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. The most used spice in our kitchen is paprika!!

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

  3. 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!

  4. I liked both on Facebook

  5. I tweeted about the giveaway, and follow you on twitter

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

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

  8. Most used spice is definitely cinnamon. LOVE it!

  9. I love cinnamon!

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

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

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

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

  14. Liked Spice Islands on FB…

  15. I liked you on facebook!

  16. Cinnamon!

  17. Cinnamon!

  18. Cinnamon.

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

  20. I liked both FB pages and excited about it!

  21. I tweeted about the contest and followed.

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

  23. like Love & Olive Oil and Spice Islands on fb already

  24. smoked parika and garlic

  25. 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.

  26. Cinnamon – always using, always getting more!

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

  28. I liked Love and Olive Oil and Spice Islands on FB

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

  30. I liked you and spice islands on fb

  31. My most used spice is cinnamon

  32. cinnamon

  33. I would say red pepper flakes and cumin.

  34. I’m a Spice Islands Facebook fan.

  35. I’m a Facebook fan.

  36. Definitely cumin ~ we love Mexican food!

  37. Like you both on Facebook

  38. Savory…black pepper

  39. We used cracked black pepper all the time!

  40. cinnamon/crushed red pepper tie!

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

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

  43. Does sea salt count? Because I use that constantly!

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

    I tweeted and I already follow you on facebook :)

  45. Garlic and cayenne

  46. crushed red pepper

  47. Paprika by far!

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

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

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

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

  52. Chili powder!

  53. I liked you on facebook.

  54. I would have to say probably garlic salt.

  55. My most used spice is garlic powder.

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

  57. I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted your giveaway!!

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

  59. 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!!!

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

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

  62. Paprika! I could put it in almost everything.

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

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

  65. I follow you on twitter (@TheresaSea)

  66. I liked Spiced Islands on Facebook.

  67. Cinnamon!

  68. I subscribe via email.

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

  70. 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!

  71. I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

  72. Vanilla Beans closely followed by Cinnamon!

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

  74. Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder and Old Bay!

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

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

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

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

  79. Garlic Salt is the most used spice in my cupboard.

  80. i am obssesed with Italian Herbs and Cinnamon!

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

  82. 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!!

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

  84. I liked Spice Islands on facebook!

  85. I liked you on facebook!

  86. liked you and spice islands on facebook….

  87. Pepper is the most used spice in my house!

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

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

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

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