If you are anything like me, you sometimes have grand expectations in the kitchen but when it is time to cook dinner you seem to always go to your comfort zones and make the same dishes or at last the same flavors. I always want to mix it up, but I’m fearful that I’ll hear complaints from someone and so I just don’t. A lot of times I’ll have some lovely recipes bookmarked, but then I can’t find the spices I need locally. Then the recipe just kind of gets forgotten.
I was recently contacted by RawSpiceBar and asked if I would like to try one of their monthly subscriptions featuring three to four spice blends from one region of the world. It comes with recipe cards to try out each spice blend, suggestions for other uses, and additional recipes online. Their goal is to eliminate the waste of pre-ground spice jars that we’ve all had sitting on our kitchen cabinets for too long.
I really loved playing around with spices that I’ve never encountered. Since I had them in hand, I gave them a go and my family really enjoyed them. The packet I received featured spics from The Andes, Peru which had spicy and smokey flavors. The spices were fresh and tasted delicious. The recipe cards offered three traditional recipes that are often made and gave suggestions of other ways to utilize the spices as well. I haven’t made them yet, but I am really looking forward to making the Pink Peppercorn & Sea Salt Voladores. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods, but especially desserts!
I chose to use one of the spice packets, the Aji Amarillo Spices, on one of our traditional grilled side dishes, red potatoes. I wanted to see how I could add new life into something easy and a household standard. The Aji Amarillo Spices have a bright orange, fruity chili with an extremely unique flavor and a medium-high heat. These were not too hot spicy and using them with a starchy potato allowed for the flavor to come through without being too hot that my children couldn’t eat it.
The fine folks at RawSpiceBar want you to experience their high quality spices as well and are offering one of my readers a 3-month subscription! I really encourage all of you to give RawSpiceBar a try, whether you consider yourself a home chef or a novice, I think you’ll enjoy playing around with these global spices and broadening your reach in the kitchen!
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This prize is provided by RawSpiceBar. This giveaway is for residents of the contingent United States and will end on July 22th, 12:00 am EST. Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes. You must be 18 years or older to enter. While I was given a monthly spice subscription packet to try, the opinions expressed here are solely my own.
Grilled Aji Amarillo Spiced Potatoes
- 2 lbs red potatoes, diced
- 1/2 RawSpiceBar Aji Amarillo Spice packet
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
Pre-heat grilled to 400 F.
In a medium bowl, combine potatoes, spices, and olive oil. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil out and then place the potatoes on top. Wrap the foil up so it is tented. Cook on grill for about 35 minutes, stirring about halfway through.
Yields 4 servings.
Source: The Way to His Heart