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Holiday Gift Guide: Raw Spice Bar Monthly Spice & Recipe Subscription Box #holidaygiftguide

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If you’re looking to take your kitchen on a trip around the world, you can do so in style with Raw Spice Bar! Here you’ll find a fabulous monthly subscription service featuring high quality spices, made in small batches, paired with recipes created to feed 4-6 people. The spices and recipes come from every corner of the globe, and come with a beautiful background of culinary information and regional history.This subscription service is more than a product, more than a concept, it’s an international experience for all the senses, one that you can share with your family and friends, all while sitting at your dining room table.

I, Sarina, was elated to receive November’s spice box. Cooking dinner is one of my favorite times of the day, and I’m always looking for new recipes. With my new spice selection from Raw Spice Bar, I was ready to get started. November’s spices come from Ethiopia, which is a cuisine that friends have suggested I try, knowing that I’d enjoy it, but somehow I never got around to it. I read the back story on the Ethiopian spices, and was so inspired, I knew I had to start cooking these new recipes that night! The spices in this kit were Pumpkin Pie Spice, Berbere and Ethiopian Mitmita. The Pumpkin Pie Spice was the only one that I was familiar with, and with all those premium quality ingredients, I had high hopes for a high hopes for a delicious spin on a popular spice blend. The other two spice blends I had never heard of before, and I was excited to cook with them and taste them!
I decided to work with what I knew first, and that was the Pumpkin Pie Spice. My first new recipe was Pumpkin Spice Kolo Dabo (Ethiopian Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Donuts. The directions were easy to follow and well written, making this recipe simple. The taste, however, was anything but! These delicious donuts were exploding with flavor! Even though all of the ingredients were common items, that I regularly stock in my kitchen, to combine them in this way for the Ricotta Donuts was totally genius. They worked out well, and my kids gobbled them down right away. So much for having dessert after dinner!
The next spice packet I used was the Berbere, for the Berbere Roasted Carrots, Fennel and Mint. Since I’m a vegetarian, and I’m pretty much obsessed with fennel, I knew I’d love this one. Raw Spice Bar suggests it as a side dish, but this is definitely something I could eat as a main course! When I opened the package, I was blown away by the incredible aroma of the spice blend. Again, the recipe was easy to follow, and with fresh mint plucked that morning from my mother in law’s garden, this dish was an absolute delight.
I look forward to, with great anticipation, the opportunity to use the Ethiopian Mitmita. The Key Wat (Spicy Ethiopian Stewed Beef) looks like a recipe my family will really enjoy. I’m going to try it out when we have our best friends over, whom I know will love this dish as well.
If impeccable spice blends weren’t enough to win you over, here’s a heart warming edition to this month’s spice box: this month, Raw Spice Bar partnered with Asante Mama, a group out of Uganda that has pulled more than 5,000 women out of poverty through farming. The African Bird’s eye chili pepper found in the Mitmita blend comes directly from them! How wonderful!
A monthly subscription to Raw Spice Bar is sure to tantalize the taste buds of your soul. With new spices and recipes to try each month, you’re sure to never be bored at dinner time again. This subscription is a must-have for any cooking enthusiast in your life – give a worldly gift without ever having to leave the comfort of your home!


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