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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 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
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  1. 101
    Robyn says:

    Lately I’ve been stumbling on all sorts of recipes that use neat spices. I’m a traditional seasonings user but would love to try some new ones!

  2. 102
    Courtney says:

    Cinnamon, definitely

  3. 103
    kimmikins says:

    I currently follow you on FaceBook! 🙂

  4. 104
    Amy says:

    I follow your RSS feeds

  5. 105
    kimmikins says:

    I am a Twitter fan.

  6. 106
    Katie says:

    I love both sweet and savory dishes, so I love to use McCormick cinnamon in all my baked goods, and on my potatoes, and I love to use Thyme in all my pasta dishes. They add so much flavor!

  7. 107
    Amy says:

    I follow you on FB

  8. 108
    kimmikins says:

    I also follow via RSS feed.

  9. 109
    Cindy says:

    I already like you on facebook:)

  10. 110
    melissa says:

    crushed red pepper…love me some hot n spicy 🙂

  11. 111
    melissa says:

    already like you on FB!

  12. 112
    Christy says:

    Have to go with cinnamon!!!

  13. 113
    Christy says:

    And on Facebook!

  14. 114
    Christy says:

    And on Twitter!

  15. 115 says:

    My favorites are cumin and basil….plus all the rest :}

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    Hindy says:

    I follow your RSS Feed

  19. 119
    Cindy says:

    love the ground white pepper, and cumin,.,.,but I really like how th bottle look lines up in my cupboard, If I ever have to get a spice in another form…I still put it in an old McCormick’s bottle.

  20. 120

    What a great opportunity to visit the McCormick kitchen! I love their spices, such good quality!

  21. 121
    Hindy says:

    I love curry

  22. 122

    I personally love the big container (14.5 oz) to Montreal Steak Seasoning from the Grillmates. Rachael Ray actually introduced this seasoning in one of her recipes and I use it on ALOT of things now. In fact, I am almost out need to go buy some more! 🙂

  23. 123
    Julie says:

    My favorite is McCormick’s Roasted Ground Cumin. My husband is a very picky eater, but I managed to sneak the cumin into a orange/cumin sweet and spicy tilapia recipe, and he loved it! Adding spices can take the boring recipes he likes and make them more fun for someone like me!

  24. 124
    Amber W. says:

    I use A LOT of their dried thyme. Which reminds me… I need more!

  25. 125
    Amber W. says:

    I follow PP on Twitter!

  26. 126
    Jess :) says:

    Cinnamon! Something nostalgic about its smell- brings me back to sprinkling it on French toast as a kid 🙂

  27. 127
    Jess :) says:

    Also follow on Facebook!! 🙂

  28. 128
    Julie says:

    I followed on twitter

  29. 129
    Amber W. says:

    I follow Picky Palate on Facebook!

  30. 130
    Julie says:

    I’ve already been following on my RSS feed

  31. 131
    Amber W. says:

    I follow the PP feed!

  32. 132
    Julie says:

    and now I “liked” on facebook, too

  33. 133
    Laura Cassanos says:

    I love all their spices. Vanilla bean, cinnamon, garlic powder, smoked paprika, Mexican chili powder, Italian spices…I could go on and on…

  34. 134
    Robin says:

    I like to use blends, even if they are simple like the garlic salt or lemon pepper. I do really like the Herbs de Provence – adds great flavor to your dish!

  35. 135
    Robin says:

    I like you on Facebook.

  36. 136
    Becky Fisher says:

    I love the sea salt grinders — they are always right next to my stove!

  37. 137
    Becky Fisher says:

    I follow on Facebook!

  38. 138
    jeannette says:

    Their saigon cinnamon is to die!! I also love their leafy green spices: oregano, thyme and parsley!!

  39. 139
    Becky Fisher says:

    I follow on TWITTER!

  40. 140
    Becky Fisher says:

    I follow by RSS on my Google Reader!

  41. 141
    Linsey Brockman says:

    Looks amazing! I love the Ancho Chili Pepper… gives such great flavor to my dishes.

  42. 142
    Julia says:

    cinnamon everyday!!!!! i also love cumin and the dry basil! <#

  43. 143
    atpanda says:

    My favorite McCormick spice is cumin, hands down. mmmm

  44. 144
    Holly says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  45. 145
    atpanda says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  46. 146
    atpanda says:

    I ‘like’ you on Facebook

  47. 147
    jeannette says:

    I subscribe to your rss feed.

  48. 148
    Amanda says:

    I know this is going to sound boring BUT I love using course ground pepper…SOOOO much better than what I used to use.

  49. 149
    Holly says:

    Subscribed to your feed.

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    Amanda says:

    I follow you on Facebook… 🙂

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