Everyday Exotic Spices

"Grocery and gourmet : Exotic herbs and spices for everyday cooking."


Veggie Panini Recipes

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM

"Paninis are more than just sandwiches, they're a way of life in Italy! ... Typically made on ciabatta bread, or focaccia bread, paninis can also be very high in fat. However, if you use veggies as your base, you can have delicious and healthy veggie paninis that will taste unbelievably tasty...you won't miss the fat and meat at all!"

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Everyday Exotic Suggested Gift Item: Gourmet Sea Salt

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Assuming you don't have to avoid salt because of dietary restrictions.  Explore the world of salt.  Each salt will taste different and have a different use.  Your mouth will probably think it's party time in exotic places like Hawaii, India, and Bolivia.

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Geographic Spice Index for African and Middle Eastern Cuisines

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Interested in exploring world cuisines?  You know the food is all about the herbs and spices no matter what part of the world you're in.  If you can combine them correctly you can go back home and recreate the tasty wonders you experienced.  Came across an interesting informational link. It's an index that helps you find herbs and spices by arranging them according to the region: Africa, America, Asia, etc.

Click here:

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How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 6:15 PM

This cookbook has been recommended by some as "the new kitchen bible".

The author, Mark Bittman, is one of America's best-known, most widely respected food writers.

This book offers a new collection of delicious recipes, from fried eggs to steamed mussels, along with practical tips and helpful photos.&...

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Great Goat Cheeses of the World

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM

My search for goat cheese recipes led me to Cardamom and Pistachio crusted Goat Cheese salad with a light dressing of Star Anise and Fresh oranges. Found this recipe in a Google+ cooking community shared by healingtomato.com.

Great Goat Cheeses of the World

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Food Gift Item: Gourmet Grilling Spices and Meat Rub Collection

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Gourmet Grilling Spices and Meat Rub Collection Gift Basket - The Perfect Gift For Your Bobby Flay!

  • Chicago Steak and Chop
  • Kansas City Classic Rub
  • Athenian Herb Dryglaze
  • Vermont Grill Dryglaze
  • Santa Fe BBQ Dryglaze
  • Send this to Dad for Father's Day; or to any barbeque enthusiast as a great birthday, thank you or any occasion gift


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Food Gift Item: World's Hottest Chili Powder

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Naga chilli peppers 100%.

Great gift for the ultimate chili lover.

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Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine, this whole spice resembles anise in flavor. Some stars may be broken and not entirely whole.

Favorite dishes using Star Anise: Five-Spice Rub, Poached Pears, Couscous, Ham Glaze, BBQ Sauce.

Star Anise should keep its peak flavor for about two years.


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Posted on January 3, 2017 at 8:40 AM

Did you know:

  • "... Archaeologists found cloves within a ceramic vessel in Syria along with evidence dating the find to within a few years of 1721 BC. ... In the 4th century BC, Chinese leaders in the Han Dynasty required those who addressed them to chew cloves so as to freshen their breath. ..."   Read more at CLOVE HISTORY.
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SPICE Spotlight: Israeli Cilantro

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

This Israeli dried herb is actually great with Mexican and Southwestern cuisine and has a slightly different flavor than the fresh herb.  Tasty dishes using Cilantro: Mole Sauce, White Chili, Enchiladas, Fajitas.

Cilantro should keep...

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Posted on December 24, 2016 at 10:25 AM

In the 11th century, Marco Polo brought home from his trips to China tales of spices growing and prepared for use.  And the rest is spice history!

--  The Ancient Spice Trade Route From Asia to Europe 1500s to 1700s Changed The World

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Best Sellers in Herbs, Spices & Seasonings: Pure Himalayan Salt

Posted on July 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Imported Himalayan Crystal Salt is Pink in color and Premium Food Grade. This gourmet salt is pure, hand-mined salt found naturally deep inside the pristine Himalayan Mountains. The high mineral Himalayan salt crystals range in color from sheer white to varying shades of pink to deep reds which indicates a beneficial amount of 84 trace elements & iron. The clean crystals are Gourmet Food Grade and the highest quality Himalayan salt available.

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Best Sellers in Herbs, Spices & Seasonings: Truffle Salt

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM

FungusAmongUs Truffle Salt

Truffles have a distinctive, delicious flavor. When creating a dish, sometimes a cook does not need as many as planned. These "leftovers" are best preserved in butter. We have created a method of retaining the aroma and flavor of the truffle while making it convenient to use.

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Best Sellers in Herbs, Spices & Seasonings: Garam Marsala

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 11:45 PM

Garam Masala Spice Blend

A special spice blend used throughout South Asia. Generally, Garam Masala is added in a small quantity at the end cooking to add a subtle flavor to the dish. Ingredients: Coriander, Green & Black Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Bay Leaves, Nutmeg, Ginger, Pepper, Cumin

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History Lesson: Tea in England

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Apologies! Thank you for visiting. Not sure how you arrived here but we're glad you came. Please be advised that some of the content for this blog is being moved to a new home and should be republished beginning 2017. The new blog is called Food Ways and is also presented courtesy of Everyday Exotic Spices. To find content that previously appeared at this site, visit the new locat...

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The Mistress of Spices

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

According to Tilo, the Mistress of Spices:

"Each spice has a special day to it."

Curious to know more?

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Leafy Greens: An A-to-Z Guide to 30 Types of Greens

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Everyday Exotic Spices is happy to recommend one of Mark Bittman's cook books which is sure to delight both vegans and non-vegans.  From arugula to kale to wakame (a sea vegetable), Bittman offers 120+ healthy recipes to make it easy to go green.  Delicious anti-oxidant-packed recipes for salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, sautés, etc.  Also, nutritional information, advice on buying and cooking greens, and which greens make good substitutes for one an...

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Full Pantry of 66 Whole, Ground and Blended Spices

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM

66 whole, ground and blended spice tins.  Fill up your spice cabinet with fresh ground spices and herbs and signature spice blends. 

8 blends:


  1. Cajun Seasoning
  2. Four Pepper Ble...
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The Muppet Show: The Swedish Chef's Uncle

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Taking a spice break and sharing this video of the Muppet Show because the Swedish Chef is my daughter's favorite Mupper character.

 Mine is Ms. Piggie.  :) 

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