Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spice Up Your Life!

The best outcome of making your own meals at home is that your food has so much more flavor.  You can cater to your own specific taste preferences.  The earth is full of hundreds of herbs and spices to put that extra bang into your meal.  Why not use your resources?

With more and more people discovering the rewards of cooking for themselves, many specialty spice stores have popped up across the country.  I visited one such store a few weeks back in Littleton, CO.  A native Colorado company, the Savory Spice Shop offers an assortment of not only traditional spices (e.g. cinnamon, basil, dill weed), but also blends and rubs (e.g. Cherry Creek seafood seasoning, lavender vanilla bean sugar, Renaissance Gardens seasoning).  They have everything from rum extract and rose water to celery seed and lavender.  And the Savory Shop also makes their own blends that cater to salads, poultry, steak, and seafood.

In addition to their large supply of gourmet spices, many of which are organic, they provide complimentary recipe cards both in-store and online.  The Savory Spice Shop is a great resource for the novice chef, as well as the experienced one.  With friendly, helpful workers, my experience at the Littleton shop was wonderful.  They answered my questions thoroughly and gave advice on spices based on the type of meals I cook.

Having started in 2004 in Denver, the store is now a franchise and offers locations across the country including California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon, and Texas.  If you don't live in one of those areas, you can also order their product online!

My purchases: ground nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, California basil,  cilantro, parsley, and Renaissance Gardens

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