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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. 301
    Laurie
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Black pepper.

  2. 302
    Natalie S
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:09 am

    My most used spice is Cinnamon!

  3. 303
    Natalie S
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

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

  4. 304
    Dana
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Cinnamon is my most used spice.

  5. 305
    Jacklyn
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I use an astonishing amount of cinnamon!! It goes really well with almost everything, and, really, it’s winter and what is cocoa without some cinnamon?? ;)

  6. 306
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 1:49 am

    we use a TON of spices in our house. I would seriously have to say its a tie between like 5 different spices. Maybe 10. I don’t think I could pick just one. Faves are cumin, ancho chili, smoked paprika, hawaiian alae salt, cinnamon, fresh ground nutmeg I could go on and on….

  7. 307
    Angie
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Definitely cinnamon. I use it when I bake and I add it to my teas to help alleviate my cold symptoms

  8. 308
    at
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Oregano

  9. 309
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I’m surprised at how fast I’m using my nutmegs.

  10. 310
    wendy r.
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    My most used spice is a toss up – I love the ground vanilla beans that I use in oatmeal most every morning, or the wonderful harissa spice that I add to baked sweet potatoes… Yum!

  11. 311
    cori
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Probabaly oregano, I like it on almost everything!

  12. 312
    doris
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I use a lot of cinnamon for baaking and garlic powder for savory but my favorite flavor is cardamon.

  13. 313
    Joan D
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The most used spice in my kitchen is probably basil. It works with so many things besides Italian recipes. I recently put it in breakfast sausage and it gave it a little boost and made people wonder what it was.

  14. 314
    Tami D
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Of course kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. After that…cumin!

  15. 315
    Tasha
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Besides freshly ground pepper, I probably use cumin the most frequently.

  16. 316
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My most-used spice in my kitchen would be Basil. But I use all of the above spices all the time and would love to win this giveaway. I am out of a few of them right now.
    cjbrick@ymail.com

  17. 317
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
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  18. 318
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I Like both Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on Facebook

  19. 319
    RachelR
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Cumin gets used ad used and used some more in our kitchen!

  20. 320
    Debbi R
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Cumin is probably the most used spice in my kitchen

  21. 321
    MB
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    We use parsley most, but I think the chipotle looks pretty good too!

  22. 322
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    The most used spice in my kitchen varies from season to season and mood to mood. This week, I’m on a nutmeg kick, adding it to everything from eggnog to chili.

  23. 323
    Bailey
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Rosemary!

  24. 324
    Lauren
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Garlic powder

  25. 325
    Kristin
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    The most used in my kitchen is chile powder and dried basil!

  26. 326
    Kristin
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter and just left a tweet about the giveaway!

  27. 327
    Carley
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Cinnamon is definitely the most used spice in my kitchen, you could say I’m a little obsessed! I actually use Spice Islands Cinnamon and it always produces great results! I would love to try all of their other spices!

  28. 328
    Jaward
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    My favorite? It’s good ole fashioned freshly ground pepper. It’s not a specialty spice: it’s good on about everything. I buy it more than any other spice.

  29. 329
    Carley
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I liked both Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on Facebook!

  30. 330
    Alice C.
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I think I’d have to say vanilla!

  31. 331
    Helen
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    cinnamon!

  32. 332
    Breana M
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I would say basil is used the most. So yummy!

  33. 333
    leah collins
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    cumin:)

  34. 334
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The most commonly used spice for baking is definitely cinnamon. In savory dishes it wold probably be basil or cayenne.

  35. 335
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I tweeted and follow you on twitter

  36. 336
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I follow you both on facebook

  37. 337
    Emma
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Black pepper

  38. 338
    Louise
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Cinnamon! Or nutmeg – and they go great together.

  39. 339
    Brittany
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Cinnamon mostly for baking and Red Pepper Flakes for our main dishes.

  40. 340
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    In a house of four friends, there are a lot of spices being thrown around, but I think vanilla extract is our top-used spice. Our oven is in constant use for baking – for other friends, coworkers and family – that typically mandate a dash of that vanilla! =)

  41. 341
    Beth
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Those recipes look yummy! Thanks for doing this! I love to use cinnamon in baking and curry powder in cooking. They both make me feel warm and cozy!

  42. 342
    Sarah S
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    We love rosemary!

  43. 343
    Rose
    Posted On December 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    paprika, so much paprika.

  44. 344
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Cinnamon and chipotle pepper get the most use in my kitchen

  45. 345
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Cinnamon!

  46. 346
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Besides salt, I use garlic powder and smoked paprika a lot

  47. 347
    Kari V
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I use cumin, coriander, and chile tepin.

  48. 348
    Karen Deily Tannnenbaum
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I use dill..love its freshness. I liked spice islands on facebook and am already a fan of yours and receive your newsletter.

  49. 349
    Rachel M-K
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Cumin by far. It is perfect all year round to add a subtle smokiness to dishes.

