‘Talking Turkey’ at AllSpice: New Turkey and Poultry Seasoning

Turkey-and-Poultry-SeasoningIt’s time to talk turkey. An old American phrase that dates to back before our Revolutionary War, talking turkey means speaking frankly with someone, discussing hard facts, or getting to the point.

Experts aren’t clear on the exact origins of the idiom (some say it has something to do with colonists bargaining with indigenous people for wild game?), but for modern-day AllSpice staff, when we talk turkey, we mean we are getting down to serious business —- both figuratively and literally. Native to the US, the iconic turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving feasting, and boy howdy, talking about best or favorite ways to prepare turkey for the feast is serious business around here.

Our new Turkey and Poultry Seasoning is a “seriously” tasty blend of ingredients, specifically chosen to add layers of flavor to your turkey. A little bit spicy, with lots of savory, this blend makes poultry preparations a breeze. Simply rub this seasoning under the skin and inside the cavity of the turkey or other poultry, then bake.

Don’t feel that you have to wait until Thanksgiving to use this blend, as the sage and chili flavors will enhance all of your poultry dishes, any time of year. We like to use Turkey and Poultry Seasoning ($5.60 for a 1/2 Cup jar) in savory pot pies, in chicken salad, and even in our post-holiday turkey noodle soup.

Turkey and Poultry Seasoning Contains: Salt, Sage, Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Chili, Paprika, and Other Spices.


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Savvy about spices? Crazy about cooking? AllSpice is looking for holiday help.

Anna-and-Eva-christmas-decorationsLove to cook, eat, experiment, entertain?

AllSpice is looking for some part-time holiday staff.

We are looking for some candidates who can work about 18 to 24 hours each week.

You need to love food and cooking first and foremost — but also enjoy working with customers. Our staff answer lots of customer questions, offer smells and samples, and encourage people to experiment with new ingredients and recipes.

In addition to sales clerk duties, the job would also require some production, cleaning and merchandising. Primary hours would be weekdays, with occasional Saturdays or Sundays to fill in when weekend staff is off. Regular shifts are 10 am – 4pm and noon – 6 pm M – F, 10 – 5 Saturdays, and noon – 4 on Sundays… with some possible variations during the holidays.

Want to apply? Stop by the shop, or send an email to AllSpice owner Rory@AllSpiceOnline.com, for an application.



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World Food and Music Fest Follow-up and ‘Guess That Spice’ Quiz Winner

2017-world-food-music-festivalWe’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the “Spice Adventure” tent that we hosted at the World Food and Music Festival this past weekend.

We had a great time with everyone who stopped in to see us, and we hope that you had fun taking our “Guess That Spice” quiz.

After the festival was over, we went through hundreds of filled-out forms, but only one person actually guessed all 15 of the “mystery ingredients” correctly. Congratulations to Sara Morgan for her keen sense of smell, taste and knowledge of spices.

Many of you asked about an answer key, so we are posting the answer key below:

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World Food and Music Festival This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Join AllSpice at the 13th annual World Food & Music Festival this Friday, September 15, through Sunday, September 17. The festival features over fifty food vendors, representing more than two dozen countries and culinary traditions from around the world.

The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — one hour later than in previous years — and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Des Moines Register says about 80,000 people attended last year’s festival and even more are expected for this year’s event — hence its new location in the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.

Also new this year, The Spice Adventure tent (sponsored by Principal Financial Group) will feature classes and activities led by Allspice Culinarium staffers. The sessions will feature seasonings from a variety of culinary traditions, and are open to festival-goers of all ages! Read on for the schedule:

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AllSpice ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ Library Event Menu


AllSpice owner Rory, talking about ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ at the Des Moines Public Library.

We had a great time at our September 12 ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ event at Des Moines’ Central Library, with over twenty people attending.

We put together a simple presentation, showing various ways to warm up classic Fall dishes, demonstrating how sometimes, small changes in your routine or ingredients can make big differences in your cooking.

A couple of folks who could not be there Tuesday night had asked us for the recipes that we sampled at the library. We thought others might like the list, too:

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