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Ancho Chile Pepper$4.25 – $18.75
The Ancho Chile is the dried version of the Poblano Pepper and the most popular dried chile in Mexican cooking. The sweetest of dried peppers, with deep, rich berry flavors, mild bitterness, and mild to medium hotness, Ancho is frequently used as the base flavor of sauce and spice mixes like dry rubs or mole. We stem and partially seed our Anchos by hand before milling to provide the strongest Chile flavors without being overpowered by excessive heat. Try replacing paprika with Ancho Chile Powder in any recipe to bring a fuller, earthier Chile flavor and beckoning for you to take another bite.
Black Truffle Sea Salt$20.00
Prized by Roman chefs since the early fifth century, a taste of Truffle turns everyday meals into gourmet creations. Wealthy Romans would give a Truffle as a gift to honor the recipient as well as the giver. Sprinkle this finishing Salt on meats, eggs, potatoes, vegetables, pasta, seafood and popcorn to add a hint of earthy, mushroomy flavor. Mix with a swirl of olive oil to create a gourmet bread dipper.
Packaged in our standard size jar, approximately 3/8 cup.
Bonnes Herbes de Paris$6.00 – $19.50
From the capitol of France, these “Bonnes Herbes de Paris” are an aromatic, satisfying blend of French herbs, popular in the central and northern regions of France. Based on the herbal flavors of Tarragon and Basil, and highlighted with aromatic chives, this highly versatile blend can be added to egg, meat and vegetable dishes, as well as used as a finishing spice, or a dry rub for chicken, fish or vegetables. Perfect for roasted game hens or egg dishes. To make a simple balsalmic vinnaigrette, mix 2T Bonnes Herbes with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar & 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Bouquet Garni ~ Three Pack$7.50
This classic blend, of peppercorns, French herbs, orange peel and leek, is cleverly packaged in three over-sized tea bags, so they can be added directly to savory soups and stews. Just toss one or two bags in your pot! Enjoy the scent and savor the taste! Each bag approx 1-1/2 T.
Brining Kit ~ DIY$15.00
Brining is a simple process for lean meats, like poultry, pork and shrimp, to make them juicier and more flavorful.
Brining involves two processes: (1) salt dissolves proteins in the meat, allowing the fibers to relax and soften, and (2) muscle fibers absorb liquid (mostly water), plumping and softening the meat. Make sure that your meat has not been brined before you buy it (e.g. “extra tender” pork and most turkey breast roasts are pre-brined with salt or sodium phosphate).
The spices in this brown bag kit are intended to make 2 gallons of brining solution, enough for a 12-14 pound turkey or two whole chickens. A very large turkey may need up to three gallons; additional brining spices can be purchased at Local Spicery.
What You Need: This kit includes a large pouch of sea salt, a pouch of brining spices, a brining bag large enough for a 24-lb turkey, and a zip-tie closure for the bag. You will need a large stock pot (at least 8-quart) and a way to chill your meat for up to 24 hours — a 5-gallon bucket to put in your refrigerator or a large ice chest with ice to pack around the meat.
The Brining Brown Bags come in two flavor profiles:
French Herbs: Saturates your meat with the flavors of Tarragon, Basil, Dill, and Orange Peel for an authentic French country flavor;
Chetumal: Delivers a spicy, Yucatecan flavor through Paprika, Chiles, and Mexican Oregano.
Cinnamon ~ Ceylon$6.75 – $21.75
Ceylon – the true Cinnamon, scientifically speaking – has a mellow, citrusy flavor & a woodsy, floral aroma; more subtle with less of a bite than Cassia. Hailed for health benefits & considered more precious than gold in ancient Egypt.
Perfect for dishes with few competing flavors, such as custards, puddings, baked fruits and whipped cream, or simply sprinkled on oatmeal, yogurt or toast. Use also in sauces and curries, and add to lamb and vegetable dishes.
Fines Herbes$6.00 – $19.50
This classic French herb blend highlighting Tarragon, Chervil & Chives makes even the simplest recipes delightful. Light, sweet and meant to be seen, so add toward the end of cooking. Use Fines Herbes with baked or sautéed fish, broiled meats, soups, and roasted herbed chicken. Use in herb sauces and compound butters, add to quiche, scrambled eggs and omelets.
French Vinaigrette$6.50 – $21.00
Traditional French meals are completed by serving a simple salad course, frequently just lettuce or frisee leaves moistened by a very light vinaigrette. Our French Vinaigrette Dressing is authentically based on shallots, milled mustard seed, and French herbs. After mixing (directions below), pour some dressing into the bottom of your salad bowl before adding the dry lettuce. Toss and enjoy. Also makes a wonderful marinade for asparagus, broccoli, or green beans. Bon appetit!
Traditional French dressing or vegetable marinade directions: Mix 2T Blend with 2T water, let stand 5 minutes to rehydrate. Whisk in ½ cup olive oil & 1/4 to 1/3 cup vinegar (typically sherry vinegar, wine vinegar, or our personal favorite, champagne vinegar).
- Toss some French Vinaigrette Spice Blend on white fish before grilling or pan-frying.
Garden Gems$6.50 – $21.00
A medley of three types of Onion plus Garlic and Sea Salt brings garden flavors to any dish. A few sprinkles adds that feeling of simplicity and comfort reminiscent of French cooking. A perfect way to celebrate a spring day, or to bring sunlight to your table in the winter. As versatile as salt & pepper: add to eggs; season poultry, fish, & vegetables; or serve at the table as a finishing spice.
Garlic Sea Salt$6.00 – $19.50
Since its introduction in the United States in the 1700’s, garlic has grown in popularity to an average consumption of more than 2.5 pounds per person annually. Mixed with Sea Salt and Parsley, this blend is easy to use and flavorful for sprinkling on unsalted, savory dishes.
Sprinkle on vegetables, popcorn, and cold salads just before serving. Use in place of Salt in tomato-based sauces and most any savory dish.
Gingerbread Spice$6.50 – $21.00
Originally baked in German monasteries in the 14th century to aid digestion, gingerbread quickly spread throughout Europe. An International tradition, and an American classic, this blend of sweet, aromatic spices, is driven by the lemony, sweet flavor of freshly milled ginger root. Use to flavor gingerbread or in cookies, cakes, pies, or smoothies to deliver this unmistakable classic flavor.