The calendar tells us that summer is coming to an end, and fall is about to begin. Labor Day is just around the corner and while it is better than last year, Delta has caused renewed concerns. Don’t let it get you down. Stay spicy, and keep on cooking. We have been working on some bold new flavors for you, and will include a sample with any order of 3 or more rubs. Try something new this week from VSpicery during our Labor Day Sale.
The Toasty Onion The Toasty Onion has a distinct caramelized onion sweetness and savory flavor to make your tongue tingle. This seasoning finishes with a really delicious crust that turns golden brown as you sauté in butter or bake in the oven. We enjoyed a few rounds of chicken while developing the blend, and still not sure if we like it oven baked or pan fried better. The Toasty Onion is also really nice on pork chops, mushrooms, burgers, and steak.
Burger Bar Blend This is a mouthwatering blend worthy of a great burger. It is amazing on a great pub style burger on a pretzel bun and a little beer cheese sauce. Burger Bar works really well on roasted pork, nice on grilled steaks, and lamb chops. Try it on sautéed mushrooms and onions, or sprinkle a touch on a ham sandwich for a twist. Think Worcestershire, toasted onions, and craveable seasonings, and you have Burger Bar Blend.
As the weather warms up, we start looking for ways to cool down. Especially here in Florida, that means beach trips and pool parties. That also means we’re grilling more. Who wants to stay inside when all the fun is going on outside? Your summer grilling plans are covered with our original recipe rubs and spice blends. We hand blend all of our rub blends, curries and seasoned salts in-house every week. You can be sure that you are getting the freshest seasonings available. Whether you are baking, roasting or grilling, VSpicery spices make your food noticeably better, and you can taste the difference in every bite.
We want to help you start your summer grilling right, so we’re throwing you a freebie. Buy 3 VSpicery blends, and we will include a FREE bag of our Citrus Salt Blend. Our Summer Grilling Giveaway starts Monday (5/24) ending Sunday (5/30).
VSpicery’s Citrus Salt Blend is great to use as a base for many recipes, but complex and flavorful enough to use on it’s own. We start with a nice blend of lemon and orange zest, then add some herbs and salt. Our customers can’t get enough of this bright and flavorful salt blend. It is wonderful for seasoning vegetables, chicken, fish, seafood and pork. Try tossing chicken wings in some olive oil and Citrus Salt, and grill or smoke them for a tasty treat. Our Citrus Salt is equally delicious on fish or seafood. We love to season our fresh catch, from fishing in the afternoon, with Citrus Salt and tossing it on the grill with some veggies for dinner. Add Citrus Salt to butter or oil and baste grilled shrimp or scallops while grilling.
We love grilling all sorts of veggies and fruit. If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to grill some lemons this season for a real flavor experience. Then squeeze the grilled lemons over seafood, fish, veggies or chicken. The slight smokiness really enhances the bright lemon flavor. Green onions and asparagus are another favorite for grilling. In addition to the usual grilled veggies like onions, peppers, zucchini and summer squash, we like to add things like eggplant, pineapple, peaches and even romaine (for grilled Caesar salads) to the mix to change things up a little as the grilling season continues.
However, grilled mushrooms are still at the top of our list, and pretty much any fresh mushroom will work, except enoki mushrooms. Our go to mushrooms are baby bellas and portabellas because they are firm and stand up to the grill really well. Big portabella mushrooms are fantastic as a grilled meat alternative for burgers. The pictured mushroom skewers were seasoned with a marinade of low sodium soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, VSpicery’s minced roasted garlic and Special Peppercorn Blend. They never last long enough to pack up for leftovers.
We will give you a quick rundown of our best blends for the usual suspects that we all love to grill. If you have any questions, we are always available on Facebook or call us at the shop – 813.870.1133 – and we will be happy to help you.
Best blends for grilled Chicken
Ale & Herbs Experience flavor from the pint to the plate. This delightful blend of beer and herbs works nicely on chicken and pork either grilled or baked. Add to water for steaming brats. Mix into batter for fried fish. Barista BBQ Blend Fantastic on chicken, pork and steak, this blend loves the grill! The barista part comes with the espresso powder in the blend, and the other spices are similar to how they season grilled meats in the Barbacoa style of cooking. Greek Seasoning Designed from original Greek recipes, this blend is a combination of Greek oregano, garlic, lemon, marjoram, salt & other spices provides the oomph to your chicken, lamb, potato or pork dishes. Tasty Tango Tasty Tango LOVES the grill and smoker, and makes delicious grilled chicken, smoked wings, and grilled salmon. This spice blend has a subtle orange flavor, and nice spicy notes without heat, it is full bodied with a satisfying flavor. Wonderful on fish, pork or chicken, especially when grilled.
