Jan
20
2011

Spice of Life :) Plus McCormick Spices/Spice Rack Giveaway!

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I had an incredible opportunity to go to the McCormick Gourmet Kitchens last week with some other wonderful bloggers:  Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, Shauna of Gluten Free Girl and Nicole of Pinch My Salt.  I am really excited to work with these talented women and McCormick Gourmet.

We all met for dinner where the Chef mixed up some drinks and prepared a gorgeous dinner.  After not eating all day from traveling this was quite the treat.  I snapped some photos of our time with McCormick Gourmet, take a look :)

When we arrived to the McCormick Kitchens we were greeted by the lovely McCormick staff.  Chef Len fed us some delicious appetizers.  Tale a look below :)

Here is our menu for the evening.

Curried Chicken and Mushroom Spring Rolls.  INCREDIBLE!  Will definitely be making these again.

Marinated Shrimp with Mango and Radishes.  Perfect little appetizer.

Dirty Martini Steak Kabobs and Salad.  What a creative recipe for kabobs, full of flavor.  Loved these.

Sweet and Smoky “Pork and Beans.” I think we all had a few helpings of this one :)

Cheesecake Tart with Popcorn Crust and Berries.  This cheesecake caused quite the uproar, not kidding.  The flavor combinations here are unreal.  This will be made at my house very soon.

The next morning, we met for breakfast and enjoyed:  Tomato Zucchini Frittata, Cinnamon Apple Nut Muffins, Pepita Pumpkin Bread.

How good does this look?!

…and this?

This was one of my favorite parts of the trip…..along with the incredible meals, but learning about the history of the McCormick Spices was so fascinating.  Made me appreciate what goes into each jar I see at the store.

We also got to sample and smell a variety of spices.  The vanilla test was the most interesting.  If you’ve ever doubted buying pure vanilla….don’t.  It wasn’t even a comparison when sampled side by side.

Later in the day, we each whipped up 2 simple recipes that used a regular spice and then a roasted spice to sample and see the difference in taste.  I had a creamy cinnamon dip that I wanted to bottle up and eat with a spoon.  It was delicious!

Making my dip!

The other ladies Jaden, a sweet McCormick rep, Shauna and Nicole making their recipes :)

It was time for lunch and talk about a feast.  This salmon was one of the best salmon I have ever had.  Will be making it for my family. Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon

Will be making these too! Harvest Vegetables with Roasted Ginger & Cumin

This was another recipe that we couldn’t stop eating, so delicious and I think it was unanimous that we will all be making these ribs! Chipotle Cinnamon Baby Back Ribs

As if we hadn’t had enough food, we ended our meal with these cute “cup” cakes with a bite.  Loved the heat that came through with each bite . Mexican Hot Chocolate “Cup” Cakes

Giveaway: An assortment of McCormick Spices with Spice Rack

3 winners!

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED, Winners have been emailed :)

Here’s How To Enter:

1.  Leave a comment and tell us, what are your favorite McCormick Spices?

2.  For extra entries, Follow Picky Palate on Twitter, RSS Feed and Like us on Facebook.  Leave 3 separate comments for this.

3.  Contest ends Monday January 24th 8pm PST.  Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email.  Giveaway provided by McCormick Gourmet.

*Spices will not be exactly as pictured in Photo :)

Good Luck!

*Disclaimer:  I have been hired to
work with McCormick Gourmet as part
of their McCormick Real Gourmet
Program and am being compensated
however the thoughts are my very
own :)

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  1. 51
    danielle says:

    I love Cumin- my absolute favorite spice!

  2. 52

    Lemon pepper is my favorite spice of theirs! We LOVE IT!

  3. 53
    danielle says:

    I follow Picky Palate

  4. 54
    Mary S says:

    I love their dill weed. I sprinkle it on my salmon with some garlic butter. Bake it and it is so awesome. I also like their grill season blends..

