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Spice Islands Flavor Explorer Recipe Round-Up and a Giveaway

Spice Islands Flavor Explorer

It’s been a flavorful few months ’round these parts, and Taylor and I are proud to call ourselves official Flavor Explorers. We developed the 12 recipes pictured above using Spice Islands’ fabulous products, and they’ve been posting to the Flavor Explorer blog all quarter, along with some other enticing recipes from Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking.

Pictured: (1) Spiced Cranberry Spritzers / (2) Mini Chicken-Ricotta Phyllo Pies / (3) Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon Black-Pepper Marmalade / (4) Homemade Taco Seasoning / (5) Gingerbread Ice Cream Floats / (6) Sicilian Pan Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto / (7) Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies / (8) Asian Niçoise Salad with Seared Black Sesame Tuna / (9) Creamy Eggnog Pudding / (10) Spaghetti Squash Bruschetta / (11) Coconut Beef Stir-Fry Rice Bowls / (12) Chorizo Frittata

Spice Islands Flavor Explorer Giveaway

And for our fellow spice-fiends, we’ve got a special giveaway just for you, courtesy of Spice Islands®!

One lucky winner will receive a set of 15 of our favorite Spice Islands® products, including Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Whole Nutmeg, Ground Chipotle, Ground Ginger, Fine Sea Salt, Fennel Seed, Thyme, Sweet Basil, Italian Herb Seasoning Blend, Thai Seasoning Blend, Bay Leaves, Beau Monde Seasoning, Dill, and Poppy Seed. Some of these, such as the Ground Chipotle (featured in the Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies, above) can be hard to find but so worth it. Others, like the Fine Sea Salt, are pretty much used every day in our kitchen (we use this interchangeably with kosher salt in both cooking and baking). While we love creating our own spice combinations, we find ourselves drawn to the perfect seasoning blends (such as the Italian and Thai blends) for quick weeknight meals. Along with kitchen staples like Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, and Vanilla Extract, this would be a great starter set for someone new to cooking, or quality replacements for those old and dried-out spices you’ve got in your cupboard.

So, what are you waiting for?

Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Giveaway sponsored by Spice Islands®. We are proud to have partnered with Spice Islands for this project. All opinions expressed are our own.

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  1. 1
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The most used spice in my kitchen is Cumin seeds n Cinnamon powder. What a wonderful list of spices n now my eyes are on that ground Chipotle!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I’d say it’s a tie between the garlic powder and crushed rosemary.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I like both pages on Facebook.

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    Maribeth
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    My most used spice is Spice Islands Chipotle Chile. And also the Spice Islands Italian Herbs.

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    Mindy
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    oregano, seems like I’m always adding it to recipes and having to pick it up at the store.

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    Maribeth
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Garlic powder! I even add it to dishes that already gave fresh garlic.

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    Maribeth
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I liked your page on FB

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    Maribeth
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I liked Spice Islands’ page on FB

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (my full name is my e-mail address).

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I like Spice Islands on Facebook (my name is my e-mail address).

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@MBHinrichsen) and tweeted!

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    Ashley D.
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Cinnamon powder is the most used in my kitchen. I enjoy baking apple pies so plenty of cinnamon is must!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    We use a lot of red pepper flakes and chili powder!

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    Teresa
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    paprika! (I’d buy it in bulk but I use sweet, hungarian, smoked, smoked hot….)

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    Esme
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I use Chipotle seasoning ALOT! My family loves a little heat in our dishes and this is one of their favorites.

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    Melissa
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    the most used spices in my kitchen are cumin and crushed red pepper…

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    Jess
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I go through ridiculous amounts of cumin – where does it all go?? :)

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Cumin!

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I like you both on FB

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Most used spices are cumin and garlic powder.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Definitely garlic powder!

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    Holly J
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Cinnamon!

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    Michelle
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Paprika! Thank you!

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    Mary Ann
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    The most used spice is cinnamon!!! Love it in sweet as well as savory dishes.

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    penny
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Chili Powder. I throw it in and on everything. That and Cayenne. I love my food spicy!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Definitely cumin.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I liked both on FB.

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    Anastasia
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Sumac or Dill, usually both combined!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I use ridiculous amounts of Mexican Oregano. Love that stuff!

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    Melissa Witte
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Cinnamon or Italian seasoning….

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    Melissa Witte
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I tweeted…. @melissawitte

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    Melissa Witte
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I “like” both loveandoliveoil and spice island on FB

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Garlic salt and cinnamon are definitely the most used in our house!

