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Sous Vide Filet Mignon

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/12/2018 to Sous Vide Cooking

I received a Sous Vide for Christmas!  I have seen this type of cooking on the cooking shows for many years.  Soo excited to try it at home!


Today I am making filet mignon using this method seasoned with Up North Grilling, which has a fabulous peppery finish and lots of flavor complexity.  It is hand blended from coriander seed, coarse black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, dill, coarse sea salt, caraway seed, thyme and lemon peel.  


Sous Vide is a French cooking method and it means “under vacuum”.  It is slow cooked in a temperature controlled water bath.  The Sous Vide circulates the water and the temp remains steady throughout the cooking process.


Cooking a filet mignon this way ensures that the meat is the same “color/temp” from edge to edge.  So, in my case perfectly medium rare all the way through.


Is is necessary to sear quickly after it is cooked to get the curst that we all love!


A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect with this dish!


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Habanero Salted Caramel

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/7/2018 to Sweets

Salted Caramel is soo delicious!  It hits all the flavor notes…  To kick it up another notch, I used Habanero Salt!  Sweet, Spicy & Salty!  Sooooo good!!!!


Habanero Salt is wonderful on just about anything from popcorn to shrimp.  It adds a little bit of a punch to the tongue.  Perfect for the individual that likes their food a little spicier than the rest of the family.  And to boot, it is GORGEOUS!



When you make this confection, let the caramel cool complete and harden slightly so that the surface is just a bit sticky.  You want the salt to remain in pieces and to be crunchy not melt.


Great for the holidays as family treat, and it makes a wonderful gift!


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Zucchini Carbonara with Shrimp

Posted by Wine & Spice on 11/27/2017 to Veggies!

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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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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Pumpkin Bread

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/10/2017 to Sweets

I love this time of year!  We have had such a mild fall, the weather has been wonderful.  Except that it all came of a screeching halt today!  Brrrr….. My poor roses!



My girls are on Fall Break and we decided it was a great day for some baking.  Pumpkin Bread, perfect fall snack on a cold day.  We used MiMom’s Pumpkin Pie Spice, hand blended with Saigon cinnamon, ginger root, clove and nutmeg.  The perfect addition to your cakes, cookies, ice cream, fruits and pies.  You can even make a Pumpkin Spice Latte!


A warm cup of tea is the perfect compliment to this dessert!



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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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Pinto Beans with Adobo Lime

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/4/2017 to Veggies!

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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Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Salsa

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/11/2017 to Grilling Fun!


I adore pairing savory with a sweet component.  A perfect example is this wonderful pork tenderloin with a sweet and spicy apricot salsa.  Pork lends itself so well to a sweet accompaniment.  This needs to marinate for 4 - 24 hours....  Also, remember when you are cooking a loin, that you need to cook all 4 sides.  


To season the pork tenderloin today I used Mexican Chorizo.  This adds such a great depth of flavor!  Might just be one of my new favorites for my South of the border cooking.  This blend is hand crafted using Ancho chiles, cumin, garlic, coriander, salt, black pepper, Mexican oregano, thyme, Ceylon cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves.  This can also make fantastic homemade Chorizo sausage by adding 1 tbsp per 1 lb of ground pork, let sit overnight in fridge, and then you have some fantastic seasoned pork to make sausage.  For breakfast or added to beans, burritos, etc…


A nice cold Tecate pairs really well with this dish.


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Zucchini Formaggio

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/6/2017 to Veggies!

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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Fresh Tomato Lasagna

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/15/2017 to Italian

I love this the of year when you are overflowing with fresh tomatoes!  Whether from the garden or Farmers' Markets…  Amazing flavors!


Today I made a fresh tomato lasagna with fresh mozzarella and ricotta.  I seasoned with Buon Appetito, this is blended by hand with Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  A wonderful salt free blend that is terrific on just about anything…


I used a No-Boil lasagna noodle because I like how thin they are.  You can certainly use any lasagna noodle you wish, they will all work.  I soaked my pasta sheets in very hot water for about 15 minutes to allow them to soften so the dish required shorter cooking time.


The flavors of fresh tomato, cheese and Buon Appetito is sure to become one of my new favorite dishes.  Makes a great side dish or a main dish with a side salad.


A chilled glass of White Shiraz goes very well with this dish.


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Cow Conditioner Skirt Steak Sandwich

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/8/2017 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

When it is 100 degrees outside it is sometimes hard to think about cooking.  I adore a sandwich on these days.  I tried Cow Conditioner for the first time and wow! What a fantastic flavor.  Your imagination is the limit when making steak sandwiches, you can use all types of veggies and cheese combination as well as bread selections.


Cow Conditioner is hand blended from salt, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic, cumin, black pepper, yellow mustard, paprika, thyme and red pepper flakes.  It adds the perfect amount of flavor without overpowering the flavor of the meat.  A hint of heat with a little sweet.  Perfect steak blend…


A cold Swedish Lager goes very well 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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Wordhouse Wow Vinaigrette

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/18/2017 to Salad

So tonight we made a lovely, light, vinaigrette using Wordhouse Wow.  This is such a flavorful blend made with Granulated garlic, lemon white pepper, parsley flakes, tarragon and chervil.


This is one of our favorite all-purpose herbal seasoning blend for vegetables, fish, chicken, eggs, dipping oils, and salads. Use as a base for marinades, get creative! As in all herbal blends it helps to crumble in your hand prior to use to release natural oils. 


A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio pair beautifully with this salad.


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Grilled Pork Chops with a Peach Mustard Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/8/2017 to Grilling Fun!

