A Ruined Dish & a Pat on the Back

I hate to admit it…..truly!  I have to pat myself on the back tonight, while kicking my own shin.  I was so excited about making Orzo with mushrooms to go along with my famous ribs and homemade caramelized apples tonight, however I totally ruined the dish….so unlike me, but the error is for very good reason!  I have done such a good job of finding the strongest, freshest herbs and spices available that I added too much to my recipe (same quantity as my competition but way too much for our brand).  Now you would think that I would be upset… to the contrary, I now know how well I’ve done!  I will take the hit for the evening and smile because I can honestly say, we are the best spice company out there.  No picture tonight, sorry…but know that if you buy Spice Chicks spices, they are of such high quality that you may have to adjust your recipes too.  GRIN!

 

– Lesa

 

This is what happens when you try to stampede a Spice Chick!

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This chick got to take an impromptu, spur of the moment vacation to the southwestern portion of the United States. I had never been to this particular part of the country and I found it to be very rugged, yet beautiful in it’s own unique way. I try to walk/run every day so vacations can be challenging for that part of my routine, especially when you are not familiar with the area, terrain and the hazards that can be very different from your home where you are comfortable and can recognize when something is out of place or even know what the possible dangers are.

I was warned profusely about the rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widow spiders, tarantulas and other wildlife in the desert and cautioned to be careful while out on my run. I promised that I would in fact be watching out for all of those things as I myself am not a fan of the creepy crawly things they mentioned! I had started out staying close to the house as not to get lost but had found myself running out of road, so the next day I decided to take a different route along the “main road”. Please keep in mind that I am in the southern part of New Mexico where it is more desert than civilization. I’m walking along watching the ground for the previously mentioned hazards when I looked up and to the left to see about 30 steer running straight at me! I was in a panic! I was in a wide open space and was thinking “I can side step maybe one or two but not all of those!”

At this point, I looked around me and realized that there was one single cow right behind me behind a fence that was looking for a place to cross the road as to meet up with it’s friends. I realized I had nowhere to try and get away when suddenly the stampeding herd made a sharp turn as they were rapidly approaching the road I was on and just kept running up the hill. When I was able to calm myself down, I saw the barbed wire fence. What a lifesaver! The single cow behind me followed the rest of the herd from the other side of the road and they disappeared into the desert.

Now you would think this would have deterred me into going straight back to the house right? Not so much, I had to get all my miles in! I continued down my road feeling a little better about the journey knowing there was a fence. When I reached the halfway point from where I was staying, I simply turned around to face one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. I was standing on top of a hill in the desert looking down at its beauty with it’s rocks, tumbleweeds, and other desert plants and all the colors and mountains in the background, with nothing else in eyesight. I started back down the road and had that creepy feeling that I was being watched. I looked around and it took me a while to see the cow standing off to the side just watching me (see the above picture).

I kept going and kept eye contact with the cow. It continued to watch me approach the hill when all of a sudden, it took off and started running up the hill and disappeared after it reached the top. I figured it got tired of watching me. When I was coming down the backside of that hill, I was still getting that feeling of being watched. I actually had to stop walking and look closely only to find that cow, hiding in the brush still watching me! I’m sure that those free range cows are not used to seeing people out just walking and was just curious about what the heck I was doing out there.

I am safely back in Northern Michigan where I am in my comfort zone and not having to worry about stampeding cows and poisonous creepy crawly things.

 

The Result of the Stampede……  (Just kidding)

Tex Mex Burgers

1 pound Ground Round Beef
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp Spice Chicks One Hot Mama Chili Powder
1 tsp Glamor Girl Garlic with Parsley
1 tsp Intoxicating Onion with Parsley

Mix all ingredients together. Form into 1/4 pound patties. Grill to perfection.

Tada!

Enjoy!

Betsy

Vampire Steak & Service Error 305

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Tonight I am entertaining 3, 13 year old boys….needless to say, I am cooking like a maniac.  Vampire steak was the main course tonight and the conversation around the table was as amazing as the steak.  My son apparently has a young female admirer that is quite amorous in her texting that has not been appreciated in full (if you know what I mean (stalker…aahmm)).  To deal with this situation, my young genius came up with a text that read:

SERVICE ERROR 305:  DELIVERY FAILED. FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.

He hasn’t heard from her since.  Now as a girl myself (in my son’s eyes I am not a girl, I am a mom and therefore different) I have to question several things, but find this to be hysterically funny!  Watching boys eat steak as if there will never be another meal and learning their tactics in dealing with girls was a riot!

The Main Course without further delay:

VAMPIRE STEAK…..Oh YES!

1 1/2 pound of Flank Steak

4 teaspoons of Spice Chicks, An Offer You Can’t Refuse Minced Garlic

2 teaspoons of Spice Chicks, Chicka’s Smoked Paprika

2 teaspoons of Spice Chicks, Tantalizing Tarragon

2 tablespoons EVOO

The juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon

2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

In a Ziploc bag, combine the spices, EVOO and lemon juice.  Score a diamond pattern on both sides of the flank steak and place in the marinade for at least an hour (the longer, the better).  Preheat the grill on high and grill to perfection, approximately 6 minutes per side.  Slice thinly and serve quickly.

No service error 305 for you!  GRIN!

– Lesa

Shrimp and Crab Cool Down Salad

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Talk about the week from Hattie, this hot weather is more than we bargained for isn’t it?  When the temperature soars, we like to go fresh with our food as much as possible.  We found this recipe idea on the Prevention.com site and did a little Spice Chick mix-up with it, and we were really pleased with the result.  The Spice Chicks version is as follows:

In a small glass bowl place:

1/2 tsp Spice Chicks – Twisted Tart Lemon Peel in 2 Tbsps of lemon juice to reconstitute, and zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds to heat it and help the lemon to soften and put aside.

In a medium sized bowl blend:

3 Tbsps each of low fat mayonnaise and fat free sour cream (or fat free Greek yogurt) with 1/2 tsp Spice Chicks – Tantalizing Tarragon and set that aside

Blend together 1 1/4 pounds of pre-cooked shrimp (tails & veins removed) in a strainer, (approximately 1 ½ cups) and 1 ½ cups of shredded the crab meat,(you can use imitation crab to cut costs), rinse and allow to drain well.

Add the lemon mixture to the mayo sour cream blend and whisk, toss the seafood mix to the dressing.

Place 1 cup of black beans in a strainer and rinse well and gently fold into the seafood mixture.

Allow to chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile: We chilled our beautiful salad plates in the freezer and created a bed of greens (we used spring greens for added flavor and color), then topped them with our seafood mixture along with 2 finely chopped scallions.

It was so refreshing and cool not to mention the yummy factor!!   Serve with your favorite bread or rolls. We had watermelon squares for desert to stay with the cool factor.  It was just perfect for a Michigan summer heat wave.

– Laurie

Spice Chicks Battle of the Tenderloin!

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Tonight was a grill feast battle for the favorite Spice Chicks pork season. The contenders were Spice Chicks “Red Headed Stepchild Pork Rub” and “Marriage Material Mesquite Blend”. The field of play was pork tenderloin. Both spice blends were applied with 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of spice per tenderloin. The tenderloins were wrapped in foil and grilled at very low heat, turning frequently.

The Red Headed Stepchild took the medal although we all agree that the Marriage Material Mesquite Blend would have won if we were using a smoker. Try them both and give us your vote!