Category Archives: Matt Armendariz


Pistachio and Saigon Cinnamon Custard

This recipe is based on a dessert from Cookshop, located in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. It’s a wonderful restaurant that has received accolades for their American cuisine with a nod to Mediterranean flavors and preparation. While dining with the … Continue reading

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Warm Up With Vanilla and White Chocolate Cocoa

I’m currently writing this very, very fast. Why so fast? Because here in Southern California, we’re having a slight spell of chilly weather and rain, something we don’t see too much of. And the current weather makes this recipe all … Continue reading

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Chinese Five Spice Pork Tenderloin

I have a penchant for combining sweet & savory, and one of the best combinations I’ve found involves pork with fruit and spices. This recipe for Chinese Five Spice Pork Tenderloin with a Triple Spiced Persimmon Chutney is rustic yet … Continue reading

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Drum roll please…

Spiced Vanilla Caramel Apple Pork Lollipops with Pecan Gremolata.  Tropical Vanilla-Coconut Banana Split. Croissant French Toast with Vanilla Orange Butter. These are but a few of the 10 finalists when we asked to see your unique recipes that showcased the … Continue reading

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Paprika Chips with Roasted Garlic-Cumin Aioli

If I had to count one of my guiltiest of pleasures it would be fries, hands down. It’s not that anything enjoyed in moderation is a problem, but when it comes to deep frying potatoes, I usually cannot control myself. … Continue reading

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From the Cookie Jar: Vanilla Baci di Dama

With a translation of “lady kisses,” these vanilla-infused sandwich cookies are rich, sweet and satisfying. I’ve opted for a vanilla cream cheese filling that contrasts marvelously with the crunch of the almond cookie. It’s a marriage of flavors made in … Continue reading

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Buñuelos – A Tasty Holiday Treat!

Growing up in a Latin-American household, there was probably no tradition I looked more forward to than Christmas. It was a month of food and celebration, merging American traditions with my grandparent’s Mexican heritage. There were tamales made during the … Continue reading

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Vanilla Challenge

I’m no good at secrets, nor sitting on exciting news, so I’m quite excited to announce this contest from Spice Islands. It’s called the Flavor Explorer: Vanilla Challenge™ and yes, you guessed it, it involves Spice Islands® All Natural No … Continue reading

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Let’s explore!

Hello! I’m thrilled and excited to be blogging and sharing all this Spice Islands® goodness here on Spice Island’s Flavor Explorer™ blog. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a flavor explorer myself, traveling and eating my way … Continue reading

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