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    Christina Badaracco
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Cinnamon, closely followed by cumin. Love them together too!

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    Erin H
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Red pepper flakes are what I use the most. I love adding the heat!

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    Erin H
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I like both L&OO and Spice Islands on FB

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    Leah
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I think herbes de provence is probably my most-used spice! I do use cinnamon an awful lot, though.

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    Sarah A
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I love using italian blends. I put it on everything from poultry and fish to potatoes and breads.

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    Savannagal
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Pepper all the time. But in the summer I use a lot of basil.

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    Katrina
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Thyme! And a thyme/rosemary combo. My favorite.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    cinnamon, no question.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Definitely cinnamon, and surprisingly, my chipotle!

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    Catherine Knutsson
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    After salt, I probably use cumin more than anything else during the winter, and basil all summer!

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    laurel
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    hmmm. it’s a tossup between garlic salt and cinnamon. savory – definitely garlic salt, and sweet – definitely cinnamon.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Not really a spice, but more a of a blend…Tony Chachere’s seasoning. It’s good in pretty much any savory dish!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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    Olivia
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    probably thyme! I’ve been using it in everything lately

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I’d have to say that my most used spice is probably cinnamon, since I bake a lot.

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    Olivia
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    liked your page on facebook

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    Olivia
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    liked the Spice Islands page on facebook

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    yikes that’s hard!! cinnamon maybe, or cumin (assuming we’re not counting salt and pepper! :) )

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    Kristen
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I think I use garlic powder more than any other spice!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Cayenne Pepper. Love the subtle heat that it adds to everything!

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    rachel
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    It’s a tie between crushed red pepper and garlic salt.

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    Sarah
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It’s probably oregano

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    rachel
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I already like you on fb.

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    Maryb
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Red pepper flakes, cumin and garlic top my list.

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    Maryb
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I like Love and Olive Oil and Spice Islands on Facebook.

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    JessD
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Definitely cumin, or oregano

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    Rachel F.
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Cinnamon. I love it and use it in ev-ery-thing.

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    Jessica
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Vanilla and cinnamon!

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    Lindsey
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    chili powder is a pretty common one in my crib!!

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    Katie
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    A toss-up between garlic powder and cumin. And definitely vanilla for sweet things!

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    Katie
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Lindsey
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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    Carol Sellers
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Most used spice would be a toss up between garlic powder and cinnamon.

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    JL
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Cinnamon! Although basil is probably a close second.

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    JL
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    And I am a Facebook fan. :)

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    Emma
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thyme. I don’t have it anywhere else, but it’s plentiful in my food.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Already a fan of both on FB

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    What is the most-used spice in your kitchen? = hands down, CINNAMON!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Paprika!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I put crushed red peppers in everything. I like it spicy!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Cinnamon and nutmeg

    I use it on my oatmeal and applesauce

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm
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    kat
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    most used, hmm…does aardvark habanero sauce count as a spice, haha! our runner up would be lawry’s seasoned pepper.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    cinnamon, without a doubt!

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    Rose Marie
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Basil- hands down.

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    Maureen
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Rosemary and garlic and pepper.

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    Cheryl W.
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    That one is easy, Ground Mustard! I put it in almost everything I make.

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    Deannna
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    does black pepper count as a spice? i put it on everything short of ice cream! if not, definitely paprika!

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    Cheryl W.
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Follow you on twitter @HeartnSoulmom

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/284406957077573632

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    Cheryl W.
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I am a Facebook fan of you both!

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    Terri
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Cinnamon is my go to for sweet and Smoked Paprika for savory!

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    Megan O
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Basil for the win! (California Sweet Basil is my favorite when dried)

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    Ali
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Spice Islands ground cumin!!

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    Rosey
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Old Bay. Goes on everything!

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    Heather Hicks
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I use smoked paprika on almost everything I cook.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    my most used savory spice is definitely cumin, while the one I use most in baking is probably a tie between cinnamon and ground ginger. thanks for the fab giveaway!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    ..and, I like y’all on facebook!

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    Emily
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Freshly ground black pepper. Also a big fan of herbes de provence.

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    Katie
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Cinnamon, for sure!

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    that’s fantastic! great work. these all look absolutely amazing! I’d have to say paprika.

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    Theresa Mabe
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m a Marylander, so it should be no surprise that my most-used spice is Old Bay. I could it it on just about anything.

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    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    As a spicy food lover, the most commonly-used spice in our house is cayenne! =)

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    Alli
    Posted On December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Basil!

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