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Best Spices to Give a Teacher


Best Spices to Give a Teacher

Lynley Jones

Somehow, my children - who entered the school year knowing nothing about the volumes of pyramids or the sonnets of Shakespeare - are now teaching me about prisms and iambic pentameter. Pretty miraculous.

Here’s to the teachers. If you (like me) would like to thank them, I’ve got some ideas:

Here are my top 5 spice recommendations for Teacher Gifts this year:

#1: Hibiscus Flowers

Flowers for teacher! These inexpensive dried blossoms are a great choice. Make a tea, make dessert or make an interesting sauce for something savory.

Hibiscus Flowers (Jamaica)

Common in Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines. Steep with spices for tea or use to make a dessert sauce. Steep with savory ingredients to make a sauce for chicken, lamb or shrimp.

1/2 cup-sized jar.

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#2: Mexican Sweet Blend

A unique gift for a sweet teacher. We grind Mexican piloncillo (minimally processed cane sugar) with Mexican cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) for a spoonable blend to stir into coffee, sprinkle on fruit, or bake or cook with.

Mexican Sweet Blend

A sweet blend of Mexican flavors: piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar) and canela (Mexican cinnamon). Bake with it, sprinkle it over fruit, stir it into coffee or hot chocolate, or combine it with savory spices for a barbecue rub.

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#3: Sumac & Sage Seasoning Blend

A ready-to-go seasoning blend for a hard-working teacher. Ready to sprinkle on everything from meat to veggies to fish. It’s a unique combination of organic ground sage and sumac (an ancient spice that’s been getting a lot of press lately!), along with freshly ground black peppercorns and Kosher salt.

Sumac & Sage Seasoning

An irresistible blend of ancient wisdom with sumac and sage. A citrusy herbal blend that adds an adventurous, colorful pop of flavor to roast chicken, pork, or turkey. Great on roasted or grilled veggies!

1/2 cup -sized jar.

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#4: Aleppo Pepper

For the teacher who spices up the classroom. Originally from Aleppo, Syria, this mildly spicy chile brings boatloads of flavor. Sprinkle it over pasta, avocado toast, or just about anything.

Aleppo Pepper

Originally from Aleppo, Syria, this pepper is now being grown in neighboring Turkey. Mildly spicy, it’s like a cross between ancho chile and red bell peppers. Addictively good on veggies of all kinds, as well as grilled meats, fish and more.

1/2 cup-sized jar.

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#5: Ground Turmeric

For the nurturing teacher with style. Turmeric has been prized for millennia for its healing properties, and is super-trendy right now. Toss it with veggies, add it to a saute or blend it into smoothies.

Heirloom Indian Turmeric

Organically farmed, single-origin, fairly traded, heirloom-variety turmeric, freshly milled within a year of sale.

1/2 cup-sized jar.

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Get all the recipes for Cooking with Adventure Kitchen Spices.

You can shop our collection of spices online or visit us in person in Montclair, NJ! You’ll find us at the Montclair Farmers Market every Saturday from June-September, and at our pop-up spice shop at 467 Bloomfield Ave. downtown.

Hope to see you soon!