Everyone who is a serious home cook or a chef knows this to be true: Cooking rule number one: fresh ingredients make ALL the difference!!!
The most recent discovery I've made is in the Spokane Valley, and it's a wonderful little shop with virtually every spice and blend you can imagine. Bill and Jan will help you find everything you need to fulfill your culinary dreams with knowledgeable, friendly and professional service. Not only can they guide you to the product you are looking for, but they can also help you find new favorites and even give you recipes to make those ingredients really sing.
They offer a wide selection of spices (that rivals the World Spice Merchants of Pike's Place Market fame in Seattle), beautifully curated olive oils and balsamic vinegars, wines, and even loose leaf teas - including a station where you can mix your own custom blend!
On my trip today, I picked up pineapple white balsamic vinegar (great for cole slaw, Jan suggested), Kaffir lime green tea, and a couple of spice mixes. The Berbere has coriander, fenugreek, black telicherry, Hungarian paprika, pequin, garlic, shallots, ginger, allspice, cardamom, ajwain, nutmeg, tumeric, cassia and cloves. The Istanbul spice rub has cardamom, cinnamon, clove, mace, pepper, cumin, sumac and spearmint - which I plan to use to roast a chicken with. I'm thinking coating the chicken in butter and tucking some of this pungent spice right up under the skin as well as on it will produce a beautifully exotic, flavorful result.
With prices ranging from 1.00 and up, it has something for everyone. Have you ever wanted to try an exotic spice, but couldn't justify the cost of a 9.00 jar full? This is the perfect way to be adventurous and thrifty at the same time.
They also have fantastic mailers that help give you meal inspiration, tested recipes and even special events (like a hard cider tasting in the fall!) Here is their recipe for some delicious crock pot pork utilizing any of their delicious fig balsamic - my favorite, and so easy!
Combine all the ingredients (except the beef) in a large measuring bowl.
Place the beef into a slow cooker and pour the combined ingredients over it. Cook for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on low.
For an easy dinner, add potatoes, carrots or other vegetables to the slow cooker with the beef.
If you're out in the Valley - pop by and visit them at 15614 E. Sprague Ave. Wednesday - Saturday 10-6PM and Sunday 10-4PM. You'll be in for an adventure, so try something new. You may surprise yourself!