Time To Get Spicy With The Just Launched RawSpiceBar



I love spices but I never seem to branch out. This is why I am very excited to try RawSpiceBar. They send you three spice blends with recipes, the origins of each spice and storage instructions. Stay tuned for the post about the recipe I will be making using their spices when I receive the January delivery.

 RawSpiceBar delivers 3 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door. They work with top chefs to create a unique and interesting spice blend for you to try out. Each spice box averages ~2 ounces of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 8-12 people.  All the spices use ingredients of the highest quality (and they opt for fair trade and organic spices where possible), sourced from global spice producers.  Each box costs $6, RawSpiceBar covers your shipping costs (in US), and you can purchase for a 3, 6 or 12 month period. You can cancel or pause this subscription at any time.
This is also a great gift idea for the holidays, host gift, housewarming and for anyone that likes to eat.  Check out their website for more information.



Fresh Ideas for Super Bowl Sunday Eats

There are a million recipes out there for the Super Bowl so I wanted to save you some time and pass on some delicious and interesting recipes that will make you the perfect guest or host. If the Super Bowl is not for you these recipes will still work for any potluck party this winter.

Chicken wings with Momofuku Octo Vinaigrette

Who doesn’t love all things Momofuku? A Cup of Mai has this really easy recipe to make your wings memorable.

Chicken Wings W Momofuku Vinaigrette

Cheese-Topped Guacamole Continue reading

America’s Best Margarita Bars & Piñata sugar cookies

Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday and I was looking around for some good margarita recipes and came across Food & Wine’s list for Best Margarita Bars. It’s no surprise that Big Star made the list. You should head over there if you don’t mind the wait. Check out the entire list – America’s Best Margarita Bars | Food & Wine.

If you are feeling particularly crafty this year, you should definitely make some piñata sugar cookies.

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In fact, I think these would go quite nicely with a margarita. The recipe and a how-to video for the cookies can be found, here.

¡Buen provecho y salud!

America’s Best Margarita Bars | Food & Wine.

25 Ways to Use Sriracha

Image via bonappetit.com

Anyone who likes some heat has probably tried Sriracha. If you haven’t here is your chance with 25, yep 25 different ways you can incorporate some spice in your life. For those of you who already have a good relationship with Sriracha here are some ideas for you. What is your favorite thing to put Sriracha on? I’m a fan of using it in soups.

Some of the easiest ways: Sriracha Ketchup, Sriracha Deviled Eggs, and Sriracha Marinade. Recipe for the marinade can be found, here.

Sriracha Marinade

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Don’t forget the seafood.

Shrimp Sriracha

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Here is the link to all 25:

25 Ways to Use Sriracha: bonappetit.com.

Eye What You Eat

Via Erik Shirai eyewhatyoueat.com

These are some amazing videos from Erik Shirai, a cameraman on No Reservations. Erik has worked for a number of other well-known channels and has his own production company called Cebu Osani Films. The films follow creation of three dishes: Potage, Soba and Capri. It’s a beautiful way to tell the story of a recipe.

Eye What You Eat.

A Night in East Germany

Via Wikipedia


1 bottle of Radeberger Pilsner (found at a European specialty store like, Genes, any pilsner can be substituted)

1/4 cup Bautzner mittelscharger Senf Medium Hot Mustard (found at a European specialty store like, Genes, any type of mustard can be substituted)

1/2 onion sliced

2 pork loin chops, cut 1-1/4 inches thick

salt & pepper to season

1 DVD of The Tunnel  –  Roland Suso Richter directed film loosely based on true events in Berlin following the closing of the East German border in August 1961.

1 East German boyfriend, for recipe contribution and history lesson (optional, any type of companion can be substituted)


 Salt and pepper the chops to desired taste. In a shallow baking dish large enough to hold the pork chops in one layer combine the beer, mustard rubbed pork chops and the onions, turning the chops to coat them thoroughly. Let the chops marinate, covered for at least 30 minutes. The longer the marinade the tastier the chops will turn out.

Grill the pork chops on an oiled rack. While the chops are cooking grab your side dishes and drinks. Decide who gets to change the TV setting to video and queue up the movie. Have some extra Bautz’ner on hand, sit back and enjoy a taste of East Germany.