Espresso Beef Salad

Posted by Sandy on 3/12/2019
Recipe courtesy of Judy Toth, Simply Impressive Cooking School. Her blog is http://kitchentipjar.blogspot.com.

This salad is a great way to use up leftover beef. The espresso pecans were made using
Mark's Espresso Rub II as was the vinaigrette. The flavors meld nicely on this salad and everything
can be made beforehand so it’s a perfect weeknight dinner. No specified amounts were given so
you can make this salad as large or small as you want.

Simply Impressive Minefagiole Soup

Posted by Sandy on 3/10/2019 to Italian

Recipe courtesy of Judy Toth, Simply Impressive Cooking School. Her blog is http://kitchentipjar.blogspot.com.

Two of my favorite soups are minestrone and pasta fagiole and sometimes I like to make one soup that encompasses the flavor of both soups. That is how minefagiole (pronounced mini fa golie) was born.

I used fresh carrots, but you can use frozen crinkle carrots if desired. You can also swap out the crushed tomatoes for bottled spaghetti sauce, but if you do that, you will want to adjust your seasoning a bit. This is my choice of vegetables, but if you prefer spinach, that’s a great substitution. Zucchini can be eliminated if you are not a fan. 

As you can see, this soup is flexible. Use what you like or what you have available at home. This recipe is really good as written, however you can also use it as a canvas to make it exactly as you like.

Easy Enchiladas

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/6/2019 to South of the Border

Easy Enchiladas is one of MSC’s newest blends. It is hand mixed with paprika, onion, chili powder, garlic, Serrano chiles, cumin, salt, sugar, coriander and Mexican oregano. It is fantastic as a Mexican rub, in a salad dressing and best of all enchilada sauce! It is amazingly easy to make. The flavors are so complex and rich, it is hard to believe we did not add the whole veggies into this sauce. Fabulous!


I ran into this lovely Mexican woman at the grocery store and she was kind enough to let me pick her brain in making this dish very authentic. She said when buying the corn tortillas, find the thinnest ones you can. They won’t fall apart like the thicker tortillas, which was very true. Also, finish the dish with Queso Fresco (Mexican crumbling cheese) and Mexican Crema, kind of a mix of sour cream and cream—delicious!


I chose to make a chicken, spinach and mushroom filling for my enchiladas. But, you can literally use whatever combo of veggies and/or meats that you wish.


You can also use this wonderful sauce for Huevos Rancheros, Burritos, steaks, chicken and fish. This would be great on just about anything.


My family loved this dish. I am sure yours will too.


An iced cold Tecate beer pairs beautifully with this dish. 


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Instant Pot Tikka Masala

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/22/2019 to Chicken & Poultry


Tikka Masala is an amazingly flavorful chicken dish that is loosely based on Indian Butter Chicken. It is said that Tikka was invented in Britain to be a less spicy version. Bottom line is that this dish is so simple to make and the layers of flavor is simply, WOW! Even my hubby who is not a fan of Indian foods, LOVED this dish.


MSC’s Tikka Masala is hand blended with guajillo chile powder, bay leaves, smoked sweet paprika, turmeric, roasted garlic, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, cardamom, caraway, nutmeg and cloves. It is also fantastic on roasted veggies, such as cauliflower steak and potatoes. 


I served my Tikka Masala with a Cumin Spiced Rice, also called Jeera Rice, made in the Instant Pot. The first time I tasted this rice I was blown away! Crazy that cumin seed makes such a difference…  Yummmm.



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Air Fryer Tikka Crunchy Garbanzo Beans

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/14/2019 to Snacks

I received an Air Fryer for Christmas and absolutely love it! I look forward to sharing many recipes that are light, healthy and delicious.


I have made crunchy garbanzo beans in the oven before for a healthy snack. They took almost an hour to make. In the air fryer—15 minutes. Perfectly crunchy and seasoned to perfection! You can use any seasoning that sounds good to you.  


Today I used Tikka Masala. This mix is hand blended with guajillo chile powder, bay leaves, smoked sweet paprika, turmeric, roasted garlic, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, cardamom, caraway, nutmeg and cloves—it's wonderful. Use this in a traditional Tikka Masala dish but it's fantastic on roasted potatoes, popcorn, fish, chicken and veggies.


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Instant Pot Green Chili Chicken Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/4/2019 to Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot Green Chili Chicken Soup

After the holidays we all like to eat a little lighter. I had some green chilies in the freezer and decided to try a soup (if you do not have frozen green chilies, canned from the grocery store is fabulous as well). Cooking in the Instant Pot is so amazingly easy! This soup is light, flavorful and great on a cold day. Freezes great!


