Love and Olive Oil

Spice Islands Flavor Explorer Recipe Round-Up and a Giveaway

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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. I’ve been on a big paprika kick lately! But I use garlic salt more than anything.. does that count as a spice?

  2. I already like you both on Facebook

  3. garlic powder and rubbed sage!! love them with soy sauce

  4. @Lexiquin follows you on Twitter

  5. The most used spice in my kitchen is cinnamon, Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I like you and Spice Islands on fb! (Marty Musser)

  7. Definitely Crushed Red Pepper… I add it to almost everything I cook!

  8. I’m a facebook fan, too.

  9. I think it’s a tie between garlic powder and cinnamon!

  10. Himalayan pink rock salt! The PERFECT finishing salt! YUM!

  11. I like both love and olive oil & spice islands on Facebook

  12. I follow on twitter and tweeted the provided phrase. @annadishes

  13. Cinnamon is most used. Cumin has been making it’s move up tho.

  14. As of the past few months, it would be curry powder and garam masala.

  15. We use a LOT of freshly ground black pepper!

  16. Chili powder! Followed closely by garlic powder.

  17. Cinnamon and garlic powder are probably the most used spices in my kitchen.

  18. My most used spice is Volcano Dust- it’s a smoked and dried hot pepper powder. ;)

  19. Has to be garlic I would say :)

  20. like both on FB

  21. tweeted

  22. Probably salt! I don’t cook much

  23. Kosher and sea salts are number one, but cumin, curry powder and peppercorns are go-tos as well.

  24. Garlic and Onion Powder are my kitchen staples. I also use a lot of dill!

  25. I liked both pages on Facebook!

  26. I follow u on twitter and tweeted the giveaway!

  27. like both pages on fb

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  28. Chili Powder! Great giveaway!

  29. i use cinnamon the most!

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  30. FB fan!

  31. Pepper is my most used, followed closely by cinnamon

  32. For sure it has to be Cinnamon for me

  33. Paprika! The happy spice!

  34. I follow you on Twitter at HeyNanaBread & tweeted this giveaway:

  35. I am a twitter fan already!

  36. Does salt count? Otherwise probably a montreal steak seasoning blend-great for meat AND veggies!

  37. I follow you on facebook already!

  38. My most used spice as of late is Spanish Smoked Paprika. It makes my macaroni & cheese to die for!

  39. Cinnamon!! That, or maybe garlic, we arent afraid to toss spices in!

  40. We use kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper daily, but garlic salt, cinnamon & ginger are up there, too. Truth be told, I’m a spic hoarder. :)

  41. I like both pages on Facebook :)

  42. I wouldn’t be able to live without Cumin! Well, and cinnamon…

  43. The obvious answer is NUTMEG! I can’t get enough of it…it goes with everything!

  44. I liked love and olive oil & spice islands on FB!

  45. I am now a follower on twitter! Here is my tweet:

  46. Garlic Powder & Dried Basil

  47. My most used spice is most definitely cinnamon since I do so much baking!

  48. My most used spice is sea salt followed closely by cinnamon!

  49. Like both Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on Facebook

  50. Garlic

  51. The most used spice in my kitchen is cumin! Yummy.

  52. Garlic is probably the most used followed closely by vanilla and cinnamon.

  53. We use oregano the most!

  54. Already follow both pages on Facebook.

  55. Cumin is the most used in our house!

  56. This past month, it’s cinnamon!!

  57. The most used spice in my cabinet would have to be herbs de provence or freshly ground nutmeg! I use them both all.the.time.

  58. Hmmm, Not sure I can narrow it down. I use lots of white and black peppers and cumin. I love using spices!

  59. My most commonly-used spice is cinnamon – I double it in recipes, sprinkle it on smoothies, etc.

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