McCormick Debuts Their Spring Product Line


Spring is just around the corner, thank goodness, and McCormick has introduced us to their new spring product line that will be hitting shelves soon. McCormick listened to their customers and are exploring flavors from various regions but making it easy for the consumer to get the flavor they are looking for.

With their McCormick Grill Mates we are seeing a blend of flavors from sweet to spicy, including Hawaiian Woodfire Grill Marinade, Garlic, Herb, and Wine Marinade, and Southwest Chipotle Burger Sauce Mix-In. McCormick knows that consumers are really into chilies this year and even has a Bacon Chipotle seasoning.

Stubb’s is coming out with meat specific marinades and mixes. A Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix which includes Ancho Chili and Garlic is sure to be a hit but they also stay with a classic taste like the Chicken Marinade Mix with Citrus and Onion.

Zatarain’s is adding a whole bunch of heatt to their flavor combinations including Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Mix and a Cajun Hot Sauce. Adding to their rice flavor they are introducing a Cilantro Lime Rice and a Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.

These are just a few of the new flavors that McCormick will be introducing during the spring lineup. Which flavors are you excited to try?

Spice Up your Cookies with these Added Ingredients


Can you really ever go wrong with a cookie? Most likely not, unless you super burn them like I occasionally do, but lets not ponder on that. Cookies are amazing and diverse but sometimes we are tired of the same old chocolate chip or sugar cookie and want a little more oomph with our dough.

Fortunately we have a wide variety of spices that actually work great in your cookie dough recipes! I know it sounds weird to add “spice” to cookies, but honestly it will only enhance their flavors and make your taste buds explode with the flavor that follows. So the next time you are baking a batch of your favorite cookies, why not try adding these ingredients too.

Black pepper paired with unsweetened cocoa powder will add a touch of heat that you are looking for. The heat of the pepper will help offset the super sweetness of the cookie and only make it better. If pepper isn’t spicy enough for you then try cayenne. Cayenne will bring even more heat to the cookie and if you throw it in with some chocolate you are going to be loving the flavor combination!

Curry goes great with cookies. When you think of components that go into making curry it actually makes sense adding the spice to a dough, especially a ginger bread or shortbread cookie. The flavors just go hand-in-hand together.

What spices do you love adding to your cookies for an added flavor?

Starbucks is Ending their Evening Menu


Millennials everywhere are taking a moment to mourn the loss of the Starbucks evening menu. The evening menu was specifically served at night which featured small artisan plates that paired with beer and wine. The program started in 2010 but only at select Starbucks.

January 10th, today, is the final day for the evening menu but fear not, Starbucks will continue to serve alcohol at their high-end Roasteries and Reserve stores. They plan on opening at least 20 Roasteries around the world, six of those being open by the end of 2019. Starbucks’ also plans on opening 1,000 more Reserve stores, which is like a normal Starbucks only bigger.

Starbucks wants their focus to be more on the lunch menu now and is trying to expand their fresh and healthy-food selection. Keep a look out for organic soups, new bistro boxes, to-go salads, and desserts to name a few.

2017 the Year of the FridgeCam


2017 is here and remarkable gadgets have already hit the market. What gadget are we referring to? The FridgeCam, an invention that makes all grocery shopping a little easier and deciding if you need that bottle of wine an easy decision.

Smarter, a London based company, introduced us to FridgeCam which does exactly what it sounds like; shows you the contents of what is inside of your fridge. The FridgeCam can also send you reminders for expiration dates and what groceries are running low.

Now Smarter didn’t make this product just to make your life easier but to actual help cut down on food waste by letting its user know that they have food that is about to go bad. It will also tell you if your fridge temperature is off and if food has been removed from the fridge.

We like the idea behind FridgeCam but not sure if it is something we would use ourselves. As our Boss says, I have eyes. Is the FridgeCam something that you would use?


The Most Popular Food We Ate this Year


With 2016 winding down and new trends emerging, let’s reflect back on some of the best and most popular dishes that were being order and made all throughout 2016.

Mac and cheese tops the list of popular dishes for 2016 and we aren’t surprised. This classic can be made numerous ways with a vegetarian or meat option. With restaurants opening up that solely focus on this dish and food trucks offering it up, we are sure to continue seeing a rise of mac and cheese.

Southern fried chicken with waffles and southern fried chicken with oxtail made the list as well. We’ve never tried the latter but chicken and waffles are always a favorite of someones in your group. Mixing savory with sweet, what more could a person ask for? Rounding out the list is tonkotsu ramen which is perfect any time or day of the week.

GrubHub expects to see a rise in ternera, tamales, poke, spam mushubi, tater tots and pho to name a few in 2017. If these trends continue to go with these added new recipes, it looks like 2017 will be a tasty year!


Infused Olive Oils you Can Make at Home


Christmas is a little over a week away and you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping. The malls are packed but you want to get the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Instead of stressing out, why not make a gift yourself?

Your family and friends will truly appreciate a gift that is home maid and came from the heart and an easy and great gift to make is infused olive oils. You can infuse olive oil with just about anything and the whole process is quick and easy.

Next time you’re at the grocery store pick up a large container of olive oil plus your favorite ingredients. You can try rosemary, garlic, peppers, or citrus, whatever flavors you like. Place you olive oil on the stove and add your chosen ingredient and bring it to a boil. If you’re infusing your olive oil with rosemary, make sure to remove the rosemary after it boils because the oil will become murky if the rosemary is left in there too long. Your other ingredients, like garlic or peppers, can be left in the oil for an added color.

After your oil has cooled, store them in cute mason jars that seal closed and tie a cute bow around them. Everyone on your list will love these infused oils that are great to cook with or enjoy with a piece of break and the best part is it was made from the heart!


The Flavors of 2017


2017 is rapidly approaching, scary I know, and when you browse the web you are see articles about “The best of 2016” and “What to expect in 2017” so we are going to jump on that bandwagon and talk about the flavors of 2017 that we will soon be seeing.

The last few years we have been seeing a rise in global flavors being used but now lets use those spices and flavors to help jump start our mornings. Adding some spices and sauces to your breakfast can give you long lasting energy, boost your metabolism, and get you excited to get out of a bed and try that new recipe you’ve been eyeing.

Eggs are for more then just breakfast, especially the yolk. Pairing the protien enriched egg yolk with savory flavors will make any lunch or dinner go from bland to a grand slam. Try pairing eggs with a tomato sauce or in a broth bowl to get a great flavor combination.

Mediterranean flavors will be huge in 2017 and we see why. Ingredients like barberries and baharat seasoning will make an appearance, adding amazing flavors to home style dishes that we already know and love. Try pairing these Mediterranean flavors with some of your favorite Italian dishes for a mind blowing flavor experience.

Peppers and chilies have really made a stance in the last few years and it will be no different in 2017. A pepper and sweet combination will make a bigger impact in 2017 with syrups and pepper infused fruits making a hit. Try pairing these peppers with dragon fruit or a date syrup for a tongue tingling adventure.

These are just a few flavors that will be causing a stir during 2017, which one is your favorite? For more trends and recipes visit McCormick website.