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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. 201
    Corisa
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Cinnamon goes on almost everyone of my breakfast foods ! And also in pie ;)

  2. 202
    jennifer
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

    cinnamon followed closely by whole nutmegs…..crazy, but true….

  3. 203
    Dana
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Cumin or cinnamon…or chili powder. Apparently anything that starts with a “c.”

  4. 204
    Jen
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Pepper is the most used spice in my house!

  5. 205
    jennifer
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    liked you and spice islands on facebook….

  6. 206
    Jen
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I liked you on facebook!

  7. 207
    Jen
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I liked Spice Islands on facebook!

  8. 208
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My most used spice is cinnamon, followed by basil and oregano. My cooking would be very bland without the addition of spices!

  9. 209
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My most commonly used spice has got to be garlic powder for cooking and cinnamon for baking! I actually had to think about that for a minute because I do cook so often so I wasn’t sure!!

  10. 210
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I like you on Facebook (actually, I just like you in general, not just on Facebook!)

  11. 211
    Bracha Liberow
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    i am obssesed with Italian Herbs and Cinnamon!

  12. 212
    Sally Smith
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Garlic Salt is the most used spice in my cupboard.

  13. 213
    Anne
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    The most-used spice in my kitchen is cinnamon, especially during autumn and winter. The most-used herb is thyme, which I adore.

  14. 214
    Anne
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I follow @LoveAndOliveOil on Twitter and tweeted about this cool giveaway.

  15. 215
    Anne
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

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

  16. 216
    Hannah
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cumin, for sure! I love it in guac and hummus. For sweets, I’d say cinnamon. I can’t get enough of it.

  17. 217
    Ashley
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder and Old Bay!

  18. 218
    Christine
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    My most used spice outside salt and pepper is Chili powder.

  19. 219
    Cherie Cabral
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Vanilla Beans closely followed by Cinnamon!

  20. 220
    Cherie Cabral
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

  21. 221
    Victoria A. Azpuru
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

    It is difficult for me to name one favorite spice because I use many of them.
    To name a few: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cardamon, Allspice, Turmeric, Saffron, Sage, Oregano, Thyme and the list goes on and on. I use them all the time not only for the flavor but for healthy reasons, less or none salt and sugar….I love one cup of coffee (my allowance) with either Cardamon or Vanilla. I use them also for cookies…and the rest of the spices for chicken, fish, rice, pasta, etc. I love them all!

  22. 222
    Jan R
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Aside from salt & pepper it would be crushed red pepper flakes.

  23. 223
    Jan R
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I subscribe via email.

  24. 224
    Theresa Sea
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Cinnamon!

  25. 225
    Cherie Cabral
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I liked Spiced Islands on Facebook.

  26. 226
    Theresa Sea
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I follow you on twitter (@TheresaSea)

  27. 227
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I think I’d have to say cinnamon – use it in savory and sweet!

  28. 228
    Kat
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Lately I’ve been using a lot of cumin and chili powder. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. 229
    Jodi
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Paprika! I could put it in almost everything.

  30. 230
    Louise DePino
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I use Spice Island Cayenne more than any other…I love hot & spicy food!

  31. 231
    Ashley
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Plain old salt and pepper always do the trick. A close second is cinnamon or nutmeg.

  32. 232
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Most used spice in my kitchen would have to be garlic powder or crushed peppers. Hmmm, I guess it’s garlic powder!!! Love the giveaway!!!

  33. 233
    Marsha
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    That is a tough question. I would have to say it is a toss up between cumin and currie powder.

  34. 234
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted your giveaway!!

  35. 235
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I already like you on FB and now I like Island Spices on FB!!

  36. 236
    Kavita
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My most used spice is garlic powder.

  37. 237
    Cheryl C
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I would have to say probably garlic salt.

  38. 238
    Cheryl C
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I liked you on facebook.

  39. 239
    Arlene
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Basil!

  40. 240
    Shannon S. in VA
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Chili powder!

  41. 241
    Aimee
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My most used spice is garlic powder – with basil, oregano, and chili powder all in close second.

  42. 242
    Eunice
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Black pepper – and I’m a fan on FB.

  43. 243
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    In our house I think it is a tie between crushed red pepper and cinnamon.

  44. 244
    Megan S
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Paprika by far!

