Saturday, June 30, 2018

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

When I was growing up, my mother kept a little tea garden near the kitchen door. It had things like chamomile, dandelion, lemon verbena, catnip, rosemary, and many more amazing herbs. She taught me much about teas from her years growing up in Appalachia with a mother who was the local midwife. 

When I grew up, I made teas too from the recipes, some of them I modified a bit with newer herbs, roots and spices that were in the marketplace and available today in America.

My mom used to say "the more heat, the more healing." I remembered that, and today I tend to eat raw ginger which is very hot and spicy. Cayenne was one she pulled out often and turmeric. 

And today studies show that ingesting spices and herbs is very good for you, as well as hot spicy ones.

Here's some great herbs that help and why they do (LINK

I figure that any way I can spice up my foods and add those nutrients that are so beneficial, I will do so. Cooking is about the palate and there is nothing better than finding a way to do something healthy while making your mouth happy. Imagine if you were told to put a teaspoon of sugar on everything. Well, I'm pleased to say using Cowboy Spice Company's spices, wholesome and fresh ground, is the way I pay homage to my mom's healthy teachings while making my taste buds oh so pleased.

It's addicting - that taste! 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Rodeo Wings

(served with the San Antonio Southwest Salad recipe I shared a few days ago)

2 c. orange juice ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
2 T. oil

Marinate the wings in this mix in the fridge for 2 hours or more.

Pat wings off and spread on Cowboy Spice Company's Raspberry seasoning. Cook at 400 x 45 minutes.

Dipping sauce: ½ c. sour cream, 2 T. sun-dried tomatoes and 3 tsp of Cowboy Spice Company's Sweet Heat Raspberry.

These were a dream weekend supper or picnic item. They were so tender and the seasoning on the skin had just a touch of heat and tons of flavor. The dipping sauce is so good, I want to bottle this stuff up. The seasoning mixed with the tart sour cream and the sun-dried tomatoes was so savory and flavorful. 

It had a pinch of heat and a pinch of sweet.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

West Texas BLT

I am a BLT freak, but I do admit that I don't like tomato on my sandwiches or burgers - it's a soggy mess. I wanted the flavor, however, so I found a way to make the most flavorful BLT ever!

8 slices bacon
1/3 c. mayo
2 tsp sun-dried tomatoes
1 tsp Cowboy Spice Company's Sweet Heat Black Cherry

Mix the mayo, un-dried tomatoes and spice mix and set aside.

Place 8 slices of back on a rack on a pan for the oven. Rub in the Sweet Heat Black Cherry onto the top of the slices. Cook at 400 about 15 minutes or longer until as crisp as you like it. Toast bread. Assemble bacon slices and lettuce and then spread other slice with the mayo mix.

This was the BEST BLT I’ve ever had! I don’t like mushy tomato on my BLT, so this gave me all the flavors and the spices on the bacon and in the spread made it so flavorful that I wanted another sandwich immediately! Sadly, I had to share the bacon with others (*frown*) 

Next time, I'm making enough for two sandwiches!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

San Antonio Southwest Salad

I love southwest salads, but they are usually missing the seasoning so that they are not making my palate happy. I decided to try out Cowboy Spice Company's Sweet Heat on this one and - bam! I locked in the best salad ever!

Can of black beans
Can of corn
Head of lettuce
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 c. ranch dressing mixed with 3 tsp Cowboy Spice Company Sweet Heat 

Dice the lettuce, add the other ingredients and toss.

This was the best salad! It had that hint of Southwest taste to it that complemented all the ingredients. When the seasoning was added to the Ranch dressing it was so good that I am going to start using this for my sandwich spread! It had tang and hint of heat. The mix is pure and clean and no weird off taste or plastic synthetic taste like other spice mixes. You can smell and taste the fresh ground goodness. 

This is a taste that I can get addicted to.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Texas Pizza Dip

I'm known for my pizza dip. It's so requested, I need to show up at events with it, or I will hear bellyaching for days. I decided to give it some punch and utilized Cowboy Spice Company's Sweet Heat mix and that's when I was hooked. This is going to be a long and happy relationship.

2 T. sun-dried tomatoes 
8 oz sour cream 
8 oz mozzarella shredded (divided into two halves)
4 oz cheddar cheese 8 oz ricotta cheese
small package pepperoni diced 1 T. garlic minced
4 tsp Cowboy Spice Company Sweet Heat

Mix all ingredients using 4 oz of the mozzarella. Spread in an 8 x 8 baking dish and sprinkle with the leftover 4 oz of mozzarella. Bake 350 x 30 minutes.

Tear up a loaf of Italian or French bread and use for dipping or use tortilla chips.

Sweet Heat is the perfect mix of a bit of sweet hitting the tongue and slowly warming to a most pleasant level. The spices make the dip so addictive, it’s hard to stop eating even when you’re full. It's ooey gooey and satisfying beyond belief. If you make this for game day, the games will always be watched at your house!

Monday, June 25, 2018

They Call Me ShRed

My name is Sharon, but they call me "ShRed" (Sharon the Red).

I am a whirlwind of industry from oil and gas equipment brokerage, paranormal investigation and blogging on Ghost Hunting Theories, authoring books, investing in disruptive technologies, growing organic food, and movie making. 

The consistencies in my life were being taught to live off the land and grow and catch my own food in my home state of Virginia. My mother was also very expert in Appalachian curative tea making and taught me much about herbs and spices. Our estate had orchards, berries, grapes, nuts of all kinds and our summer home on the Chesapeake had the same, as well as crabs, clams, oysters, and fish. 

I grew up in Virginia so food influences included British and Southern/country, as well as Chesapeake. I moved to Arizona as a teen and spent some years in California so southwestern and wine country were also influences on my recipe making.

I lead a conscious life of health and balance. I know how to cook for one or huge party crowds. Whatever I'm doing, I use Cowboy Spice Company spices because I want expert blends that take my recipes to gourmet levels with healthy and natural mixes. 

Expect me to share lots of tips and tricks for shopping, the health benefits of herbs and spices, how to cook if you're single, living in a dorm, have a big family or want to throw a large shindig. I've been there and done all that many times!

Thanks for checking out my blog. Let the recipe sharing begin - 

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