  5. 55
    david says:

    Since I don’t do much cooking I’d say I like Salt the best!

  6. 56

    Like Picky Palate on FB

  7. 57
    Courtney says:

    Garlic powder and Lemon pepper are staples in my kitchen.
    This is such a great giveaway! Really excited for this one.

  8. 58
  9. 59
    Amy Reeves says:

    I love their smoked paprika! I put it in everything!

  10. 60
    Kristie K says:

    I love using all kinds of spices. Looks like a great time with awesome food !!

  11. 61
    Courtney says:

    You are on my RSS feed

  12. 62
    Linda F. says:

    I like you on facebook too!

  13. 63
    Courtney says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  14. 64
    Courtney says:

    I liked your page on facebook!

  15. 65
    Linda F. says:

    I could not live without cinnamon,coves and ginger!! All great for my baking addiction.

  16. 66
    Chasley says:

    I love their smoked paprika

  17. 67
    Mary S says:

    I love your post on Facebook.

  18. 68
    Aysley says:

    McCormick spices are the best! Even cooking out of a tiny dorm kitchen I have an entire shelf dedicated towards spices, they’re perfect for inspiration :)

  19. 69
    Kayla says:

    I like you on facebook and reading your post

  20. 70

    Hi Jenny! I would love to win this prize–this is a great one–and I would have to say I am a big fan of ginger!

  21. 71

    Already follow you on Twitter………

  22. 72
    Kayla says:

    i like using the perfect pinch spices. and always use twice as much cumin in recipes.

  23. 73

    And LOVE following you on Facebook!

  24. 74
    Jen says:

    I really like the new roasted Saigon Cinnamon

  25. 75
    Kristen says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  26. 76
    Jen says:

    I follow you on Twitter as well (HomemadeHolman)

  27. 77
    Kristen says:

    I love Cumin, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Italian Seasoning.

  28. 78
    Jen says:

    I’m also a follower on Facebook

  29. 79
    Jen says:

    I love to use cinnamon in my baking and cumin in my cooking!

  30. 80
    Cheryl Newton says:

    I love the black sesame seed. Haven’t used it yet, but *had* to have it, because it looked so cool. I do want to try the roasted varieties. Wonder if I’d be able to notice the difference?

  31. 81
    Som says:

    I couldn’t live without Chili Powder! I use it all the time!

  32. 82
    Som says:

    You are on my RSS feed!

  33. 83
    Christine H. says:

    Hands down, smoked paprika!!

  34. 84
    Linda de Bree says:

    My favorite McCormick spice is Chipotle Chile Pepper!

  35. 85
    Deb says:

    I have a cabine full of McCormick spices. My favorite depends on what I’m cooking. Definately use cinammon all the time as well as basil and rosemary.

  36. 86
    Linda de Bree says:

    I follow Picky Palate on Facebook!

  37. 87

    I subscribe to your RSS in google reader

  38. 88
    Christine says:

    Cinnamon, garlic powder and onion powder are the most used in my home.

  39. 89

    I love cinnamon and cumin, not in the same recipe.

  40. 90
    itsrenee says:

    Hands down love their Chai Spice.

  41. 91
    Christine says:

    Like you on Facebook.

  42. 92
    itsrenee says:

    I follow on RSS

  43. 93
    itsrenee says:

    I follow on FB =)

  44. 94

    I like you on facebook too!

  45. 95
    Cindy M says:

    cinnamon, takes me right back to my childhood.

  46. 96
    Lisa Teague says:

    I use Garlic and Italian seasoning is what I use the most.

  47. 97
    Regina says:

    I use a lot of smoked paprika, possibly a criminal amount.

  48. 98
    kimmikins says:

    My favorite McCormick spices are garlic, caribbean and cinnamon. Of course there are others that I love, but these are my fav 3.

  49. 99
    Amy says:

    I love the Montreal seasonings..

  50. 100
    Kristen says:

    I follow you on RSS Feed as well.

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