Featured Spice: Lavender

lavender coconut lemonade

Lavender. The fragrance of summer and the perfect flavor accent to a picnic or light summer’s meal. 

Known more for its fragrance than its culinary use, Lavender adds a slightly sweet floral flavor to baked goods, desserts, as well as salads and dressings. The buds / flowers of Lavender contain the essential oils that encompass the flavor and scent of the herb.

Here is a recipe for a Coconut Lavender Lemonade to help brighten up your summer meals.

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Featured Spice: Urfa Biber Pepper

urfa biber brownies

Urfa Biber (also known as isot pepper is a dried Turkish chili pepper … cultivated in the Urfa region of Turkey. It is often urfa biber pepperdescribed as having a smoky, ‘raisin-like’ taste. Urfa biber is technically a red pepper, ripening to a dark maroon on the plant… The result is an appearance ranging from deep purple to a dark, purplish black. Urfa Biber is less spicy than many other chili peppers, but provides a more lasting build of heat…” *

Chef Cherie carries 30+ different peppers including Urfa Biber and Aleppo, a close Syrian cousin. Due to the instability in the Middle East, Urfa Biber has been particularly difficult to stock. Chef Cherie is happy to announce we again have Urfa Biber in stock.

While Urfa Biber is used mainly in cooking, its also an exciting taste addition when used in desserts. To peak your interest in that peppery sweet combo here are 2 brownie recipes that fuse the spark of Urfa with the chocolaty sweetness of brownies.

Recipes: 

  • Raspberry Pomegranate Urfa Biber Brownies
  • Rhubarb Urfa Biber Brownies

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Spice: Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Pepper)

shichimi togarashi

Chef Cherie carries more than 50 different types of hot and spicy, including peppers, peppercorns, hot paprikas, chilies. and spicy blends. One of our favorite peppers is the Japanese Pepper – Shichimi Togarashi.  This savory-spicy pepper, which literally means “seven flavor chili pepper,” can vary by region, cooks and custom blends. Chef Cherie’s recipe is blended with chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, Japanese pepper, ginger, seaweed. 

To further fuel your Shichimi Togarashi enthusiasm here are recipes using the Japanese pepper.

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Recipe: Beef Pho (Vietnamese Soup)

Recipe: Beef Pho (Vietnamese Soup)

Recipe: Beef Pho (Vietnamese Soup)

Here is a great one pot recipe. Tasty, simple and easy cleanup!

1 quart Beef Bone Broth
1 piece ginger
1 onion
zucchini noodles
1 beef steak thickly cut
2 whole star anise
1 tsp. fennel
1 tsp. coriander
2 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1 pod cardamom
2 Tbsp. fish sauce 
Garnishes: spicy peppers, lime slices, sprouts, basil leaves, etc

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Tex-Mex Tonight! Chili Verde Con Carnitas

Chili Verde Con Carnitas

Chef Cherie carries a large assortment of chilies, from ground Ancho Chili to Long Thai Chili Pods. We offer over 30 chilies to inspire you and “embolden” your recipes. 

Among the different ground chilies we carry are Aji Amarillo ChiliAji Panca Chili, Ancho Chili Pods,  Chipotle Chili Pods, Chili De ArbolGuajillo Chili Pods, Habanero Chili, Jalapeno Chili, Pasilla Chili Pods, and New Mexico Red Chili Pods. We also carry Cayenne Pepper in heat indexes 30,000, 90,000 and 160,000 as well as chili blends. Our Chili Powders are available in Chili Light, Chili Dark, Chili Hot and Chili Smoked!

chef cherie's chili selection

And while we’re in a chili mood – here is a recipe for a Tex-Mex inspired Chili Verde con Carnitas!

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Holy Smoked! Spice Gift Set

For Father’s Day why not surprise dear ‘ol dad with one of our Chef Cherie Spice Gift Sets.  Perfect for the BBQ and grilling season ahead.

chef cherie's smoked spices gift set

Chef Cherie’s Smoked Spice Gift Set is the perfect accent to Dads BBQ rubs and marinades. Adding Chef Cherie’s smoked spices to Dad’s existing BBQ recipes will help achieve that just grilled smokey tasty that is loved by the whole family. A gift that will make friends, family and neighbors take notice and praise Dad’s grilling skills!

Chef Cherie’s Smoked Spice Gift Set contains 5 smoked spices to inspire Dad for the summer grilling season ahead*. Kit contains: Smoked Pepper, Smoked Sea Salt, Smoked Spanish Paprika, Smoked Garlic and Smoked BBQ Spice Blend. Comes packed in 5 – 2 oz tins, in a mesh sleeve and wrapped with a raffia bow. A tasty gift the whole family will enjoy!

*Even after grilling season these spices will help bring that smokey hint of flavor to your foods.

 

Sheesh! Kebab Seasoning Spice Gift Set!

For Father’s Day why not surprise dear ‘ol dad with one of Chef Cherie’s spice gift sets.  Perfect for the BBQ and grilling season ahead. 

kebab seasoning gift set

It might be early in the grilling season but something other than a hamburger is starting to sound mighty good. How about grilled kebabs on Father’s Day? With Chef Cherie’s Kebab Seasoning Spice Gift Set Dad’s grilling talents will really shine. Our gift set includes great tasting kebab spices to use with chicken, beef, lamb, even veggies.

Chef Cherie’s Kebab Seasoning Spice Gift Set contains different kebab inspired spices and blends to motivate Dad for the summer grilling season ahead. Kit contains: Chicken Kebab Spice Blend, Kebab Spice Blend, Shish Kebab Spice Blend, Ground Sumac and Persian Lime Granules. Comes packed in 5 – 2 oz tins, in a mesh sleeve and wrapped with a raffia bow. A tasty gift the whole family will enjoy!

Kebab Seasoning  Spice Gift Set

A Cheesy Spice Gift Idea For Dear ‘ol Dad!

For Father’s Day why not surprise dear ‘ol dad with one of Chef Cherie’s spice gift sets.  Perfect for the BBQ and grilling season ahead. 

cheese it up gift set

Another spicy gift suggestion for Dad – Chef Cherie’s Cheese It Up Gift Set. Imagine delicious homemade burgers. Imagine a grilled burger bursting with real blue cheese flavor! Imagine Parmesan! Cheddar! Or even a burger with Nacho cheesy goodness! A tasty gift the whole family will enjoy.

Chef Cherie’s Cheese It Up Gift Set is made from real cheese. Contains: Gorgonzola Cheese powderBrie Cheese powderOrange Cheddar Cheese powderParmesan Cheese powder and Smoked Gouda Cheese powder. Come packed in 5 – 2 oz tins, in a mesh sleeve and wrapped with a raffia bow. A tasty gift the whole family will enjoy!

cheese it up gift set

Another Spicy Gift Idea For Dear ‘ol Dad!

For Father’s Day why not surprise dear ‘ol dad with one of Chef Cherie’s spice gift sets.  Perfect for the BBQ and grilling season ahead. 

bbq spice blend

Another spicy gift suggestion for Dad – Chef Cherie’s BBQ Spice Blend Gift Set. The spice gift set includes:  Hickory Smoke Powder, Cajun Chicken BBQ,  BBQ Smoked BlendHickory BBQ Blend and, our most popular spice blend, BBQ Sweet Blend. A flavorful gift the whole family will enjoy!

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