Best blends for grilled Beef
Java Jo Steak Seasoning This delicious steak seasoning blend combines paprika, garlic, coffee, and other spices that really sinks into your steak to perk up the flavor. Equally delicious mixed into ground beef for burgers. The coffee in Java Jo comes through more in the aroma than the flavor, and the coffee acts as a natural tenderizer to the beef, allowing the flavor to come alive. Moo Char Gusto Treat meat with some char before it hits the grill with Moo Char Gusto. This is more than just a savory smoky treat with a hint of sweet. Activated charcoal gives color, and enhances the grilled flavor. Wonderful on beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. Flavors caramelize and intensify when grilled, making your tongue tingle with delight. Savory Steak Seasoning Savory Steak Seasoning uses peppercorns, Garlic, Ginger, Mustard, Salt and other spices. The results are a combination that enhances the flavor of the beef without masking its taste. This has more of a traditional taste profile for steak, and is great in burgers. Savory Steak also makes a fabulous seasoning for onion and mushroom sauté. Soulful Seasons This blend is a combination of Salt, Garlic, Pepper, Paprika, Coriander with a touch of Caraway and other spicy delights. Great for steak, pork and roasted vegetables. This seasoning blend is wonderful on grilled fish as well.
Best blends for grilled Pork
15th & 5th Rib Rub This dry Memphis style rib rub contains salt, paprika, garlic, oregano, mustard, chili powders & other spices all blended for a mouth-watering appeal. Especia Roja This versatile blend of paprika, chili powder, mustard, salt, cumin and other spices livens up eggs, potatoes, chicken, fish, and more. Especia Roja also makes a wonderful pulled pork, and can be cooked on the grill, smoker, in a crock pot or in the oven. Just lightly oil pork, season with the blend, and cook. Barbecue sauce is optional. Marinate That Pork Add the taste of Spain to your pork with the flavors of thyme, rosemary, parsley, garlic & other seasonings, a cup of your favorite white wine and a bit of olive oil. Marinate That Pork is a dry rub version of the popular mojo flavor, and is also delicious on chicken. Shallots N Pepper This blend of shallots, salt, tarragon, black pepper and other spices is fantastic on poultry, fish, salads, and vegetables. We also love using it on pork, adding a little fresh garlic makes this blend extra tasty for a pork roast or chops.
Best blends for grilled Fish & Seafood
Blackening Seasoning A delicious, spicy blend of salt, paprika, cayenne, onion, and peppers, that will liven up your taste buds. Great for grilled fish, beef or chicken. Dillious Makes a delightful flavor for fish or chicken, mix with mayo for a seasoned sandwich spread. Try DILLious mixed in your chicken salad. Play around with this DILLious salt free blend. Fin & Feather Schmaker Not only did we have lots of fun naming this blend, but the flavor combination is really delicious on fish, chicken, roasted potatoes, and veggies. After much thought, we christened it Fin & Feather Schmacker. Once you give it a try, you will be schmacking your lips from all that flavor! This blend is a delightful mixture of sea salt, herbs, garlic, smoky paprika, and other delicious spices. Lemony Pepper Kinda like the lemon pepper you are use to using, but a whole lot better! Lemony Pepper Seasoning is a nice compliment to fish and chicken. Also works well to kick up the flavor of steamed veggies.
We hope you have a wonderful summer, and keep grilling!
We really appreciate all of you for your support throughout this past year. It has been challenging in many ways for all of us. We are thrilled to celebrate another year of business, and can’t wait to announce some delicious new products coming to our shelves this year. For 18 years, we have provided our customers with great spices, seasoning blends, and other delightful flavors to incorporate in everyday cooking. We started our business at a farmers’ market back in 2001 and after two years decided to take our business to the next step, opening our brick and mortar location. Our doors opened in January 2003, and we have been at the same location ever since, right next to Alessi Bakery. Lots of great stories have been created and shared here over the years. We have had celebrity chefs, local chefs, professional football players, restaurateurs, gourmet cooks, and most importantly, our folks who just love to cook. The difference our spices and seasonings make is clear from the first bite, and we have strived to maintain the same high quality in everything we do since day one. We look forward to many more years of supplying the very best in seasonings for your kitchen.
To celebrate our anniversary and our Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing at home in Super Bowl LV, we are offering 20% off all VSpicery spice blends and Dip blends from January 31st – February 6th.
