THANKSGIVING 2020: “THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’”

Even as a little girl, the thought of Thanksgiving filled me with excitement! This was the one time of year...
Even as a little girl, the thought of Thanksgiving filled me with excitement! This was the one time of year my whole family gathered together. Our holiday tradition started over 75 years ago in my parents’ small house in New York and has continued every year since… except for this year. What started out as a gathering of around 18 people has grown to over 45 people, spanning four generations from the ages of 3 months to 92 years young....
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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE SUMMER VEGETABLE...

Finally, your hard work in the garden is coming to fruition. The vegetables and herbs are growing and about ready...
Finally, your hard work in the garden is coming to fruition. The vegetables and herbs are growing and about ready to be picked! But now what do you do with this abundant crop of summer vegetables? Spice For Life has two recommendations for you of some of our favorite and easy vegetable recipes. One suggestion is a Greek tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese salad; and the other is grilled vegetable skewers. Greek Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Cheese Salad Tomatoes and...
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FALL AND WINTER SQUASH: OH, THE CHOICES WE HAVE!

When we think of fall, perhaps the first images that come to mind are the gorgeous changing colors of the...
When we think of fall, perhaps the first images that come to mind are the gorgeous changing colors of the leaves. It is hard to match that natural beauty. However, with the cooler weather, nature also provides us with a splendid variety of fall vegetables, especially squash, which come in all types of colors and shapes. These squash become plentiful in the early fall and last into the winter months. There is a plethora of squash varieties: spaghetti, acorn, butternut,...
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CINNAMON: A TASTE OF FALL

With fall now upon us, this time of year conjures up for many people some delectable food memories with their...
With fall now upon us, this time of year conjures up for many people some delectable food memories with their unforgettable tastes and smells. One spice that is often an integral part of those memories is cinnamon, with its warm, spicy, sweet, pungent aroma. It has a universal use, since it can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. Cinnamon is used in fall recipes such as: apple and pumpkin pies, hot apple cider, savory stews and chilis. However,...
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COOKING WITH KIDS

It is always a challenge to get kids to eat healthy meals. But one sure way to entice them is...
It is always a challenge to get kids to eat healthy meals. But one sure way to entice them is to get them involved in the preparation of the food. There are multiple benefits for involving kids in cooking. It provides them with: an opportunity to develop a sense of mastery and accomplishment; a chance to have fun working with you on a result they can share; and it can lay the groundwork for some life-long skills. To cook with...
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EVERYONE LOVES TACOS!

Tacos are a meal that you can relish in your favorite Mexican restaurant or make in your own kitchen. The...
Tacos are a meal that you can relish in your favorite Mexican restaurant or make in your own kitchen. The sky is the limit when it comes to how creative you want to be with the ingredients you use. Ingredients can be all sorts of fish, ground beef, chicken, eggs, tofu, carnitas (slow cooked pork shoulder), barbacoa (shredded beef), or always a favorite, taco al pastor (shaved roasted pork with pineapple). Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. The...
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EASY AND FUN SUMMER COCKTAILS

Relaxing on the patio on a summer evening is always more fun when you can share a cocktail with a...
Relaxing on the patio on a summer evening is always more fun when you can share a cocktail with a friend (socially distanced, of course) or with your own partner. As the worries of the workday begin to slip away, a summer cocktail can help relieve some of the stresses of these surreal times. We at Spice For Life, have a couple of our favorite cocktails we would like to share. And of course, being a spice store, we like...
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GRILLING SUMMER FRUITS WITH A DASH OF SPICE

Summer is the time of year to enjoy all those luscious fruits that have been slowly ripening and are now...
Summer is the time of year to enjoy all those luscious fruits that have been slowly ripening and are now ready to pick. The choice of fruits is plentiful, like peaches, plums, strawberries, cantaloupes, and watermelons. This is also the time of year we are firing up our barbeques to grill meats, vegetables, and fish. However, we do not often think about grilling fruit. Grilling summer fruits enhances their taste. It helps caramelize their natural sugar and intensifies their already...
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WORKING TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE STATE OF...

As we end our Independence Day celebrations, we at Spice For Life thought it would be appropriate to focus on...
As we end our Independence Day celebrations, we at Spice For Life thought it would be appropriate to focus on a group of people who do not have any independence… people who are human trafficked. A very serious human issue, which was a prime motivation for creating Spice For Life. We are a spice store; however, we are a social enterprise, which means we give all our profits to nonprofits in the Cleveland area who are working to combat human trafficking. When...
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4 (BURGERS) FOR THE 4TH (OF JULY)

July 4th is a week away and people are soon going to be firing up their BBQ grills to celebrate...
July 4th is a week away and people are soon going to be firing up their BBQ grills to celebrate the holiday. One of the most traditional meals to cook on the 4th is hot dogs and hamburgers, and many people have their own special burger recipe that they swear by. At Spice For Life, we too have some very delicious burger recipes that we would like to share with you, four recipes in fact…one for beef burgers, turkey burgers,...
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5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SPICES TO HELP YO...

With Spice For Life re-opening after being closed for 10 weeks, we thought it might be helpful as people re-stock...
With Spice For Life re-opening after being closed for 10 weeks, we thought it might be helpful as people re-stock their spices to talk about a few of the most common questions our customers have asked us over the last year. Here are five of them. 1. What is the shelf life of spices? For spices that are ground, the shelf life is usually one year. For whole spices, 2-3 years. Spices don’t necessarily spoil; however, their flavors are less...
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AN EASY YET ELEGANT MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

With Mother’s Day a week away and going to your favorite restaurant for brunch not an option this year, we...
With Mother’s Day a week away and going to your favorite restaurant for brunch not an option this year, we have a suggestion for a simple yet elegant brunch to honor that special person. What a wonderful way for her to start off the day! Our brunch menu starts with our Spice For Life Bloody Mary made with our own newly created Bloody Mary Spice Blend, which adds a little heat and smoky flavor to the classic drink. This is...
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