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Spice Hound Giveaway

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Spice Hound Giveaway by Michelle Tam

**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? 

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Paleo Eats: 9/10/11

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It’s Friday night (or waaaaay early on Saturday morning) and I had nothing going on except for work, work, work. How come everyone else is drinking and driving and/or falling off horses? If everyone else stayed home and caught up on sleep, I’d have a nice, quiet shift at the hospital. Some people are so damn self-centered.

Er…I guess that includes me.

My first meal at work was close to the end of my shift: leftover emergency protein and veggies.

When I got off work, the family and I went to the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market to stock up on stone fruit, veggies…

…and spices.

I spent some time grilling Tammy, the friendly and spice-obsessed owner of Spice Hound, about her latest and greatest blends and exotic salts.

Stay tuned…there may be a spicy giveaway in the near future!

After our trip to the market, I bid the boys adieu before heading to bed.

Apparently, I missed out on a fun trip to San Francisco filled with spooks…

…train rides…

…and sleeping demons.

They even brought me a present!

As an additional treat, Fitbomb fed the boys dinner and let me sleep in until close to 7:00 p.m.

For dinner, I made a quick frittata

…filled with chard…

…sliced Walla Walla  onions…

…and leftover emergency protein.

I sprinkled on some Aleppo peppers…

…before finishing the egg pie under the broiler.

Here my dinner plate:

I had intended to sous vide the black cod fillets from Siren SeaSA for dinner but I didn’t have enough time. Don’t fret! I stored them in a bowl of ice in the fridge for tomorrow’s dinner.

Then, I packed my stuff for work and went to the garage to practice for Fight Gone Bad 6. Yes, that means I spent some time in the garage getting bonked in the head with a heavy medicine ball. Over and over and over again. Ouch.

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Stock Your Pantry with Spice Hound Spice Blends

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I love to eat but am incredibly lazy. Good thing I’m willing to pay through the nose for items that make me seem like a good cook without any actual technical skill (e.g. SousVide Supreme).

In all seriousness, I think if you use high quality ingredients, your food will taste awesome without too much work.  And you don’t have to spend a ton of money.  For example, I love the spice blends from local spice purveyor Spice Hound.  They’re all really fresh, unique, and tasty and they cost ~$6-7 per half-cup container. I’m always on the look out for new spice blends because they’ll help you save so much time in the kitchen.

I bought these three sugar-free blends at the farmers’ market last Saturday:

Tabil is a Tunisian spice blend with a spicy kick made with coriander, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, and caraway seeds.  I cooked up some ground beef and diced onions tonight and seasoned it with some Tabil, salt, and pepper.  The dish took minimal work but tasted amazing.

Fajita & Taco Seasoning is a fantastic blend with ancho, Mexican oregano, garlic, thyme, tomato, sea salt, Worcestershire.  The crap you get at the store always has tons of sugar. I know you can make your own (and I have) but I’m lazy, remember?


I am really excited to experiment with Dukka.  It’s a traditional Egyptian spice blend with hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin. 

The owner, Tammy Tan, is super nice, informative, and helpful. They have a new storefront in San Francisco and stands at a ton of farmers’ markets in the Bay Area.  I can’t wait to try more of their spices, salts, and blends!