Monday, September 27, 2010

Spicing things up a bit with a delicious giveaway

My winners for this giveaway are Mary, winner of the Savory Spice Shop Gift Pack and Laurie and DaniD who each won the sample packs. I wish I had something for everyone but be sure and enter my next giveaway for a $65.00 CSN gift code. Good luck!

My birthday was yesterday and even though I usually like to add a little bit of humor to my blog posts, there is really nothing funny about it. I have had more birthdays than I care to admit, but I guess it is better than the alternative. You might think that I would have at least looked forward to a nice present or two, but at my age I really don’t need one more thing. I don’t need anything to decorate my house, or even myself. I have enough perfume to last me to the end of my life. I have more jewelry than I will ever wear and my more than ample hips do not need one more birthday cake, but I’ll have one anyway. Wow, I guess I’m really a pretty lucky girl!

Since I don’t want to come off sounding like a martyr, I did come up with a “want” so my family wouldn’t feel bad. They were all surprised when I told them that I wanted a snow blower. If you’ve read my blog more than once, you’ve probably seen me say that I hate winter and snow removal is the number one reason, so what the heck. I don’t want a wimpy snow blower either, when it comes to these guys, its go big or go home. I want a big Sears Craftsman that will blow snowballs against my neighbor’s window just to let him know that there’s a new toy at the Harris house. We will no longer have to be jealous of hearing our neighbors down the street start their engines while we are in our driveway wielding our prehistoric snow shovels. No sir, from now on we’ll be running with the big dogs!

Since I am in a party mood, I thought I’d have a giveaway for my birthday. I am really excited about this one because it comes from one of my absolute favorite places to shop in the Denver area. We may have to fight snow all winter but we also get to go to Savory Spice Shop anytime we want. I really love this place because not only does it have every spice imaginable (and they are freshly ground), but I love the ambiance.

The experience actually starts before you even open the door, because from half a block away you can smell an intoxicating peppery scent that lets you know something special is close by. The Littleton location is where I shop and I love it because it reminds me of an old apothecary. Every spice has a tester (gotta love that) and you are invited to have a taste and dust any unwanted bits onto the wooden floor which probably adds to the beautiful aroma.

As you can tell, I am a devotee. I am such a believer that I contacted them about sponsoring this giveaway and they were kind enough to supply me with a Harvest Time gift pack that you will love. It includes a jar of Tarragon Shallot Citrus Seasoning, Mild Yellow Curry, Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning and Homestead Seasoning. Even if you aren’t my lucky winner, I encourage you to visit their website, learn a little more about them, and order something for yourself or any foodies on your gift list. It is a real treat.

For this post’s recipe, I’m using a couple of their delicious spice blends. Piri Piri has been a favorite blend of mine since I first tried it on grilled chicken at a little restaurant in Nottingham. Today, I’m grilling chicken wings sprinkled with Savory Spice Shop’s blend and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. To cool things off a bit, I’ve used their French cheese sprinkle (which is also delicious sprinkled on popcorn), a little sour cream and a few other touches to make a wonderful cool and creamy dip to accompany them. So whether you are hosting a tailgate, a birthday or any other kind of party, you’re going to love adding these recipes to your table.

In addition to the Harvest gift pack that Savory Spice Shop is supplying, I’ve going to give two additional followers a Piri Piri and French Cheese sprinkle sample prize pack so you can try my two recipes on your own.

Inside Savory Spice Shop

For those of you who can't get by their shop to pick up their ingredients, I've also included a recipe for my own homemade blend of these spices so you can duplicate my recipes. In my home opinions differ about what makes a great chicken wing, so I prepared my wings in two different ways, grilled half and fried half. They were both delicious but the grilled wings were definitely spicier than the fried. If you fry yours and would like them to have a entra little kick at the end, I advise you to increase the dry spice mixture by about 50% and sprinkle it over the wings after they have been fried but still hot.

Piri Piri Chicken Wings with Cool Herb and Cheese Dip

Piri Piri Chicken Wings the Savory Spice Shop way

4 pounds chicken wings (approximately 40 wing portions)
1 – 1/2 tablespoons Savory Spice Shop Piri Piri blend
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
Juice from 1 lemon

Rinse chicken well and pat dry. Lay wing portions in a single layer on a clean, dry surface and set aside.

Combine Piri Piri blend, ginger and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle half of the spice over chicken. Turn chicken over and sprinkle with the remainder of the spice.
In a large gallon zipper seal bag, pour in half of the lemon juice before placing the wings in the bag. Add the remainder of the lemon juice on top; seal bag and knead the wings around to coat. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour.

Place chicken wings over hot coals and grill until they are cooked through and are a golden brown. To fry, remove chicken from the bag and roll in approximately 3/4 of a cup of all-purpose flour mixed with 1/3 of a cup of corn starch. Tap wings to remove any excess flour and fry until golden brown in hot vegetable oil that is approximately 1” deep. Fry until cooked through and golden brown.

Alternate Piri Piri Spice Blend

2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Blend all dry ingredients and prepare chicken as directed above.
To make chili infused oil, prepare as directed and add 1/2 cup olive oil, shake well and store in the refrigerator to infuse for at least one, but up to 7 days.

Savory Spice Shop's Paris Cheese Dip

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons Savory Spice Shop Paris Cheese Sprinkle

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Alternate Herbed Cheese Dip

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, Romano Cheese or Bleu cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch white pepper
2 green onions, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 –1/2 teaspoon fines herbs

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.

I served my wings and dip with bell pepper strips, sugar snap peas and cucumbers. In addition to the fresh vegetables, I also served some sweet potato fries that were beyond good with the wings.

To enter for a chance to win the Harvest Time gift set or one of the two sample sets, you must be a follower or sign up as a follower and leave a comment stating your desire to enter. Best of luck to all of my followers and welcome and good luck to all of my new followers.


Jenn S. said...

I am a follower: JennS

I would love to enter.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!! After your remarks, I'm glad I didn't buy you anything and am only sending you an imaginary cake :D

I'm not sure if your giveaway is open to those of us living far away, but if so please count me in!

I love spice shops. They just smell so so good. I cannot however be trusted in any such shop that lets you scoop things. My hands are made for scooping and I can't help but bankrupt myself every time I go into such a place.

Motherbear said...

I'm a follower.

Great spice shop! Wish there was something like it around my neck of the woods.

Please enter my name.

laurielufkin said...

Pick Me! Pick Me!! I would love to try some new spice mixtures! Thanks for offering it Karen!

Pat said...

Sounds great, Karen. Would love to win this.

Carole said...

I follow and I love to try new spices. Please enter me.

Yenta Mary said...

Already a happy and devoted follower ... :) I'm so jealous -- that place looks so charming and wonderful! I'd love to win the sampler and get at least a glimpse of the store ....

Barbara said...

I'm a follower, Karen. Please enter me as I want to try out some of the spices.

DaniD said...

Happy Birthday!!! I am a follower and love new spice blends :)

Angela FRS said...

I've never tried Savory Spice but my foodie friend Juliet is a huge fan and I would love to try them. Great giveaway!

Midwest to Midlands said...

Happy Belated Birthday! You don't have to enter me in the contest, but that spice shop looks amazing, I can almost smell it over here:) On the other hand if I win the contest you can deliver the prize in person? Have a great week!

Lea Ann said...

I love Savory Spice and don't know why I don't try more of their recipes on their web site.