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A new Spice of Life

We were in Costco today and I saw a new smoke flavor that looked really good so I picked it up.  I am sure you can find it in the supermarket since it’s made by McCormick.  The spice combination is called “Smokehouse Maple”.  In order to get a real taste for it, I simply sprinkled a tablespoon over 2 pounds of shrimp and grilled the shrimp on an indoor grill.  The flavor is sweet with a hint of smokiness in the background.  After tasting the shrimp, I decided that it would be a great base that can compliment BBQ grill recipes.

Spices are a great way to add a lot of flavor to your meals without adding any fat and almost no calories.  For this reason, I enjoy experimenting with spices.  In the past few years, the food companies have become really creative in introducing new spice combinations that focus on ethnic or American regional cuisine.  By combining many individual spices in one jar, the companies make flavorful cooking easier.  I usually like to further enhance specific flavors and often use the spice combinations as a beginning.

The best way for you to try a new spice combination is to cook something very plain (such as chicken breast, shrimp or steak), sprinkle a little on and grill or sauté it in a pan without adding anything else.  This way you know if you like it and what type of dish it may compliment.

So don’t be shy, go out there and try some new spice combinations; I think you’ll find that your meals come out flavorful , delicious and light.

Enjoy and happy experimenting!!

2 thoughts on “A new Spice of Life

  1. Sounds delicious. My favorite now is pimenton, smoked paprika. Spice can also replace or reduce the salt, which is also a growing health concern. I am also using a lot of turmeric, cinnamon, and curry dishes in Indian or Thai style. The Field Guide to Herbs and Spices by Aliza Green is a great book to help figure out what is in various blends, with photos to identify herbs. Before I bought it, I had some shiso leaf in a restaurant, and had to do some internet searching to figure out what it was. I love buying spices from Spice House in Wauwatosa, WI, a source beloved by chefs and writers. Check it out.


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