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Java Chai Latte by Sandra of Sandra's Easy Cooking

Java Chai Latte

I want to drink that!

Our immediate thought when we saw Sandra’s stunning photo of the Java Chai Latte she had made with her espresso machine.  But that’s a pretty common thought we have whenever Sandra posts a new recipe – with so many wonderful images - on her site, Sandra’s Easy cooking.

Java Chai Tea Blend

Sandra is a self proclaimed, “extremely shy person”, which may explain her excellent eye for photography.  When you have a hard time expressing yourself in person, you reveal yourself through the lense.

So we were pleasantly surprised, and felt very lucky, when we saw these images of the java chai latte she created using our Java Chai Tea Blend.

Java Chai Latte

For Sandra’s recipe for Java Chai Latte – versions with and without an espresso machine – head over to her blog, Sandra’s Easy Cooking.

In addition to this delicious drink recipe, you will also find over 400 other recipes, many with an exciting, Asian twist.

Vietnamese Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Vietnamese Sweet & Spicy Chicken by SeasonWithSpice.com

With Vietnam’s proximity to Southern China, it’s not a surprise when you bite into a Vietnamese dish and taste the flavors of Chinese Five Spice - a bold blend with the sweet, warming spices of cinnamon, star anise, fennel, clove, and more.

So for those of you who have tried cooking with our Vietnamese Spicy BBQ Seasoning, you have probably thought just that. The base of the blend is Chinese Five Spice, with a few more spices mixed in – turmeric, for its vibrant color and aroma; ginger, for its peppery, citrus notes; and cayenne pepper, for a spicy kick.

Vietnamese Spicy BBQ Seasoning available at SeasonWithSpice.com

Japanese Seven Spice Vinaigrette

Japanese Seven Spice Vinaigrette by SeasonWithSpice.com

To add some sweet, salty, citrusy, nutty flavors into your next salad, try just a teaspoon of our Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Seven Spice)

Make a simple salad - baby spinach, arugula, strawberry slices, feta cheese and cashews – and mix in an Asian style vinaigrette of soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, honey, a high quality vegetable oil, and the Japanese spice blend.

Japanese Seven Spice Vinaigrette by SeasonWithSpice.com

Shichimi Togarashi Vinaigrette recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Spice up your Easter Eggs

Thai Sriracha Sea Salt on hard boiled eggs by SeasonWithSpice.com

The day after Easter, the colored eggs lose their luster.

It’s not just the jelly beans you can’t look at anymore, it’s also the thought of another hard-boiled egg to peel and eat, seasoned with just salt & pepper.

But hard-boiled eggs are the perfect base to try out new flavors.  Like one of our customers – Sandy C from San Jose – tried recently and then sent us a very enthusiastic message, “I highly recommend the Sriracha sea salt with a hard-boiled egg!”

Thai Sriracha Sea Salt available at SeasonWithSpice.com

Taiwanese Minced Meat Noodles 台湾肉燥面

Taiwanese Minced Meat Noodles by SeasonWithSpice.com

When we created our two versions of Chinese Five Spice - Sichuan-style & Penang-style - we assumed that would give you, our customers, a choice between the two.  But to our surprise, instead of choosing one, you more often than not, choose both. 

It's wonderful to know how curious you all are about trying new flavors and new foods! 

Since you've done your part by adding a few new flavors to your kitchen, it's my turn to keep feeding you new recipes to use them in. 

Try either style of our Chinese Five Spice powders in my recipe for Five Spice Roasted Chicken, or in this Asian-style spaghetti - Taiwanese Minced Meat Noodles.

Taiwanese Minced Meat Noodles recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Taiwanese Minced Meat Sauce 台湾肉燥 is a staple in Taiwan.  Quick versions made after a busy work day, to slow cooked versions on a long weekend.  Mom's minced meat sauce version, to a chef's attempt to replicate just that.  Ground pork versions, to beef or even turkey.  Minced meat sauces over rice, or lettuce cups, to a spaghetti like version with Taiwanese-style noodles. 

As varied as the preparation and presentation, is the flavor.  And in most cases, that comes down to the quality of the Chinese Five Spice you add in.

Penang-style Chinese Five Spice available at SeasonWithSpice.com

Mushroom Masala & Sweet Onion Wrap

Mushroom Masala & Sweet Onion Wrap by SeasonWithSpice.com

Sometimes only a pinch of spice – and not a pinch more – is needed to complete the perfect flavor in a dish.  But come spring, when the snow is melting and the fresh veggie season is just around the corner, there is a scent of rebellion in the air.  So let your hair down, forget about any rules, and have fun adding way too much color and flavor into your next dish.

Like in this light, but rich Mushroom Masala & Sweet Onion Wrap.

Mushroom Masala & Sweet Onion Wrap recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

How to stop the burning sensation after eating spicy food?

How to stop the burning sensation of spicy food?

You tell us!  We all experience a slightly different pain when the oily compound of capsaicin in a chili pepper grabs hold of the neural sensors in our mouth to create that burning sensation – which many of us love, while at the same time, can’t wait for it to stop.

So just as each of us experiences that pain in our own way, we all have our own tried-and-true methods to alleviate it.  Let us know yours by making your selection (then scroll down to Enter to Win our Spicy Giveaway!):