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Chuck’s Gumbo

Down on Western Avenue, around the corner from our brick & mortar storefront, folks still talk in hushed tones about a little place called Sesto’s Cafe, and the legendary gumbo of Chuck Smith. Chicken and …

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Harissa and Vegetable Couscous

This recipe has been a long time coming. Hardly anyone who comes in to the shop — spice masters and novices alike — can pass over the North African section without some long, lingering sniffs. …

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Mayan Cocoa

The delicious comfort of drinking chocolate is ancient ritual. Both the Aztecs and Mayans believed cocoa to be a gift from the gods. This recipe may have changed a bit in the last 500 years, …

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Bejeweled Spice Cake

  The holy trinity of baking spices: ginger, cassia-cinnamon and allspice combine in this traditional medieval spice blend called Poudre Douce. It makes this upside-down fruit cake an essential for the winter holidays — and …

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Pumpkin Kale Enchiladas

Last October, the shop was bedecked with lovely heirloom pumpkins. Once they had seen the end of their lives as decorations, we roasted them and added them to everything — and I mean everything! This recipe …

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Poudre de Colombo Carrot Soup

A word of advice from a novice gardener: Carrots are much bigger than carrot seeds. Somehow, fifty-odd square feet of garden space doesn’t seem like that much when it’s being planted, but it can produce …

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Chinese Five Spiced Apple Carrot Pie

Tender carrots are surprisingly sweet when baked in a brown sugar syrup, especially when united with perfect Washington apples and plump little raisin gems. The fresh ginger is a classic pairing with the carrot, and …

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Pacific Seafood Seared Scallops

We have exciting news! Our Pacific Seafood blend has been reformulated using bright notes of citrus and lemongrass;  this Pacific Seafood blend incorporates flavors from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Thailand.  Using a …

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Memphis Beale St. BBQ Brisket with Whiskey Sauce

Beef brisket is one of my favorite cuts of meat. When cooked just right, it is incredibly tender and flavorful, and one of the most affordable cuts to boot! However there are an abundance of …

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Five Seed Roasted Potatoes

This fabulous twist on roasted potatoes generously comes to us from chef Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy restaurant here in Seattle. The spice mix is a version of Panch Phoron, a.k.a. Bengali Five Spice, using ajwain seed in place of fennel. I made …

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Ras El Hanout Plum Preserves

Her name was Edna Nosworthy, and she had the same birthday as I do- only eighty years difference. She had a bottomless stash of Tootsie Rolls, made a mean Snickerdoodle, and had a sprawling green …

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Cuban Black Bean Burger

There are many veggie burger recipes out there, but we have a fondness for this one. With protein-rich black beans and quinoa, this is a veggie burger with some substance. We added our savory Cuban …

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Kofte Spice Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini season has officially begun in the Pacific Northwest, and boy is it a successful one this year. The markets are full of this fine summer squash and I was recently gifted a zucchini from …

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Spicy Smoked Paprika Romesco Over Grilled Trout

My first taste of romesco was not, sadly, in Catalonia. I first encountered this crimson sauce in Walla Walla, Washington at a going away party for a dear foodie friend. I prepped ribs, halibut, and …

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Salami Wrapped Melon With Candied Fennel, Anise, Coriander and Pink Peppercorns

This easy and refreshing starter is a playful take on the favorite Italian appetizer, Prosciutto e Melone.  Featuring Finocchiona Salami and Salumi Salami from our friends at Salumi Cured Meats, we finish it all off with colorful, crunchy and exquisite candied anise, …

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Popcorn Toppings

The endless number of various toppings out there make popcorn one of the easiest and most versatile snacks I know. It’s my go-to snack not only for movies and Dr. Who marathons, but also ball …

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Tasmanian Pepperberry Infusions

Tasmanian pepperberries are an exotic delight with a bold but fleeting flavor profile that ranges from floral and camphor to a tingly pepper bite. One of the best ways to capture their elusive flavors is …

