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Football Fare- Frito Pie

What’s football playoff season without chili? And if you want to take it a NACHO up, go for the Frito Pie!

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1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (10 ounce) container fresh restaurant-style salsa

1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives (optional)
1 ounce taco seasoning

1 tsp smoked cumin

Or try NO SALT taco seasoning for a heart healthy version.

1 (10.5 ounce) bag chili cheese flavored corn chips (such as Fritos®), crushed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and onion in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  3. Stir chili beans, corn, salsa, olives, and taco seasoning into beef mixture and simmer until heated through and flavors blend, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Spread about 2/3 the crushed corn chips into a baking dish and top with the beef mixture. Sprinkle remaining chips over beef.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend and continue baking until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes more.

This incredible version is on AllRecipes.com

Chocolate Filet Mignon?

Um. Yum. In the mood to get fancy after last week’s football fare post?

Back In Stock- Smoked Cumin

One of our best sellers, which was unavailable for the better part of 2016, is back! Smoked Cumin adds a flavorful, spicy dimension to a variety of dishes. Chicken, steak, potatoes, chili, tacos, Indian dishes…the list goes on! If you like Cumin, you will love our naturally smoked version.

Focus On Fennel

With all the variety of foods & seasonings, there is no reason we should ever be bored with what we eat! Sometimes we simply need to change our state of mind. Try changing your focus from the main ingredient to the spices, and see where it takes you. Let’s start with fennel.

Fennel is a flowering plant in the carrot family. It is very aromatic and flavorful, and tastes similar to anise and licorice.

Baby fennel is the sixth most common ingredient used in the cooking competition chopped, where chefs are presented with the same basket of ingredients and compete to create the best meal.

Common in many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, people in the U.S. are more apt to recognize it as a primary seasoning in Italian sausage.

Along with cumin and corriander, fennel comprises a weight loss trio of herbs recommended by Dr. Oz. Boil the mixture in water for 5 minutes, strain and sip throughout the day. Read about proper ratio of water to herbs here.

Ground fennel recipes range from fennel-sage pork burgers to fennel roasted brussel sprouts  and even lemony fennel cupckaes!

Fennel seed creations include Focaccia bread , Arugala salad and grilled spare ribs.

Marshall’s creek spices offers ground fennel and fennel seed in various sizes. For the best value, try the fennel seed restaurant size jug. The pure quality will drastically improve the taste of all of your fennel based dishes.

 

Seven Layer Bean Dip

The perfect winter football snack is so hearty, it can also be a meal.

2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup salsa

garlic salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

Did you know that most taco seasonings purchased at the local supermarket have msg and other unnatural additives? One of our customers broke out into a rash every time she ate tacos, which was once a week because it’s her daughters favorite dish. Once she switched to Marshall’s Creek brand taco seasoning mix, her allergy was gone and the tacos tasted even better! That’s because Marshall’s Creek Spices contains all natural ingredients. We also have no salt taco mixes for a heart healthy diet.

4 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced

1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese blend

1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives – drained and finely chopped

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Directions
In a medium bowl, mash the avocados. Mix in lime juice, cilantro, salsa, garlic salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and taco seasoning.
In a 9×13 inch dish or on a large serving platter, spread the refried beans. Top with sour cream mixture. Spread on guacamole. Top with tomatoes, green onions, Mexican-style cheese blend and black olives.

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This delicious recipe was found on allrecipes.com

Football Snack Idea- Cheese Popcorn

Football playoff season is here. Time to throw on your favorite jersey and nosh on your favorite snack.
Cheese popcorn. Easy easy easy! Put warm, fresh popped corn in a brown paper bag with some melted butter. Shake up the bag to coat popcorn. Add any of your favorite cheese powders, starting with 1 teaspoons per popcorn serving. Shake up the bag, and add more powder as needed. Marshalls Creek Spices has several delicious varieties!

