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Best Spices to Give Dad


Best Spices to Give Dad

Lynley Jones

Father’s Day is this weekend, and your man of good taste wants something that tastes good. So stop pussy-footing around with ties and wallets. Give that man something he can EAT!

I’ve got just the thing:

Here are my top spice recommendations for Dad this year:

#1: BBQ Rub Essentials Kit

Combine Mexican Sweet Blend and Aleppo Pepper with a little salt and go to town on those ribs, chops or whatnot.

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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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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#2: Mexican Essentials Kit

Combine dried chiles like Guajillo or Ancho with Cumin, and he can make anything from enchiladas to barbacoa like a boss.

Ground Cumin

Classic ingredient in Indian, Mexican and other cuisines.

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Guajillo Chiles

Mild dried chiles used in Mexican cooking.

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#3: Sumac & Sage Seasoning Blend

This ready-to-go seasoning blend works on everything from meat to veggies to fish. Perfect for grilling or sprinkling over French fries or fresh veggies. 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. Just sprinkle it on and go, and everyone will be very impressed.

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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Get all the recipes for Cooking with Adventure Kitchen Spices.

You can shop our collection of spices online or visit us at the Montclair Farmers Market every Saturday from June-September in Montclair, NJ.

(Hope to see you soon!)