Keith’s 10 Tips On How To Create a Fun & Flavorful Burn Pile Stew

  The Ultimate Cooking Experience 🔥 It seems a waste of energy not to use all the heat generated from a burn pile. However, after a good day’s burn, it is great to sit around the fire with a cold beverage and a Dutch oven full of good eats. When I first started to cook over a burn pile, I would toss everything into a dutch oven and let it simmer. After a few burn pile cookouts, I’ve refined my cooking. I now brown the meat and caramelize onions before adding them to the stew. This extra step adds layers

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It’s officially cozy cooking season!

After a long, lingering and enjoyable warm fall, Murphys finally turned winter-cold. The perfect setting for Jan and me to indulge in a cozy evening filled with comfort food and the crackles from our woodstove keeping us warm and comfy.  Since we had a rare (for this time of year) day off, I decided braised short ribs slow-cooked was the perfect comfort food for this cold winter’s day. Braised short ribs are so easy to make and fill the kitchen with irresistible mouth-watering aromas while slowly cooking throughout the day.     The seasoning blend is simple:  1 tablespoon of Smoked

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Our New Family Trick For The Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

This year for Thanksgiving, my family and I decided to try something different and spatchcocked our turkey.  I will say you will not get the same presentation of the whole turkey for everyone to oooh and ahhhh over right before carving into the bird. However, you will have everyone ooohing and ahhhing as they take their first bite into the extra flavorful and most tender turkey.  Of course, The Tin Turkey Rub was our seasoning of choice.  And it contributed to a mouth-watering gravy. The next best part of cooking our Thanksgiving turkey with this technique was that it only

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Stuffed Dates Appetizers…Infuse Layers of Flavor to Your Next Cocktail Party

Back in January 2020, Jan and I took a trip to Palm Springs.  We are a bit embarrassed to admit this was our very first stay in this unique part of California, other than the “drive-thrus” on other trips.  We stayed at a mid-century modern boutique motel just blocks off the main street. In addition to the fine and fun dining, meandering and discovering the area, we were in town for the dates and not just the mandatory date shake.  We tasted the first shake with a walking food tour. I was prepared to be underwhelmed since the hype seemed

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Mediterranean Ricotta Spread

Mediterranean Ricotta Spread The ricotta’s mild taste combined with the aromatic citrus flavoring from the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the mouthwatering herbaceous Greek Seasoning notes makes this gourmet spread a crowd-pleaser.

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Italian Stuffed Zucchini

A stunning summer side! Stuffed zucchini with our favorite flavors from Italy. Add a zesty buttery flavor to your plate. A perfect side dish to pair your barbeque with a romantic pasta dinner. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

An easy to prepare concentrate that allows for a variety of beverages.  Hibiscus tea is great just as is. Its clean, tart profile is a perfect thirst quencher on hot summer days.  Or add sweeteners (simple syrups, Stevia, honey, maple syrup), club soda, white wine, fruit to add complexity to the flavor. Ingredients: 2 oz dried hibiscus flowers 4 cups water Procedure: Bring water to boil.  Turn off heat. Add hibiscus, pushing flowers into water.  Let tea steep for 1 or more hour or refrigerate overnight.  The longer it steeps, the more hibiscus flavor is infused into the liquid. To

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Sue’s Deviled Eggs with French Mustard Herb Blend

The Spice Tin team member, Sue, is widely known for her deviled eggs.  One popular variation that she makes uses French Mustard Herb Blend.  Topping these picnic staples can be creative and delicious. 6 large hard boiled eggs, peeled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 teaspoons French Mustard Herb Blend 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or juice from 1/2 lemon salt and pepper, to taste capers in wine vinegar Slice in half lengthwise. Remove the yolk to a small bowl with a spoon and place the egg whites on a plate. In small bowl add egg yolks with all ingredients excepting garnish.

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Avocado Caprese Salad with Sea Fennel

What can be better than adding avocado and crisp, briny sea fennel to a caprese salad?  Sea fennel, paccasassi, is an Italian seaside favorite. Prep Time:  20 mins    Serves: 6 1/2 pound red cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 pound yellow cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved 2 avocados , diced 1 cucumber , sliced 1/3 cup red onion , diced 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls 1/4 cup Sea Fennel in Oil  2 cups chopped Romain Lettuce or salad greens of choice. Salad Dressing: 1/4 cup basil leaves 1.8 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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Pasta with Summer Squash and Aleppo Chile

This summer pasta dish has a hint of heat and fruit from Aleppo Chile.  Parmesan cheese deepens the flavors while capers in wine vinegar adds  a briny tang. Ingredients: ¼ cup olive oil 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced Kosher salt 1+ teaspoon Aleppo Chile Flakes 12 ounces paccheri, ziti, or other large tube pasta 2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about ½ cup), plus more for serving 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ cup basil leaves, divided 2 teaspoons Capers in Wine Vinegar   Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned

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pork carnitas shredded

Amy’s Easy Pork Carnitas

This recipe for Easy Pork Carnitas comes to us from our dear Amy in the shop. In her recipe, the slow cooker or Instant Pot does most of the work for you and the result is foolproof Mexican pulled pork that is juicy and flavorful—perfect for tacos, tostadas, gorditas, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, or rice bowls. This recipe is gluten free, paleo and low carb, and makes excellent use of your Spice Tin spice stash! Serves 10-12 Ingredients: 5 pounds pork shoulder (pork butt) skinless, bone-in or for a leaner dish, pork tri-tip or pork loin Juice from 2 oranges

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