With that thought in mind, we announce our recipe contest for June – Your Favorite Grilling Recipe.
What are we looking for in your grilling recipe?
We’re curious to know what you like to cook on the grill:
- What’s your favorite homemade marinade, rub, or BBQ sauce?
- When you grill out for dinner, what’s the main dish?
- Or let us in on the secrets of your most delicious side dish!
Send us your grilling recipe via email: info at allspiceonline dot com, or submit your recipe at this handy link.
Just like last month’s contest, our rules are simple: the recipe must be your own (or your own creative adaptation), and must use at least one AllSpice ingredient. The deadline is June 16.
Winner gets the Barnyard gift set of six different rubs and blends, each perfectly suited for delectable dishes you can cook on the grill.
Statisticians Are Serious About Grilling. According to the 23rd annual Weber Grill Watch Survey (yes, there really is such a thing), over seventy percent of American grown-ups own a grill or smoker (or both), and three-quarters of those grill owners use their grill at least once a week.
The most-often-grilled dish is (no surprise) the hamburger, and the survey respondents thought that dessert was the hardest thing to grill.
Need a little inspiration? Browse through our collection of barbecue recipes.
Let’s be careful out there. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (yes, there is such a thing) has a list of general grilling safety tips here. They are mostly “no duh!” recommendations (don’t move a hot grill, use the grill outside only, don’t leave the grill unattended) – but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Collection of barbecue disasters linked here.
Thank you to all the folks who shared their favorite salad recipes with us over the past several weeks.
We were wowed by your ideas — you reminded us again just what creative and accomplished cooks you are!
The only downside to all these delicious ideas was trying to narrow it down to a single “favorite” salad recipe.
After much deliberation, Randy Sieberling won our May 2012 Favorite Summer Salad Contest with this recipe for Roasted Beet Salad with Avocado Oil Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese.
Randy expanded on our contest rule of “at least one ingredient should be an AllSpice product,” and sourced nearly all of the ingredients from Iowa growers and local businesses.
- Honey from Rinehart Family Farms
- Avocado Oil from AllSpice (editors’ note: we’re currently out of Avocado Oil, but the Roasted French Walnut Oil and many of our Olive Oils would fit this recipe nicely!)
- Eggs from Foxhollow Farm
- Sea salt and Tellicherry Black Pepper from AllSpice
- Beets from Cleverly Farms “Try it with baby Chioggia and Golden beets, cut in half before roasting! Ask the folks at Cleverly Farms to put together a mix for you. We had mustard greens with a definite taste of wasabi.”
- Reichart’s Dairy Air Chevre “is a great choice.”
We had so much going through the entries for this month’s recipe contest, we’re going to do it again in June with the Grill Baby Grill! recipe contest.
Please share your favorite recipe for the grill with us before June 16. The winner will receive the Barnyard boxed set of six grill-friendly rubs and blends.
We’ll be looking for your recipe in our inbox ( info at allspiceonline dot com ), or at this handy recipe-submitting link.
When you’re here in the shop, you’re likely to hear us talk about the fustis. Did you ever wonder what on earth we’re talking about?
Well, our olive oils and balsamic vinegars are dispensed from those big stainless steel jugs called Fustis.
Spice Grrrl Val, who competes in shotput and hammer-throw when she’s away at college, demonstrates in this photo what *not* to do with a full fusti.
A more appropriate use of the fusti is to mix up bubbly and refreshing Fus’tinis. These drinks combine club soda or mineral water with a splash of your favorite Balsamic Vinegar. (Get it? Fusti + Martini? We are such clever wordsmiths).
Blueberry Balsamic makes an amazing summer fustini, and Fig Balsamic seems especially fitting in the cold-weather months. Any fruity balsamic vinegar will add a bracing dash of flavor to your bubbly water.
You may also want to try fus’tinis at home with an additional splash of vodka for extra refreshment .
Over the summer, get to know our AllSpice “Spice Grrrls” and “Old Spice Guys.”
This week: Kerry O.
How did you come to be at AllSpice?
Kerry: A friend and I were talking about the health benefits of spices, and she told me about Alex’s store, so I joined the staff to learn firsthand about the “mojo” of spices along with the culinary perspective.
What do you do at the shop?
Kerry: I get to talk with customers about their creative recipes – I guess that’s customer service, right? (laughs)
What’s your favorite ingredient in the store?
Kerry: My favorite? That would be everything we have… but if I have to narrow it down, I grill all year ’round. The rubs we have for beef and chicken are outstanding.
What’s your favorite thing to cook – or what is your specialty?
Kerry: Steak and chicken — on the grill, of course!
When someone else is doing the cooking, what’s your favorite dish?
Kerry: I love pasta.
Do you have a food that is your guilty pleasure, and if so, what is it?
Kerry: Well, we all love chocolate.
What do you do for fun, when you’re not having fun at AllSpice?
Kerry: I have four grown children, so we visit someone almost every weekend. I also love golf — although I have a huge handicap — and I enjoy being in my garden. I enjoy trying out creative new recipes for when my family comes to town. I try not to subject non-family to my “creative cooking” until I’ve made the recipe several times and perfected it.