An Evening in Tuscany Minestrone Soup

An Evening in Tuscany Minestrone Soup


Minestrone soup isn’t usually my go-to order, but thanks to Milford Spice Company’s An Evening in Tuscany, this soup sings! It’s hearty and flavorful and full of veggies, which is perfect for me. What a perfect soup with a little garlic bread on the side for a cozy night in.

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An Evening in Tuscany Sausage & Tortellini Soup


An Evening in Tuscany Sausage & Tortellini Soup

Ok so I actually grabbed ravioli instead of tortellini for this recipe, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. It still tastes great, thanks to Milford Spice Company’s An Evening in Tuscany (clearly becoming one of my all-time favorite spices ever!). I do recommend the tortellini, but if they’re all out at the store, go ahead and grab that ravioli - no one’s judging. You’re going to love this no matter what!
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Adobo Lime Chicken Salad


Adobo Lime Chicken Salad


This Adobo Lime Chicken Salad has got some kick to it thanks to Milford Spice Company’s Adobo Lime! The flavors are incredible, especially paired with fresh ingredients to make this a perfect summer salad!

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Jamaican Me Crazy Pulled Pork


Jamaican Me Crazy Pulled Pork


This Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork is so perfect using Milford Spice Company’s Jamaican Me Crazy! We like our pulled pork on its own, but you can easily make this and use it for sandwiches, on pizza, or even in a summer salad!  It goes great with grilled pineapple, too!  


*Pro Tip*

 When shredding meat: Place your meat in the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer, and, using the paddle instrument, turn it on slow and in just a few seconds, you’ll have perfectly shredded meat!

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Big Easy Bourbon Molasses Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Big Easy Bourbon Molasses Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Oh my goodness does my house smell amazing! These Big Easy Bourbon Molasses Pulled Pork Sandwiches are so juicy and flavorful!  Though the recipe calls for extra BBQ sauce, I gotta be honest, I didn’t need any extra BBQ. The flavors of the Milford Spice pack were more than enough to make the pork perfect!  Do me a favor and try the pork without first - you may not want to add any BBQ sauce either!

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Habanero Garlic Pepper Country-Style Ribs


Habanero Garlic Pepper Country-Style Ribs

These Ribs are a must for anyone with an Instant Pot! The Milford Spice Habanero Garlic Pepper makes such a perfect marinade! The sweetness of the BBQ sauce hits your lips and the spiciness of the habanero delightfully lingers until the very last bite.

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Beef and Vegetable Soup


I loved the Perfect Chicken Soup so much I decided to make a Beef Vegetable Soup. Once again I used the Instant Pot, but you can of course make this on the stovetop or the slow cooker as well.


For my Beef Vegetable Soup I used the Awesome Onion Soup blend. This is hand blended with minced onion, parsley flakes, turmeric, onion powder, celery salt, sugar and black pepper. It is fantastic as a dip, great on roasts, potatoes and as a soup starter. Today it is a soup enhancer, so good and very good for you!


I used the traditional Beef Vegetable Soup veggies for this—English peas, green beans, fingerling potatoes and carrots. Add the quick cooking veggies almost at the end to keep them from getting mushy.


I also whipped up a caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich to go with the soup. Yum!



A glass of Merlot went very well with this meal.


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Perfect Chicken Soup


This cold/flu season has been brutal! Lots of runny noses and coughing at my house, so I decided to make a healing, feel-better soup. My Instant Pot is one of my new favorite kitchen tools. Not only does is cook quick, but it infuses so much flavor. The cooked chicken is tender and juicy, practically falling off the bones.


You can also make this soup in a crock pot or on the stove top. In a crock pot it takes 8-10 hours on low, stove top simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Use the same directions.


For my soup today I am using Perfect Chicken Soup Mix (Perfect Poultry). It is hand blended with just the right balance of freshly ground marjoram, thyme, oregano, sage and rosemary. One of my favorite salt-free blends.


You can literally use any combination of veggies that you wish. I used a traditional blend of carrots, celery, onion and peas. I made the noodles separately and placed in my bowl before the soup itself. I find that if you add the noodles as part of the soup, the soup gets gummy and the noodles mushy.


I think you will love this soup!


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Instant Pot Green Chili Chicken Soup

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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Instant Pot Tikka Masala



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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Instant Pot Baked Beans


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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Pinto Beans with Adobo Lime


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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