Sunday, January 6, 2013

PALEO SPICE BLENDS AND A GIVEAWAY


Sometimes you just don't feel like being creative. Sometimes I don't feel like coming up with a totally innovative, original recipe of my own. Thank goodness for paleo spice blends. There are hundreds of companies and products out there that are paleo-friendly and I had the chance to sample one. The following recipes are simply rubbed with selected Cajun spice blends from Savory Spice Shop
As social chair of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, I get to do some pretty cool things. One of them was to round up some prizes for a member's only trivia event at a funky east side joint called Gourmand's. One of the prize packages I collected was a gift set of spice tubes from the darling Savory Spice Shop on west 6th St. Upon picking up the prizes, the owner, Karen, presented me with a really cool blogger opportunity. Basically, I received a sample of this really cool gift set (see photo above) with a variety of Cajun spices. She told me to try it out on some of my recipes and blog about it if I had a good experience. Well, I sure did! Then, if I wanted to extend the offer as a giveaway to one of my readers, she would provide another four-piece gift set for someone else to try! So what do you think? Do you want one?

The first recipe I tried was with cauliflower. I simply tossed the cauliflower in a bowl with some olive oil and then again with some (2 Tbsp) of the Cajun Blackening seasoning. I roasted it at 425ยบ for 15-20 minutes until it was golden brown and crispy. It was awesome. My husband loved it and he hates cauliflower. That was success #1. 
Sucess #2 was a filet of salmon, dried with a paper towel, rubbed with the Black River Creole Seasoning  and sauteed in coconut oil in a cast iron skillet. You know how I feel about my cast iron and coconut oil. The combination of the two makes a beautiful crust on fist. My son loved this, as did I. I mean, really, just look at the picture. It tasted even better that that! 


So, if you are interested in this or one of their other variety gift packages, let me know in the comments below. Be sure you leave me your email address! I'll pick a winner at the end of the week (Friday January 11 at 11:59pm.) Happy New Year!

28 comments:

  1. Yes, I would love one of the gift packages:)

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  2. These spices look great! I'm not much of a fish person, but if I could make salmon like that, I might be more apt to try it :) (Email: caseyportman @ gmail DOT com)

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  3. Yes please. Been meaning to check these guys out, so this would save me a trip ;) brycebolt at gmail dot com

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  4. Those spice blends look really good. The File powder would work really well in a gumbo!

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  5. I would love to try these! I was introduced to Paleo years ago by my mad genius doctor. We really can live longer and stronger this way. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Totally Distracted! Will you please email me? You are my winner but I have no email address for you! Brittanie36(at)gmail

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  6. The spices look wonderful...a great way to change things up! Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy New Year!

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  7. Always up for new spice blends! It's not so easy to find blends without added sugars and flow enhancers and anti-caking ingredients - and I get tired of making my own (especially when it's 6pm and I have to start from scratch!).

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  8. Would love these spices!

    Email is meyers23 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I absolutely would love to have one, I am a spice fiend!!! I love making my own spice blends, the possibilities are endless!

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    1. Forgot my e-mail: kimmacrabie@yahoo.com

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  10. I need to find some spices that would make it a lot easier to have a varitey of ways to eat the foods I know I am supposed to be eating and not get bored or go the more expensive route of buying a bunch of fresh items to make a sauce, or a blend, or something else that can go with it. Even if I am not picked, I would love to hear any ideas you have. amazinglymade@yahoo.com

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  11. How fun, a spice give away! I'd love to win these!
    greeneyesmcr@yahoo.com

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  12. Add me to the list! pensivepaleo@gmail.com

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  13. Great giveaway!

    shankyouverymuch11 (at) yahoo dot com

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  14. Spices sound and look wonderful! Since I'm not much of a cook these would definitely help me jazz up what I do cook. kili0712@yahoo.com

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  15. i would love to get creative with these spices :)

    shajorah63@hotmail.com

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  16. yay! spices! I'd love to win these! We had your turkey burgers for dinner tonight- thanks for the amazing recipe! laureneclark@gmail.com

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  17. I am always looking for new and inventive spices to use. The Cajun Blackening Seasoning would be great on some shrimp or tilapia!. My email addy is: aneesa824 at yahoo dot com.

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  18. Oh, these look tasty! I'm just starting out with paleo, so anything to help keep me on track when it comes to cooking is a blessing!

    heather.cook.13 at gmail dot com

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  19. It sounds wonderful! I NEVER heard of cauliflower like this but it sounds so much better than any kind I have had! I have not experienced much with these kinds of spices ..!
    deb@debra316.com

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  20. OMG!! I have such a hard time finding spices to use!! these sound amazing! Benn Paleo for 12 weeks and loving it!
    jenniferldevison@yahoo.ca

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  21. I would love to try them! That salmon looks amazing.

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

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  22. Sounds and looks great. I need to make some gumbo.Always on the lookout for something to spice things up= raoulhavana@gmail.com
    Johnny

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  23. Just learning about Paleo and I could use all the help I can get to help convince family this is the way to go. What better way than spices to help make everything taste good.

    THANKS
    Jody
    jwater4@suddenlink.net

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  24. My mouth is watering looking at this. Please enter me!

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