Our #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian, luuuuuuuuuuuvs Penzeys Spices. She can stalk them at an actual physical shop. She brought us a sample packet of Tsardust Memories Russian Seasoning, which is salt, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and marjoram. If you like Cincinnati-style chili (and I do!), this is a great seasoning for you. I know it isn’t the same blend, but it’s the same kind of profile (to my taste, anyway).
Somehow, I got wind of a special offer they were doing, so I went to the Penzeys online store. If you bought $25 of stuff, you got a free gift box and free shipping. Every purchase meant a donation to … I forget what, now. There are so many causes I want to support, from urban food deserts to abuses against refugees to human trafficking. Penzeys touches me where I live, though: Their motto is Love people. Cook them tasty food.
They put their money where your mouth is.
They donate spices, especially pepper, to organizations and locations that feed people, like food pantries and soup kitchens. They often offer discounted gift cards you can give to disaster recovery, so people who have lost everything in a hurricane or a flood can replace spices lost. It’s a little thing, but a human thing. That touches me.
Their website is filled with archived recipes as well as spices, blends, and “fun stuff” like magnets and superhero capes. At the top of each page, right next to the Search bar, is a little red heart. Clicking that takes you to a story of kindness and cooking, like this one about Homegirl Cafe and Catering, where young people in gang-rife neighborhoods and people transitioning from prison can learn to grow, prep, cook, and serve food, ideally moving out of the program and into self-respect without violence.
Here’s what I got for around $30:
But what’s in the gift box (which I kept, by the way)?
I rubbed some of the Salsa & Pico on some Tilapia last night and pan-seared it for about five minutes a side. Charlie and I both loved it!
So I highly recommend Penzeys Spices on all kindsa levels.
I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about brown smoothies.
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