Baked Zucchini Coins

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/30/2018 to Veggies!

Who doesn’t adore the bounty towards the end of summer!  Zucchini has been plentiful and delicious.  I tried something similar to this recipe at a restaurant years ago and thought it would be fun to replicate.


Today I used Louisiana Red Beans & Rice, this is hand blended from onion, garlic, parsley, celery, cumin, cayenne, bay leaf and red pepper flakes. The name is deceiving as you can use this very versatile blend in just about anything!  It is a bit smokey with just a hint of heat and is great in anything from beans (check out Instant Pot Baked Beans) to salad dressing.


This is great as an appetizing on warm summer nights!   I used a ranch dressing to dip the coins in, but you can use any type of dipping sauce to wish…


An iced cold Blue Moon beer paired really great with this.


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Israeli Chopped Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/13/2018 to Exotic Spices


Mediterranean food always tastes so fresh and healthy!  This chopped salad is no exception.  Luscious cucumber, tomato, red onion, feta cheese, parsley mixed with Zahtar, lemon juice and olive oil.  Soo delicious.  My kiddos adore this.  Great for a quick meal on its own or serve with Sumac-Sheet Pan Chicken.


Zahtar is a middle-eastern/mediterranean spice mix that is hand blended from sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, thyme, cumin and black pepper.  This is fantastic on chicken, fish, vegetables, bread and dips (mix with Feta cheese and olive oil for a great dip with pita chips).


We enjoyed a cold glass of chablis with this salad.


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Perfect Chili Oven Roasted Potatoes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/11/2018 to Veggies!

This is a super quick side dish to prepare.  Potatoes can handle any seasoning, so be creative.  


Today I am using Perfect Chili Seasoning.  This fantastic mix is hand blended using Ancho chile powder, pasilla negro chile powder, smoked paprika, granulated onion, granulated garlic and cumin.  This blend is fantastic on potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn on the cob.  And, of course Chili!


Of course potatoes is a blend canvass for almost any seasoning.  Try Dillicious, Adobo Lime, Red Beans & Rice and DiDad's Passion for Pepper.


Enjoy!


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Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/6/2018 to Veggies!

I am loving substituting cauliflower with so many different starches.  Today i decided to try my hand at a risotto using Johnny Pizza.  This flavorful mix is hand blended with Mediterranean oregano, basil, garlic, onion, thyme, fennel seed, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, parsley and marjoram.  Fabulous as an Italian blend or amazing in you pizza sauce or my favorite, bake it into the crust!  You can also use it to add pizzaz to a frozen pizza.


You can vary this recipe to accommodate any diet.  I used parmesan cheese but you can brewers yeast just as well…  If you are using real cheese make sure you get a chunk of parmesan and shred it fresh, it makes all the difference!


This risotto is so rich and creamy!  You will not miss the rice.


A nice glass of Chianti Classico tasted fabulous with this dish.



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Hemp Seed Falafel with Tikka Masala Sauce

Posted by Natalia C on 4/26/2018 to Keto/Paleo

Many people on a ketogenic or low carb vegan diet are constantly looking for ways to increase protein to hit their macros. This pseudo falafel is made with hemp seeds rather than the traditional chickpeas. Hemp seeds boast a great nutritional profile with 10 grams for just 3 tablespoons. As a bonus, their 14 grams of fat per serving largely come from healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


This recipe uses Tikka Masala which is a fantastic blend of guajillo chile powder, bay leaves, smoked sweet paprika, turmeric, roasted garlic, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, cardamom, caraway, nutmeg and cloves.  Wonderful on veggies but also great on chicken.



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Roasted Garden Glory Cauliflower Steaks

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/16/2018 to Side Dish

It seems that Cauliflower anything these days is very trendy!  Low carb, low calorie and very nutritious not to mention great flavor and texture.  What is not to love!


I have been wanting to try cauliflower steaks for quite a while.  One of the the newer spice blends that I have purchased is the Garden Glory.  This has a little touch of molasses helps coax out the carmelization, it is hand blended from garlic, salt, paprika, onion, black pepper, thyme, red bell pepper, molasses, oregano, serrano and vinegar.  It is fantastic on roasted root veggies like sweet potatoes and onions. This also makes a great vinaigrette!  Click here for more info on that…


This recipe could not be any easier!  You can also try grilling these!


