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10 Spiced-Out Holiday Beers

  Show of hands please. Who can’t find something to love about the late autumn, winter transition? One week you’re admiring leaves bathed in colors of golds, butterscotch, ochre, and bronze–the next–you have the austerity of empty branches decorated with snow…. Continue Reading →

Free Tea from Twinings

Halfway through writing my summer wrap-up post this tidbit of good news came through my inbox: an offer from Twinings for free tea. I liked the offer. Thought you would too. After all, aren’t autumn’s stirrings in the air? Despite perfect,… Continue Reading →

7 Summer Fruits and Their BSF (Best Spice Friend)

So September is here, school has started and summer is over…not! Certainly the farmer’s markets and local growers agree. Stalls are still packed with berries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe…all those summer goodies that are the epitome of soft, warm days and… Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Have Spices for Breakfast: 1 indulgence, 1 blend, and 1 surprise

Good morning sleepyhead! What’s waiting for you on the breakfast table? Spices? Why not? Increasingly, more studies are revealing the healthy benefits of spices. Plus a little change-up in morning food lineup for some a.m. motivation is always welcome. Here are… Continue Reading →

Introducing the Exclusive Distillery No. 209 Spiced Gin Mini Cupcake

Guest Post by Amy Wolff, creator of FingerSweets   I’m on a flavor quest…a cupcake flavor quest to be specific. Cupcakes, in my book, are a pure delight. Some food trend experts have declared that cupcakes are out of fashion…. Continue Reading →

Crimson Spice Champagne Cocktail

It’s red. It makes your house smell provocative and mouth-watering. It’s filled with Champagne. What else could you possibly want for a sexy, make-you-giddy Valentine cocktail? The recipe, perhaps?* Gather up: 2 quarts (64 oz.) cranberry juice (as close to pure cranberry… Continue Reading →

Pieces of Eight, Pirates and Spicy Treasure

If the title sounds like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean, there is good reason. September 19 (today) is National Talk Like A Pirate Day. The action is worldwide, I had to get Spice Sherpa in on the fun. Here… Continue Reading →

Creme Brulee Martini with Vanilla Vodka Infusion

Guest Post by Jason Phelps of Ancient Fire Wines, The Infusion Making your own vanilla vodka is amazingly simple. Cut one vanilla bean lengthwise and place it in a clean jar with 8 oz of 100 proof vodka for 24… Continue Reading →

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a such a staple of our spice cupboards we hardly give it a second thought. It’s time to change that. The best tasting desserts use top quality ingredients. When it comes to vanilla that’s an expensive statement. Did you… Continue Reading →

2 Teas for Winter Weather (or Under the Weather)

Snow. Rain. Wind. Sleet. Whatever is beating on your window this winter you can keep the chill away with either of these teas. Both are winter elixers of heat and health. They’re simple concotions but hold an impressive list of… Continue Reading →

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