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Chaat Masala Butter and Grilled Corn

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh corn on the cob. I was excited to see the first of the season’s crop available at my local Farmer’s Markets and was …

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Aji Mirasol Salsa

Aji Mirasol Chiles, the dried form of the Aji Amarillo, are a unique chile pepper absent from the arsenal of many chefs. A staple of Peruvian cuisine, their uniquely fruity flavor make Aji Mirasols a versatile pepper; …

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Creole Spiced Coleslaw

I’ll admit it… I was a little skeptical about developing a spiced coleslaw. Coleslaw is one of those things I’ve long appreciated for its’ simplicity, but boy, have I been missing out! The depth of …

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Svaneti Seasoned Salt Kale Chips

I adore kale. The moment I discovered this particular leafy green it immediately beat out broccoli and chard at the top of my favorite vegetable list. Luckily for me it is available practically year-round here …

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Yucatan Rojo Fish Tacos

I don’t know about you, but this sunshine activates my wanderlust something fierce! Long days, hot sun… I crave a remote beach and what I like to call “barefoot cuisine.” Short of a trip to the …

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Caribbean Spice Grilled Salsa

Fresh pineapple tastes of a wild summer, its tropical sweetness tempered by raucous acidity. Our favorite way to tame the fruit is to cook it slowly until the pale yellow becomes a rich gold and the sugars …

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Kashmiri Garam Masala Pecans

Sometimes I just like to have fun with my food, and this recipe is a direct result of a playful Sunday afternoon in the kitchen.  The delicate aromas wafted out of my kitchen window enticing …

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Jerk Chicken

Summer means grilling, and there’s nothing quite like the smell of Jerk Chicken cooking on the grill!  Whether you use our Jerk Rub in a marinade or just sprinkled (liberally!) on the chicken, the aroma …

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Bar-H Beef Rub Marinade

Chock full of lemon and chile, Bar-H Beef Rub was made for summer grilled steaks. The only thing that could make it better, of course, is beer! We marinated this glorious tomahawk-cut steak overnight, then grilled …

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Urfa Biber and Strawberry Ice Cream, with a little bit of Beet Powder (for extra color).Urfa Biber and Strawberry Ice Cream, with a little bit of Beet Powder (for extra color).Urfa Biber and Strawberry Ice Cream, with a little bit of Beet Powder (for extra color).

Urfa Biber – Strawberry Ice Cream

Chiles aren’t just for cooking savory food; many are wonderful in desserts, too. Urfa biber, for example, is a great pairing with berries or chocolate. At a recent cook-off, we added urfa biber to Strawberry …

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Caraway Red Ale Mustard

Mustard is easy to make, but it also requires a little patience. If you let the mustard sit for a few days for the flavors to meld together, you will be rewarded with a fine, …

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Panch Phoron Bengali Roasted Chicken

This dish was featured on the cover of Sunset Magazine’s October 2010 issue featuring one-dish dinners. It was a great issue — not just because they lauded World Spice Merchants as their “holy grail for …

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Madras Curry with Chicken and PeasMadras Curry with Chicken and PeasMadras Curry with Chicken and Peas

Madras Curry

Ever notice how curry tastes better the second day? It’s because the flavors have combined into something greater than the sum of the parts. For best results, the ingredients and especially the spices must be …

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This French Quatre Epices cake delights everyone who tastes it!This French Quatre Epices cake delights everyone who tastes it!This French Quatre Epices cake delights everyone who tastes it!

Quatre Epices Cake

This recipe from our friends at Sunset promises a citrus and sweet taste, followed by a glow or a kick — depending on whether the signature French four-spice blend is made with white or black pepper. Well, …

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Baharat Lamb Stew

Print Arabic Baharat Lamb Stew in Kabocha Squash Servings: Serves 6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 lbs. lamb stew meat, cut into 1-1/2″ chunks 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, …

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