A glass of Chardonnay went very well with this meal.



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Bean Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/10/2018 to Quick & Easy

My girls asked me to come up with something filling and healthy that they could have for lunch and snack on after school.  A bean salad is the perfect quick and easy meal.  Protein, lots of veggies with a tangy delicious vinaigrette.  Lasts in fridge for almost a week, just stir before serving.


I did a three bean combo and truly you can use any combination of beans that appeals to you.  Same with the veggie combo that you choose.  I did a Southwestern spin on this using Honey Chipotle in the vinaigrette.  Honey Chipotle is one of my families favorite blends.  It is hand blended using granulated honey, sea salt, chipotle powder, granulated onion, Spanish paprika and Italian seasoning.  The combination of smokey sweet heat is amazing on salmon, shrimp, chicken, veggies and more.


Now of course you can make your own version of bean salad using beans and veggies of your choice and any spice blend that sounds good to you.  See this handy chart to make your own vinaigrette.


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Zucchini Carbonara with Shrimp

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/27/2017 to Seafood

My family has fallen in love with Zucchini noodles!  There are so many different spiralizers out there, you should try one!


For this meal I pretty much used veggie leftovers and shrimp from the freezer.  You can use chicken or no meat at all.  Typically carbonara has bacon, but I did not use today.  Quick, easy and light, great for a weekday meal!


I decided to use DiDad’s Passion for Pepper in this dish.  It is hand blended from Black pepper, granulated onion, granulated garlic, celery seed and sweet bell pepper.  This blend is great on steaks and roasts, or just keep on table and sprinkle it on just about anything you would use pepper for.


A glass of Merlot is perfect with this dish!


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Pinto Beans with Adobo Lime

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/4/2017 to Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

I have a new toy!  The Instant Pot…  There has been so much talk about this product I had to see what it was all about.  I adore this pot!  I did not think I would, but it adds so much flavor to what you are cooking, it is hard not to love.  The high pressure drives the flavor into food.  I cooked these beans from dried to fabulous in an hour.


I used Adobo Lime to season my beans.  Adobo Lime is hand blended from fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary.  Great in green chili, soups, vegetables.  One of Milford Spice Company’s all-time Best Sellers!


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Zucchini Formaggio

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/6/2017 to Spiralized

I love wandering the Farmers' Markets to see what strikes me for a healthy summer dinner.  Today the beautiful zucchini spoke to me.  I decided to play with my spiralizer using an attachment I had not tried before.  I used the large core blade to my Kitchen Aid Spiralizing attachment.


I used Buon Appetito to season my zucchini.  This fabulous Italian blend is a balanced mix of Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  Great in anything from pasta sauces to baking in bread.  


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


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Garden Glory Marinated Tomatoes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/16/2017 to Veggies!

My garden is producing a lot of tomatoes.  I love it!  I wanted to make a side dish using my Napa Grape Hybrid tomatoes.  These are so sweet and have a fabulous texture.  Soo good!



Garden Glory is a new spice blend consisting of garlic, salt, paprika, onion, black pepper, thyme, red bell pepper, molasses, oregano, serrano and vinegar.  A delicious blend for roasted or grilled veggies.  A little touch of molasses helps coax out the caramelization.  We especially like it sprinkled on roasted root veggies like sweet potatoes and onions, cauliflower. 


You can use Marinated Tomatoes in sandwiches, salads, omelets, potato salad, or as a bite by themselves.



You can use a larger tomato as well, like these Cherokee Purple.  


A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc goes very well with this dish.


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Grilled Mixed Veggies with Up North Grilling

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/1/2017 to Grilling Fun!

Here is a fabulously simple summer grilled veggie recipe.  You can use pretty much any mix of fresh veggies you like.  I used a grill basket but this works with any type of mesh grill accessory you may have.


I used Up North Grilling in this dish.  This blend is made of of coriander seed, coarse black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, dill, coarse sea salt, caraway seed, thyme and lemon peel.  This blend is fantastic on grilled veggies.  Great on Corn on the cob.  Wonderful on steak, pork and chicken.


A glass of cold Chardonnay is a perfect pairing with this dish.


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Grilled Corn

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/31/2017 to Grilling Fun!