I decided to use Adobo Lime. I love this in my Green Chili Stew, perfect complement to the green chilies. Adobo Lime is hand blended with fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary. Fantastic on beef, chicken, seafood and veggies.

An ice cold Corona Light with a lime is perfect with this dish!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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

Pumpkin seeds are the perfect blank canvas for any seasoning. So 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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Sweet Potato Quiche

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/12/2018 to Brunch

Sweet potatoes are generally available all year round, but tend to become really popular during late fall. Today I decided to make a light lunch using sweet potatoes as the crust for my quiche. That makes this a low carb and low calorie lunch, light and delicious!


I chose Fish Delish to season the dish. It is hand blended with thyme, Greek oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, orange zest, lemon zest and fennel. This blend is fantastic as the "ultimate fish seasoning" of fennel and then the added citrus twist of lemon and orange zest. Fish Delish is also fabulous on chicken and pork. It also makes a wonderful salad dressing. To make 1 cup of dressing mix 1-2 tbsp seasoning in 2 tbsp water, let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/3 cup red wine vinegar and 1/2 cup olive oil. Place any left over dressing in refrigerator.


Enjoy this quiche as a delightful brunch dish or cut into squares as an appetizer.



A cool glass of Chardonnay pairs beautifully with this dish.


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Apple Strudel

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/10/2018 to Holiday Desserts


This is the end of apple season here in Colorado. I was lucky to find some fabulous apples at our local Farmers Market last Sunday, absolutely gorgeous delicious apples!


So we are having a really cold wet week, the kiddos are on fall break, and they wanted to bake. I had some frozen phyllo sheets so we decided to make an Apple Strudel using New Hudson Apple Pie Spice. This is hand blended using Saigon cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, nutmeg and cardamom. Fantastic on anything from plain ice cream, fruit, oatmeal, cookies, cakes, apple desserts or in your coffee! 


This is super simple to make and fancy enough for a holiday desert! 


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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 appetizer on warm summer nights! I used a ranch dressing to dip the coins in, but you can use any type of dipping sauce you wish.


An iced cold Blue Moon beer paired really well 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. So 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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Greek Lemon Garlic Chicken with Potatoes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/10/2018 to Chicken & Poultry


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 and so 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 shish kabobs. 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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Instant Pot Baked Beans

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/12/2018 to Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot has to be one of the greatest inventions ever! I was always leery of using the old fashioned pressure cookers, this new one is so easy! Baked Beans is a family favorite, and I wanted to try making it in the new pot. The end results were better than I could have imagined!


Of course it didn’t hurt to use a newer spice blend from MSC called Louisiana Red Beans & Rice. This is hand blended using onion, garlic, parsley, celery, cumin, cayenne, bay leaf and red pepper flakes. Also great on sautéed cauliflower rice, black soy beans and as a salad dressing.


We are eating healthier, so I chose a nitrate/nitrite free uncured bacon for this dish. Or you can choose a vegan/keto option as well.


A ice cold beer is a perfect compliment to this dish.


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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!


Potatoes can be a blank canvas for almost any seasoning. Try Dillicious, Adobo Lime, Red Beans & Rice and DiDad's Passion for Pepper.


Enjoy!


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Adobo Lime Skirt Steak

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/11/2018 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

Adobo Lime Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce. The flavors are truly spectacular.


Adobo Lime is hand blended with fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary. This blend is great in any mexican recipe, bean soup and even great on fish! 


A nice chilled glass of Merlot pairs really well with this dish.


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Chimichurri Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/11/2018 to Quick & Easy

We have had a streak of ridiculously hot weather lately. A Chimichurri Sauce is an Argentinian herb sauce that can be served with steak, fish, chicken or pork. It is also fabulous served over roasted or grilled veggies for our Keto/Vegan friends.


I used Red Pepper flakes to add a little heat to this sauce. Depending on what herbs you have growing in your garden, you can add a little thyme, oregano, basil or rosemary. You can season this fabulously easy sauce with Adobo LimePerfect Chili, Mexican Blast, and if you switch out cilantro with basil use An Evening in Tuscany!


I served this with an Adobo Lime seasoned skirt steak with Perfect Chili Oven Roasted Potatoes. Click links to see these recipes.


A nice iced cold Corona Light with Lime pairs really well with this dish.


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Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Salsa

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/27/2018 to Beef, Pork & Lamb


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. The pork tenderloin needs to marinate for 4-24 hours. Also, remember when you are cooking a loin, that you need to cook all four sides.  


