Monday, February 6, 2012

Spice It Up!

I have a new love ~ Penzeys!
More than 250 spices and seasonings!

If you haven't heard of them,
here is a link to their online store:

If you are lucky enough to have a store near you, check it out!

In early December, I was able to visit one of their stores with my sister-in-law, during a trip to Buffalo, NY.  I was in spice heaven! We were short on time, so I didn't purchase spices that day, but ended up ordering 15 different seasonings and herb blends from their online store a few weeks later.  The package arrived within a week, with a handwritten "Thank You" from the person that packed my order ~ such a nice touch!  I also received a bumper sticker and their 2012 winter catalog, filled with recipes and detailed information on their spices and seasonings.  

Link to download their 2012 winter CatalogCatalog Page
Click here to request a catalog: Catalog Request Form

Their slogan is "Love People.  Cook them tasty food."  
I couldn't agree more!

Penzeys has every spice you can think of.  My first purchase was all seasonings and herb blends.  I love having these on hand to add to dishes, giving them a kick, adding layers of flavor.  No work or thought, just sprinkle on the goodness! Their seasonings and herb blends are a great way to take baby steps into spices, if this is foreign territory for you.

*Their catalog provides tips on how much you should buy and how to store your spices
   and seasonings.
*They have a great variety of SALT FREE options and baking needs 
   (extracts, cocoa and spices).

The first herb blend I'm sharing:

"Similar to the house dressing of many fine restaurants, filled with flavorful French herbs, not too tart, lightly thickened by crushed brown mustard. A variation of classic French Vinegar and Oil dressing, but lighter, perfect for today's salads. Bursting with flavor, blend with a mix of olive oil and red wine vinegar (the proportions can be varied to suit your tastes).  Basic recipe for 1 cup dressing: Mix 1-2 TB. seasoning in 2 TB. water, let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/3 Cup red wine vinegar and ½ Cup olive oil, refrigerate. Hand-mixed from: sugar, brown mustard, salt, garlic, black pepper, lemon, onion, French tarragon, white pepper, chives, thyme, cracked rosemary." (source

I have been using this blend in the morning, generously sprinkling it on my eggs.  I love the flavor, it's so good!  I can't wait to make the dressing!

Tomorrow, for Tried & True Tuesday, I'll share another herb blend.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Oh yum!! Yeah I would need to take baby steps. I'm not one to try a lot of different spices, but I might just have to try some!

Mary ~ said...

Blends are a great way to start. Baby steps :)
I love LOVE lots of flavor - I'm pretty adventurous with food!

Sarah said...

Mary - my in-laws (in Chicago) LOVE Penzey's spices! Shh...but sometimes I want to clear out my mother's Penzey's spices into my purse when I am there! I can't remember the one spice combo but she put it on Seabass and it was FABULOUS!!! They have such a GREAT product! Would be a great gift for a cook! Thanks for sharing :)

Mary ~ said...

Hi Sarah - Hmmm, I wonder which blend she puts on the seabass? Penzeys is pretty awesome - I wanted to take some from my sister-in-laws house, she has tons!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :) Hope you have a great one! Mary