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Tradition: A Good One

It's a tradition around our house each year to make a special "holiday blend" of warm, comfortable spices. Each year it's a little different although the major elements remain pretty familiar. This year the focus is on cinnamon and ginger... It just doesn't get more "holiday" than that now does it?

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Sweet spices are the soul of Holiday Blend 2015: Two kinds of cinnamon (Saigon and Ceylon) are highlighted against a festive background of gingery freshness. The sensual fragrance of nutmeg, cardamom, and clove rounds out the experience in a comforting way.

Ingredient list for Holiday Blend 2015 in alphabetical order:

  • Cardamom, Green
  • Cinnamon, Ceylon 
  • Cinnamon, Vietnamese Saigon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg

Looks simple; tastes rich, spicy, and complex. We're using fresh, whole spices to make this, and all our blends, so you get the complexity. Whole green cardamon, whole sticks of cinnamon, whole cloves, whole nutmeg... You get the picture. Yeah, it matters. 

Our blends don't sit around in a warehouse for months (or years), or on a shelf, or out in the parking lot in a trailer for days on end either. We small batch process each week to ensure that freshness makes it to your table. Yes, "fresh squeezed" every week! 

Holiday Blend 2015 is guaranteed to be a hit with sweet potato or winter squash, tomato sauces, cookies, cakes, pies, candies, gingerbread, custards, oatmeal, pancakes or waffles, spiced tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, & eggnog. We're really excited about this one. You'll love it.

Another tradition involves "the bird." No, not that kind, we're talking turkey, chicken, duck, goose, dove, quail, and just about anything else with wings and feathers on it.

Each year we create a little something special; something a little different but always on target for holiday poultry. It's "Bird Rub" and we're mighty proud of it.

Ingredient list for Bird Rub in alphabetical order:

  • Bay Leaves
  • Celery Seed
  • Garlic
  • Marjoram
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Paprika, Hungarian
  • Peppercorns, Tellicherry Black 
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme Leaves 

People who come by our booth at the Canyon Farmers Market or visit with us on Facebook know that some of these herbs are grown right here at Smiling Coyote Farm. We offer them for sale, fresh, at market and at the farm as well as in our blends. Always fresh, always make from whole spices, never any salt, MSG, sugar, additives or fillers of any kind. Just herbs and spices. 

Bird Rub is aromatic with the distinctive fragrance of celery playing off against a richly herbal background of bay, thyme, oregano, sage, marjoram, and rosemary. There's a richness underlying it all from a really high quality Hungarian sweet paprika, along with garlic, and onion. It's a classic.

Used as a rub or in marinades with anything bird-like, Bird Rub is straight-up magic. It's also an excellent addition to any dressing, gravy, or sauce and it's perfect in soups and stews (especially with leftover bird) and sprinkled on sandwiches.

Some traditions are better than others and these two are, in our opinion, keepers.