I love fruit with pork.  This dish has a wonderful blend of fresh peaches and mustard that makes the sauce soo good.  The pork is flavored perfectly using Pontiac Trail PigPowder.  Soo juicy, flavorful and plain delicious!


Pontiac Trail Pig Powder is hand blended with brown sugar, Kosher salt, California paprika, marjoram, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, yellow mustard, grains of paradise, sugar, chili powder, black pepper, rosemary, brown mustard, clove and allspice.  It is fantastic on baby back ribs, roasts, tenderloin and chicken too!  


A cold IPA goes very well with this dish.


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Cacio e Pepe

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/3/2017 to Italian

This is truly a lovely dish.  It is Italy’s version of comfort food and it really hits that note.  So simple and easy to make for a quick family dinner or serve to guests.  I got this idea from my friend Susan, who invented this version with her son.  We adore this dish!  Yummy and soothing satisfying!


I used Habanero Garlic Pepper in this dish which is hand blended from black pepper, garlic, habanero, orange zest, onion, chipotle and marjoram, this blend gives a bite backed up with lots of layers of flavor.  This blend is fantastic on anything from steak, chicken, fish, pasta and veggies.  Not too spicy, just the right bite!


A glass of Chianti went very well with this dish.


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Adobo Lime Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/16/2017 to South of the Border

This is one of my favorite salsas.  So fresh tasting with the lovely slightly roasted/charred flavor of the veggies.  I used Adobo Lime in this recipe because is adds such depth to the salsa.  This is hand blended with fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary.  It is one of Milford Spice Company’s all time best sellers.  One of my families favorite!


You can vary the peppers you use depending on how spicy you like it.  More serranos and jalapeños=more spicy.


You can use this salsa for anything.  As a topper for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or just chips.  It is fabulous on Huevos Rancheros too!


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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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Brined Grilled Pork Chops

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/12/2017 to Grilling Guide

Pontiac Trail Pig Powder is one of our family’s favorite spice rubs.  It makes any pork dish sing with flavor.  Today I decided to brine my chops before grilling, and the result was an amazingly moist and tender pork chop with a ton of flavor!


Pontiac Trail Pig Powder is Memphis-style BBQ rub that is well balanced with sweet and hot components. It caramelizes beautifully. This award-winning rub has a history of first place winners in competition cooking. Ideal for pork chops, pork tenderloin and baby back ribs. Also great on chicken. We love it when used on pork tenderloin in the Crockpot. Just a little touch of heat. Hand blended from brown sugar, Kosher salt, California paprika, marjoram, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, yellow mustard, grains of paradise, sugar, chili powder, black pepper, rosemary, brown mustard, clove and allspice.a 


I served this with Grilled Mixed Veggies with Up North Grilling.


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


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Grilled Mixed Veggies with Up North Grilling

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

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 Veggies!

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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Adobo Lime Ropa Vieja

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/26/2017 to South of the Border

Ropa Vieja is a one of the national dishes of Cuba.  It literally translates to “old clothes” because it resembles a heap of colorful  cloths.  This dish started as a shepherds meal in the middle ages.  It tastes even better the second day, so make a large batch ensuring you have enough for letfovers.  There are many different ways to make this fabulous meal, this is my favorite.  Simple and sooo tasty!  Definitely a family favorite!


Adobo Lime is hand blended from fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary.  It is a wonderful addition to chicken, beef, pork, fish and veggies. Adobo or Adobar (which means marinade or sauce) traditionally is cooking raw food in a sauce to enhance its flavor, then served over rice. It has been used by the Spanish/Portuguese/South American cultures for centuries and is now main stream all over the world. Adobo can be used in a sauce or as a rub.


I served this with Baked Mexican Rice.


An ice cold Tecate beer is perfect with this dish.


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Empanadas

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/21/2017 to South of the Border

I had some pie dough that I bought on sale and decided to make Empanadas.  Quick and easy, great for the kids to help.  The pie dough makes these really flaky and delicious.


I used Mexican Blast to make this dish.  This is such a versatile spice blend, great in just about anything Southwestern.  Mexican Blast is hand blended with Mexican oregano, black pepper, ancho powder, pasilla powder, chipotle powder, cumin, granulated garlic, garlic flakes, granulated onion, onion flakes and coriander.


You can serve these with Mexican Rice and a Black Bean & Corn Salad.


An ice cold Corona light pairs very well with this meal.


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Salmon Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/19/2017 to Seafood


Salmon is one of my family’s favorite things to eat.  Today I decided to marinate using Taco Tuesday and tequila.  It turned out to have a fantastic flavor and the tequila was a background note that was really pleasant.


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.


Serve this salmon on a bed of veggies tossed with a Tequila Lime Dressing.  The whole family loved it.  Great summer dish!


I enjoyed a chilled glass of White Shiraz with this salad.


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Matzoh Crack - Salted Chocolate Caramel Matzoh

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/4/2017 to Sweets


This a such a fun and easy recipe to make.  Dark chocolate and caramel with Fleur de Sel, some people call this Matzo Crack!  You can make with Matzoh crackers for Passover or you can use unsalted or salted saltine crackers.  The easy caramel sauce is baked into the cracker, ridiculously good!  Salty, crunchy and sweet, very addictive!!!  If you are so inclined, you can add nuts to the chocolate with the salt before it cools...


Fleur de Sel is an artisanal sea salt comprised of young crystals that form naturally on the surface of salt evaporation ponds. They are hand harvested under specific weather conditions by traditional salt farmers. True Fleur de Sel comes from the Guérande region of France. Like fine wine regions, different areas within Guérande produce salts with their own unique flavors and aroma profiles


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