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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. My most used spices are steak seasoning and lemon pepper.

  2. I followed you on Twitter and tweeted about your giveaway.

  3. I liked you and Spice Islands on FB.

  4. I followed and tweeted as beachcovejewel

  5. Vanilla! Vanilla is definitely the most used spice in my kitchen.

  6. Right now I think it is cinnamon!

  7. My most used spice is cinnamon… but red pepper flakes are a close second :)

  8. My spice of choice is garlic! I use it in practically everything.

  9. Probably cinnamon or ginger.

  10. I do use a lot of garlic too! I tweeted about this contest!

  11. I also use quite a bit of nutmeg. I liked you and Spice Islands on Facebook.

  12. Cumin all the way! I like both FB pages under my blog (Mackin’ Cheese)

  13. I love my cinnamon! I put it in everything from cookies to spaghetti

  14. So far vanilla but I am expanding my repertoire!

  15. I “like” you on facebook

  16. Cinnamon! So good for both the sweet and savory.

  17. These are our favorite spices! We have a drawer full and use Garlic Powder the most! Thanks!

  18. At this time it is probably cinnamon.

  19. I use a seasoning blend in almost everything, with thyme and garlic powder running right behind! Nice giveaway.

  20. Over the past few months cumin has become the most used spice in my kitchen. Cinnamon is a close second. Also, I just liked both Spice Island and Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

  21. Smoked paprika! Delicious on just about anything!

  22. That’s an easy one- Cinnamon! I buy it in bulk, and personally go through an average of 5 pounds per year.

  23. Fresh cilantro, or possibly cumin!

  24. I use cumin a lot!

  25. Thyme, hands down! Followed by rosemary, marjoram and my own spice mix made with 12 spices and herbs.

  26. For me, it’s cumin!

  27. I followed both on facebook

  28. vanilla – what else?…

  29. I use cinnamon the most.

  30. most used spice would have to be cumin.

  31. Definitely black pepper.

  32. cumin!

  33. I probably use garlic powder the most out of all my spices!

  34. Cinnamon is probably the most used spice in my kitchen

  35. I follow you on twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway

  36. I like you both on FB (under

  37. I would say the Italian Herb blend is the most used spice bottle in my cabinet with cumin being a close second!

  38. The most used spice in my house is chili powder.

  39. My most often used spices (other than sea salt) are probably basil and cayenne!

  40. The most used spice in our kitchen is Pepper and second is Nutmeg

  41. The most used spice in my kitchen has to be garlic salt. I love garlic in everything!

  42. I use a lot of sea salt in everyday cooking but when it comes to desserts I use a good bit of cinnamon

  43. Red pepper and cinnamon!

  44. I use cumin the most! I love it in salad dressings, Mexican and Indian food, on tofu, etc.

  45. For the last year or so nutmeg, because I was given almost a pound of ground nutmeg for free, so there’s a little bit of nutmeg in pretty much everything that I cook! Quantity wise though cinnamon, we’ve gone through a pound int he same amount of time!

  46. red pepper flake and cumin!

  47. Not counting salt and pepper, I’d say basil or oregano.

  48. I’m a fan of L&OO and Spice Islands on Facebook

  49. Vanilla!

  50. Most used spice? Definitely salt. Does salt count? (I think it does! :D)
    My madre isn’t too keen on it, but I use it lovingly!

  51. Oh! I liked you on facebook too! :D And I’ll do it on twiter also.

  52. I also use bulbs of garlic like toothpaste!

  53. It has to be cumin (but cayenne pepper does get its fair share of popularity too!)

  54. Chili Powder

  55. I like you on facebook

  56. What I use most would have to be a toss up of basil/pesto, chili powder, garlic or cinnamon.

  57. I think I use cinnamon more than any other spice! It’s my absolute favorite so I tend to go a little overboard when a recipe calls for it

  58. I tweeted about the giveaway :)

  59. I’m already a fan of you on FB and am now a fan of Spice Islands!

  60. We use spices all of the time, but I’d say our most used is a toss up between red pepper flakes or ground cumin!

  61. Cinnamon! I love it and I eat a lot of it, lol! My favorite breakfast is cinnamon sugar toast so I go through quite a bit of it.