To season the pork tenderloin today I used Fabulous Fajitas. This adds such a great depth of flavor! Might just be one of my new favorites for South of the Border cooking. This blend is hand crafted using cumin, Mexican oregano, sea salt, red pepper, black pepper, garlic, coriander, paprika, white pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, marjoram, cardamom and basil. Truly fabulous in any South of the Border recipe.


A nice cold Tecate pairs really well with this dish.


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Everything Better Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/14/2018 to Appetizers

It has been ridiculously hot in my neck of the woods, almost 100 for weeks! As someone who loves to cook I was trying to be creative for a fun and delicious cool meal, yet not too filling! My family loves lox and bagels, so this is a play on that breakfast favorite.


This would be fantastic on a brunch table as it is amazing at room temperature, or as a light lunch or dinner.


I bought a blend called Everything Better. Wow, so good! This is made by hand blending delicious California grown and roasted garlic, onion, poppy seed, both white and black sesame seeds and kosher salt. Really tastes just like a bagel. This blend is great sprinkled on chicken, avocado toast, eggs, veggies and salads.


A chilled Mimosa would be a perfect match for this dish.


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Baked Mozzarella Crusted Chicken

Posted by wine & Spice on 6/7/2018 to Chicken & Poultry

I was in a hurry for a quick dinner tonight and wanted chicken. I also had some fresh mozzarella that I needed to use. I decided to bake the chicken with Johnny Pizza and then top with the mozzarella. The result was a wonderful tasting chicken, moist and very flavorful.


Johnny Pizza is another spice blend that is extremely versatile. It is hand blended with Mediterranean oregano, basil, garlic, onion, thyme, fennel seed, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, parsley and marjoram. It is great to sprinkle on a pre-made pizza, fantastic in a sauce, or my personal favorite—bake it into a homemade crust! So good!


I served it with Italian Baked Rice. Another super simple recipe!


A glass of Chianti was delightful with these dishes.



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Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto

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

I love substituting cauliflower for 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 your 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 use brewers yeast just as well. If you are using real cheese make sure you get a chunk of parmesan and freshly shred for the recipe, 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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Pulled Pork

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/25/2018 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

Pulled Pork is a basic start to so many dishes. It cooks long and slow—12 hours in a very low oven. The result is an amazingly tender and juicy pork that shreds almost by just looking at it!


We used Pontiac Trail Pig Powder to season the roast. This 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.  


I added a layer of BBQ Sauce on top to help seal in the spices and also for moisture. 


You can use the shredded pork for Pulled Pork Sandwiches—as I did today—or in tacos, soups, salads and stews. This also freezes really well, which is great because it leaves a lot of leftovers.


A ice cold Pale Ale tasted fabulous with this meal.



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Baked Italian Rice

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/28/2018 to Chicken & Poultry

Johnny Pizza is another spice blend that is extremely versatile. It is hand blended with Mediterranean oregano, basil, garlic, onion, thyme, fennel seed, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, parsley and marjoram. It is great to sprinkle on a pre-made pizza, fantastic in a sauce, or my personal favorite—bake it into a homemade pizza crust. So good!


Today I decided to make an Italian Baked Rice. Added lots of veggies, this is so easy and very flavorful. I served this with a Baked Chicken also seasoned with Johnny Pizza and finished with some fresh mozzarella cheese.


A glass of Chianti was delightful with this meal.



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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 comes 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 and also great on chicken.



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Keto Vegan Taco Salad

Posted by Natalia C on 4/22/2018 to Keto/Paleo

I adore Mexican food. Ripe avocados, bright red tomato salsa, and aromatic cumin, garlic, and onions create some of the most satisfying dishes for my palate. As I continue to move toward a 100% plant-based lifestyle, I was hard-pressed to find a convincing taco meat substitute that was not riddled with a laundry list of unidentifiable ingredients and didn't break the bank. This paleo/keto/vegan "taco meat" recipe was the perfect solution. The mushrooms add a rich and meaty flavor while the combination of soaked and dry English walnuts helps create the consistency and texture of ground beef. The Mexican Blast blend tied all of the ingredients together to yield a truly delicious and authentic dish. 


Natalia is a new blogger for our website. We are so happy to have her here! Here is a little information about her:


Natalia Chung is a professional writer and editor located in central Pennsylvania. She's written for a variety of publications across a range of mediums and is currently the Communications Manager of a environmental non-profit dedicated to supporting K-12 schools through sustainability initiatives, tracking tools, and programs. In efforts to create a more sustainable future she has also become a dedicated plant-based blogger on a mission to create recipes that are both delicious and environmentally friendly. 


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Roasted Garden Glory Cauliflower Steaks

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

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


I've been wanting to try cauliflower steaks for quite a while. One of the the newer spice blends that I've purchased is Garden Glory. There is a touch of molasses which 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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