Author Archives: David


Reader Giveaway – Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered in the giveaway for 10 Spice Islands® baking sets. The randomly selected winners and their comments are listed below.  Spice Islands® will be in touch with you for delivery of your spices and vanilla. Hope … Continue reading

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Reader Giveaway: A Few of My Favorite Spice Islands Seasonings

I’ve really enjoyed working with the Spice Islands team, creating recipes for the Flavor Explorer blog, using their excellent spices and learning from their experts on what makes their spices stand out from others. I use spices daily in my … Continue reading

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Bay Leaf-Infused Pound Cake

When I was at the Spice Islands tasting in Chicago and plucked a bay leaf out of the jar, I was really surprised at not just how green it was, but also how fragrant it smelled. The leaves were from … Continue reading

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Garam Masala Spiced Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

It’s easy to capture authentic ethnic flavors if you have the right spices and seasonings on hand. A few years ago, I came across a recipe for Moroccan tagine, a well-seasoned casserole of chicken, olives and some dried fruit. Reading … Continue reading

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Spiced Oatmeal with Candied Almonds

One thing I’ve learned about traveling, which I put into practice after my trip to Chicago for the previous Spice Islands spice tasting: when you get home, before you do anything else, unpack your suitcase. Otherwise it’s going to languish … Continue reading

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Beyond the Glass Bottle: An Inside Look at Spice Islands Spices and Seasonings

I was recently invited to a lovely test kitchen at The Chopping Block in downtown Chicago for a “cutting” of Spice Islands spices. (It’s an odd word which refers to when they first started freezing ice cream in containers and … Continue reading

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Entrecôte Steak (Rib-Eye) With Mustard Butter

I rarely cook beef at home. I don’t know why, but when I go out and order it, it always feels like a special occasion. And goodness knows we could all use more special occasions, right? I was recently having … Continue reading

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What is Spice Islands Bourbon Vanilla?

The three types of vanilla that bakers are apt to run across are Bourbon, Mexican and Tahitian. You probably don’t need me to tell you what countries Mexican and Tahitian vanilla are from, but often people think Bourbon vanilla simply … Continue reading

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Date-Orange Ice Cream

One of the great things about shopping seasonally is that you never know what you’re going to come across. If I arrive at the market with a fixed list, invariably whatever I’m looking for won’t be there, and I have … Continue reading

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Wasabi Vinaigrette

Even though I’m an American living in Paris – or perhaps because of it – I find myself craving spicy food more often than anyone else around here. Whenever I get a chance to put a few shakes of spicy … Continue reading

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