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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.

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30 Days of Flavor: 03/27/11 – Pork!

We will be discussing flavors this month in our “30 Days of Flavor” blog series. Every day this month, VSpicery will select a spice, seasoning, salt, etc., as the flavor of the day, giving you it’s history, flavor profile, and uses. We hope you enjoy these flavors and their unique stories.

Today we are talking about tasty seasonings for pork. We have many blends that work well with pork in various preparations, but will be focusing on three of our favorites, 15th & 5th, Especia Roja, and Marinate That Pork. These selections range from savory and herbal to spicy and aromatic, with flavor to tempt any palate. We also have these three blends available in a Pork Lover’s Rub Sampler that makes a tasty gift.

Our 15th & 5th Rib Rub is a dry Memphis style rub that has lots of flavor, and can be used on ribs no matter how you want to cook them, from the grill to the slow-cooker this is the rub for ribs. We make this rub with salt, paprika, garlic, oregano, mustard, chili powder, apple cider vinegar and other spices that really makes for tasty ribs that you’ll want to make every week. Great to eat with or without your favorite BBQ sauce, or for an extra treat drizzle some honey on your ribs before serving.

Especia Roja (Red Spice) is blended with lots of spice, but very little heat. We use paprika, chili powder, mustard, salt, cumin and other spices, that livens up anything you use it on, and is excellent on pork, eggs, chicken, and fish. This is a fantastic blend to make seasoned potatoes or French fries. We also found that Especia Roja makes the best pulled pork we have ever made. Slow cook a pork butt that is seasoned with this blend and a little olive oil, then pull apart and serve with the BBQ sauce of your choice.

We went back to our Latin roots for this next blend, Marinate That Pork. We wanted to create a dry rub that would give everyone a simple way to create a flavorful Mojo seasoning for pork, similar to what you find in Latin restaurants in your area. Blended from thyme, rosemary, parsley, garlic, and other seasonings, this rub is also nice for chicken or roasted turkey. For an extra flavor treat, create a wet marinade with this blend, olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, white wine and lemon juice, letting the meat soak up the flavor for at least an hour to overnight.