Nothing screams summer like a grilled freshly picked corn on the cob!  Here in Colorado they grow them by the ear…  LOL…  We love freshly grilled corn in salads, salsas, black beans and of course on the cob!


Up North Grilling is a fantastic blend of coriander seed, coarse black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, dill, coarse sea salt, caraway seed, thyme and lemon peel. This blend is great on just about anything savory.  Veggies, chicken, pork, beef and fish.


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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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Black Bean & Corn Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/15/2017 to Sauces


This is great side dish to go with just about any southwestern dish.  It is a salsa/salad.  You can use it to top a dish as a salsa, or serve as a salad on the side.  It stores well in fridge so it lasts for several days.  You can add tomatoes, but then it would be best eaten right away.  Tomatoes deteriorate very rapidly in fridge, refrigeration damages the membranes in the tomato and causes it to taste gritty and mealy.


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 southeastern recipe.


A glass of chilled Chardonnay is great with this meal.


I used some leftover Black Bean & Corn Salad to top a plate of Nacho's for lunch the next day.  So yummy!



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Heirloom Tomato Tart

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/10/2016 to Brunch


I love going to the Farmer’s Market! It is so much fun to walk around to see what is new and what I must try.  Today I decided that tomatos are my must have.  Todd from Todd’s Heirloom Tomatoes is a tomato aficionado!  He and his wife Tonya are really delightful and full of knowledge.  Their tomatoes (and other produce) are the top of the line quality and just amazing flavor.  You can find them at a variety of our local markets.  I visited them at the Parker Sunday Market on Main Street.






I am making a Tomato Ricotta Tart.  This a simple but oh so tasty dish.  Because there are so few ingredients, the quality of these ingredients are imperative.  Please get the best you can possibly find and you will not be sorry!  Use a full fat Ricotta, imported from Italy if you can find.  My beautiful friend Stephanie (she is Italian) went on a luxury Italian cruise this summer, lucky girl!  She was spoiled with the local ricotta and went on a quest to find a similar quality product here.  Her verdict is Trader Joes!  If you have a store locally, check it out...


I used Buon Appetito, a salt free balanced mix of Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  This is wonderful in any Italian dish!


Hope you have fun adventuring at your local Markets!


A glass of Champagne pairs beautifully with this dish.


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Citrus Roasted Kale & Root Vegetables

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 5/18/2016 to Side Dish

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Johnny’s Pizza Quinoa Bites

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 5/18/2016 to Appetizers

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Scalloped Mexican Potatoes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/24/2016 to Brunch


Today I wanted to try something new and different.  Potatoes can be a little bland so I kicked it up a notch!  Using Milford’s Mexican Blast to season the potatoes added such an amazing favor.  Milford's Mexican Blast is a delicious blend of chile peppers, garlic, onion, cumin, Mexican oregano and other spices.


Adding the poblano peppers made the dish colorful and taste fantastic!  Mexican Crema is available at regular grocery stores and is richer that regular cream.


I paired this with Grilled Mexican Blast Carne Asada.  Really delicious!


Hop you enjoy!


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Perfect Vegetarian Chili

Posted by Gourmet Protoget on 10/29/2015 to South of the Border

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Citrus Basil Tomato Tart

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 9/14/2015 to Veggies!

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Johnny Pizza’s Dried Tomatoes

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 9/14/2015 to Veggies!

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Black Bean Fajita Burgers

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 6/5/2015 to South of the Border

Fantastic vegetarian south of the border burgers!


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Delish Potato Salad

Posted by Wine &Spice on 4/16/2015 to Salad


Today is a perfect spring day!  So warm and everything in starting to grow and bloom.  Definitely put me in the mood for some summer grilling!  What goes better with grilled chicken than a potato salad!  I have really enjoyed the Fish Delish seasoning all winter and decided to try a potato salad dressing using the suggestion on the spice description.  It was so flavorful!  Yum!  My family loved it hope your does too!


We enjoyed a Snapshot beer with this meal!


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Wordhouse Wow Grilled Corn on the Cob

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/16/2015 to Grilling Fun!

Fresh Corn on the Cob is so wonderful!  I like to grill them in their husks with a little butter and Wordhouse Wow Herb blend.  Soo good!  


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