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Spices are important to cooking. If I’m honest, when I think about cooking, the addition of spice is really what makes cooking an art and not just burning hunks of meat and vegetable over flame.

Knowing where your spices come from is important. You wouldn’t believe how different Cinnamon from Vietnam is to Cinnamon from China. Knowing the different flavor profiles can allow you to be a better cook, and create exotically delicious baked goods.

When Greg from contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in testing out a custom built spice set, I was intrigued. When I received a box of spices that he had put together, just for me, after reading my entire blog, I was intrigued, impressed, and flat out floored.

The box I received included lovely things like Ancho Chili Powder, and my favorite, Hill Country Chili Powder – so named for just what happens to be my favorite part of Texas. You want to get your spices from someone who knows what they’re talking about. Knows where their spices came from, and what that means to you and your cooking.

My adorable, beautiful, wonderful friend Aimee at Simple Bites gives you a more in-depth look at spices, and why you should buy them from someone like Greg with this timely post.

The spices she recommends are exactly the sort of spices love you’ll get from And now, you have the opportunity to win your very own customized set from them!


Would you like to win your very own custom set of 6 spices from

Leave a comment with the following information:

· Choose any 6 spices, herbs, seasonings, chiles or extracts from

· Name your Spice Set

· Provide a couple of sentences on why you picked these particular spices. This is especially important!

You must create an original set, with an original name. You must use the names given to each spice on

An example of this would be:

Name: Hill Country Harmonies
– Ancho Chili Powder
– Texas Chicken Rub
– Texas Smoked Turkey Rub
– Hill Country Chili Powder
– Fajita Seasoning
– Deep South Dry Rub

I chose this spice set because it reminds me of all the good food I grew up with in South Texas. Fajitas are just as likely to be on my dinner plate as smoked turkey or brisket, and I like my food to have just the right amount of spice. I learned to eat this way from the time I was little – even enjoying spicy barbecue sausage at the age of 3!

The will choose the winning entry based on originality, stories, and creative naming abilities. Your spice set will be sent to you, but you will ALSO have your name featured on this new custom set on the website. How cool is that?!

This giveaway is provided to you by Spices, Inc. It will close at 11:59:59 p.m. on March 31st. A winner will be chosen by Spices, Inc. on April 1st. I did receive a set of spices chosen by the team at Spices, Inc. to review, but I did not receive any compensation for this post. My opinion of the spices was formed after using them in my own cooking.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas


Thursday 31st of March 2011

The SPICE is right! Tahitian Vanilla Beans Korintje Cinnamon Baharat Hamalayan Pink Salt Chipotle Flakes Organic Group Allspice

You can't go wrong with these elegant staples. Every kitchen should have the right spices :)


Thursday 31st of March 2011

Organic Ground Allspice :)

Missie Berreth

Thursday 31st of March 2011

What A Crock (pot)!

Poultry Seasoning Sage Thyme Leaf Bay Leaf Granulated Garlic Sea Salt

I chose this grouping of spices because if a cook has these on hand, she can make a delicious, comforting, easy meal in the slow cooker with minimal effort and maximum flavor.

Christopher Sorel

Monday 28th of March 2011

Rub they Meat BBQ time is coming in the north and the rubs up here are weak. Need me some from around the US to get my spice loving meat done right.

Chipotle honey rub Coco Chile Rub Kansas City BBQ Rub Memphis Style Dry Rub North Carolina BBQ rub St Louis Rib Rub

Lisa McBrayer

Sunday 27th of March 2011

Mmm--My spice blend, which would be awesome on freshly-caught Ozark trout and other fish, would be called: Ozarks Original. The Ozarks provide a bounty of fish and other wildlife for those of us fortunate to live here. I can even picture this on fresh, wild turkey. Mmmm. Ozarks Original Blend: Smoky Citrus Salt Hungarian Paprika Black and White Peppercorn Blend Organic Granulated Garlic Organic Dillweed Organic Onion Flakes

Rick Von Feldt

Saturday 26th of March 2011

My mix would be called THE SAN FRANCISCO TREAT.

They represent tastes that have made - and continue to make San Francisco Famous. Of course, they would feature as many of the organic spices from the collection as possible.

The San Francisco Treat 1. Organic Bay Leaves. It begins with "bay!" And it is a key ingredient to the original "rice-a-roni" from the DeDeomenico recipe.

2. Pasilla Chile Powder to make taste stews and mole from San Jose all the way to San Francisco

3. Organic Saigon Cinnamon Sticks to be used in Tartine's Morning Bun Recipe, arguable one of the most famous bakery recipes in the entire city. (available online - be sure to look it up!)

4. Organic Garlic - direct from Gilroy.

5. Pacific Sea Smoked Sea Salt - folks don't know, but the Bay Area was one of the the original producers of salt. This Pacific Salt, with Northwest Alderwood represents us well

6. Chinese Five Spice, the base of Chinese cooking - sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. We have the largest variety of Chinese cooking in the Bay area.