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Summer Grilling Giveaway!

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!

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Fall is in Season

Well here in Florida it’s more of a wish than a fact. Floridians hope for a cool down with highs in the low 80s or high 70s, and that’s pretty much how fall goes here. Even the illusion of fall makes us want those flavors! The lower temperatures and declining downpours make us more apt to fire up our grills in the evenings.

New Delicious Additions

Summer is a creative time for us, and we have been working hard on new spice blends that turned out to be pretty amazing.

Our first creation from the summer is Fin & Feather Schmacker. Not only did we have lots of fun naming this blend, but the flavor combination is delicious on fish, chicken, roasted potatoes, and veggies. About every couple of weeks, my taste buds light up wanting this spice blend, and a round of tasty chicken wings are just the thing to soothe my craving. Try this blend on your next roasted chicken or turkey for a different spin on your common roast. We love Fin & Feather Schmacker on mild white fish as well.

Our next creation is called Sunny Soiree. This is a delightful combination of herbs, shallots, with a hint of sea salt. Originally blended with vegetables in mind, but we are happy to say that this combination works really well on many dishes. We have a super easy and tasty recipe below with this new blend on cauliflower, and it is a definite gotta have, gotta try! Sunny Soiree is incredible on fish, seafood, chicken and turkey, or mix in with pasta or rice dishes.

Maple Flakes are also new to our shop. This is exactly what it sounds like, dehydrated Maple Syrup. What can you do with this? Well … salad dressings, salmon, pancake batter, smoothies, rim a glass for an Old Fashioned, and on and on. We have had a lot of fun finding new way to use maple flakes, and it is the perfect pairing to many fall dishes.

Anyone for Squash?

Fall is a great time to enjoy squash, whether butternut, acorn, or spaghetti, they are delicious and flexible. We also highly recommend a squash called delicata. Delicata is delicious just roasted with salt and pepper, but our house blended curries such as Berbere, Ras El Hanout or Garam Masala would also be an outstanding addition. For those who don’t like curry, our Sweet Singing Seasons would work very nicely as a substitute.

For the Locals

Tune up for the holidays and join us on November 4th from 12 – 3 pm when our professional knife sharpener, Mark, will set up to get your knives sharpened up for the cooking season. There is nothing worse than a dull knife in the kitchen. Mark will be happy to quote the cost to sharpen all your knives while you wait or VSpicery will hold them for pick up at your convenience.

While Mark is busy with your knives, VSpicery will be working in the kitchen. We will have a cooking demonstration of holiday flavors, traditional and some original tastes. Class starts at 1:00 and is $25.00 per person with a tasting included.

To reserve your spot for sharpening or our cooking class please call 813-870-1133 by October 26th or register and pay online. Seating for the cooking class is limited.

Because We Like To Share

Roasted Cauliflower
This is a wonderful side dish that is perfect for fish, chicken, turkey or beef. The bright herbal notes of our Sunny Soiree are brilliantly balanced by the crunchy savory bites of Pecorino Romano cheese. This combo makes it difficult to stop eating because it’s so dang delicious!

1 head of cauliflower, stems removed
3 tbs. Olive Oil or more
Pecorino Romano cheese
Sunny Soiree

Place cauliflower in a microwave proof bowl with ¼ cup of water, cover and microwave for 7 minutes. Remove from microwave, drain, cool and dry.

Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with non-stick spray, and place cauliflower on baking sheet drizzle well with olive oil. Season nicely with Sunny Soiree, top with Pecorino Romano.

Roast in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, check after 20 minutes.

Well that’s all for now. Remember, if you would like to attend our event on November 4th, please go ahead and register. Until then have a creative time with your food.

Food Should Be Delicious!

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Hello summer, our old friend!

That means Father’s Day is just around the corner. If your husband, dad or granddad is a grill master, he might appreciate a new flavor or two. That’s where VSpicery’s blends come in. VSpicery has a little something for just about anything you would want to throw on the grill, but will also work beautifully for inside cooking.

If you are grilling up hamburgers or hotdogs, you gotta try one of our splendid mustards. We offer Chipotle Honey Lime, Sweet Fire Ale, Smoky Onion Garlic, and our signature Roasted Garlic Champagne. Besides being the consummate condiment, these mustards can be used for salad dressings or marinades. Several customers have even taken a whole pork loin and coated it with Chipotle Honey Lime mustard, sealed it in a Ziploc bag and refrigerated it for a couple of days. It was then grilled it to porkfection.

You can toss potatoes with the Roasted Garlic Champagne mustard and roast them in the oven. Mix the Roasted Garlic Champagne mustard with tarragon vinegar and diced shallots for a delicious dressing on steamed green beans. We could go on and on, but you are the best guide for your own culinary adventure.

Something as simple and inexpensive as elevating salt and pepper can make a huge difference. We have a nice variety of various sea salts and peppercorns. Elevate your black pepper with our exclusive Lampong Peppercorn. Spicy, sharp with a pleasant heat level, it is truly a better black pepper.

Here’s what’s new at VSpicery:

VSpicery is launching our latest culinary blend this month! A delightful mixture of sea salt, herbs, garlic, smoky paprika, and other delicious spices, this new blend is fabulous on chicken and seafood. After much thought, we have christened it Fin & Feather Schmacker. Once you give it a try, you will be schmacking your lips from all that flavor!

A Black Olive Tapenade and a Green Olive Tapenade are new to our shelves, both bursting with flavor. The Black Olive really brightens up a regular tuna sandwich. Build a better sandwich with your favorite bread, tuna topped with your choice of tapenade, a touch of mayo, and crispy lettuce. Mix the Green Olive with sun dried tomatoes and olive oil and serve over pasta with freshly grated Romano cheese. Both are lovely additions to cheese and charcuterie boards.

Clearly, we can help you give a gift of flavor that will be enjoyed by all. So shop VSpicery and let your culinary adventure begin or continue.