Chocolate Covered Strawberries

February 13th, 2017

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Chocolate covered strawberries may look like they’re hard to make but they’re actually super easy. This Valentine’s Day why not melt someone’s heart and make them chocolate covered strawberries. All you need is chocolate and strawberries. Place your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval until the chocolate is melted. Hold the strawberry by the stem and dip the berry into the melted chocolate, allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place the dipped berry onto a baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper. Repeat the process for the remaining berries. One finished place the berries in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set. Secret tip: if you want your berries to look like a professional made them when you set the chocolate covered strawberry onto the parchment lined baking sheet slide the berry about a half inch to the side, this helps prevent the chocolate “foot” formation.

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Chocolate covered strawberries freshly prepared.

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How to: Use Spice Racks Outside the Kitchen

February 8th, 2017

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The main use of spice racks is to organize and store all your spices in the kitchen, but have you ever thought of using them for something other than spices? Spice racks come in a wide variety of different styles which offers versatile possibilities. There are spice racks that mount onto the wall, sit on your counter and even fit inside of drawers. With so many options available they make the perfect solution to getting various items in your home neatly organized so you can always find what you’re looking for.

The birch spice rack mounts directly to the wall, offering you a wide variety of storage solutions. Add this rack to a children’s bedroom so they’re favorite bedtime stories are readily accessible. Use the spice rack in a craft room to hold anything from ribbons and glitter to paint and glue.

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If you love painting, why not utilize the 20 bottle spice organizer as a convenient storage solution for all your bottles of paint or glitter. This organizer will sit right on a desk or shelf so you can always see what colors of paint are available, instead of spending time digging around a box to find what you are looking for. This organizer not only provides you with convenience, but it’s a lot cheaper than most paint bottle organizers.

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The bamboo spice rack is one of our favorites. This organizer mounts directly to the wall and features two shelves offering you ample storage. Use the organizer to store all your nail polish so you can always find the color that you need. You can also use this organizer to keep your K-Cups accessible, to store craft supplies and so much more.

One of our favorite things about using spice racks for something other than spices is the fact that so many are made of bamboo or wood. Bamboo and wood options give you the ability to paint the racks to match your décor or personality.

How will you use a spice rack outside of the kitchen?

Easy Super Bowl Snacks

February 3rd, 2017

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Who’s ready for Sunday night football? Whether you’re staying at home to watch the Patriots take on the Falcons or heading to a Super Bowl party, you’re going to want to make sure you have the best snacks. We’re sharing three of our favorite football party foods with you, and of course one of them is buffalo wings.

Buffalo wings are a classic football watching staple. They’re so versatile you can make anything from five-alarm spicy to barbecue and everything in between. Here is a recipe for kicked up wings:

Kicked Up Buffalo Wings
Ingredients
12 chicken wings* (you can buy them in a bag frozen or get them fresh and cut your own)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
5 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot (original or go spicier)
dash of salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash of black pepper

Directions
1. In a large bowl combine melted butter, hot sauce, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper.
2. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture for when wings are halfway cooked.
3. Add the chicken wings to the bowl and toss to coat.
4. Remove wings from hot sauce mixture and place on a baking sheet.
5. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
6. Half way through drizzle the remaining mixture (not the one that came in contact with the raw chicken) over the wings and continue to cook.
7. Serve with celery and ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce.

* You can buy the chicken wings frozen or get them fresh and cut them yourself. If you are using frozen wings, allow them to thaw first.

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Chips and dip are always a great snack to have on hand when entertaining, and we decided to share our two favorite’s guacamole and buffalo chicken dip.

Guacamole
Ingredients
4 ripe avocados
2 limes, juice only
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1-2 serrano peppers
Salt and garlic salt to taste

Directions
1. Place avocados in a bowl and mash with a folk.
2. Add all other ingredients.
3. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Ingredients
1 (8 oz.) brick cream cheese
1.5 cups finely shredded chicken (rotisserie works best)
¾ cup hot sauce (Frank’s RedHot works great)
dash of garlic powder
dash of salt

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Put cream cheese, chicken, hot sauce, salt and garlic powder in a medium baking dish.
3. Bake 10 minutes, stir.
4. Bake 10 more minutes or until melted.
5. Place in a serving bowl.
6. Serve with chips, vegetables or crackers.

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Kitchen Resolutions

January 4th, 2017

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Welcome to 2017! With a new year here, many of us make resolutions and today we decided to share our resolution of controlling kitchen clutter. We’re going to talk about how to get your refrigerator and spices neatly organized so you can always find what you’re looking for.

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Let’s face it, after the holidays your refrigerator is probably a mess, filled with items that have gotten lost in the back and others that are expired. If you’re sick and tired of the mess that gets left behind from accidental spills, rotten vegetables or sticky jars, than  refrigerator liners will be perfect for you. These liners make cleaning up unwanted messes quick and easy.

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There are also refrigerator organizers, which come in various sizes, and will help prevent items from getting lost in the back of your refrigerator and rotting. The condiment storage unit is great for keeping condiments in one convenient location, while the fridge organizer is great for preventing things such as juice and yogurt from getting lost in the back.

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Since this blog is all about spices, you know we have to talk about how to get spices neatly organized.  Spice racks don’t have to be the traditional look, you can take a modern approach, or if you are short on space this spice rack is a great space-saving option. If you’re the type of person who likes to experiment in the kitchen the test tubes might be perfect for you.

How will you be getting organized in the new year?

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2016

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May your Christmas be decorated with spices and filled with love. Have a wonderful holiday.