Super Bowl LV Game Day Sunday, February 7, 6:30 PM on CBS Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl Sunday is next Sunday, and food is one of the most important aspects of the day. If you plan on cooking a few dishes for Super Bowl LV, we have a few traditional recipes and unique spins on old favorites that will keep everyone happy no matter what team is winning.
Smoked Wings Our favorite VSpicery blend to use for chicken wings is Red Hot Sting. As the name of this rub implies, it is hot and fiery, and makes great 4 alarm wings without being overpoweringly hot. We lightly coat wings with olive oil, then toss with Red Hot Sting, and store in the fridge until we are ready to grill or smoke the wings. If you prefer to toss chicken wings in sauce, lightly coat wings with olive oil and season with salt and pepper then cook as desired. To make the sauce, melt butter, along with your favorite hot sauce in a pan, add Red Hot Sting to taste, then toss wings in sauce, and serve.
Tasty Tango and Ale & Herbs are two very different blends that love the grill, and it do amazing things to grilled or smoked chicken. Ale & Herbs is one of our new favorite blends. This complex spice profile has beer, herbs, with lots of flavor and a nice savory kick. Perfect for the grill, and it loves being smoked too. Grilled chicken with Ale & Herbs is fantastic, and we can’t get enough! If you love chicken wings, and find yourself in a “flavor rut”, Ale & Herbs is the answer to your breakthrough, and will have you back on the King of Wings leaderboard in one meal. Put wings, or chicken breasts into a bowl or ziplock bag, add enough olive oil and seasoning to evenly coat the chicken. Marinate from 1 hour to overnight, and grill or smoke until done. Anytime we smoke chicken wings for a party with any of these delicious blends, they never last more than an hour after they come off the grill. Become an instant gourmet with a simple and delicious way to get big flavor in your wings with our seasoning blends!
Focaccia Bread is really easy to make, and we have a great recipe for you to try. Avoid pizza delivery delays on the big game day and top your homemade Focaccia dough with your favorite toppings like a pizza or slice into thick chunks and make an olive oil dip with one of VSpicery Dip Blends. We have lots of suggestions for your focaccia experimentation, along with the Focaccia recipe on our recipe page.
Ammoyo is an Italian blend with basil and oregano, and a slight kick from crushed red peppers. Grecian is a lovely Mediterranean inspired dip blend with a bright rosemary flavor that is balanced well with garlic and other herbs. That’s Garlic is a seriously delicious garlicky blend that works great as a bread seasoning or olive oil dip blend. Tomato Basil dip blend combines a sun-dried tomato taste with a little zing that is highlighted with nice basil flavor. Whether you add a dip blend to the focaccia dough or not, you can make a delicious infused olive oil with any of these blends for dipping. We suggest adding the dip blend of choice to a high quality Olive Oil, like Seraphino, and dip a piece of bread from this focaccia recipe or use with your favorite bread.
Order your favorite VSpicery flavors online! If you are in the Tampa Bay area and prefer to stop by, call us with you curbside pickup order anytime from 10a – 4p Tuesday – Friday, 10a – 2p Saturday – 813-870-1133.
Greetings from VSpicery! It has been a year like no other, and we plan to end it by packing the next couple of months full of flavor with delicious meals. We hope you are looking forward to a special holiday season, even though it might be from a distance. As you make your holiday cooking plans, be sure to include seasonings from VSpicery to make your meals sparkle.
We have the freshest and finest in lovely fall flavors – nutmeg (ground and whole), four types of cinnamon, ginger (ground and crystalized), cloves (ground and whole), allspice (ground and whole), and much more. We have blended the first round of this season’s pumpkin pie and apple pie spices, and can’t wait to share them with you. The shop smells wonderful at this time of year!
Our other holiday selections include
Pumpkin Pie Spice This blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom is the perfect mix for pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice lattes. Add some Pumpkin Pie Spice and maple flakes to oatmeal for a delicious breakfast. We also like to use it along with a little honey for sweetness to make spiced butter for baked sweet potatoes, pumpkin muffins, cinnamon raisin bread, dinner rolls, roasted butternut squash, or spiced cornbread. The 1 oz quantity in the jar is a nice size to get you through all your holiday baking, lattes, and more.
Apple Pie Spice Our blend is made of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom. It makes the most delicious apple pie or apple pie spiced coffee cake you have ever tasted! Add it to poached, baked or sauteed apples. Take fall themed cocktails to the next level with a bit of Apple Pie Spice on the rim, try it with Caramel Apple Martinis or Spiced Apple Margaritas. The 1 oz quantity in the jar is a nice size to get you through all your holiday baking and happy hours.
