Thursday, April 6, 2017

Savory Spice Shop Raleigh: Pick up your Holiday spices here!

If you live in the Raleigh, NC area, you will find a quaint little place tucked away in Lafayette Village Shopping Center called The Savory Spice Shop.

At The Savory Spice Shop, you will find spices off all kinds ranging from sweet to savory. If you are looking for Indonesian cinnamon, they have it. If you are looking for powdered honey, they have that too! From white pepper to nacho cheese spice, they have it all.

In addition to great spices, the shop also offers fabulous customer service. Upon entering the store, you are greeted with a smile and welcome from the employees. The shop owners are kind, outgoing and extremely friendly. 

They will encourage you to take home the printed recipes they have sitting throughout the shop AND taste the sample spices they have labeled "tester" on the shelves. You will then be informed that if you pour out too much, to just toss it onto the floor. This is what allows the shop the savory spice smell that brings comfort to the customers.

So, next time you are in Raleigh, NC, be sure to stop by the shop and say, "Hello"!
Savory Spice Shop
8470 Honeycutt Road, #108
Raleigh, NC 27615

Easy chocolate chip pie recipe, perfect for Easter

This chocolate chip pie recipe is super simple to make! You can use 2 pre-made pie crusts to speed up the preparation time.

Chocolate chip and walnut pie
  • 1 cup Karo syrup, clear
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick margarine or butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts
Preheat oven to 375*.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until well combined. 
Pour into pie crusts.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Check the center of each pie to assure they are baked all the way through. If the centers are still runny, put back into the over for increments of 5 minutes until baked through.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I'm not one bit Irish, but I will definitely do my part for St. Patricks Day by baking up Irish Soda Bread! (Spotted Dog?)

I am going to share my recipe with you, as I have it baking in the oven...

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt

6 tbsp. salted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup raisins
1 3/4 cup buttermilk*

*You can make buttermilk by mixing .25 cup lemon juice in with a cup of milk.

Preheat oven to 400*.
Line jelly roll (cookie sheet with sides) pan with no stick foil.
In a large bowl, whisk first 4 ingredients.
Add butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
Add raisins and milk and combine.

Form dough into a ball. You will need to add a bit of flour to do this.
Separate into 2 balls and place on prepared sheet.
Use a knife to score each ball with a cross.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until light brown and bread feels more hollow than heavy.

Coat with sugar water by brushing it over the tops.
Microwave 1/3 cup sugar with 2 tbsp. water.

Cover with damp towel to keep moist and eat within 24 hours of baking!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

7 Tips And Tricks To Make Enjoying Coffee Easier And Tastier

For all of the coffee lovers out there, here are 7 tips and tricks to make enjoying your beverage just a little bit easier and tastier!

  1. Store your coffee (beans or ground) in the freezer. This will keep it fresh for a longer period of time.
  2. Be sure your beans and/or ground coffee is wrapped properly when stored in the freezer. They can easily take on the flavor of the other foods being stored in there.
  3. If using a Keurig to prepare a cup of coffee, add your liquid creamer to your mug prior to brewing. Doing it this way keeps you from needed a spoon for stirring! Just pour, brew and drink.
  4. If you want to make milk foam for your cup of coffee, take warm milk and pour it into the blender. Blend for a few seconds until light and foamy…just like the coffee shop!
  5. Use filtered or bottled water to make your coffee. This will make your coffee taste better than if you use tap water.
  6. Want to grind your own beans, but do not want to invest in expensive equipment to do it? Use a small spice grinder! You can buy a black and Decker spice grinder for less than $15!
  7. For iced coffee, brew your coffee using 2 times the amount of coffee you normally would. By pouring it over ice, the ice will dilute the coffee.

Added Tip:

Brew your own coffee at home

Pour into your favorite travel coffee mug (If you do not have one, buy one that you really like. This will make it seem as though you just stopped at your favorite coffee spot for the coffee you are drinking.)

Add one or more of the following:

  1. A flavored powder coffee creamer
  2. A Maxwell House International Cafe instant coffee, flavor of your choice
  3. A Maxwell House International Delight mini, flavor of your choice

If you add a little bit of each three, and purchase 2 different flavors of each, your morning options can be extensive. You can easily have a different coffee flavor each weekday morning for your drive to work or to drink before the kids get up for school.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Are you clueless when it comes to ordering coffee? Let me help you...

Are you clueless when it comes to ordering coffee? Does your significant other live life with a coffee cup in hand? Here is an idea for you, treat them to a caffeinated beverage and YOU do the ordering!

First step is inquiring about the kind of coffee they prefer to drink.  Find out if they like it hot or cold. Then find out if they like regular or decaffeinated. Lastly, know if they enjoy flavored beverages or the standard coffee with cream and/or sugar. After you get these specifics, take a look at the rest of this article for terminology when ordering. Your mate will be not only impressed, but thankful that you took the time to learn about and take interest in something that they enjoy.

Decaf: When you order a decaf, you are ordering a decaffeinated coffee…no caffeine.
Half caf: This means to fill the cup halfway with caffeinated coffee and the other half with decaffeinated coffee…equal parts of each.
Regular: Means caffeinated coffee.
Mocha: This means to add chocolate to the brew. Example: I’ll take a regular, mocha latte.
Skinny: Ask for a skinny latte and you will get your drink made with nonfat milk.
Add a shot: Means that you are asking for a shot of espresso to be added to the drink. This adds a kick of caffeine.
Sugar free: Asking for a sugar free drink means you are asking for them to use sugar free syrup.
Whip or no whip: This term refers to whipped cream on top of the drink. By adding…with no whip, means you do not want whipped cream on top.
Iced: Coffee poured over ice.

Now that you are familiar with the coffee terms, let’s discuss drink sizes.
You can choose from small, medium and large. But, often times, this is not how you order the size you prefer. 
Try: Tall, Grande, or Venti (If you are at Starbucks).
Show them that money is no issue…order the Venti!

Don’t rush off just yet! There are several different types of coffee drinks to choose from:
Espresso: One shot of strong coffee in a cup
Double espresso: Two shots of strong coffee in a cup
Macchiato: A single shot of espresso mixed with milk foam.
Latte: Espresso, steamed milk topped with a little bit of milk foam.
Cappuccino: Espresso, with a small amount of steamed milk topped with a good amount of milk foam.
Mocha: Espresso with mocha syrup added, then topped with equal parts steamed milk and whipped cream.
And lastly:
The Americano: Espresso with hot water

This short list of basic coffee tips and facts will have you well on your way to show that special someone that you care.