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Explore the Tastes of the World with Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends

We always say the best way to experience a country’s culture is to dive right into their local cuisines. Sadly not all of us can afford to travel around the world indulging in international foodie fantasies. However, there is a way you can enjoy these culinary delights, especially if you’re not blessed enough to have access to international chefs and restaurants. What do we mean? Cooking with international spices and seasonings of course. Pereg Natural Foods & Spices, the people who brought you fiery Harissa from Tunisia, exotic Moroccan Ras Al Hanout, and the bold flavors of Cajun country, has launched two new international spices, Chinese 5-Spice Seasoning, and Latin Adobo Blend. Let’s get to know Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.

Pereg’s ever-growing selection of international ingredients now includes 5-Spice Seasoning, an aromatic anchor of Chinese cuisine, and Adobo Blend, a zippy mainstay in kitchens from Spain and Peru to Mexico and the Philippines. These two spices join the wide range of Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.  Pereg’s Chinese 5-Spice mix, a happy marriage of sweet, salty, pungent, sour, and bitter has the power to elevate dishes of all kinds.  With its balanced blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, black pepper, and cloves, it delivers an intriguing, pan-Asian complexity to braises, soups, stir-fries, and sauces. It pairs beautifully with lamb, chicken, and duck. You can even use it in cocktails!

Adobo, which originated in Spain and Portugal, wears many hats. Latin adobo usually refers to a sauce or marinade typically made from paprika and stewed chipotle chilies. However, some Latin and Caribbean countries think of adobo as a seasoning mix, either wet or dry, to rub on meat before cooking. And in the Philippines, where adobo is the national dish, it’s a style of cooking in which meat, fish, or vegetables are marinated in vinegar, salt, and spices, browned in oil and then simmered in the marinade. Adobo seasoning is endlessly versatile. It adds a rich dimension to chicken, turkey, burgers, and your favorite chili. Use it as a dry rub for steaks and whole fish. Mix it with quinoa, add it to fish tacos, spice up your guacamole, or sprinkle it on popcorn.

Are your ready to bring international cuisine to your life and kitchen? What are your thoughts on Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends? Will you start cooking more international dishes?

Spice Up Your Life: Spice Islands Spices, Herbs, and Seasonings

Repeat after us – when it comes to cooking, spices, herbs, and seasonings are absolutely needed. We love food, that’s why we do restaurant reviews and eat out as much as we can. The best thing about being a foodie is enjoying the various flavors, so we need our meals to be seasoned to perfection. We need much more than just salt and pepper. If you have less than ten varieties of spices, herbs, and seasonings (not including salt and pepper) in your kitchen cupboard, you’re not properly seasoning your food. But worry not, we, and Spice Islands, are here to help you. We are here to introduce you to the vast variety of Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings boasting rich flavors and premium quality. Get ready to amp up your spice rack and cooking with an amazing array of wonderful flavors.

Whether you’re cooking something savory or sweet, Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings have exactly what you need. They search the world for spices and herbs of the highest quality. Then they craft and package them to deliver the most authentic and intense flavor possible. It’s as if you sourced these spices and herbs out of your own garden.

Spice Islands offers everything from A to V – Allspice to Vanilla, with many spices available in multiple forms (think whole, ground, and organic). They go far beyond the basics like chili powder, basil, cayenne pepper, chives, cilantro, etc and offer gourmet options like Jamaican jerk seasoning, Louisiana Cajun, Garam Masala (a hot spice blend of Northern Indian spices), a flavorful blend French countryside blend of spices, extracts, and panko mixes.

It’s a fact that cooking with the right spices can turn any recipe from okay to absolutely mouth-watering and that’s exactly what you get with Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings. Another thing we love about Spice Islands is their recipes. They offer lots of entrees, appetizer, bread, soup, salads sides, sauces, beverages and dessert recipes. They provide the level of difficulty, prep and total time, and of course the correct spices, herbs and seasonings to use for each recipe. Spice Islands is here to make cooking fun and to wow your family and friends with your cooking skills. What more can you ask for? To learn more about Spice Islands and their variety of spices, herbs, and seasonings, visit www.spiceislands.com.

Going Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day

Did you know there’s a special day celebrating just about everything! Of course, we don’t mind because we think celebrations make for a happier life. Take today, for instance, today is National Agriculture Day, also known as National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of agriculture and those who contribute to agriculture, which is why we’re highlighting the wonderful offerings from Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day. This amazing company, which we met at the Editors Showcase during the Fancy food Show, has made us realize that just because you live in the city (and most likely, a shoebox of an apt), doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. Two of their very cool products, which we’re highlighting today include the Garden in a Can, and the Organic Mushroom Mini Farm (they have so many other very cool ready-to-grow products, you have to check them out).

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These ready-to-grow cans make it fun and easy to grow and harvest organic herbs right from your windowsill or fire escape. All you have to do is plant, water, and watch it grow! Back to the Roots makes it easy to buy, offering a set of four herbs in its own can: basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. The set includes organic seeds, nutrient rich soil, biochar technology that helps your herbs grow for months. what you don’t get are no messy drainage holes, no chemicals, and no need for transplanting. Plus for every photo you share using the hashtag #GardenInACan, Back to the Roots will donate one to an elementary school classroom.

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Love mushrooms? Then grow your own gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box it comes in……..in just 10 days! This mini farm is truly the lazy person’s garden, just open the box, mist with water, and watch your mushroom harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making it a great gift for kids, families, foodies & chefs!  The kit includes organic plant-based soil (which can grow multiple crops!), oyster mushroom spawn, spray mister, and as a bonus: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit. How cool is that?

So my fellow city, and small apartment-dwellers, would you be open to trying out your green thumb? What are your thoughts on these Back to the Roots products?