Poultry Seasoning Our freshly blended Poultry Seasoning is a wonderful mix of Sage, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Pepper, Lemon, Dill and Coriander. It works really well with chicken, turkey, and stuffing mixes. Add a pinch to chicken soup, meatloaf, cornbread or chicken pot pies. Our 1 oz. quantity in the jar is a perfect amount to get you through the holiday season and flavor your roasted poultry dishes.
Traditional or Herbal Turkey Brines Brining a holiday bird is a great way to get a juicy turkey with a full, deep flavor every time. If you struggle with a “too dry” turkey, try brining it this year. Our Traditional Turkey Brine is a blend of salt, turbinado sugar, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice and juniper. Our Herbal Turkey Brine is nice blend of Salt, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Savory, Pepper and Fennel. Make sure you plan ahead, since you will need to brine your turkey for a minimum of 10-12 hours. Full directions are provided on the back of the brine packaging.
Maple Flakes Maple Flakes are exactly what they sound like, dehydrated Maple Syrup. We had a lot of fun finding new ways to use these tasty bits of goodness. We even used them in a salad dressing for one of our Fall Cooking Classes, click here is the salad recipe. Maple Flakes are the perfect pairing to many fall dishes, and simply divine on baked sweet potatoes and winter squash. They really amp up the maple flavor in anything they are added to, including salad dressings, salmon, pancake batter, smoothies. Rev up the maple flavor in a bowl of oatmeal by adding them before cooking. You can also try using them to rim a glass for an Old Fashioned, or Fall inspired Appletini.
Herbal Crust Seasoning Herbal Crust is our go-to for roast turkey, and makes the best gravy from the tasty pan drippings. It also add a balanced zesty flavor to beef roasts, chicken and venison. Cumin, coriander, fennel, salt, garlic and pepper make for a fine and unique dining experience. Herbal Crust Seasoning makes a really fantastic turkey, and if you like making gravy along with it, you will thoroughly enjoy the gravy this blend makes. You may forget the turkey, and want to just drink the gravy! Check out Val’s Thanksgiving Story for more details and a finger licking gravy story.
Roasted Garlic Champagne Mustard This fabulously flavored mustard is one of our all-time favorites. It has a nice tangy balance from the champagne that compliments the savory roasted garlic infusion and strong mustard flavor. It works great for sandwiches, vinaigrettes, marinades, or use as a basting/grilling sauce. Roasted Garlic Champagne Mustard is perfect for ham or turkey sandwiches as you use up your holiday leftovers.
Sweet Singing Season We would cook this just to get the aroma circulating around the house! Great on sautéed chicken breast, baked ham, sauteed bananas, baked salmon, and wonderful in chicken salad. Yes, you heard right, chicken salad and we have a simple recipe for you to try! Sweet Singing is a blend of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, turbinado sugar, and salt that make this seasoning a delightful change of pace. Our recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Wedges using Sweet Singing is one you should try.
And don’t forget the hostess and holiday gifts this season! We offer holiday spice and rub bundles as well as our beautiful, customized gift baskets. Call us for a quote for any special requests and custom gifts. We are also adding some new holiday packages that will be available next week.
Thanks so much for being a loyal VSpicery customer, and if you are new here, Welcome! A reminder, we are still offering curbside only service at our shop for the safety of all but we are more than happy to consult over the phone for any flavor needs and recipe ideas. We look forward to having you back in our shop as soon as it is safe to do so.
VSpicery recently partnered with a fantastic hot sauce company out of New England, called The Spicy Shark, and we have some exciting new products to share with you! But first, we want to tell you a little about this company, and why, after 16 years of being a hot sauce free zone, we decided to add hot sauce to our shelves.
If you have been a customer of VSpicery for a while, you know that we love to find interesting and delicious new products every 6 to 12 months. We have had many hot sauce companies approach us, begging to have their products on our shelves. Every time, we share the samples with our taste testers to see if the products have what it takes, but honestly, none of them hit the mark. In case you haven’t noticed, hot sauce is EVERYWHERE! You can even find some varieties of bottled hot sauce in convenience stores. For us to stock any product, it has to be an incredible stand out product from a company that maintains the same level of quality that we maintain at the shop. That means no preservatives or additives, high quality ingredients, and big flavor. Many hot sauce companies focus so much on trying to attain new levels of flames on the tongue, that they miss out on providing full flavors that can actually be used on food to make it taste better, not just hot af. The market is so saturated with mediocre hot sauces that we really wanted to find products that stand out from the crowd. We finally found what we’ve been looking for, and we think you are going to love them just as much as we do.
