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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:

Some Like it HOT

March 10th, 2010

I’m a big fan of hot food, and by hot I mean spicy hot. You’ll find me adding crushed red pepper to just about everything I eat. Because I like it so much I decided to grow some in the garden last summer. I ended up with quite a bounty thanks to the full sun conditions in my mom’s garden and the few plants I had here at Chiot’s Run as well. I dried the ripe cayenne peppers and have them stored in a big jar in the basement pantry.

Every so often I add a few to my spice grinder (which is a coffee mill only used for grinding spices, who wants spicy coffee?). I grind them a few seconds for freshly ground red pepper flakes. I’m sure enjoying my homegrown cayenne, it’s much hotter than the red pepper you buy in the store and has a great fresh flavor. BEWARE – don’t inhale too deeply when you open the grinder, you’ll end up in coughing fits!

I’m glad I like cayenne pepper because it’s health benefits are quite numerous, see references below. There’s even an entire book about it The Health Benefits of Cayenne, I must get this from the library.

I love spices because they make your food taste so much better and they really up the nutritional content by adding all kinds of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. They’re a great way to layer on the flavor and the health!

So what about you – are you a hot & spicy kind of person, or do you have a more sensitive palate?

read more about the health benefits of cayenne pepper:
Organic Facts
The Worlds Healthiest Foods
The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.