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Eating Well,...Pho

January 20, 2016 Chris Dawson

Eating Well,...Pho There is nothing like coming home to the aromas of dinner ready to eat. They fill your seances the minute you walk through the door with the promise of a great meal waiting for you. This is one of those meals. A little prep beforehand, and some quick cooking when you get home is all that it takes. Using a great combination of spices and sauces like, Cinnamon, Coriander Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Star Anise, Cloves, Cardamom Pod, and Fish Sauce.Hoisin Sauce. The recipe looks complicated at first, but it is broken down into easy steps that any cook...


Eating Well,...Salmon

January 20, 2016 Chris Dawson

Eating Well,...Salmon As we move into the new year of trying to cook smarter, and eat healthier. We must not forget the west coast powerhouse protein, Salmon. Now we might think that we know many ways to prepare salmon. But it's never to late to review, or learn new techniques. The NY Times has a wonderful little article on different cuts of salmon and different methods on preparing them. Here. But if you just want a recipe to liven up your weeknight meal, well here you go. Using Coriander, Cloves, Cumin, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. You can make something delicious...


Holiday Treats....Home Made Bacon

December 17, 2015 Chris Dawson

Holiday Treats... It is said that everything goes better with Bacon. Yet with all the prepackaged product available now. You never know what your going to get. So... Make it yourself. This is a fairly straight forward recipe that while taking two weeks to cure, the culinary skill level is fairly basic. You'll need... Allspice Berries, Hot Red Pepper Flakes, Nutmeg, Kosher Salt, Cloves, Pink Curing Salt. Here's the recipe...


Holiday Treats...Sweet & Sour Cranberries

December 13, 2015 Chris Dawson

Holiday Treats... Some thing you can make, and give away, or just use them yourself. This versatile recipe is great for adding to a cheese plate, serving with roast pork, or...drop a few of these into the bottom of a champagne flute, with champagne, for a  New Years Eve to remember. You'll need some great spices from us, to make this an extra special gift to remember. Apple Cider Vinegar, Allspice Berries, Whole Cloves, Black Peppercorns, Juniper Berries Here's the recipe...


Holiday Treats....Mulling Spices

December 12, 2015 Chris Dawson

Something refreshing.. Offering your guests something warm and liquid when they walk through the door, will cement your reputation as this season's culinary rock star! We have a great Mulling Spice blend at the store. But if you are up for it, you can make your own too. You'll need the following Culinary Conspiracy Spices to make this wonderful. Whole Cloves, Star Anise, Maple Syrup, Cardamon Pods, and Vanilla Beans Mulled Red and White Wine Ingredients: Mulled White Wine 1 bottle dry white wine, like chardonnay 1 1/2 cups apple cider 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup whole cranberries 1 orange,...