  62. I already follow you on facebook and now I follow Spice Islands too=)

  63. I’m tied between oregano or cumin seeds. Love them.

  64. I am sorry i will lose this contest because i dont have a popular spice or herb besides salt and pepper( which isn’t it), i cook two meals a day lunch and supper for my family and i can honestly say they are all popular. over a week i will use at least 20 different spices, for different meals , for eg. tonight will be fried chicken with coleslaw, gravy, french fries , none of my meals are machine or corprate foods and there isn’t a dish i cannot make so i need them all…

  65. I use Garlic Salt and Black pepper in almost every savory dish I make. When I’m baking I most often use Cinnamon.

  66. That would have to freshly ground pepper. It goes in EVERYTHING.

  67. Liked your FB page…

  68. My go to spice would have to be basil. I use it all the time. The most unusual spice island spice I don’t use often, but couldn’t live without is Boue Monde. Have been using it in a vegi dip recipe for years and years. It is actually a combination of spices.

  69. Good ol’ black pepper.

  70. so they want a favorite i would say fenugreek becaouse when i combine my spices for chicken, the fenugreek allows my chicken to have a lure or a carry on the air , i love when neighbors say they can smell my chicken down the street and it smells awsome.. so fenugreek is it, but as for a common mostly used? ALL of people only use 5 spices tops, not me .. i use an average of 10.. in a meal .. i am not your average home cook nor am i a chef, i just have a natural talent for cooking and spice mixing … I think it.. it happens.. i created bqq stew and it is not bbq sauce and stew mixed together… it is a combo of many spices that give it a unique taste one of the ingredients is apple juice and chipolte… by D.WILSON (super genius that doesn’t care if its spelt wrong)LOL any of you other ladies want to throw down its on, my recipe against yours good luck .. winner gets a smiley face and internet bragging rights…

  71. Garlic powder!

  72. my most used has to be between smoked paprkia and cumin. they make everything taste better!

  73. Cumin! Although garlic, basil and oregano are close seconds…

  74. I like both you and Spice Islands on facebook!! :)

  75. I’d like to say that the most used spice in my house is something exotic, like cardamom, but alas, it’s probably cinnamon……or maybe black pepper…..

  76. I use cinnamon the most. Between sprinkling it on my coffee in the morning and baking with it all the time, it’s amazing how fast I can go through a jar!

  77. The most used spice in my kitchen is Vanilla!

  78. I use Sage a lot!

  79. I was already a fan of yours :)

  80. I liked Spice Island on FB :)

  81. I follow you on twitter and I tweeted this giveaway!

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

  83. Salt, black pepper, and onion powder.

  84. The most used spices in my kitchen are garlic powder and cinnamon. We do love to experiment with other flavors, too.

  85. The most used spice has to be the Curry Powder…but Nutmeg is probably a close second. Thank you for this opportunity!

  86. I ‘Like’ the Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands pages on Facebook too! Thanks Again!!

  87. Cinnamon! Those Mini Chicken-Ricotta Phyllo Pies look amazing! Happy New Year!
    Writing Pad Dad

  88. The most used spice {is it actually a spice?} is granulated garlic with dill weed, freshly ground black pepper and sea salt all following closely behind. Of course, cinnamon is the number one spice I use in baking.

    I’d LOVE this assortment {and I love Spice Islands brand} ~ thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

    Wishing you much happiness in the new year!

  89. I adore using oregano. And that gingerbread recipe is awesome!

  90. I use oregano more than any other spice in my kitchen

  91. Love cooking and looove spices!

    Garlic powder / salt. Lots of it!

  92. Liked Love & Olive Oil on FB.

    Liked Spice Islands on FB.


  93. I use paprika the most! It’s my favorite!

  94. I like you and Spice Islands on FB.

  95. I love Beau Monde and use it almost every day.

  96. Cumin – we are always running out.

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