  50. 350
    Sharon
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    garlic powder!

  51. 351
    Decostef
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    It’s always garlic in all forms-powdered,minced,crushed,whole…….

  52. 352
    Fernie
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Following and liked both pages.

    Actually Cinnamon.. can be used Savory or Sweet and my secret ingredient is Nutmeg in my savory dishes

  53. 353
    Kate
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg!

  54. 354
    Bettie Sue Walters
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Cinnamon! I’ve added it to your granola recipe (after baking) . . And lots of it. It’s good for you. Has anyone noticed how hard it is to find store bought foods with cinnamon, lately? Now we have to bake our own. Spice Islands makes an organic cinnamon powder,too.

  55. 355
    Audrey
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Cinnamon, for sure! Thanks, Lindsay!

  56. 356
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    The most used spice in my kitchen is red pepper flakes & salt! It’s a tie between those two :)

  57. 357
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I like both L&OO and Spice Islands on FB!

  58. 358
    Ury
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    woooo garam masala

  59. 359
    sophia
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    cinnamon!

  60. 360
    Lynn Douglass
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The most used spice in my kitchen is probably fresh cracked black pepper, actually. I use it in almost all of my chocolate baking items, anything strawberry, almost anywhere where I want a little spice without overwhelming the other flavors.

  61. 361
    Venetrise
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’m a Fan of L&OO on FB.

  62. 362
    Venetrise
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I’m a fan of Spice Islands on Facebook

  63. 363
    Venetrise
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    The most used spice in my kitchen is Cinnamon. I use it in baking, cooking and my coffee.

  64. 364
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    the most common used spices in my kitchen are cumin and any variation of masala that I have! ginger and garlic are a close 2nd!

  65. 365
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Hmm, besides S&P, probably cinnamon, five-spice, or coriander- it’s a workhorse! I like L&OO on FB, and will tweet about the contest too- cheers for the new year, Lindsay and Taylor- many more successes to come!

  66. 366
    Kelly J
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    cumin

  67. 367
    Carolyn G
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I would say garlic powder and then onion powder

  68. 368
    Carolyn G
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

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  69. 369
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    garlic powder for sure is what i use most! and omg what an amazing giveaway…

  70. 370
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    followed you on twitter (@cmariemelnik) and tweeted!

  71. 371
    rachel
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Cinnamon is probably our most used.

  72. 372
    sue mitukiewicz
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Salt is the spice I use the most. Seems like most recipes call for salt, baking and cooking. Im going with salt.

  73. 373
    Carol Knauf
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    The most use spice in my kitchen is sea salt.

    • Carol Knauf
      Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Also liked you and Spice Islands on facebook.

  74. 374
    michelle
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Hard one: cinnamon or black pepper:) thank you

  75. 375
    Sarah B
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Cinnamon without a doubt! I also always seem to find a reason to use celery salt.

  76. 376
    Lisa Balatbat
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Garlic pepper grinder – it sits by my stove and I use it for all my savory dishes.

  77. 377
    Erin from Long Island
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I think I used smoked paprika most of all!

  78. 378
    Erin from Long Island
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 8:53 am
  79. 379
    Erin from Long Island
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Like both Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on Facebook
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  80. 380
    Karen
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Cayenne pepper!!!

  81. 381
    Karen
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Already a fan on facebook

  82. 382
    Lisa S
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I would have to say Rosemary!

  83. 383
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

    As a baker definitely cinnamon!

  84. 384
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

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  85. 385
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Fan on FB!

  86. 386
    Khushboo
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Has to be cumin!

  87. 387
    Lisa
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Cinnamon is my most used spice

  88. 388
    Lisa
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  89. 389
    Lisa
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I like Love & Olive Oil and Spice Island on facebook

  90. 390
    Marissa
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Most used spice is definitely cinnamon. My roommate and I both use it in oatmeal every morning, and I always add cloves to mine!

  91. 391
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Dill, Basil, oregano and cinnamon. I have liked both Love and Olive Oil and Spice Islands on facebook.

  92. 392
    Francesca
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Cinnamon…everyday! Then Chili Powder.

  93. 393
    Holly
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I always use garlic powder and cayenne pepper!

  94. 394
    Madeline
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Our most-used spice is cinnamon.

  95. 395
    Madeline
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@shala_darkstone). Here’s my tweet – https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/285859691098144768

  96. 396
    Madeline
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I like you both on Facebook (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

  97. 397
    Lindsey
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I would have to say cinnamon and garlic powder…not together though :)

  98. 398
    Jill
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Tony’s Creole Seasoning is my favorite thing ever. It’s like home wherever I go!

  99. 399
    Elena Vo
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Allspice! I put it in roasts, stews and soups and in some cookies and chutnies.

  100. 400
    Ruth
    Posted On December 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Most used spice in our kitchen is probably oregano, followed closely by garlic and rosemary.