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Sassy Short Ribs

We love all things sassy, and these short ribs are no exception. The bold flavor of our Sassy Steak Spice is infused into every bite along with orange marmalade and fresh oregano for an impeccable flavor combination. The great charm in this dish is the layers of flavor developed by adding spices in stages along the way, and finishing with fresh herbs… who says you can’t have it all? The melt-in-your-mouth beef is pretty good too.

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Sassy Short Ribs

Sassy Short Ribs

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 pounds small bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Sassy Steak Spice, divided
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano, divided

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a heavy, medium skillet, over medium heat. Working in batches- brown the short ribs, about 2 minutes each side. Transfer the seared ribs to a platter or bowl.
  2. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the Sassy Steak Spice over the onion and cook one minute more. Lower the heat and add the marmalade, cooking just long enough to melt it with the onion. Transfer the mixture to the insert of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, scraping out every tasty bit!
  3. Add the chicken broth, red wine and soy sauce to the cooker and stir to combine. Now nestle the ribs into the sauce and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 9 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Don't peek while it is cooking! You want all those luscious flavors to circulate for the whole cooking time.
  4. At the end of the cooking time, transfer the ribs to a serving platter and then strain the sauce into a fat-separator. Remove the strained bits of meat and onion to top the ribs on the serving platter and, after the fat has separated, pour the de-fatted sauce into a medium saucepan.
  5. Add the remaining teaspoon of Sassy Steak Spice and simmer the sauce 4-6 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavors. Add 1 teaspoon of the oregano and cook 1 minute more.
  6. Pour the sauce over the ribs and garnish with the remaining teaspoon of oregano.
  7. Serve with brown or white rice, and lightly sautéed chard and/or bok choy.
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Tip: For those of you with slow cooker inserts that are stovetop safe, go ahead and use it in place of the skillet to start the sauce and save a dish!

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Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Many foods convey a sense of place. Unless you are lucky enough to be in China, there’s no doubt that Chinese food tastes best delivered on a stormy night in the 212 area code. But for those of us outside the delivery area, there has to be an alternative and this is it – Take-Out/Fake-Out: Lemon Chicken.

Lemon Chicken

While it may not be as easy as dialing up the Chelsea Big Wok, this juicy crockpot lemon chicken is the next best thing. Set it and forget it, and at the end of the day just stir fry your favorite vegetables to serve alongside and enjoy. We have tried many spice blends in this dish and they are ALL fantastic, so whether you are in the mood for a little Thai Seasoning or Indonesian Ayam, take your pick, it is hard to go wrong with lemon chicken.

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Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Thai Seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Rooster Spice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Lemon wedges, Gomasio and sliced scallions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken thighs well, and pat dry.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken broth, sliced onion, soy sauce, honey, 1/4 cup lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Thai Seasoning and 1 teaspoon Rooster Spice. Stir the sauce well to combine, and pour it into a 5-6 quart crock pot.
  3. Nestle the chicken pieces in the sauce and cook on low for 4-5 hours, until the chicken easily pulls apart with a fork.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the crock pot and set aside. Adjust the crockpot to high heat.
  5. In a small measuring cup, mix together the arrowroot and cold water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the sauce in the crockpot, then add the sesame oil, 1 additional teaspoon Thai Seasoning and remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  6. Adjust the heat setting to warm or low, and return the chicken to the crockpot and gently shred the pieces before serving.
  7. Serve with rice and vegetables, and garnish with a lemon wedge, Gomasio and sliced scallions. Some folks like an extra sprinkle of Rooster Spice as well.
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Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Seattle’s local farmers have been showcasing artichokes for a few weeks now, so what better produce to highlight one of our newest blends, Rooster Spice! Inspired by everyone’s favorite Vietnamese hot sauce, Rooster Spice packs a wallop of heat, but boasts a delicious complexity that will keep you coming back.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to these artichokes, or really anything else your market basket can throw at it.

Grilled Artichokes with Rooster Spice

 

Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill a Dutch oven with water, add the juice of 1 lemon and the bay leaf.
  2. Trim leaves from the top of artichoke, remove outer layers of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer.
  3. As each artichoke is prepared in this way, drop it into the lemon water to prevent from turning brown.
  4. When artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, about 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine garlic, lemon juice, and Rooster Spice with the mayonnaise. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish and chill until needed.
  6. Preheat grill to medium.
  7. Slice the artichoke in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with olive oil and sprinkle with Murray River Flake Salt and Rooster Spice.
  8. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with remaining lemon wedges.
  9. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled alongside Spicy Garlic Mayonnaise.
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Continental Curry Biryani

It’s almost Buddha’s birthday! Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month of the Chinese lunar calendar in nearly all east-Asian countries, and this year it falls on Friday May 17th in the Western calendar. Because it is customary to eat rice on Buddha’s birthday, we developed this heavily spiced vegetarian biryani to honor the Buddha and many of the exotic lands from which our spices come. Our Continental Curry is the perfect blend for this occasion, as it combines the best elements of several varieties of yellow curry. While we can’t promise a permanent Nirvana as a result of this dish, we guarantee at least a transient one!

