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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: 03/08/11 – Whole Peppercorn

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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 discussing peppercorns, and VSpicery’s favorite, Special Peppercorn Blend. Most of us use black pepper daily, and it has become a staple on tables across the globe. However, there are many other peppercorns that impart slightly different flavor notes and are equally delicious.

Pepper is grown on the flowering vine, Piper nigrum, native to India but is also cultivated in other tropical climates, with Vietnam being the largest exporter and producer in the world. Green Peppercorns are immature black peppercorns, white peppercorns come from the seed of the pepper plant with the outer skin removed, and pink peppercorns come from a different species, the Peruvian Pepper Tree. All of these peppercorns give food lots of flavor, and some recipes call for only one type of peppercorn.

Peppercorns have been used in Indian cooking since about 2000 BCE, and made their way around the globe in the following centuries. For some time, black pepper was referred to as “black gold” and was used as a trade commodity or money. The Portuguese were instrumental in extending pepper cultivation beyond India during the 16th century.

As with all spices, handling and storage are key to preserving flavor and pungency, and peppercorns can lose flavor if exposed to light and if they are not stored in airtight containers. Once the peppercorns are ground, the flavor quickly dissipates, which is why it is recommended to grind whole peppercorns just before use.

VSpicery’s Special Peppercorn Blend contains five different peppercorns, and we use it for everything in place of black pepper. This blend has white, green, pink, black (Tellicherry, which is a higher grade of black peppercorns), and Szechuan peppercorns. The Szechuan peppercorn gives this blend slight berry notes with lemony overtones that creates a very smooth balance with the other four peppercorns. It is not only beautifully colorful, but the flavor this blend imparts on food is fabulous and not at all overpowering. We package our blend in a refillable grinder to ensure you get the freshest flavor possible. Many of our customers who have tried it, came back to buy this blend in bulk since they now use it daily in recipes and as a condiment. If you like pepper, you’ll love our Special Peppercorn Blend.