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Spice It Up + Mt Rose Giveaway

October 8th, 2012

I’m a huge fan of herbs and spice and try to incorporate as many of them as possible into our diets on a daily basis. The herbs I don’t grow in the garden, I buy from Mt Rose Herbs. I started buying from them years ago because they had great quality and have a great collection of organic products (did I mention they have great prices too) If you look in my spice cabinet you’ll see their labels dominate my jars.

When Mountain Rose Herbs contacted me about trying their new line of Epicurean products, I said “Sure” and asked about doing a giveaway. They sent me a few of their new products: Black Salt, White Peppercorns, Garam Masala, and Curry Powder. Typically, I mix up my own garam masala, and my recipe is great, but I thought I’d give theirs a try. I think these spice mixes might end up in my camping pantry. The pepper grinder container will be going in my purse so I can have freshly ground pepper anywhere.

You’ll notice that I have a link to Mt Rose Herbs in my sidebar and have for a long time. If you do purchase from Mt Rose Herbs, come to this blog and click through first. They give me a referral fee % of your order and it helps pay the expenses associated with this blog.

People ask me all the time about where I get my organic herbs and spices, Mt Rose Herbs I always respond. Mt Rose Herbs is going to be giving one of these spice collections to one lucky reader. All you have to do is comment below. Winner chosen, Congrats Troy who said this:

What’s your favorite herb or spice?

For more reading on the health benefits of spices:

119 Comments to “Spice It Up + Mt Rose Giveaway”
  1. Kathy L. on October 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I purchase from MRH also. Love all the products I have tried! Would love to win this give-a-way!

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  2. Adelina Anderson on October 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Love adding good quality herbs and spices to my cooking. The black salt sounds intriguing!

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  3. Robin on October 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I started using Mountain Rose Herbs after seeing them on your blog a couple of years ago. I love them! I love peppermint and basil. You’ll always find them in my kitchen.

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  4. Sarah R on October 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    The black salt does sound really interesting. I think my favorite herb is thyme. Or sage. Or basil. My, it is rather hard to choose!

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  5. Liz J on October 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Cinnamon is my favorite, not only for its wonderful flavor, but also its health benefits. Love the idea of white pepper and black salt, which I have never heard of before. Sounds very interesting and would love to try it.

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  6. Jeannine on October 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Great giveaway! I’ve thought about trying Mountain Rose Herbs in the past, so this would be a great giveaway to win. I would have to say that cinnamon is my favorite. I use it more than any other herb or spice, I think!

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  7. maggiewann on October 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    One favorite is hard to choose. Aside from salt and pepper, at this time of year, I use more fresh basil than anything else.

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  8. cynthia on October 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love lemon thyme. It’s so lovely in so many dishes, it’s one I must
    have on the shelf!

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  9. allegra on October 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    My favorite spice is cinnamon- can’t get enough of it and it’s just
    the best for baking!!!

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  10. cyndi on October 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love herbs and spice so much, so it’s really hard to decide, but it has to be basil! or rosemary, or thyme. I can’t decide. Then there is the
    whole spice thing- has to be black pepper!

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  11. Becky on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    My favorite herb/spice tends to change over time. I just found a great new recipe with lots of oregano. So, right now I’m really enjoying the humble oregano. But I’m sure in a week or two I’ll have changed “favorites”. :)

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  12. Troy R. on October 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    thyme’s got to be my fave, and I love cutting it fresh from the garden, but a little MRH would be lovely to tide me over til the garden’s back in the spring!

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  13. Samantha on October 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’m a huge rosemary fan. So good, and it grows so well here! Thanks for the chance!

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  14. melissa on October 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Probably cardamom. There’s nothing else like it and it has such a sweet exotic taste and smell, adding it to anything instantly transports me to another place.

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  15. Melanie J. on October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’m a sucker for Marjoram, use the stuff like parsley. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  16. Jane on October 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Cardamom – makes its way into savory and sweet dishes most days of the week. We also use a lot of cinnamon, for eating and household use.

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  17. Kathi Cook on October 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    vanilla beans, cinnamon, and peppercorns.

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  18. Amy on October 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Garlic and pepper

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  19. Holly Johnson on October 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love basil, cumin & cinnamon. I’d love to try that black lava salt!

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  20. Jean Hermann on October 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi! Thanks for your blog. I read it daily and have learned much! My favorite spice is nutmeg. Nutmeg and rosemary are my go-to seasonings in so many dishes.

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  21. Peggy on October 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I grow a lot of my own herbs but for the spices I LOVE cardamom. It is oh so exotic and reminds me of my childhood in Germany!

