**UPDATE on 7/27/14: The giveaway is OVER! Congrats to Chavy C.!**
Staying motivated in the kitchen ain’t always easy, but we all know that cooking our own meals is the best way to nourish ourselves and our families. The problem? WE’RE TIRED AND LAZY.
I’m right there with you. But here’s my secret to mouth-popping food: I keep a stash of delicious flavor boosters in my pantry. That way, when I’m too exhausted to cook anything complicated, I turn to a handful of dishes I can whip up on autopilot that still deliver big flavor. Example? Garbage Stir Fry!
The key to amping up the flavors in even your simplest homemade concoctions is to use high quality spices, salts, and seasoning blends. I’ve tried a lot of spice blends on the market, and as longtime readers know, some of my favorites are from a local Bay Area company, Spice Hound. Years ago, I met the owner, Tammy Tan, when my nose (and my kids’ grabby hands) led me to her stand at the Palo Alto Farmers’ Market.
After purchasing and trying a bunch of Tammy’s spice blends, I was hooked.
You can smell the difference with Tammy’s spices as soon as you twist open the jars. Her blends and spices are incredibly fresh (unlike a lot of the spices in the supermarket that have been sitting on the shelves for who-knows-how-long), and go a long way towards enhancing the dishes I make. Spices and salts are Tammy’s passion, and she searches the ends of the earth to source the best ones available.
Plus, Spice Hound grinds all the blends in house and just about all of ’em are Whole30-approved! At the moment, Spice Hound spices are only available online for shipment to the 50 states. (If you’re in the Bay Area, you can also pick them up in person at Spice Hound’s San Francisco brick and mortar store and at the Sunday Campbell and Palo Alto farmer’s markets.)
But thanks to Tammy’s generosity, everyone on the planet—not just us Americans—has a chance to try my favorite blends in this week’s giveaway!
What’s up for grabs?
Here’s what’s in the prize package: A giant collection of some of my most-loved spice and salt blends—Adobo Seasoning, Tabil, Dukka, Seasoning Sea Salt, Porcini Mushroom Sea Salt, Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, & Black Truffle Sea Salt—and a Himalayan Pink Salt Plate, too!
Your proteins and veggies will taste so much better with a sprinkle of these magical blends!
But possibly the coolest item is the Himalayan Pink Salt Plate. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to “cook” with it and I’m in love. (I’ve been referring to this post for cool tips on how to use this unusual item.)
Want to win this cool batch of flavor boosters (total retail price: $129.00)? Click on this link or the picture below to get in on the giveaway:
The deadline to enter is 8pm Pacific time on Friday, July 25th, so enter already. Good luck!
If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won the giveaway, Tammy’s offering a 10% discount for all U.S.-based readers until the end of August (which means it expires on August 31, 2014)! Use the coupon code 10NOMNOM14 for online orders. And if you’re shopping at Spice Hound’s San Francisco store or farmers’ market stands, just mention that you’re a Nom Nom Paleo fan to receive the discount! Pow!
Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my New York Times bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013).0