Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Slew of New Spices

My boss recently introduced me to the wonderful world of Penzeys Spices and, with gift cards from him and my parents, I've got a whole bunch of fun new spices to play with! Let me introduce to the new members of my spice cabinet (I'm pasting descriptions directly from

Cardamom (ground) - An extremely flavorful and ancient spice native to India, cardamom's use has spread throughout the world, with nearly every culture having its own distinctive use for the flavorful seeds.

Chipotle (ground) - Ripe, red jalapeƱo peppers that have been slowly wood-smoked, chipotle peppers are rich, smoky and hot (but not searing). Throughout Mexico and Central America, chipotle peppers, also known as moritas, are regarded as a versatile and necessary addition to many dishes.

Coriander (ground) - The seed of the same plant that gives us cilantro, coriander has a light, lemony flavor that combines especially well with ginger.

Forward! - Like the seasoned-salts of old but with the salt left behind, Penzeys Forward! puts great taste into the palm of your hand to be sprinkled wherever there is a need for great flavor. Ingredients: special extra bold black pepper, onion, paprika, garlic, turmeric, spice extractives (including oleoresin of celery, rosemary, black pepper, thyme, basil, paprika).

Fox Point Seasoning - Bursting with the rich flavor of freeze-dried shallots, chives and scallions, this is one of our top-selling blends. The rich flavor makes it perfect for poultry, eggs and vegetables. Hand-mixed from: salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion and green peppercorns.

Garam Masala (Punjabi Style) - Garam masala is an all-purpose blend called for in many Indian dishes. Very good on fish, and traditional on cauliflower. Also nice on lamb, pork, poultry and potatoes. Hand-mixed from: Moroccan coriander, Tellicherry black peppercorns, cardamom, Korintje cassia cinnamon, kalonji, caraway, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Old World Seasoning - Hand-mixed from: paprika, salt, sugar, celery, garlic, onion, black pepper, parsley, dill, caraway, turmeric, dill, bay leaf, marjoram, thyme, savory, basil, rosemary.

Paprika Smoked Spanish Style - Rich, colorful Spanish Paprika, naturally smoked over traditional oak fires. Awesome flavor and perfect color, good on just about everything.

Rocky Mountain Seasoning - Hand-mixed from: bell peppers, Parmesan cheese [part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, cellulose powder, potassium sorbate], salt, sesame, poppy, shallots, arrowroot, white pepper.

Shallot-Pepper Seasoning - Hand-mixed from: coarse salt, Tellicherry black pepper, shallots, tarragon and bay leaves.

Sicilian Salad Seasoning - Hand-mixed from: Romano cheese [made from sheep's and cow's milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate], salt, toasted onion, red bell pepper, tomato, sweet paprika, white onion, pepper, sweet basil, thyme, rosemary, cayenne pepper.

Tsardust Memories - Warm and spicy-sweet, this blend is awesome with ground beef - burgers, meatloaf, meatballs, casseroles... Excellent in hearty soups and stews, and one of the best things ever on pork chops - try it on the grill. Whatever you make, serve it with crusty bread. It's all good. Hand-mixed from: salt, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, marjoram.

All these new spices necessitated a spice cabinet rearrangement.
Before and after.


  1. These sound so yummy! You'll have to write some posts that give spice reviews so we all know what to buy.

    1. What a fun idea! I can already tell you that the smoked paprika and chipotle powder are delightful.