Here’s a little background on The Spicy Shark, their mission, why we love this little company and the folks who own it. After growing up working in the restaurant business, and then 17 years in the beer industry, Founder Shark Gabe was ready for a change. He figured if he could take his two biggest passions, spicy food and sharks, and turn that into a career, it would be a pretty fun life. With some family recipes, and help from his family and friends, he took the summer of 2018 to put together the blueprints for The Spicy Shark. The feeding frenzy began in February 2019!
Their mission is simple: To make the best tasting and unique spicy products using the best ingredients, to help preserve and improve the lives of our oceans’ sharks, and to have a lot of fun along the way.
The Spicy Shark uses fresh peppers, veggies and fruits to create their amazing flavors, and you can taste each ingredient in every bite. We started with a selection of products that we really loved, all with a nice heat level and lots of flavor. Here’s the list:
Hot Honey The Spicy Shark Original Hot Honey is a special blend of 100% pure USA Clover, Alfalfa, and Goldenrod Grade A Honey. We steep the honey with a touch of Cinnamon and infuse it with Habanero to add some heat to the sweet. Delicious with biscuits, pancakes, waffles, warm desserts, pizza, ribs, fried chicken, scallops, cheese, marinades, and hot beverages. Medium Heat Level. Gluten-Free.
Hot Maple Syrup The finest Grade A Dark Pure Maple Syrup available in the USA creates the base for this tasty syrup. This rich, flavorful syrup is then infused with ginger, and heat from the Habanero Pepper. This unique blend of Sweet & Heat can be used on a wide range of food and drink. Works well as a glaze, in sauces, and BBQ sauce. Use on meat, fish, poultry, desserts, pancakes or waffles, ice cream, coffee drinks, and cocktails. Medium Heat Level. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Nurse Shark Jalapeno Hot Sauce Nurse Sharks are mellow by nature, but large in size, and unlike most other sharks, smooth to the touch. Like the Nurse Shark, this green Jalapeno sauce has a mellow smooth heat, but huge flavor. Undertones of tomatillo, apple, and melon balance the heat from the Jalapeno and Poblano pepper for an approachable, but unforgettable taste. Delicious with tacos, nachos, eggs, chicken and sandwiches. Warm Heat Level. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Wing Sauce The Spicy Shark Original Wing Sauce is our Dairy Free twist on a traditional wing sauce. Sweet Red Peppers meet Spicy Cayenne Peppers, with a smooth vinegar and garlic bite. Use on chicken wings and veggies. Spicy Shark Wing Sauce makes a really great buffalo cauliflower dish, as well. Medium Heat Level. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Smoked Maple Sriracha Sauce The Spicy Shark Smoked Maple Sriracha is our twist on a traditional Sriracha. We balance smoked vegetables with garlic, fermented hot peppers, and a touch of maple syrup. This sauce is one of our favorites and is delicious on anything that you want to add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor. Mild Heat Level. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Thresher Shark Chipotle Hot Sauce The Thresher Shark is known for its long unique tail that it hunts with. This complex smokey sauce with notes of coffee and chocolate packs a thresher whip of chipotle smoke and heat. Delicious with fish, poultry, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, add to salsa, grilled shrimp, nachos, and eggs. Warm Heat Level. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Check them out, and let us know what you think by adding your review to the product’s page on this site. We are having a lot of fun finding different dishes to use these sauces on, and can’t get enough of them.
Summer is definitely here – sun, heat, and of course, rain. While summer is not our favorite time to cook, VSpicery can make dinner quick and easy. We’ve had a lot of requests for our next cooking class and have devised one to help ease summer cooking blues.
Mark your calendars for June 29th (3:00 – 5:00) and register for our first Summer Cooking Class! This class will show three different, quick and delicious meals using shrimp, ground lamb and salmon, plus a side and delicious salad. Seating is limited. Cost is $30.00 per person, includes tasting and recipes. Register by June 26th by calling VSpicery – 813-870-1133.
Salads are a favorite item to eat all summer long. VSpicery is offering 20% off our Bellindora Fig and Bellindora Pomegranate Vinegar from June 11th – 15th so you can create your own spectacular dressings. These vinegars are also wonderful for marinades, vinegar reductions and sauces. Our Salad Seasons blend is great to use in vinaigrette recipes, using these vinegar flavors and our delicious olive oils.
Be on the lookout for our summer sale announcements all season long. That’s it folks. Enjoy the summer and come see us. We will leave the AC on for you.