Continental Curry Biryani

 

Continental Curry Biryani

Continental Curry Biryani

Ingredients

    For the Rice
  • 1 cup basmati rice, well rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 big pinch of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole Indian coriander seed
  • 3 whole green cardamom pods
  • 2 Indonesia cassia sticks
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Murray River flake salt
  • For the Curry Paste
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground Continental Curry
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Murray River flake salt
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For Baking the Biryani
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cashews, chopped
  • Pan spray
  • Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the Rice
  3. In a medium-sized pan over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the onion and cook until softened. Add raisins, cashews, cloves, cumin, Indian coriander, green cardamom and cassia sticks and saute until fragrant and the seeds start to "pop", about 3 minutes.
  4. Add salt, water and saffron and bring to a boil. Add rice and turn heat down to simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Rice will be 3/4 of the way cooked. Spread in a shallow pan to cool.
  5. While rice is cooking, par-cook the vegetables. In a shallow pan over medium-high heat, add the vegetables and water. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes.
  6. For the Paste
  7. In a food processor, puree the garlic, ginger, onions, mint leaves, Continental Curry, jalapeno, salt and tomato.
  8. In a medium saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add puree and saute for 5 minutes. Add par cooked vegetables, stirring well to combine. Taste for seasoning and salt.
  9. To Bake the Biryani
  10. In a small saucepan, warm a pinch of saffron and the milk. Remove from heat.
  11. Spray a large ovenproof casserole dish with pan spray. Layer in half of the rice and sprinkle with half of the cilantro. Evenly spread the vegetable curry paste mixture over the rice, top with remaining rice, and sprinkle with remainder of cilantro.
  12. Drizzle with the saffron-infused milk, cover the casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked through. Turn the oven off and let the biryani stay in the hot oven for another 10 minutes.
  13. While the biryani is baking, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  14. Add the sliced onions and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Next, add chopped cashews and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
  15. Remove the biryani for the oven. Top with fried onions and cashews and serve with Greek yogurt on the side.
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Rooster Spice Asparagus

Songkran (สงกรานต์) is the traditional Thai New Year water festival which starts on April 13 every year. Traditionally, the throwing of water is said to be a symbol of luck to bring good rain for the crops.  Well, we are swimming in good luck with a bountiful asparagus harvest this year and one of our favorite go-to blends, Rooster Spice!  We designed this spicy chili powder drawing inspiration from Indonesian sambal, Sriracha, Thai nam phrik, and Vietnamese tuong ot toi. Rooster Spice has limitless possibilities, but here we combine the seasonality of asparagus with the celebration of Thai New Year.  Enjoy!

Rooster Spice Asparagus

 

Rooster Spice Asparagus

Rooster Spice Asparagus

Ingredients

  • Oil for frying, vegetable, peanut or canola
  • 1 bunch asparagus, touch ends removed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup very cold, full bodied beer
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Sel de Mer
  • Rooster Spice

Instructions

  1. In a deep saute pan, gently heat oil to 375 degrees.
  2. In a separate pot, bring 4 quarts of heavily salted water to a rolling boil. Add asparagus, cook for 50 seconds, and transfer to a bowl of ice water to shock, then dry thoroughly.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix egg yolks with flour, cornstarch, Rooster Spice and beer, taking care not to over-mix. In a separate bowl, beat eggs whites to soft peaks, then fold egg whites, very gently, into egg yolk mixture. (Again, do not over mix or allowed batter to sit too long!)
  4. Toss asparagus with a few tablespoons of flour, shaking to remove excess. Dredge in batter and fry in oil, until golden and crisp.
  5. Season with Sel de Mer, a squeeze of lemon, or a generous dousing of malt vinegar and serve in newspaper cones
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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 is highlighted perfectly by the Star Anise in our Chinese Five Spice. The all-butter crust recipe I’ve included is a long-time standby of mine, and produces some of the flakiest and best pastry I’ve ever tasted. It will definitely be making an appearance at my Thanksgiving table this year!

 

Chinese Five Spiced Apple Carrot Pie

Chinese Five Spiced Apple Carrot Pie

Ingredients

    For the Crust:
  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chilled, unsalted butter
  • ½ cup very cold water
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • For the Filling:
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • 3 medium McIntosh or Pink Lady apples, peeled
  • 6 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon Crystal
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Utah basin salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry (or port/liquor of your choosing)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

Instructions

    Crust:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Pour boiling water and 1 tablespoon of the sherry over raisins, and allow to soak
  3. In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture mostly resembles coarse meal, with few pea-size pieces remaining. Be wary of over-working. (This can be done using a pastry cutter, two knives, or your hands.)
  4. Sprinkle in cold water, beginning with 3 tablespoons. Pulse until dough is crumbly, but holds together when squeezed. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until this happens. Again, do not over-work.
  5. Turn dough out onto a cutting board. Divide in to two equal portions, and form each portion in to 3/4-inch-thick disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  6. While dough chills, assemble filling.
  7. Filling:
  8. Peel and core apples, and cut in to slices 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut carrots on the bias so they’re approximately the same size as the apple slices, but 1/16 of an inch thick.
  9. In a large bowl, toss apples, carrots, ginger, sugars, Lemon Crystal, Chinese Five Spice, salt, and flour until well incorporated.
  10. Drain raisins, and incorporate with other filling ingredients. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sherry to filling mixture.
  11. Unwrap dough; place on a large floured cutting board. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Wrap dough around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate. Using a fork, prick holes all around the dough to allow crust to vent and prevent shrinkage.
  12. Fill crust with filling, pressing gently to tamp down. Dot top of filling with softened butter.
  13. Roll out second dough disk to a ten inch round. Wrap around rolling pin, and drape over filled pie dish.
  14. Trim overhang, and crimp top and bottom crusts together.
  15. Bake pie at 425 for 25 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 for another 35 minutes, or until crust is golden, juices are bubbling, and apples and carrots are tender. Cool for four hours, and serve alone or with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Notes

For the crust, I recommend using Gold Medal or King Arthur brand flour, and the highest quality butter you can afford.

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