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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
own :)

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  1. 151
    jeannette says:

    I follow you on twitter

  2. 152

    Great spicy fun, the menu is very creative use of the McC. spices.

  3. 153
    Angela V says:

    We love the cinnamon and California style garlic salt! Thanks for the

  4. 154
    Sara says:

    I am a huge fan of thier smoked paprika!! mmm good on (almost) everything!!

  5. 155
    Holly says:

    Hmm, I go through so much cinnamon in life, it’s crazy. I also love Cayenne, and garlic powder. The diced jalapeno peppers would be great as well.

  6. 156
    jami day says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  7. 157
    Holly says:

    Also following on twitter!

  8. 158

    Jenny, not only is this a great giveaway – but such a wonderful experience you all had. Thanks for sharing with us all!

  9. 159
    Danielle S says:

    Love the Steak Seasoning!

  10. 160
    Danielle S says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  11. 161
    Athena says:

    Some of my favorite McCormick spices are: Saigon cinnamon, ground red pepper, crushed red pepper, ground cumin, and ground mustard.

  12. 162
    Athena says:

    I subscribe via Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  13. 163
    Danielle S says:

    Love your posts on facebook and follow you there.

  14. 164
    Sara says:

    I am a fan on facebook!

  15. 165
    Athena says:

    I follow on FB.

  16. 166
    Morgan says:

    Facebook follower =]

  17. 167
    Sara says:

    I follow on twitter! @Behazeled

  18. 168
    Maria says:

    Cinnamon and the new roasted line! Glad you had so much fun!

  19. 169
    Athena says:

    I subscribe via RSS feed.

  20. 170
    Sara says:

    I have an RSS feed!

  21. 171
    Laura M says:

    I love red Pepper flakes!! They can go in almost any dish for a little extra spice

  22. 172
    Nichole Van Bruggen says:

    Roasted Saigon Cinnamon. Its soooo good! I have used there regular cinnamon but the roasted Saigon….OMG!

  23. 173
    Danielle S says:

    Follow you on RSS feed.

  24. 174
    Nichole Van Bruggen says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  25. 175
    Joan Oscarson says:

    Cinnamon for baking and garlic powder for cooking!

  26. 176
    Nichole Van Bruggen says:

    I like you on Facebook 😀

  27. 177
    Cecile H. says:

    Smoked Paprika, onion powder, garlic powder

  28. 178
    Gwen says:

    garlic powder

  29. 179
    Gwen says:

    I follow you on FB also!

  30. 180
    Winnie says:

    Looks like a great trip- that popcorn crust for the cheesecake looks so good! I love the McCormick Gourmet Collection- I use the ground ginger and the organic cumin a lot.FPA7

  31. 181
    jeannette says:

    I like you on facebook

  32. 182
    Carole says:

    I love cinnamon and any of the baking spices.

    I have followed you on Facebook from day 1.

  33. 183
    Winnie says:

    I already follow you on twitter (I am @drwinnie)…

  34. 184
    Donna says:

    I LOVE the spice blends collection.The Cajun and the Herbes de Provence get a lot of use as does the Italian seasoning. Wonderful. Always can trust high quality from McCormick!That looked like such a fun event!

  35. 185
    Kate B says:

    I’m addicted to ancho chili powder and cumin!

  36. 186
    Winnie says:

    I just liked you on facebook!

  37. 187
    Kate B says:

    I’m a fan on FB!

  38. 188
    Diana says:

    I love the McCormick Grinders. I have Italian Herb and the Steakhouse Grinders. What kitchen couldn’t use this awesome spice rack!!

  39. 189
    Catrina says:

    Wow, it is so hard to narrow it down to just one, but the 2 that I personaly use the most often would be the garlic and cinnomin! I love Mccormick Spices!

  40. 190
    Diana says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  41. 191
    Courtney says:

    Grill Mates Montreal Seasoning…can’t live without it!

  42. 192
    Judimae says:

    I use curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon all the time. I follow you on twitter and now on facebook as well.

  43. 193
    amy c says:

    cumin!!! i also like some of their seasoning mixes for meats.

  44. 194
    Jessie says:

    I LOVE the Montreal Steak and Montreal Chicken seasonings. I use them in so many different ways. The two spices that I seem to buy more frequently than anything else are cumin and oregeno.

  45. 195
    Anne says:

    I love spices! Hard to pick just one!

  46. 196
    Jessie says:

    I am a fan on Facebook

  47. 197
    Jessie says:

    I subscribe to your blog through google reader.

  48. 198
    Ambrey Holliday says:

    My newest love is the Mediterranean Spiced Sea Salt 🙂

  49. 199
    Ambrey Holliday says:

    and I follow on Facebook

  50. 200
    Cheryl Ross says:

    The spices I tend to use most are cinnamon, and thyme.

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