Raw Spice Bar Giveaway

Spices

I don’t do giveaways too often (ok, NEVER), but when RawSpiceBar contacted me about their product, I thought it was so cool that I wanted to share it with you!  So we’re teaming up to give two winners a month’s delivery of RawSpiceBar. Here’s a little bit about the company:

RawSpiceBar delivers 3 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door. They work with top chefs to create a unique and interesting spice blend for you to try out. Each spice box averages ~2 ounces of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 8-12 people.  All the spices use ingredients of the highest quality (and they opt for fair trade and organic spices where possible), sourced from global spice producers. RawSpiceBar includes an “origins, instructions and recipes” card for each spice blend that includes the blend’s history, cooking as well as suggested recipes.  RawSpiceBar also includes another 5-10 recipe ideas on their site, and they are sure to provide a great variety of options for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, gluten free and healthy eaters alike. 
Ok, so seriously, isn’t this a great idea?  For $6 a month, you get not only yummy, fresh spices, but inspiration and recipes, too!  I love anything that gets people to try new things in the kitchen, and I think this is an awesome way to get out of that dinner rut I’ve found myself in lately.  And I’m thinking this would make an awesome Christmas gift for a few people in my life who love to cook as much as I do.  Ok, so without further ado, go and enter!  There are lots of ways to enter!
To enter, check out below, or head over to the Facebook Page!  Best of luck!

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America! (or, What To Eat This Weekend)

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So, are you having burgers this weekend?  Of course you are, along with the rest of the U.S. population.  Be it a good ole beef burger or tofu-blackbean creation, it will be infinitely better on one of these awesome homemade buns.  You can also make them into hot dog  buns, too, if you’re into that.  They’re also super easy to make, take less than an hour, and freeze well.  Boom.  (Fireworks pun intended.  HILARITY!)

Quick Homemade Hamburger Buns

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The problem with the King Cakes I’ve had is that they’re not particularly good.  They just kind of taste like coffee cake with the fake fruit filling.  It’s really not shocking, seeing as we’re so far north, so they’re not exactly “authentic” and I think the only ones I’ve had came from grocery stores.  Recipe for disaster.  The other problem with King Cake is that it’s traditionally covered in colored sugar or icing.  And you know how I feel about food coloring… wait, do you know how I feel about food coloring?  I don’t much like it. But both of those problems are both easily solved when you make it yourself.  And so, to the kitchen I went. [Read more...]

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As I was saying last week, something about fall just makes it so much fun to spend time in the kitchen.  Every recipe I see makes me want to give it a try.  All the warm spices, harvest veggies, and hearty soups and stews make me feel particularly joyful when I step into the kitchen.  However, there is one thing that I’m decidedly not as crazy about.  At least not as crazy as the rest of the world, apparently. [Read more...]