It’s Florida and while it’s only May, the heat is on. This time of year VSpicery folks start thinking about how not to cook. The challenge is how to make the simplest meals taste oh so good with very little effort. And with Mother’s day just around the corner, VSpicery can help liven up Mom’s kitchen or make your meals easy and delicious. The secret involves VSpicery’s culinary blends. By combining our delicious blends with various simple ingredients, a meal with multiple complementary flavors can be achieved.
Here’s an example of a simple meal. Take 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (we like thighs better but either option works well). Next, season both sides with VSpicery’s Harmony Chicken seasoning, place in a ziplock bag, add 3 tbsp. olive oil and 3 tbsp water. Remove as much air as possible when sealing, roll chicken around in bag to mix up well, place in refrigerator until ready to cook. Cut 3 Yukon gold potatoes into chunks, boil until folk tender, drain and let dry a bit. Then, transfer to bowl, coat with olive oil, season with VSpicery’s Greek Seasoning, and spread out on one half of a baking sheet. Place chicken on the other half. Take 1 package of frozen broccoli, spread out on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with VSpicery’s Sunny Soiree. Place both baking sheets in an oven preheated to 375 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Dinner is done in about an hour. Simple, healthy, and delicious!
Need other suggestions? Come to the shop and we can make tons! Our customers frequently grab a pad of paper and a pen to make notes. We have been told that we need to put together a cookbook, and we are seriously thinking about doing one this summer.
It’s only early May, and we know that it will just get hotter from here. VSpicery has a carefully selected variety of vinegars to dress your salads. Our latest delight is a combination of Champagne Pear, part Meyers Lemon Oil, part good Olive Oil, salt, pepper, and VSpicery’s Salad Seasonings that make a lovely light salad dressing.
Praise Your Mom Sale from May 7th – May 10th Buy 3 culinary blends for $18.00. Get ready for easy and delicious summer meals by getting some of our flavorful spice blends that make cooking a breeze.
While we’re talking Summer foods, how about a recipe for Chicken Salad. Yes, we know, kind of over it, but you really need to try this one. It is different from any other we have tried, and it is our favorite way to make it. 1 – Roasted Chicken, shredded 1 medium Red Onion, diced ¼ cup Smoked Almonds (ground down to almost dust) 2 stalks Celery, diced Mayo (enough to evenly coat – start with ¾ cup) VSpicery’s Sweet Singing Seasoning (to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes then enjoy.
Memorial Day Whether you’re planning good times on the beach or a backyard BBQ, there is lots of goodness to be enjoyed via VSpicery’s culinary blends. Roasted Garlic Champagne Mustard is a real treat, and amazing on just about any burger, brat, hotdog or sandwich you can image. It also makes a scrumptious substitute for dijon in vinaigrette recipes.
We hope the holidays were fabulous for you and your family. There was an astounding array of delicious flavors floating through our home, highlighted by my talented daughter’s beautiful creation – a sumptuous Buche de Noel (or Yule Log Cake).
We look forward to 2019 being a year of developing more flavor combinations and searching out new flavors to add to our collection so that you can add them to your pantry. We currently have about 35 of our own spice blends and rubs, 11 curries (Indian, African and Thai), and over 5 seasoned salt blends that we hand mix at our shop every week. In addition, we have over 150 different individual spices, Greek, Spanish and Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils, delicious high quality vinegars, flavored mustards and locally harvested honey from Eden’s Nectar. We are committed to sourcing the freshest spices we can find, and bringing high quality herbs and spices to you without chemicals, preservatives or additives.
At VSpicery we are kicking up our heels and sending out many thanks. VSpicery will be celebrating the 16th year of providing our customers with great spices, seasonings, blends, and other delightful flavors to incorporate in their everyday cooking.
We started our business at a farmers’ market back in 2001 and after two years decided to take our business to the next step, opening our brick and mortar location. The doors opened on January 23rd and we have been at the same location ever since, right next to Alessi Bakery. Lots of great stories have been created and shared here. We have had celebrity chefs, local chefs, local football players, restaurateurs, gourmet cooks, and most importantly, our folks who just love to cook. They recognize the difference our spices and seasonings make on their plates.
To celebrate our anniversary on January 23rd, we are offering 20% off your total purchase from January 23rd – January 26th (excluding Eden’s Nectar products).
The 10th customer through the door on January 23rd will receive a bottle of something very special. We look forward to many more years of supplying the very best in seasonings for your kitchen.
With February just around the corner, we all know what that means – Valentine’s Day. Oh, the pressure! The flowers, the candy, the reservations, and on and on… Well, we would like to take some of the stress off by offering a COOK FOR YOUR LOVE CLASS.
