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Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

Have you ever eaten something so good that it induces a trance?  Well, check out our Voodoo Shrimp and Grits.  This classic dish features our best-selling spice blend, Voodoo, a robust seasoning which includes onion, garlic, whole mustard seeds, thyme and allspice on a base of peppercorns and sea salts. We are excited to share Voodoo Shrimp and Grits just in time for Mardis Gras.  French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  Definitely rich, this recipe could be the inspiration for your own Mardi Gras ritual.

Shrimp and Grits

Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

 

Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients

For the Grits
6 cups water
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups stone ground grits or polenta
3 cups half and half
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
1/4 teaspoon Tellicherry black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon Voodoo
For the Sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 andouille sausages
1 medium sweet onion
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon dulce pimenton
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 1/2 cups fish stock or shrimp stock made from reserved shells
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 pounds fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Instructions

    For the Grits:
  1. Put water in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add salt and slowly sprinkle in grits while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the half-and-half and return to a simmer.
  4. Cook the grits slowly, over low heat for 30-40 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Stir in butter, Tellicherry black pepper and Voodoo
  6. Continue to cook grits until they are smooth and creamy.
  7. Hold covered, in a warm spot, while you finish preparing the shrimp and sauce.
  8. For the Sauce:
  9. In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat and brown the andouille sausage. Once the sausage begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes, remove from pan and set aside.
  10. Season both sides of the shrimp with a sprinkle of Voodoo and sear over medium high heat for about a minute on each side, working in batches to not crowd the pan. Remove from pan and set aside.
  11. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan
  12. Add cooked sausage onion, pepper, garlic and spices. Sauté for 3 minutes, until the onion is tender and translucent
  13. Add stock and bring to boil, gently scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any flavorful bits on the bottom of the pan
  14. Reduce heat and slowly add the cream
  15. Bring up to a simmer and allow to reduce until sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes.
  16. Once thickened, add seared shrimp and simmer until the shrimp are just cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  17. When the sauce is finished, rewarm the grits and serve in a shallow bowl with the sauce spooned over the grits.
  18. Finish with Voodoo to taste.
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Hawk WIngs

Attention Seahawks Fans! These sweet and spicy wings are just the ticket to victory on the table and we plan to enjoy them by the heaping helping as we continue to cheer our team. They are easy to make, so you don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen.

Seattle Salmon Rub is good on all kinds of things- not just salmon- and we’ve taken advantage of that to create this special Seahawks fan fare. Combine the pan-Asian flair of the spice rub with sweet orange and maple and a kick of heat from Aleppo and you’ve got a winner. If you like them really hot, increase the Aleppo or add a sprinkle of our Rooster Spice to the sauce. The sky’s the limit.

GO HAWKS!!!!

Hawk Wings - the sky's the limit!!

Hawk Wings – the sky’s the limit!!

 

Hawk WIngs

Ingredients

For the wings
4 lbs chicken wings
2 tablespoons ground Seattle Salmon Rub
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
For the sauce
1 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely minced green onion
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon Seattle Salmon Rub
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil and apply non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Using heavy kitchen shears or a sharp knife, remove the wing tips from the chicken wings. You can also separate the wings at the joint, if desired. We typically leave them whole.
  4. Place the wings in a large bowl and sprinkle with the Seattle Salmon Rub and Aleppo. Toss to coat the wings and arrange them on the foil lined sheet pan with the meaty side facing up. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. While the wings are in the oven, combine the sauce ingredients in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a low boil. Continue cooking until the sauce is reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Keep the sauce warm until the wings come out of the oven.
  6. Remove the wings from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Transfer the wings to a large, heat-proof bowl and pour the warm sauce over the wings. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to coat the wings with sauce. Return the wings to the sheet pan and set aside the remaining sauce left in the bottom of the bowl. Cook 20 minutes.
  7. When the wings are done, arrange on a platter and pour the reserved sauce over the top. Garnish with sliced green onions. Serve with lots of napkins and ice cold beer.
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World Spice Holiday Gift Guide

Peace.

Peace.

Give the gift of spices and continue to share the simple joy of flavor with friends and family long after the decorations come down.

 

Make Your Own Curry giftset with a shiny Masala Dabba

Make Your Own Curry giftset &  Masala Dabba

FOR THE CULINARY ADVENTURER-

 

Primal Pork and Beef Towels and Corresponding giftsets

Primal Pork and Beef Towels and Corresponding giftsets

FOR THE MEATLOVER  -

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

FOR THE COOK THAT HAS EVERYTHING–
Brown Betty, Black Tea, and Tea Strainer

Brown Betty, Black Tea, and Tea Strainer

FOR THE TEA AFICIONADO - 

 

FOR THE COUNTRY HOME KITCHEN-

Saffron, Piment d'Espelette, Fennel Pollen & Truffle Salt

Saffron, Piment d’Espelette, Fennel Pollen & Truffle Salt

STOCKING STUFFERS AND HOSTESS GIFTS-

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Easy DIY
Spiced Hot Fudge Sauce

DIY in under an hour!

DIY in under an hour!

