Announcing AllSpice cooking contests at the 2017 Iowa State Fair

2017-Iowa-State-Fair-logoIt’s time to start thinking about the Iowa State Fair!

Yes, the fair doesn’t kick off for two and a half months (or so), but the details of all the fair contests and competitions just came out this month, and the entry deadlines are just over a month away from now.

While you won’t need to actually bring your contest entries to the fairground until the State Fair kicks off August 10, we want you to start thinking about which AllSpice categories you want to compete in this year.

Here are our 2016 Iowa State Fair AllSpice food contest categories:
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Weck Glass Jars: Now at AllSpice

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A new arrival on the shelves at AllSpice this week are gorgeous glass containers by Weck Jars. Founded over a century ago in Oflingen Germany, the J Weck Company developed and introduced the home-canning method for glass jars, popularizing the method popular in Germany and Europe and around the world.

We have 9 different sizes of Weck jars in stock, ranging from 3.5 oz to over 1 liter (1 quart) in size, and ranging in price from $3.50 to $6.30.

Known for their distinctive reusable glass lids, fastened in place with metal clips and sealed with rubber gaskets, we also offer additional Weck Jar accessories such as wooden lids, plastic lids, and extra/replacement glass lids, seals, and clips.
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AllSpicer Lacey: Staff Profile

AllSpicer_Lacey_and_garlicThis post is one of a series of profiles of the AllSpice staff. We’re so proud of our talented and eclectic crew!

Name: Lacey Echer

When did you start working at AllSpice? I started working at AllSpice on April 11th 2016. (Look, Mom, I stayed somewhere over 9 months!)

How did you come to be at AllSpice? It’s a funny story: My mom was out shopping one day, and she dropped in here. She asked about what was happening in the back, where we jar the spices and blends, and asked if she could work here putting stickers on jars. My mom clearly thought I needed a job more than she did, so she gave me the application — and I applied! I think I fooled them with my innocent school kid look.

What do you do at AllSpice? What don’t I do here? I pretty much will do most anything from jarring, to cleaning, to helping customers. I really enjoy a good project tidying and organizing. Truth be told, I am also pretty much a clown at heart, and I love to make people laugh. Oh, and I sometimes poke fun at the boss when he drops or breaks things. I get silly, and then I am pretty much worthless once I’ve got the giggles.
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The seven best pieces of advice from our mothers’ kitchens

Depression-era_momMother knows best.

Seriously. Whether it was admonitions to always take along a jacket, or exhortations to send a handwritten thank-you note, or reminders to eat your vegetables before asking her for dessert, your mom’s practical advice always had your best interests at heart.

Yeah, sometimes, at the time she was telling you what you ought to do, you might have thought her advice was eccentric — or even excessive. Or that her ideas of propriety were, you know, outdated.

But now, looking back, you see that a lot of your mom’s advice turned out to be common-sense rules for daily living.

Especially when it comes to what to cook and how to cook it, your mother’s advice was informed by many years of feeding you and the rest of your family, every day, until you were all big enough to fend for yourself in the kitchen.

So, in honor of Mothers’ Day 2017, here are seven of our favorite bits of advice from our mothers’ kitchens that still ring true today:
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Time to RUNAMOK in the shop!

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New at AllSpice: we’ve started carrying gourmet maple syrups by Vermont producer RUNAMOK.

Runamok-aged-in-liquor-barrelsRunamok makes a delicious range of infused, barrel-aged and smoked maple syrups. Everything the company produces is small-batch, and completely organic.

Among the infused and smoked maple syrups, we have Elderberry Infused ($17/250ml), Cinnamon-Vanilla Infused ($17/250ml), Cardamom Infused ($17/250ml) (here at the shop, it’s everyone’s favorite), and Pecan Wood Smoked maple syrups ($17/250ml).

To make barrel-aged offerings, Runamok takes recently emptied barrels from local distillers and adds their maple syrup, letting it age for up to a year. This lets the spirit to impart its signature flavor without adding any alcohol. We have fun flavors here at AllSpice like Bourbon Barrel Aged ($20/250ml), Rye Barrel Aged ($20/250ml), Rum Barrel Aged maple syrups ($20/250ml).

We also have some 4- pack Runamok Maple Syrup assortments($20 each) with themes like Cheese Pairing, Infused + Barrel, Day + Night., and Smoke + Barrel.

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Here’s how Runamok makes their exquisite products:

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