The Cook For Your Love Class will be a full dinner featuring a light appetizer, salad, two different entrees (beef & salmon) so that you can have a choice of what you would like to prepare, and accompanying sides. With Spicy Kym in the house, perhaps we’ll feature a delightful dessert as well.
Class is on February 9th starting at 4:00pm. Seating is limited to 8 individuals. Cost is $40.00 per person, so bring your appetite because this will be a full dining experience and lesson in food love. This class is by reservation only, please reserve your spot by February 5th by calling (813) 870-1133.
Eat well and enjoy the best 2019 has to bring. If you have resolved to explore some new flavors this year, VSpicery is here to help.
Cooking class can be so much fun! Pretty sure we have just as much fun, if not more, than our students. Classes at VSpicery are all about demonstrating how to create maximum flavor with minimum effort. We love to answer questions about cooking techniques, and regularly help our students and customers perfect everyday dishes that wow the diners around their family tables.
In our November cooking class, we had some tasty alternatives on the menu for holiday dishes, and the results were delicious. We began with a simple and flavorful salad that pairs beautifully with fall and winter menus. To make the salad we added granny smith apple chunks, sliced red onion, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and toasted coarsely chopped pecans to a bed of fresh romaine and arugula lettuce. The sharpness of the cheddar cheese nicely balances the tart apple flavor and nutty toasted pecans, making this salad a serious taste bud teaser.
Next, we made our maple orange dressing using our Maple Flakes, maple syrup, honey, Himalayan Pink Salt, Green Peppercorns, Apple Balsamic Vinegar and Seraphino Greek Organic Olive Oil. We developed this dressing for our previous salad class, and it has quickly become one of our favorites! Our dried maple flakes are key to giving this dressing a delightful maple kick. The orange juice brightens the dressing and balances the acidity of the vinegar really well. Once the ingredients are mixed together well, and emulsified with olive oil, it’s ready for serving.
Our class moved right along to the main course with Herbal Crust Turkey Thighs. VSpicery’s Herbal Crust Seasoning was developed specifically for roasted meats, including game meats like venison. This blend is perfect for your holiday bird, and the pan drippings make the best gravy we have ever made. We normally roast a whole turkey for our Thanksgiving meal, but using turkey thighs is just as tasty. Turkey thighs take less time to cook, are really flavorful and no carving is needed. All you need to do is lightly coat with olive oil (or any oil of your choice), add Herbal Crust Seasoning, and bake. We tend to prefer using bone-in, skin-on thighs, since roasting with the bone in gives much better flavor and the skin keeps the meat moist throughout the roasting process. After the turkey thighs were cooked, we took the bone out, and sliced each thigh into 3 nice sized chunks. You can serve it with or without the skin.
We rounded out the meal with some yummy side dishes that are super easy to make, healthy to eat, and diet friendly. If you haven’t tried Delicata Squash yet, you really should! Delicata Squash is low in calories, and has a thicker consistency than other squash varieties. This is the perfect alternative to high carb sides like mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. All you need to do is roast the squash in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast cut side down. Once cooked, scoop out the meat of the squash into a bowl and mash it up with our new blend, Sunny Soiree, some butter and a tiny splash of heavy cream, then season to taste with salt and pepper. You can also add a little goat cheese, if you want a creamy tang of flavor, but it’s entirely optional. This simple dish will quickly become a go to side for any meal.
For the final two sides, we made steamed green beans and roasted carrots. This may sound uninspired, but as usual, VSpicery takes the bland and unexciting to flavor heights that will make you crave these healthy veggies regularly.
After steaming the green beans, we made a simple warm vinaigrette for them. We used our Champagne Pear Vinegar, Yellow Mustard Powder, Shallots, Honey and Himalayan Pink salt. We poured the vinegar into a sauté pan on medium heat, and added the rest of the ingredients as it warmed up. When vinegar mix is just coming to a boil, remove the pan from heat, then pour the mixture over green beans just prior to serving.
The last side dish we made was Spiced Roasted Carrots. We started by quartering the whole carrot sticks, then tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and thyme. While the carrots were roasting, we softened some butter and stirred in cumin, coriander, turmeric, and aleppo pepper. Then, we tossed the roasted carrots in the spiced butter and transferred them to a serving platter. You can use cumin and coriander ground powder, but you get a deeper nuttier flavor if you lightly toast the whole seeds, then grind them down before adding to the butter mix. This carrot side dish also pairs really well with roasted meats, baked salmon and pork.