Want an easy DIY  project that you can take from start to finish in under an hour? This is your post. But beware! Once you start gifting this hot fudge sauce you won’t be able to stop- my sister has been asking for it every holiday since 2004. Our favorite formulation combines bittersweet chocolate with Kashmiri Garam Masala and uses maple syrup as the sweetener, but you can switch up the spice and sweetener in all kinds of creative combinations. Chinese Five Spice with agave nectar is another one of our favorites. A decadent dose of sweet and spice will make your holiday extra nice. This recipe makes 2 cups, but double up if you want to make more for gifts.

Easy DIY Spiced Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or puree
1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Kashmiri Garam Masala

Instructions

  1. Pour the cream into a heavy saucepan over low heat. Sift in the cocoa powder to remove any clumps and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Increase the heat to medium, and stir in the maple syrup, salt and chopped chocolate. When the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Sift in the finely ground spices, and stir in the butter and vanilla. Continue stirring until the butter is melted and spices are mixed in.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool slightly and transfer to airtight jars for storage. Reheat before serving.
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How to Host with the Most!

American bartender Harry Craddock mixes a drink at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1926. Craddock is known for helping to popularize the Corpse Reviver, one of the drinks featured in "Let's Bring Back: Cocktail Edition." Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Bartender Harry Craddock makes potable magic at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1926. Craddock popularized the ‘Corpse Reviver,’ one of the drinks featured in “Let’s Bring Back: Cocktail Edition.” Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

There exists an old spice merchant proverb dating back to the early 21st century which, roughly translated, advises that “the better the cocktail; the better the party. The better the party; the better the friends.” E’er here to help, we’ve compiled some of our favorite reference materials on the topic. Serve these delicious, humorous, and historical (and of course, spicy!) signature potent potables at your holiday soiree  for insurance on a years’ worth of favors from your party-goers.

Let's Bring Back: Cocktail Edition

Let’s Bring Back: Cocktail Edition

“Let’s Bring Back; The Cocktail Edition” touts itself as a “compendium of impish, romantic, amusing, and occasionally appalling potations from bygone eras.”  The recipes hail from two-hundred year-old sources, right up to the archives of 1950′s iconic restaurant bars. From chuckles to laughs-out-loud, the history and suggestions accompanying each cocktail will have you and your guests tittering for hours, a la,  ”think only pure thoughts while sipping [The Bishop],” or consume a Scofflaw to give you the courage to “Wear white after Labor Day… Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on Seafood Pasta… and all sorts of comparable acts of insurrection.”

“Savory Cocktails” is a slender little tome; an ode to all things sour, spicy, herbal, umami, bitter, smoky, high, and strong. These drinks are undeniably sexy — what a modern-day Don Draper might imbibe. They’re interesting and nuanced, and legions away from fru-fru — no neon-hued apple-tinis here! Sophisticated foodies only need apply. Try a subtle Green Tea Gimlet (I’d pick jade green Mao Feng to offset the lime), or a Dog’s Nose, made with, of all things, powdered porcini mushrooms in combination with porter and shaved nutmeg. This book calls for a wide variety of flavored bitters- pick up a Scrappy’s sampler pack or two to complete the package.

Winter Cocktails

Winter Cocktails

Though we love classic Mulled Wine and Eggnog, there’s so much more to winter-y cocktails than these two standbys. Enter, “Winter Cocktails.” Learn how to give hot chocolate a grown-up twist with lavender flowers and Earl Grey tea, or elevate your ski-lodge lounge with a “Rosy Cheek,” sprinkled with the rosy cheeks of cracked pink peppercorns. In addition to inspired beverages, this book also has a fabulous section on infusing alcohols at home — Rose-infused gin, anyone? Pair any one of these liquors or cocktails with their suggested finger foods. This is a one-stop-shop for great winter entertaining.

No list of cocktail books would be complete without a mention of the “Drunken Botanist,” shop best-seller and staff favorite since spring. As the name implies, this book unites the best of science and insobriety, leading an alphabetical nature walk from Agave to Strawberry and hitting all the best booze-making plants in between. Learning and jubilating skip hand-in-hand in this volume, the pages dotted with recipes for classic cocktails, as well as tips for updating old favorites in single servings and “pitcher” fulls.

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

Out of a workshop in Brooklyn comes “Shake,” self-described as ”one part instructional recipe book, one part photo journey, and one part inspirational pep talk” for mixing spectacular cocktails at home. The approach is seasonal and straightforward, focused on simplicity, socializing, and, above all, fun! Our copy in the shop comes with the sweetest Mason jar cocktail shaker, pictured on the front of the book, for an automatic out-hipster of just about any one. (Pair with the Art of Fermentation- pickle it! for the win.)

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Besar Cranberry Chutney

The rich and toasty taste of our Besar blend makes an ideal complement for the pop of fresh cranberry in this exotic twist on a holiday classic. Candied ginger and dried apricots round out the fruity flavors, and the result is an intensely flavored chutney that you can serve well past Thanksgiving. You can try variations too- add an apple to mellow the flavors or some chopped walnuts for a little crunch. Any way you make it, the bright flavor of cranberries add a bit of sunshine to a winter feast. Go cranberries!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
1 onion, diced (use a sweet or red onion for extra flavor)
1/4 cup Candied Ginger, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 large orange (or 2 medium), zested and juiced
1 lime, juiced
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Besar, ground
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper

Instructions

  1. Put olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and, stirring frequently, cooking for about 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning. You might want to add more salt, vinegar or brown sugar.
  3. If you want a 'smoother' sauce, cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool, then put into a covered container in the refrigerator. This will keep for about a week.
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