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Special Weekend Promotion & Giveaway + THANK YOU from us on Small Business Saturday

Reese and Mark from SeasonWithSpice.com
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Months of work, then a click of the mouse, and that was that.  The online shop was open, right after 11pm on a long day of making final changes to the website.  We both spun our office chairs, and stared at each other for a moment in silence, trying to read each other’s faces.

“Do you think anyone is going to buy anything?” I asked Mark.

He looked exhausted, but broke into a smile.  “We can call my mom and wake her up.”

The next day, we jumped out of bed and checked our email.  We were so relieved and thankful to see our first order.  It was from a woman in Morgantown, West Virginia - someone we had never met or even corresponded with.

That overwhelming feeling of appreciation – to a person who took a chance with a tiny business like ours, sending her money, and waiting for her spices to be delivered – has never once lessened during the past three years as our shop has grown and we have written thousands of thank you notes to you all.

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We are celebrating our 3rd Small Business Saturday and wanted to thank every one of you for following along this year, trying out the recipes, and sprinkling in our spices & blends.  We love receiving your sweet messages about a spice that you liked or a recipe that your family really enjoyed.  That always warms our heart knowing that we have introduced some fun, new flavors into your kitchen, and gave you some ideas for healthier dishes for you and your loved ones.

We wish we could thank all of you personally and meet the amazing range of customers that we have – from so many of you in rural California & Washington to the busiest neighborhoods in New York City & San Francisco, to the cinnamon lovers in Florida and the matcha enthusiasts in Hawaii, to the Norwegians and Swedes who must have a shortage of spice shops, and to the most mysterious of all – our frequent customers in Sugarland, Texas.  We must have someone there really spreading the word about us (and advocating for a city name change to Spiceland, TX).

And a special thank you to all the Deb, Debbie, Debra, Debera, Deborah, and all spellings in between.  There's something about that name and a love for spices & cooking!

SeasonWithSpice.com Small Business Saturday promotion

To thank you on this holiday weekend, we are giving away a medium jar of your choice with just a minimum $15 purchase (which also includes our Premium Japanese Matcha Powder - limited to the first 5 customers who add it to their cart).  Hurry, this promotion ends Monday at 11pm EST.

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And to really get you cooking, everyone who makes a purchase from now until the promotion end will automatically be entered into a drawing for this special Asian cooking set:

Asian cooking set giveaway on SeasonWithSpice.com
A random winner will be selected on Tuesday, December 1st to receive this selection of items from our walk-in store (open to US customers only):

1. Bluegrass Soy Sauce - a premium, microbrewed soy sauce, aged for one year in repurposed bourbon barrels in Kentucky.  It's too good for stir-frying, so we love to use it in dressings & dips (try it with our Spicy Japanese Seven Spice for sushi).

2. Red Boat Fish Sauce - a top-grade, all natural Vietnamese fish sauce.  It's the fish sauce we frequently use in combination with our Thai BBQ Seasoning, Malaysian Satay Seasoning, or Vietnamese BBQ Seasoning.

3. Kadoya Toasted Sesame Oil - a must-have for making salad and noodle dishes, as well as a finishing oil for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian dishes. You'll find it included in so many of my recipes from Soy Glazed Kabocha Squash with Japanese Sesame Seasoning to Stir-Fried Chicken with Chinese Garlic Sauce.

4. Kadoya Hot Sesame Oil - drizzle it into stir-fries, or make the perfect spicy dipping sauce for spring rolls by pairing it with one of our Japanese or Korean blends.

5 & 6. Ramen & Cha Soba (Green Tea Noodles) - my go-to noodles for whipping up quick, healthy meals.  You'll find me using these noodles often in recipes like Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad and Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing.

Watermelon Radish Holiday Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Watermelon Radish Holiday Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

While I enjoy the traditional menu and all the indulgences during the holidays, I always have room for something vibrant, something creative, and something green to contrast all those heavy meat dishes, and creamy, sweet desserts.

This Watermelon Radish Holiday Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing was a spontaneous creation after I picked up these amazing watermelon radishes from Sweet Beet Farm – a local farm run by two young, energetic farmers who love to cook.

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If there is one ingredient to really liven your holiday salads this year, it’s the Watermelon Radish.  It’s actually an heirloom Chinese daikon radish that’s so unassuming from the outside with its pale green skin.  When you slice it open, it explodes with a Bing Bang of magenta, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face – I was smiling!

