Olive Wood Pepper Mill Adds Beauty and Function to Any Kitchen

February 27th, 2016

Every once in a while I find something so spectacular and unique, it just has to be shared! And this is one of those times.

During my research, I came across this beautiful olive wood pepper mill.

A pepper mill allows you to grind peppercorns by hand for a fresh, spicy addition to your meals. There are many different styles, models and makes, but there are a few things you should be on the look out for when purchasing a new pepper mill. They are:

  • Sturdiness: You want to find a grinder that has a strong build with an easy-to-grip body. Constructed from premium solid olive wood, this grinder is designed to be long-lasting and survive the busy environment of any home kitchen. The simple, sleek body is easy to grip and features a stainless steel median for grasping.
  • Simplicity: Decide what kind of use is best for you. A simple twist-to-grind manual design may work for some, but others may require an electric design that reduces stress on joints or aching arthritis. This standard grinder is perfect for general use.
  • Durable mechanism: The inside mechanism is the most important part of the grinder. You want to make sure you are getting a grinder that features quality mechanisms that will not rust or corrode. This olive wood grinder features ceramic mechanisms, the best you can get because ceramic is resistant to wear like rust or corrosion.
  • Consistency: Your pepper mill needs to produce the same consistent quality every time you use it, too. This olive wood grinder is designed with an adjustable dial that allows you to set the mechanisms at your preferred coarseness. That way, peppercorns will grind exactly the way you want then to every time!

This beautiful olive wood pepper mill is just as much of a decorative accent piece as it is an efficient kitchen gadget. Olive wood is known for it’s strength, but also for it’s natural variations in color and grain that together produce completely unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.

Olive wood will darken over time, creating a rich color. To best preserve the beauty of this unique wood, rub the outside with food-safe mineral oil on occasion. The oil will restore it’s color while preserving it’s quality.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Spice Up the Sweet Day with Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

February 4th, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your sweet with something sweet? Breakfast in bed is a simple gesture that can say so much more than tired roses or a cheap box of chocolates. Putting the time and effort into baking something for your Valentine is sure to make them yours for another year.

Since we like to spice things up here at Spice Racks Blog, we couldn’t think anything better than some gooey cinnamon rolls to woo your special someones taste buds. These spicey-sweet confections are perfect for him, her or the whole family.

Cinnamon Rolls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake rolls for 20 minutes

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup + 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (room temp)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 7 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Filling:

  • 12 tbs softened unsalted butter
  • 2 cup + 2 tbs packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tbs cinnamon
  • 4 tbs cornstarch

Directions: Heat water and cream in the microwave then add yeast and sugar; allow to sit for about ten minutes. Warm buttermilk in a separate bowl and then add to the yeast mixture. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, oil, butter and eggs. Combine the two mixtures in a counter-top mixer and mix with a dough hook. Add flour gradually and allow mixture to combine for three minutes. Remove bowl from mixer, cover with a towel and allow to rise for two hours.

Roll dough out in an even rectangle on counter top. Spread softened butter over the dough. Combine remaining filling ingredients and spread evenly over buttered dough. Roll dough into a log and slice into desired thickness. Take rolls, place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake. Rolls done when tops brown. Remove rolls from over and allow to cool.

Cinnamon rolls can be frosted as desired. I prefer a simple icing of butter, powdered sugar and milk (maybe a little vanilla extract, too). But some opt for cream cheese frosting.

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New Year resolutions: exploring spices for weight loss

January 7th, 2016

Have you made your resolutions? Let me guess… hit the gym, diet and maybe drink less? Everyone always narrows in on weight loss when the new year comes. This year I have the same plan, only my resolution involves eating tastier meals, no blander ones.

There are many spices and herbs that have been celebrated for their weight loss properties. Many common spices promote a faster metabolism, curb appetite and burn fat. Using more spices in your diet instead of oils, sugar, salt or fat can cut out empty calories while maintaining flavor. Flavor is important because it will keep you interested in eating better and keep you on track with your diet.

Try these spices to keep your healthy meals satisfying:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • Coriander

Other diet necessities

There are other simple steps you can take to benefit your diet without compromising flavor or satisfaction. A kitchen scale will help you portion your meals and help control calorie intake. And of course there’s always the trusty bathroom scale; If you’re exercising correctly, the weight in muscle you gain could throw off the number on the scale, but weighing yourself daily could help you lose weight. Always knowing where you are in regards to your goal weight will keep you motivated to make the right decisions come meal time.

 

The perfect Christmas roast

December 16th, 2015

have five different family gatherings to hit for Christmas this year — and three of them are serving prime rib. It’s a tradition in my family, to say the least, so I’ve become quite familiar with the in’s and out’s of the meal.

If you’re planning to tackle the classic Christmas roast this year, there are a couple gadgets you’re going to need in your arsenal.

  1. Carving Board: You need something large enough to accommodate the entire roast, plus something that will manage all the juices.
  2. Roasting Pan with Rack: This one is self-explanatory.
  3. Meat Thermometer: Roasting is all about low and slow. Use a thermometer so you know when you’ve reached the perfect internal temperature.
  4. Great Tongs: Slicing prime rib can be a challenge for new cooks and, yes, a proper knife is a must — but so are tongs.
  5. Pepper Mill: The roast is all about the great rub and seasoning. Fresh cracked pepper really makes the difference here.

If you’re looking for that perfect fresh herb rub for your prime rib, here it is. These few, simple steps will wow your entire family.

Herb Rub for Prime Rib

  • 1 CUP olive oil
  • 1/4 CUP each fresh rosemary, thyme and sage
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper (this one depends on personal taste)
  • About five cloves of garlic (this one too)

 Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until combined. It will kind of be a paste, but you want to hold on some large chunks of the herbs. Rub the mixture over the entire surface of your roast. 

In a 400 degree oven, roast for 20 minutes and then lower the temperate to 325 degrees. Using a meat thermometer, finish the roast until the internal temperature reaches about 130 degrees, depending on personal preference. This should take a couple of hours. Allow the roast to rest properly, at least ten minutes, and slice into 1/2 inch thick pieces. 

Homemade gifts like potpourri spice up holiday giving

December 2nd, 2015

It’s been proven that smells can alter our behavior,  and I for sure feel the change every winter when shop displays start to have that wonderful “Christmas smell.” The scent awakens this joyous quality that only Christmastime can bring upon. This year, I’ve decided to bring that wonderful smell home with me — but without the chemical ridden sprays and candles.

This year has me strapped for cash and I’ve decided to focus on giving homemade gifts. Potpourri is such an easy process and it adds a wonderful decor element to any home. Wrapped in a clear cellophane bag with a big bow and thoughtful card, potpourri makes a wonderful gift for parents, in-laws, co-workers and so many more.

There’s no big secret to potpourri. Simply grab some of your favorite full spices and mix. Plus, if you’re really looking to fill your home with the warmth of the holidays, boil your mix on the stove top over low heat to really release their inner aroma.

Great spices for potpourri include: Cinnamon stick, clove, star anise, rosemary and more. Get creative and add a sprig from your Christmas tree or pine cones. Dried oranges or cranberries make a great addition as well.

Portpourri tips:

  • To dry oranges, cut them in slices about 1/4 inch thick and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake them at 275 for at least three hours or until they dry out.
  • Add a couple drops of essential oil to your potpourri mix to really kick up the flavor.
  • Keep potpourri in a covered dish if you have pets or little ones at home.
  • Nice glass jars are a great way to give potpourri as a gift.

This year I’ll be using these Snack Servers to pack up my potpourri for gifts. Some pretty ribbon around the neck will make a great accent and the open top allows the scent to linger.