than to travel the world and different cultures by cooking their foods.  Today I really wanted to taste a Passover Brisket.  I have many Hebrew/Jewish friends and this is a compilation of what they described to me.

What is there not to love about a yummy beef brisket?  Especially when you season it with Mark’s Espresso Rub 2.  The deep richness of coffee combined with the brown sugar provides an ideal caramelized crust on your steak. Got a little kick! DELICIOUS on beef ribs! Ancho chile powder, ground espresso beans, Spanish paprika, brown sugar, yellow mustard, sea salt, black pepper, Mexican oregano, coriander, ginger root and chile de arbol powder.

I served this with a Potato Kugel Casserole.  

A glass of Merlot paired very well with his meal.

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Homemade Corned Beef Brisket

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/8/2016 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

Boiled brisket with potatoes and cabbage is an Irish-American dish that is widely enjoyed on St. Patrick’s Day.  The flavors of the pickled brisket are so delicious!  I find that the mass produced pre-packaged briskets you buy at the grocery stores are over the top salty and contain too many preservatives.

It is super easy to make your own healthier version of this Irish delight.  The brisket brines for 2 days in the fridge using Lena’s Perfect Pickles which brings out such a fabulous flavor!  Not only for pickles…

I served this with a traditional Colcannon which is a potato mash with added cabbage and green onion.  So yummy.

I also made a quick and easy Irish Mustard Sauce to complement this meal.  Really brings out the blarney in me!

A mug of Guinness ale pairs perfectly with this meal! Sláinte!  (to your good health)

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Roasted Leg of Lamb

Posted by Milford Spice Company on 3/2/2016 to Cooking Photo Tutorials

Leg of Lamb is a very traditional Easter meal.  Though it is fabulous at any time…     Our Ravensview Rosemary Garlic  is a perfect complement to the lamb, really enhancing the delicate luscious flavors!   Hand blended from cracked black pepper, rosemary, roasted garlic flakes, chives and sea salt.

This recipe is super simple to make.  Lamb can seem overwhelming and difficult to make, but we promise, it is not.  Roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus is a great accompaniment for this dinner.  We used Herbes De Provence to season the potatoes.  

While the lamb is resting, there is a Popover biscuit recipe to make to round out your meal.  We used a little Wordhouse Wow to add flavor the popovers, the tarragon in this blend is fantastic.

We hope you enjoy!

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Brined Turkey

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/19/2015 to Chicken & Poultry

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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Baked Apple Rose

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/21/2015 to Holiday Desserts


Fall is apple time! This is such a pretty dessert and it is so easy to make. Trending this fall is mini desserts. This will be a great addition to your holiday table!

New Hudson Apple Pie Spice is a fabulous combination of Saigon Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Allspice, Nutmeg and Cardamom. Smells like the holidays! This is a bakers new best friend!

You can use any apple you like in this recipe, I used Honey Crisp, a personal favorite.

We served this with vanilla ice cream and an additional sprinkle of New Hudson Apple Pie Spice! So good!

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Spider Deviled Eggs

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/16/2015 to Appetizers


Halloween is the time to play with your food! This is a simple deviled egg recipe that is brightened by using Adobo Lime. This is such a versatile spice blend. You can use it on anything from vegetables, fish, poultry and beef. I made little spider to sit on top using olives. Scary fun!

Awesome as an appetizer for you spooktacular Halloween party!

We enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio with this appetizer!

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Guacamole Spewing Pumpkin

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/15/2015 to Holiday Ideas


Who doesn’t love Halloween! Fall is such a fabulous time of the year to have fun! Guacamole is a favorite to serve at parties and MSC’s Aunt Nee’s Guacamole Spice Mix contains all that you need to make yours spectacular! It is made with onion, chili powder, garlic, cilantro, sea salt and lime juice.

A great tip if you are not using your guacamole immediately is to place avocado pits into the mix and cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in fridge. This will help prevent browning you guacamole for a few extra hours!

We enjoyed mug of Pilsner with this meal!

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Espresso Rubbed 4th of July Lamb Chops with Red, White & Blue Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/22/2015 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

4th of July conjures up hamburgers and hotdogs, brats and sliders.  Why not try something a little bit different!  Today I made a lamb chop using Mark’s Espresso Rub and served it with a Red, White & Blue salad, and a really simple dressing to complement.  This is truly refreshing on a hot day and looks so pretty.  Very simple to make and delicious!

I enjoyed a Red Wine Cooler with this meal.

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Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

Posted by Wine & Spice on 12/5/2014 to Holiday Ideas

To me and my family, Swedish Cinnamon Rolls mean it Christmas! These yeasty rolls are flavored with exquisite Cardamom, and MiMoms Pumpkin Spice. The flavor is amazing in these rolls. Enjoy them with your morning coffee or as the Swedes do, with your afternoon coffee (Fika). God Jul!

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Cardamom Palmiers

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/14/2014 to Holiday Ideas

These cookies are perfect for holiday get togethers.  They are very simple to make.  I have a broken wrist that I had surgery on two days ago, and I made these with one arm.  There is something about cardamom for me that really brings to mind special occasions.  These cookies are crunchy, chewy, sweet and salty!

A fun way to treat your friends over the holidays is to throw an old fashioned tea party.  These cookies would be perfect as part of the assorted finger foods to be served,

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Savory Stuffing

Posted by Spice Girl on 11/9/2012 to Holiday Ideas

Thanksgiving is almost here!  One of my favorite holidays - low stress, friends, family, and lots of cooking fun!  We've got an awesome stuffing blend that'll make creating your new family favorite a snap.  Here is a basic recipe for you to tweak: