Trade Winds Spice Company

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Almond Butter Cookies

Are you all done with your shopping and wrapping and decorating? How about those fresh baked cookies? Don’t despair. These cookies have been a favorite at our house for years. But let’s keep it between us…don’t tell my family just how easy they are to make. Happy Holidays!

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Fried Apple Rings

The local orchards are starting to harvest apples and they say this will be a great season. These fried apple rings give you a great excuse to take a leisurely drive to buy some fresh picked apples and stop in your favorite Stillwater spice store. Wonderful served with sausage or bacon and pancakes for breakfast; with pork chops or ham for dinner. Cinnamon, spice and everything nice!

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Sloppy Joe's/BBQ Sandwiches

When it's busy at home finding easy dinners that everyone will eat are always high on the list. This recipe is great for busy week nights or weekends if you would rather follow the variation and cook on the grill. From kids to grandpa’s this entrée gets a gold star. Leftovers? No problem, these joes taste wonderful heated up the second day.

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Beef Tenderloin with Pepper & Parsley Crust

Are you looking for something special to make, something that looks extravagant but easy enough that the kids (or your siblings) can help? Careful - with this recipe you may end up on kitchen duty more often.

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Black Walnut Ice Cream

Memorial Day is coming up. Do you have a picnic planned – or some fun with family? Are the kids or grandkids around? Well pull out that ice cream maker and make use of those extra hands….we all scream for ice cream!

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Bite Back Brownies

If Dad prefers to run the grill on Father’s Day – you can always surprise him with a spicy brownie treat. Pure chile powders are a great flavor addition to chocolate recipes – think brownies, cake, chocolate frosting, fudge, truffles, even chocolate ice cream. They accentuate the chocolate flavor and depending on the heat level add varying degrees of spiciness. If you like it spicy, feel free to add more chile powder, not so sure add less or start with our Ancho Chile Powder, a less hot chile. Experiment and have fun, just remember you can always add more spicy flavor, but you can’t take it out.
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Bruschetta

A step back so you don’t get trampled, plate licking, finger licking summer treat. A great way to ease into summer and certainly a wonderful way to use your tomato harvest later in the season. The Villa Manodori balsamic vinegar from Modena is an authentic balsamic vinegar that gets its dark rich color, intense aroma, lick your fingers flavor and syrupy consistency from traditional processes and long aging, not artificial flavors and colors.
 
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Adam's "I'll Take Two" Grilled Burgers

Summer is here and with it the kick off of summer gatherings and picnics.  Grill up these tasty burgers and serve with a side of grilled corn on the cob and tomato onion relish salad.  But make sure you make plenty, because at our house Adam always takes two.
 
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Tex Mex Burgers

Adding great flavor doesn’t need to be difficult, you just need great spices. With summer grilling in full swing, here’s an easy and tasty grilled burger variation. Try this, then get inspired and cook up your own variations.

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Cajun Spiced Corn Chowder

Mardi Gras may be over, but this chowder offers a taste of the heartland with the spice of Louisiana soul food.  Serve hot with crusty bread and a green salad, a perfect meal on a snowy winter day.

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Cardamom Mangoes

Cardamom is being touted as one of the flavor trends for 2010. Considering cardamom was grown in the gardens of the King of Babylon in 720BC, and the ancient Egyptians chewed it to whiten their teeth and sweeten their breath; I guess it’s a trend worth thinking about. No mangoes, no worry, this recipe works well using other fruits.

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Spiced Caramelized Bananas

Warm, strongly aromatic, slightly spicy and pungent, nutmeg was prized during medieval times in Europe because it was believed to ward off the plague. When the spice trade flourished during the sixteenth century, nutmeg was at the center of a centuries long tussle between the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch as they vied to control the Banda Islands (Moluccas or Spice Islands) in Indonesia.

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Carrot Soup with Caraway Butter

Spring just keeps hiding around the corner. This recipe brings the sunshine of carrots and orange juice together with the warmth of soup and rich flavor of caraway. What we need right now to keep us dreaming about spring sunshine while fighting this (hopefully) last case of spring fever.

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Celery Seed Dressing

Does the new year have you resolving to eat healthier - maybe a salad or some fresh vegetables even in the dead of winter? This dressing will add zip to your resolve. Try it on fruit salad or with vegetables and mixed greens. Use it instead of mayonnaise in tuna salad.

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Chile Pork Tenderloin
Chile Pork Tenderloin

Fire up that grill!  Are you looking for something different than the same old hamburgers, brats or hotdogs on the grill? Try this pork tenderloin with a fresh fruit salsa or cowboy salsa salad on the side.

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Classic Chili

What makes a chili the “best” you’ve ever tasted? The spices of course! Make sure yours are fresh and flavorful. What makes a chili “classic”? The fact that you want to make it, and eat it over and over. This is the recipe that comes out  at our house. By the way, it’s no big secret - we use Trade Winds Spice Company spices in our chili.

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Chili Cheese Log

This easy appetizer came from Great Grandma's recipe file. A retro treat that appeals to young and old alike. Extremely easy to make, store and serve. Always a hit when we make them at home, bring them to an event, or mix up a sample for the store...

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Chocolate Cinnamon Sauce

If the changing color of leaves has you thinking about the flavors of fall, but you’re not quite ready to go all in and let go of summer, how about chocolate cinnamon sauce over ice cream. The best of both seasons. Make a parfait or drizzle over cake or brownies a la mode. Finger licking good! The sauce keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, just warm it in a microwave slightly before use. 

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Spicy Cucumber Salad

Want to make something with all those cucumbers in your garden? This can be used as a simple salad or a side dish. Great with stir fry, served as a simple salad or side and even straight out of the refrigerator as a snack.

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Dip Daze

Last night was Ladies Night Out in downtown Stillwater and we were sampling another addition to our dip daze – easy to make dips that get their great flavor from seasonings that do double duty in your pantry. Serve with corn chips, potato chips or fresh vegetables. Try it as a sandwich spread or jazz up your wrap.

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Earl Grey Tea Biscuits (Cookies)

If you got up to watch the royal wedding or are just feeling the need for a little royal relaxation. Nothing makes you feel like you’ve crossed the pond more than a cup of tea and biscuit. “Jeeves, more me another cupa please while I finish this recipe”.

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Easy Masala Chai

In India, the generic word for tea is chai and masala means spice blend. Thus masala chai is spice tea. In this country it’s commonly called chai tea or chai latte. This is a very easy at-home recipe to curb your chai cravings without having to leave home….except to restock your spices of course.

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Seasoned Chicken Skewers

You have to think far enough ahead to marinate the chicken, but this is an easy and tasty recipe. We use metal skewers so we don’t have to deal with soaking or burning the skewers.   The red peppers keep the chicken moist and keep it from sticking together. They also cook well at the same heat and in the same time frame. Leftovers? No problem, make yourself a tasty sandwich the next day. Spread some mayo on toast, slice the chicken cubes and top with the roasted red peppers.

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Curried Chicken Salad

Not your same old chicken salad. Plan ahead and make some extra chicken breasts or use purchased pre-cooked chicken breast. The mandarin oranges bring a little spring time to this cold time of year.

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Jerk Chicken

Jerk seasoning includes the heat of red pepper and the sweet spiciness of allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Traditionally grilled over wood, the Jerk Chicken can be cooked on an outdoor grill or in the oven.

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Juniper Berry Sauce

An excellent sauce to serve with duck, goose or wild game.

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Lavender Champagne Cocktail

A member of the mint family, lavender is cherished for its color, fragrance and therapeutic virtues. Sounds like a great way to add a little intrigue to an ordinary glass of champagne. I think the ladies who attended Ladies Night Out last night agree!

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Lavender Ice Cream

Fresh and dried flowers have been used in cooking from ancient Rome to Queen Victoria’s reign and are enjoying a come back in today’s kitchen. Lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties and has always been popular in French cooking. This recipe requires a little planning ahead, but is perfect for a special brunch, bridal shower or baby shower. Try serving with lavender shortbread and some lavender or chamomile lavender tea.

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Lavender Lemonade

 What’s better than lemonade on a hot humid day? Here’s an interesting alternative. Contrary to what people may think, the flavor is not overly floral or overpowering, but adds just a hint of extra flavor. The finished color is a light pink/purple. Don’t worry, when you initially strain the lavender sugar syrup mixture into the pitcher it will look brown/purple, as you add the fresh lemon juice the color changes.

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Lavender Shortbread

Easter is coming up soon and spring bridal and baby showers are close behind. Looking for something slightly different? Give these lavender shortbread cookies with just a kiss of lemon a try. Fresh and dried flowers have been used in cooking from ancient Rome to Queen Victoria’s reign and are enjoying a come back in today’s kitchen. Known for its calming and soothing properties, lavender, a key ingredient in Herbes de Provence, and often found in tea blends has always been popular in French cooking.

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Caramelized Pearl Onions with Lavender

 These tiny onions turn golden brown and are faintly flavored with the lavender blossoms. Serve with grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes.

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Melon Salad

Coriander was grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Greeks considered it a medicinal plant, but the Romans changed it into a cooking spice and spread the seeds throughout Europe. Jazz up your late summer melons with this dressing that marries the mellowness of coriander and the warmth of nutmeg with the pop of lime and the sweetness of honey.

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Double Mustard Chicken

Hands down, this is our family's favorite grilled chicken. What's great is that this chicken tastes like something served in an expensive restaurant, but all you need to know how to do is measure, mix, enjoy your afternoon and fire up the grill....

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Orange Cardamom Coffee

Valentines Day is coming up. If you want to impress your sweetie with a great breakfast or after dinner coffee the sweet-spicy flavor of cardamom combined with zesty citrus in this fragrant coffee drink is a sure bet to start the day off right or wrap up a great evening.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Seeing all the giant pumpkins come to town for the Stillwater Harvest Fest last weekend made me hungry for a tasty pumpkin treat. This soufflé-like muffin is perfect for a brisk, crisp fall morning.

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Presto Pesto Pizza

A couple of weeks ago we were looking for a new appetizer idea for the weekends. We came up with this pizza which makes a tasty appetizer or add a salad for an easy dinner. This recipe makes enough pesto for an entire pizza, but when there is just the two of us, we cut the crust in half and save half the pesto and crust to make another pizza the next day. Or freeze the crust for another day and use the leftover pesto on pasta or as a sandwich spread.

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Apple Puff Pancake

Apple Pancake seems too common a name for this wonderful dish. Simple and delicious, easy to make and festive looking, it’s the perfect dish to make for a holiday breakfast.

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Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

We get a lot of customer requests for easy to prepare entrees. Making dinner doesn't get much easier than this. An easy two ingredient recipe that adds great flavor without much effort...and lining the pan with aluminum foil even keeps clean up easy.

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Spice Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is low in fat with a nice texture, but it’s not the most flavorful of the pork cuts. This recipe uses the technique of dry frying spices to bring out their flavor and create a richly spiced crust that adds flavor and an aromatic crunchiness to the pork. It’s an easy recipe to make, but you need to plan ahead for the marinating process of 1-3 days.
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Herb Roasted Potatoes

These started out as a holiday meal favorite at our house. Pretty soon our kids were requesting we have "those Thanksgiving potatoes" more than once a year. Given how easy they are to fix, we oblige them on a regular basis now. Wonderful hot out of the oven...but hide a few for leftovers.

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Roasted Potatoes de Provence

 A different take on herb roasted potatoes. Herbes de Provence is a blend of summer herbs common to southern France. These crispy potatoes are smothered in the flavors of Provence – fruity olive oil, garlic and fragrant herbs.

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A traditional French steak dish, usually filet mignon, coated in crushed peppercorns. The peppercorns form a crust on the steaks when cooked and provide a pungent but complementary counterpoint to the richness of the beef. An easy to make cognac cream sauce tops it off – just prepare for the flames.

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Tuscan Tossed Salad

Looking for a light salad for a warm summer day? Mix up your own dressing, it’s very easy when you just measure and shake a jar. Pour a glass of crisp cool wine and imagine yourself lounging in the Tuscan Sun. 

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

If you’re over 35, been married, have kids or received family hand-me-downs…I bet you own an ice cream maker. Go dig it out, find the directions, start making ice, stop by Trade Winds Spice Company and get cranking!

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Game Day Dry Rub Wings

Do you have some sports fans in the house watching the big game this weekend. It might be winter, but it doesn’t mean the grilling has to stop. Check your spice cabinet, shovel a path to the grill, cut up some celery, find the blue cheese and let the big game begin. No matter the outcome, you’ll win for having the best wings in town.
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White Ginger Pear Poached Tilapia

Are you still looking for some easy ideas to impress Mom with your cooking skills on Mother’s Day this weekend? Easy and impressive - settle Mom in with a cup of tea and let her watch someone else work some magic in the kitchen.

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