Last, but definitely not least, is the gravy! As mentioned above, the pan drippings from roasting the turkey with Herbal Crust Seasoning is what makes this so incredibly good. Just make gravy as you usually would by adding the pan drippings to a sauté pan over medium heat. Stir constantly, while thickening it with flour to your desired consistency. For this class, we used a gluten free flour to accommodate our student’s dietary restrictions, and it turned out great! We discovered how tasty this gravy is a few years ago while cooking a Thanksgiving feast for a catering client, and now we look forward to it every year. If you want to read more about it, check out our original Tasty Gravy blog post.
That’s it for this class menu! This meal can be ready in a fraction of the time that it normally takes to fill up your holiday table, and will work for just about any diet. Treat your family to a healthy, quick and incredibly delicious holiday meal this year. VSpicery is here to help you with all of your flavor needs. Keep an eye out for our next class offering! We try to schedule at least one public class a month. You can also book your own private demonstration. We just need 6 or more to put your group on our kitchen calendar. We can create a menu for your private class, or you can choose. Call us at the shop 813-870-1133 for more info.
It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. In Florida, August comes in like a lion wearing sunscreen and rain boots, and leaves like the exact same lion, except well stocked with hurricane and school supplies.
Speaking of supplies, if you are headed out to a beach condo or up to a mountain cabin, ask yourself this: when was the last time the spices in the kitchen were replaced? Can you name the president at the time? Our VSpicery flavor packs will bring the flavors at your favorite getaway up to date. Visiting with friends or family? Our flavor packs are a wonderful way of introducing them to the VSpicery experience.
It’s too darn hot!
It might be too hot to cook, but you still have to eat. Grilled seafood will make the cooking quick and easy. For grilled shrimp, we suggest one of our bodacious blends: Shallots N’ Pepper, Barista’s BBQ, Greek Seasoning, or Sriracha Sizzle. Simply skewer the shrimp, drizzle on a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning, and allow to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes in the refrigerator or cooler. Then pair with your favorite grilling veggies and fire it up. Not a shellfish eater? The same sublime simplicity applies to your favorite fresh fish filet. And when it comes to fish, be sure to check out our newest blend, Fin & Feather Schmacker.
Salad Days – Our Upcoming Event
So you think you know salads? Sign up for our next event and let us expand your herbivore horizons. On Saturday, August 18th at 3pm, we will be hosting a class on all things salad – everything from exploring various types of leafy greens, vinegars and oils to our favorite pasta and potato creations. And of course, we will dress for the occasion – learn how to ditch the store bought dressings and create your own. Class is limited to 12. $25 per person includes tastings. Reservations are a must – call 813-870-1133 to reserve your seat by August 14th.
Early Event Announcement
On September 8th we will be hosting a knife sharpening event with our guy Mark. We will also be doing something in the kitchen and will let you know in the next newsletter. So, get your blades ready and mark your calendars.
Sale in the Wind – Balsamic Vinegars and Extra Virgin Olive Oils
In celebration of salads, we are offering $2.00 off our Bellindora Balsamics – we have a pomegranate, a fig and an apple. If you would like all three, an additional discount applies. Also, be sure to take advantage of 10% off our extra virgin olive oils while supplies last. In store only special, sale runs from Aug. 18th – Aug. 24th.
Side Dish Success
VSpicery loves sharing recipes. We find that the side dish below is a perfect combination when you use VSpicery’s Greek Seasoning on grilled chicken. It’s a brilliant combination of flavors that will leave you with a satisfied palate and happy tummy.
Couscous, Asparagus, Cucumber, & Olive Salad
1 clove Garlic 3 tbs. Fresh Lemon Juice ½ cup EVO 1 tsp. Roasted Garlic Champagne Mustard 2 ½ cups low salt Chicken Broth 2 cups toasted Israeli Couscous (about 6 oz) 2 cups ½-inch pieces thin Asparagus spears, blanch for minutes 2 large green onions chopped 2 cups ½ -inch hot house cucumber ½ cup pitted Kalamata Olives, halved ¼ cup fresh mint leaves + sprigs to garnish (optional) 1 ½ cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
Press garlic clove into small bowl. Add lemon juice and mustard; whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt & pepper. Bring broth to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Mix in couscous. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until couscous is tender and all broth is absorbed (about 10 minutes).
Transfer to large bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally (about 45 minutes). Mix asparagus, cucumber, olives, green onions and ¼ cup mint leaves into couscous. Add dressing, toss. Gently mix in cheese. Can be made two hours ahead, let stand at room temperature.
Hope to see you at our next events on August 18th to learn all about salads. Until then have a creative time with your food.