Thursday, May 17

Spice Islands® Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Bring The World of Spices To Home Chefs


Spice Islands teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen as their Official Spice Partner in a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019.  Spice Islands selected Taste Buds Kitchen for this alliance to support the cooking school’s mission to provide home chefs cooking classes that are fun, educational, enjoyable and easy. During the classes instructors guide participants in amazing ways to cook with spices to enhance meals for the whole family. Cooking classes using Spice Islands will inspire people to turn to spices when creating recipes to make them more interesting and flavorful. The classes will bring to life such dishes as Homemade Garam Masala using several Spice Islands Spices, Poached Pears featuring Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon, Butternut Squash Empanadas featuring Spice Islands Garlic Powder and Smoked Paprika as well as hundreds of other recipes and ideas. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.

Try these delicious recipes from Taste Buds Kitchens using Spice Islands Spices.


Spice Islands® Butternut Squash Empanadas
Makes 12, approximate 4” empanadas

Ingredients
2 cups    all-purpose flour
¼ cup    cornmeal
1 tbsp.   Spice Islands® Dried Oregano
2 tsp.     sugar
2 tsp.     Spice Islands® Paprika
2 tsp.     Spice Islands® Salt
6 tbsp.   unsalted butter, cold
2            eggs
½ cup    water (more or less as needed)

Filling
7 oz.       butternut squash, roasted and mashed
2 tbsp.    frozen corn
¼            red bell pepper, diced
¼            onion, diced
2             garlic cloves, minced
2 oz.       cheddar cheese, grated
¼ cup     vegetable stock
2 tbsp.    olive oil
¼ tsp.     Spice Islands® Garlic Powder
1 tsp.      Spice Islands® Cumin
Pinch      Spice Islands® Salt and Pepper

Egg Wash
1             Egg
2 tbsp.    water

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients for the dough; flour, cornmeal, Spice Islands Oregano, sugar, Spice Islands Paprika and Spice Islands Salt. Cut butter in and mix until if forms pea size pieces. Then add eggs, mixing one at a time. If mixture is dry, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until it just comes together as a dough that forms a ball and is not sticky to the touch. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.

While the dough chills, make the filling. Sautѐ onion and red pepper until soft, then add minced garlic until fragrant. Add to a medium mixing bowl with mashed butternut squash, corn, grated cheddar cheese, vegetable stock, olive oil, Spice Islands garlic powder, Spice Islands Cumin and Spice Islands Garlic Powder, Spice Islands Salt and Pepper. Mix thoroughly until combined.

Once dough is chilled, cut into individual portions, about 1.7 oz. each. Roll out the dough portions between 2 pieces of parchment paper about ¼” thick, into 4: circles. Then place a heaping spoonful of butternut squash filling into the middle of each round (be very generous with the filling). Fold dough circle in half, over the filling and seal with fork.

Place on prepared baking sheet and brush each empanada with egg wash (egg and water whisked together). Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.


Spice Islands® Red Wine Poached Pears
Serves 4 adults, approximately ½ pear per person

Ingredients
1 ½ cups    red wine
1 ½ cups   water
¼ cup        sugar
½               orange, sliced
4                cloves
1                Spice Islands® Cinnamon Stick
1                Spice Islands® Star Anise
2                Bosc pears

Whipped cream
½ cup       heavy cream
1 tbps       confectioners sugar
1 tsp         Spice Islands® Vanilla Extract
Pinch        freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon

Instructions
In a shallow pot, large enough to hold several pears laying flat on the bottom, bring red wine, water, sugar, orange slices and Spice Islands spices to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

While liquid boils, peel pears, but in half and core. Leave stem attached if possible. Place pears into simmering poaching liquid and poach for 30 – 60 minutes (depending on size and ripeness of pear) until tender when pierced with a fork.

While pears poach, make fresh whipped cream. Put heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk briskly until fluffy (do not over whip). Keep whipped cream chilled until pears are ready.

Once pears are poached, move to a cutting board and cut 5 – 6 slices out of each half, keeping the top intact. Fan pear slices out onto a plate. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon.

About Spice Islands:
Since 1941, Spice Islands has sourced only the highest-quality spices from around the world. Discover a world of flavor in your own kitchen with our premium Saigon Cinnamon, Cumin, Bay Leaves and many more fine spices, seasonings, dried herbs, extracts and flavorings sure to make your next meal an adventure.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I may have received monetary compensation and/or product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. However, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.

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