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orange-cheddarOrange cheddar cheese powder

 

 

briecheese

 

 

Brie powder, for the discriminating football fan

 

gorgon

 

Gorgonzola powder

 

 

smoked

Smoke Gouda cheese powder for people who demand delicious!

 

 

white-cheddar

 

White cheddar cheese powder on popcorn. Out of control!

Whole Cinnamon Sticks: Five Reasons To Stock Up

The Kitchen website got it right when they recommend we should all keep sticks of the fragrant, diverse spice on hand.

1. Make cinnamon tisane

Steep a cinnamon stick in hot water for a comforting mug of cinnamon tisane, or herbal tea.

2. Flavor your oats

Add flavor to your oatmeal by including a cinnamon stick in the pot during cooking. Simply replace the ground cinnamon with a cinnamon stick. As they cook, the oats will pick up a warm cinnamon scent. Just don’t forget to remove the stick before serving.

3. Use one as a drink stirrer

Fall and winter months and prime time for drinks like warm apple cider, cocoa and hot toddies. Add flavor and a little flair to your drink with a cinnamon stick drink stirrer.

4. Spice up your coffee

Place a cinnamon stick on top of coffee grounds before you begin brewing. A subtle, yet perfect amount of warm cinnamon spice will be infused into your morning coffee.

5. Add it to meat in the slow cooker

Tossing a cinnamon stick into a slow cooker filled with hearty chili, or any slow cooked meat, like a roast or short rib,s will add another delicious layer of flavor and light spice to your meal.

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Spiced Mulled Wine

Entertaining for New Year’s Eve? Or staying at home with your family and a little cheer? We found this delicious recipe on BBC Food. And remember you can  replenish your spices at MarshallsCreekSpices

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Ingredients

½ bottle red wine
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 cloves    anisesm cinsm               clovessm
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
50g/1¾oz brown sugar

Recipe tips
Method

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 6-8 minutes, without boiling. Alternatively, place the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on low until warm (1-2 hours, depending on your slow cooker).

To serve, pour the mulled wine into heatproof glasses.

Recipe Tips

If you’re having a party this Christmas, try making mulled wine in the slow-cooker. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, switch it on, and it will keep at the perfect temperature all night.

You can view the original posted spicy mulled wine recipe here.

Leftovers: Turkey Pot Pie

Prep time 30m
Cook 50 minutes
Ready In 1-1/2 hours
2 cups frozen peas and carrots

2 cups frozen green beans

1 cup sliced celery

2/3 cup butter

2/3 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

1 1/3 cups milk

4 cups cubed cooked turkey meat – light and dark meat mixed

4 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

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Directions

Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Place the peas and carrots, green beans, and celery into a saucepan; cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the celery is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander set in the sink, and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of flour, salt, black pepper, celery seed, onion powder, and Italian seasoning; slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove from heat; stir the cooked vegetables and turkey meat into the filling until well combined.
Fit 2 pie crusts into the bottom of 2 9-inch pie dishes. Spoon half the filling into each pie crust, then top each pie with another crust. Pinch and roll the top and bottom crusts together at the edge of each pie to seal, and cut several small slits into the top of the pies with a sharp knife to release steam.
Bake in the preheated oven until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbly,  30 to 35 minutes. If the crusts are browning too quickly, cover the pies with aluminum foil after about 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Recipe from AllRecipes.com

Leftovers Recipes: Baked Ham Casserole

Repurpose that ham & potatoes into a delicious casserole!

                Prep 20 minutes
Cook timne 50 minutes
Ready In   1 h 15 m
2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 large carrot, sliced

3 cups water

3 tablespoons butter

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper

2 teaspoons chopped onion

1/4 cup butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup milk, or more as needed

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place potatoes, celery, and carrot in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir ham, green bell pepper, and onion until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer ham mixture to baking dish and mix with potatoes.
Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a clean skillet; cook and stir flour in melted butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese; stir until melted. Pour cheese mixture over ham and potatoes. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow casserole to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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