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  22. KimP on October 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Cinnamon is probably the spice I use the most. Fresh herbs are a new part in my garden that I’m still learning to grow and use. I think my favorite-smelling herb is dill.

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  23. Sherry D. on October 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Definitely nutmeg… what it does to many things I bake and cook!

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  24. Maureen on October 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love the warmth of cinnamon and use lemon verbena in a sachet in my dryer. I also buy Mt.Rose Org Astragalus for my family & supply my sister & a friend healing from cancer. Lovely give away!

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  25. Kelly G. on October 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    My favorite spice is Cinnamon! I love it and especially love it during the Fall!

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  26. Lisa on October 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Fresh peppercorn.

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  27. Rebecca on October 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favorite when, like teas, my preference seems to be dictated by mood and season. Still, I think I always love white pepper.

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  28. Trish on October 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I can’t think of an herb that I have tried that I didn’t like. I don’t’ think I have ever tried cardamom, and after seeing the comments here, I am going to have to try it. maybe I love sage the best.

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  29. Sonya on October 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I’m new to MRH, but I use a variety of spices. I make “buttered chicken” that uses curry, graham marsla, cardamom and turmeric. Yummalicious!

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  30. Julie on October 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    cinnamon,oregano for me

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  31. Corrie on October 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Herbs de Provence!

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  32. Jenn on October 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    So many wonderful herbs and spices, it’s my cumin I find myself having to replace most often.

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  33. ARUNA on October 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Peppercorns are my favorite. Thank you.

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  34. Diane Steele on October 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t think I could choose just one, I love them all.

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  35. veggiekitty on October 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about Mt Rose Herbs lately, but I haven’t ordered yet. Maybe a sample will be what I need to kick my ordering butt into gear!

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  36. Tammey on October 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    These herbs look wonderful! My favorite herbs that I use the most are bay leaves, thyme,cayenne, garlic… I’m not sure lavender counts as a herb or not, but i simply adore products with lavender … smells so good! I need a few lessons when it comes to herbs and how to use them! Your new kitchen looks so bright and sunny…I know you like that :)

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  37. Kelly on October 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve read about Mt Rose Herbs on your site before, but haven’t had the opportunity to purchase yet. This is a great giveaway… ’tis the season for cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves!

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  38. domestic diva on October 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm


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  39. Arika on October 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Mmm coriander is probably my favorite spice, at least these days. I grow cilantro in my garden and then save the seeds, and freshly ground coriander is hard to beat in a stir fry, a soup, or to spice up a bean dish!

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  40. bonnie K. on October 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    thyme, sage, or rosemary is my favorite

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  41. Melanie C. on October 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Cinnamon is the best spice in my opinion. Such a fabulous flavor.
    Second best is basil. Actually, there are so many herbs and spices I love, but cinnamon is a favorite.

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  42. Christy on October 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Oh, I do love a good spice! Will have to take a look into this company :)

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  43. Maybelline on October 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Geez…it would be easier if you asked me how to bring world peace. Thyme, lavender, cloves are some favorites. As Christmas approaches I fill a heavy saucepan about 1/2 way with water, add orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon then simmer on the stovetop. My kids always associate that smell with Christmastime.

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  44. Sara P. on October 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I love the smell, and taste, of sage.

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  45. Rocky Top Farm on October 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Hands down fresh, ground black pepper. Brings back childhood memories for some strange reason. Love it, my kids love it. Keeping the love of black pepper going!!!!

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  46. Samantha on October 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I love them all, but have to go with Garlic – Oregano – Basil for my sauce!

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    • Canondee on October 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Enjoy your site

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  47. KimH on October 9, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Hmn… so hard to choose a favorite.. I think cumin & garlic are truly my workhorse favorites.. but I love all of them for one thing or another.

    I havent bought from Rose Mt Herbs before though I’ve considered it for years. I used to buy from San Francisco Herb Co, but most of theirs arent organic, even if the price is right.

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    • KimH on October 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Mt Rose Herbs.. ugh… 5:something am.. ;)

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  48. Anita Jackson on October 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I would love to give these to my son, he’s the chef around the house and always trying new spices, interesting recipes and they are delicious!

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  49. Kim on October 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Wow, what a wonderful gift. I was a late bloomer when it comes to herbs and spices. Now I can’t cook without them. I have not had the pleasure of using Mt. Rose Herbs, but I look forward to it in the future.

    I look forward to your blog entry’s everyday, Thank you

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  50. Jenny on October 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    It’s a toss-up between cinnamon and curry. And then there’s basil….

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