Good for you, good for your brain: Six reasons for adding more fish and seafood to your menu

You should eat more fish and seafood! Here’s why:

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It’s part of a healthy diet. The school of public health at Harvard says that fish and seafood are great sources of “healthful long-chain Omega-3 fats and rich in other nutrients,” and are high in protein, but low in fat.

It’s raises your “good” HDL cholesterol. While other high-protein sources like eggs, beef, pork, and so on, can raise your LDL cholesterol, many kinds of cold-water fish and seafood are rich in unsaturated fats, and can raise your HDL cholesterol and lower your LDL cholesterol.  HDL helps break down the LDL that accumulates in your blood stream, which in turn helps decrease your risk of cardiovascular illness.  More about fish and cholesterol here.

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Rory’s shrimp kebabs

It’s got all the Vitamin D. Just like exposure to sunshine, fish and seafood are rich in Vitamin D. In fact, fish is the best dietary source of Vitamin D, and a single serving of a fatty fish (like salmon or herring) can provide 100% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin D.

It’s good for your heart. Eating about one or two servings of fatty fish a week, reduces the chances of dying from heart disease by more than one-third.  The omega-3 fats in fish can lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and, “at higher doses, lower triglycerides and may ease inflammation.”

It’s good for your brain. Your mom or grandma may have encouraged you to eat your filet-o-fish sandwich back in the day, because fish is “brain food.” Turns out, she was right! Eating fish once or twice a week may also reduce the risk of stroke, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic conditions.

Also, it’s really delicious.

And easy to prepare.  Ready to add more fish and seafood into your weekly menus? Try some of our new, exclusive Prime Sea Seasoning.

PrimeSeaSeasoningPrime Sea Seasoning is the result of a collaboration between Chef David Baruthio (Prime Land and Seafood) and AllSpice owner Rory Brown.

The Prime Sea blend ($11.50 for a 1/2 Cup jar) is a delicious blend of Himalayan Pink Salt, Sea Salt, Piment D’Esplette, Fennel, Hawaiian Red Salt, Lemon Pepper, and Parsley.

Rory says, “I would primarily use this the way you would a salt blend. It’s excellent on fish, like tilapia, cod, and tuna – if I do say so myself! But it is also tasty on shrimp, scallops, and lobster.”

Sprinkle a little Prime Sea Seasoning over the surface of your fish, shellfish, or other seafood before you bake, grill, or sauté. Add a touch of butter or lemon (or a drizzle of your favorite olive oil!) and you’re done. Didn’t we tell you it was simple and easy?

Prime Sea Blend is also delicious with roasted vegetables like green beans, zucchini, or squash. Try it sprinkled over kale chips!

Photo credit: Pike Place Fish Market by Doug Kerr, cc-share-alike

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Last-minute (but very thoughtful) Valentine gifts

2017-Valentine-mug-gift-setBe mine. Did February 14 sneak up on you like it has on us?

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away! If you’re looking for a thoughtful (and yummy) gift, we have our Valentine mug gift sets here at the shop.

It is a whimsical heart mug with our Hot Chocolate Café Blend and 2 Vanilla Bean Marshmallows from Beaverdale Confections.

The Valentine mug gift set is $11.50.

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All the pretty little truffles

AllSpice owner Rory Brown has been collaborating lately with a blogger, Lauren, from the local food blog Zestful Kitchen.

Lauren’s most recent post, about chocolate truffles, is well worth taking a peek:

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Butter-stained pages, chocolate, spaghetti, ‘turtles’: foods that make us feel loved

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Last week, while we were working together at the store, the conversation turned (as it does in around Valentine’s Day) to talk of love, and feeling loved.  Rory asked us, what foods make you feel especially loved? Here are some of the answers:

AllSpice staffer Eva says: I love this Applesauce Spice Cake from my mom’s vintage Better Homes + Gardens cookbook. [Editor’s note: we’ve adapted the recipe here]. The page it’s printed on was already crinkled and butter-stained when the book was handed down to her from one of her great aunts – that’s how you know it’s really good! My mother will make this a few times a year and I love to come over and have a piece (or two or three).

Annas-turtle-breadAllSpicer Anna says:  Turtle bread makes me feel loved! I used to make this with my mom and siblings. It’s a really simple recipe, so we could make most of it on our own. It’s an activity we kids could do together that didn’t involve copious amounts of arguing.

Plus, it looks like a turtle when you’re done — and who doesn’t love food that’s shaped like other things?

AllSpice co-owner Andy says: I always love it when Rory makes Spaghetti with Beef Mushroom Sauce for us. This is a recipe we adapted from Real Simple that we both love!

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AllSpice owners Rory (L) and Andy

Rory’s story: “Well I think I fall into the must-have-chocolate for Valentine’s Day group. I love to make (and eat!) decadent, beautiful chocolate desserts. They don’t have to be overly sweet, they just have to be ridiculously rich and creamy.

“Some favorite recipes that fall into this category are a couple of chocolate cheesecakes that I love to make for special occasions. They all pretty much stem from the same recipe, but I vary it by using Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlúa in it.  It’s become the special dessert that other family members, like my nephew Bryant, ask for it when I cook for them.

“Now, when I think about food and Andy and my love for him, I really enjoy when we go out to have a very nice, elegant meal, just enjoying some wonderful food together. It is just so much fun to talk about the food and wine pairings and just get lost in the experience together.”

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Coming Soon: SuperBowl XI and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Super_Bowl_LI_nfl-on-locationThis weekend marks the second-biggest day for food consumption, and *the* biggest single-day consumption of snack foods in America. That’s right, this Sunday is the Super Bowl. The average Super Bowl watcher consumes about 1,200 calories [and 50 grams of fat, yum] during the game.

Clam Chowder vs. Fried Chicken? In this, its fifty-first year, the Super Bowl sees the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons. If you like to look at sporting events, as we do, as great opportunities to serve themed snacks, the hometowns competing in the championship game offer some yummy menu ideas:

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