  45. 245
    Abbey
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    herbs de provence…i swear my fiance adds it to everything we make!

  46. 246
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    cinnamon! fav

  47. 247
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    i’m a facebook fan! :)

  48. 248
    Jodi Calhoun
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    crushed red pepper

  49. 249
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Garlic and cayenne

  50. 250
    Kira
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    It’s a tie between smoked paprika, dill, and garlic powder.

    I tweeted and I already follow you on facebook :)

  51. 251
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Does sea salt count? Because I use that constantly!

  52. 252
    Liz
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Cinnamon!

  53. 253
    Jerri
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    We use so much garlic powder! Also onion powder. I use all kinds of spices.

  54. 254
    Psuke
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    My favorite is cardamom, but pumpkin spice blend and the three pepper blend are probably the ones I use the most often.

  55. 255
    Jayna
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    cinnamon/crushed red pepper tie!

  56. 256
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    We used cracked black pepper all the time!

  57. 257
    Karen D
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Savory…black pepper
    Sweet…cinnamon

  58. 258
    Karen D
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Like you both on Facebook

  59. 259
    Karen D
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted at https://twitter.com/KDFF/status/284747353120985088

  60. 260
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Cinnamon!

  61. 261
    Amanda Thompson
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Definitely cumin ~ we love Mexican food!

  62. 262
    Liz
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan.

  63. 263
    Liz
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m a Spice Islands Facebook fan.

  64. 264
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I would say red pepper flakes and cumin.

  65. 265
    Jan Sanderson
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    cinnamon

  66. 266
    Mary Lou
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    My most used spice is cinnamon

  67. 267
    Mary Lou
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I liked you and spice islands on fb

  68. 268
    Vicki F
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Garlic powder/granulated, followed by different types of pepper, and then cinnamon.

  69. 269
    Vicki F
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I liked Love and Olive Oil and Spice Islands on FB

  70. 270
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    My most used spice is black pepper. So basic yet so many uses.

  71. 271
    Linda
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Cinnamon – always using, always getting more!

  72. 272
    Felicia
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    My new favorite spice this holiday is the Roasted Cinnamon. It really adds a new depth to the flavor and makes for very interesting dishes.

  73. 273
    Chris Sorel
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    smoked parika and garlic

  74. 274
    Chris Sorel
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm
  75. 275
    Chris Sorel
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    like Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on fb already

  76. 276
    Philly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Cracked black pepper! Love that little kick in my food.

  77. 277
    Philly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I tweeted about the contest and followed.

  78. 278
    Philly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I liked both FB pages and excited about it!

  79. 279
    Holly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I do a lot of Mexican and Italian cooking, so oregano is most used in my kitchen.

  80. 280
    stylefriendly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Cinnamon.

  81. 281
    Jennifer
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Cinnamon!

  82. 282
    Diane
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Cinnamon!

  83. 283
    Diane
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I liked you on facebook!

  84. 284
    Diane
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Liked Spice Islands on FB…

  85. 285
    Amanda
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Cumin. Discovered it late in life and making up for lost time!

  86. 286
    Mary
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    What is the most-used spice in your kitchen? — After salt & pepper, it would probably be either thyme or basil.

  87. 287
    Ashley
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    My most-used spice is cardamom; I have a nearly empty container right now :o

  88. 288
    Ashley
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve liked love and olive oil and spice islands on facebook.

  89. 289
    Sarah
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Basil

  90. 290
    Ken
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    vanilla

  91. 291
    barbara n
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I love cinnamon!

  92. 292
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Most used spice is definitely cinnamon. LOVE it!

  93. 293
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I Tweeted on 12/28 at 9:40pm CST

  94. 294
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I “like” you both on FB! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome product!

  95. 295
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    The most used spice in my cabinet would have to be cinnamon, I tend to put it in everything.

  96. 296
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway, and follow you on twitter

  97. 297
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I liked both on Facebook

  98. 298
    Molly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I have an anise biscotti recipe that uses up 90% of a container of anise seeds in one (large) batch. I make it every year because my father loves it, but man, that’s a lot of anise seed!

  99. 299
    Molly
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I’m also a fan of Love and Olive Oil and Spice Islands on facebook.

  100. 300
    Sarah H.P.
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    The most used spice in our kitchen is paprika!!