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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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Shredded Potato Kugel Casserole

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/24/2017 to Veggies!

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 Holiday Ideas

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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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 Pork Chops & Veggies

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/10/2017 to Sheet Pan Cooking


I absolutely love making Sheet Pan dinners!  It is so quick and easy not to mention healthy!


Today I made Pork Chops & Roasted Vegetable with Ravensview Rosemary Garlic.  This is such a versatile spice blend, fantastic on veggies, chicken, pork and lamb.  It is hand blended with black pepper,  sea salt, garlic, onion, chives and rosemary.


You can pretty much use any hardy veggies you have on hand.  I used cauliflower, carrots, red onion and mushrooms.  Some other great veggies are potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, squash, bell pepper, poblano or jalapeño peppers to name a few.


You can cook on one or two sheet pans.  I wanted a ton of veggies so I  used two. 


A cold glass of Fat Tire Ale is a perfect match with the meal.


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Chicken Soup with Bisquick Dumplings

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


This is another quick and easy recipe to help bring families back around the dinner table.  This soup is super simple, and another recipe that the kiddos can help cook.


You can pretty much use whatever veggies you have on hand.  For this I used carrots, potatoes, onion and celery.  You could also use sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, squash, rutabaga, to name a few.


Today I used Adobo Lime to season the soup.  This fabulous seasoning is hand blended from fennel seed, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, Mexican oregano, lime zest, kosher salt, thyme and rosemary.  It is truly wonderful on just about everything from fish, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef and vegetables.  One of Milford Spice Company's  best sellers at Farmer’s Markets and a customer favorite!


You can use a boxed stock/broth or you can simmer you chicken in water to cook and use that as y our stock.


Bisquick is used to create these fantastic dumplings.  This soup is perfect for a chilly night….


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Bisquick Apple Dessert

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/28/2017 to Sweets



I was recently challenged to come up with some simple recipes to help bring families back around the dinner table.  As we will be sharing these ideas with a local food pantry, we want to keep the ingredients simple and those that you would most likely find in your own pantry, or those that are easy to obtain on a modest budget.  


Something that the Food Pantry has in abundance right now is fresh apples and Bisquick baking mix.  This is a delicious, quick and simple dessert that the kiddos would have a blast to help make.


I used New Hudson Apple Pie Spice mix for this recipe.  This is hand blended with Korintje cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger root and cardamom.  Sooo yummy!  Great in your coffee too!


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Seoul City BBQ Shrimp Stirfry

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/22/2017 to Seafood

Making a stir fry is fun for the whole family.  Who doesn’t love to eat with chop sticks.  Spiralized zucchini and carrots are a great way to quickly cook veggies.  You can also julienne veggies or cut as you wish.  Shrimp cook very quickly, so this is a really easy meal to make.


I used rice ramen noodles which only need to soak for a few minutes to cook.  Great addition to the spiralized veggies to add the texture and cutting down on carbs.


Seoul City BBQ is a wonderful blend of demerara sugar, garlic, onion, sea salt, black pepper, sesame, soy sauce, ginger, Korean chile flakes, orange, turmeric and chives.  This blend is fantastic on really any protein, chicken, steak, pork or fish as well as vegetables.  Becoming a family favorite and a pantry staple!


A glass of chilled White Zinfandel is great with this meal.


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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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Black Bean & Corn Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/15/2017 to Veggies!


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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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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Israeli Chopped Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/9/2017 to Veggies!


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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Ravensview Parmesan Potato Stacks

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/3/2017 to Side Dish

Potatoes are a great side dish, but they can get a little boring.  Here is a flavorful and fun new take on individual servings of baked potato stacks.  The caramelized crunch of this side dish makes it a perfect pairing with a steak.


I used Ravensview Rosemary Garlic to complement my potatoes.  This is hand blended with sea salt, black pepper, garlic, onion, chives and rosemary.  Perfect for potatoes, amazing on lamb and other meats.


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Cast Iron Seared Steak

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/3/2017 to Beef, Pork & Lamb


Cooking your steak in a cast iron skillet creates a wonderful crust very much like you get when ordering steaks in the finest restaurants.  Of course the most important thing when doing this at home,  is buying the best steak you can find and/or afford!  The second most important thing is of course the seasoning.  We have many seasoning blends that pair beautifully with steak.  Today I am using Mark’s Espresso Rub 2.


Mark’s Espresso Rub 2 is hand blended with ancho chile powder, ground espresso beans, Spanish paprika, brown sugar, yellow mustard, sea salt, black pepper, Mexican oregano, coriander, ginger root and de arbol chile powder.  It has just a little bit of heat, sooo delicious.


So today I chose Filet Mignon.  I love really thick pieces of filet!  This is my personal favorite.  You can use any cut you like for this cooking method, you just have to adjust the cooking time depending on the size.


A key to ensuring that your meat is evenly cooked is to leave it on your countertop to become room temperature (no longer than 2 hours).   And, you must let the steak rest when done cooking, at least 10 minutes.  This is imperative or all the beautiful juices will be all over the cutting board, which is a colossal waste of flavor!


A glass of Shiraz goes well with steak and spice….


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Crab Cakes

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/2/2017 to Appetizers

What is there not to love about a perfectly seasoned and cooked crab cake? It is decadent perfection!  Big pieces of crab, with crunchy celery and French Seafood Seasoning.  These hold together really well with wonderful textures and flavors.


French Seafood Seasoning is a wonderful mix that is hand blended from granulated garlic, black pepper, sea salt, domestic paprika, granulated onion, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper and basil.  This is terrific on grilled fish, shrimp or seafood boils too.


We enjoyed cold glass of champagne with this crab cake.


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Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/2/2017 to Sweets


What can be better than an almost guilt free dessert!  This is a sugar free and flourless cake that takes literally only minutes to make.  It is spongy, light and airy, almost like a soufflé!  To keep it totally sugar free skip the powdered sugar.  You can top it with fresh berries, whipped cream or ice cream.  Or enjoy just as is!


I used Saigon Cinnamon to enhance the flavor and it is amazing.  This cinnamon has the highest natural oil content, almost 5%, giving this a magnificent flavor and aroma.  You can use cinnamon in sweet and savory dishes, and it it good for you too!


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