These large radishes have a very mild flavor, so they won’t overpower any salad that you use them in.  They just have a refreshing crunch, and a bright color that just makes you want to eat them like candy.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy and Mushrooms - an anti-inflammatory soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Food is the foundation to our good health and well-being. Sometimes, I think that message isn’t clear when I hear so much about eating less, like food is the enemy. While eating less, especially unhealthy foods, is a very important message to keep in mind, what’s more important is eating right.

When we eat right, we can live better, stronger, happier lives.

It’s been wonderful hearing from many of you – through personal messages online and conversations in-store – about wanting to make healthier choices in your diet. You’ve requested more vegetarian recipes, as well as specifically asked for ideas on how to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your meals.

So with those suggestions fresh on my mind, I’m sharing this deliciously healthy recipe – Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Spiced with freshly grated ginger, Thai BBQ Seasoning, and a bright touch of turmeric powder, this creamy Thai Coconut Soup is filled with warmth, flavor, and the anti-inflammatory properties of all those spices.

Salmon Brown Rice Bibimbap

Salmon Brown Rice Bibimbap recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

A delicious bowl of healthy brown rice topped with mirin-glazed salmon, quick sautéed vegetables, and freshly chopped scallions.  Then stirred together with a sweet & spicy sauce made from gochujang (Korean chili paste), our Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning, and just a few other basic Asian ingredients. 

This Salmon Brown Rice Bibimbap is my favorite type of dinner.  A bowl with a little bit of everything – textures, colors, flavors, nutrients – and all mixed up to tease the tongue with every spoonful.

Salmon Brown Rice Bibimbap by SeasonWithSpice.com

Five-Spice Quinoa Soup with Mushrooms & Kale

Five-Spice Quinoa Soup with Mushrooms & Kale by SeasonWithSpice.com

Growing up, there was always a steaming bowl of Chinese-style soup on the dinner table every night to go along with all the other dishes my mom would cook.  She would simmer a big pot of soup all afternoon with seasonal ingredients, and herbs & spices like star anise, dried tangerine peel, fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, goji berries, gingko nuts, lotus seeds, red dates, and so on.  That was her way of nourishing the family to keep us healthy. 

I miss her soups. I try to recreate many of them, but don’t always have all the ingredients (or have all afternoon!).  Over the years, I’ve learned to adjust her recipes to work with local ingredients, and to shorten the cooking time for when I get home late. 

One example is this Five-Spice Quinoa Soup with Mushrooms & Kale.  While the ingredients are some of my more recent favorites, the flavor of the soup is influenced by all those herbal soups that my mom cooked up daily.

Five-Spice Quinoa Soup with Mushrooms & Kale recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Our handcrafted Penang Chinese Five Spice forms the base flavor to the soup.  It includes many of the warming spices my mom would extract in her soups like nutmeg, star anise and cinnamon.

For the broth, I like to add in beef broth for a heartier flavor, but feel free to use mushroom broth for a vegetarian version.  To add even more richness to the broth, I simmer a mix of mushrooms – in this case, cremini and shiitake.

Easy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Tandoori Chicken is always best in the summer when you can roast it over a wood fire, like we did for our Tandoori Chicken Tikka Wrap recipe.  But summers are short, especially up here in Minnesota, and tandoori chicken is too delicious not to cook up year round.  So preheat your oven to 500F, get the entire house nice and toasty, and roast some chicken drumsticks, marinated with yogurt, sea salt, lemon or lime juice, and our bright, aromatic Tandoori Seasoning.

Tandoori Seasoning at SeasonWithSpice.com

Roasted Five-Spice Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples with Maple Syrup and Five Spice by SeasonWithSpice.com

Add just a touch of our Penang-style Chinese Five Spice to your favorite fall inspired dishes to impart a complex flavor that will tingle your taste buds with some familiar spices, and a few that will delightfully surprise you. 

In addition to the basic five-spice ingredients like star anise, cinnamon, and fennel, we also blend in sweet, warming spices like nutmeg, orange peel, coriander, and cardamom.  All the elements to take your fall dishes to another level.  Think apple butter, toasted walnuts and cashews, mixed berry compote, pumpkin soup, ginger snaps, or pecan pie.

Or simply for spicing up roasted vegetables and fruits like butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, and pears.  My kitchen counter was getting crowded with Autumn Blush apples* and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, so I chopped them up, mixed them up, spiced them up, and enjoyed this side dish of Roasted Five-Spice Sweet Potatoes & Apples.