From Cleopatra to ‘Pickle Pits:’ Pickle Facts and Fun

We’ve started to see cucumbers in the local farmers’ market stalls this last week or two, and that reminds us that pickling season has begun.

In addition to sampling some easy-to-make Spicy Jalapeño Pickles this weekend, it seemed like a good time to review some little-known (and sometimes downright silly) pickle facts:
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Series Kicks Off With Paprika “Lunch and Learn”

Paprika-all-kindsJoin us for the kick off to our new event series – Lunch and Learn!

Customers often ask us if we offer cooking classes. While we don’t have the space to host a complete class or an in-depth, hands-on workshop, we did want to find a way to meet customers’ requests for opportunities to learn more about the ingredients we sell — and how to use them effectively and creatively.

Introducing the Lunch and Learn series! Join us every other Wednesday at noon for a specialized shopping experience. Stop by and learn some “spicy” facts, try a tasty sample using that ingredient, and take home a few recipes!

The Lunch and Learn session consists of a 15-minute presentation about our topic of the week. After the informal talk, AllSpice staff will be available to answer any additional questions you may have.

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First Friday – Christmas in July!

We need a little Christmas, right this very minute. Yes, it’s only July, but we need a little Christmas now.

It’s time for another AllSpice First Friday party, and this month, we are going to try and beat the heat this summer by spreading a little holiday cheer.

Yes, this month, we’re having a Christmas in July party!

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Break out your ugly Christmas… um, tank top, brave the humidity, and come hang out in our blissfully air conditioned store!

This Friday, July 7, we’ll be rocking out to our favorite holiday tunes from 5 – 8 pm, serving up good times, and great holiday food, re-imagined for your summertime pleasure.

Join us and sample these “holiday” delights:

We will also be holding a small “holiday” raffle during the First Friday party, so be sure to stop by and drop your name in the bowl!

You can find any last-minute updates on our Christmas In July Facebook event page. See you Friday night!

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In order to form a more perfect picnic

IndependenceDayThe Independence Day holiday is just around the corner, and if you are like 76% of Americans, you identify the holiday as the your favorite day of the year for grilling, picnic-ing, and having your meals and entertaining outdoors.

To insure domestic tranquility, you’ll want to have a nice variety of dishes available at your July 4 dinner table.

The Iowa Legislature has just recently relaxed restrictions on the sale and use of a number of kinds of fireworks, for the first time since World War II.  Since the law passed, our neighborhood has been literally buzzing with the sounds of late-evening bombs bursting in air.

So with nearby rockets’ red glare frequently in our thoughts this week, here are our fireworks-themed recipe recommendations for your July 4 holiday get-together:
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‘Tips and Tricks’ For AllSpice Contests at the Iowa State Fair

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Thinking about entering some of the cooking contests that AllSpice is sponsoring at this summer’s Iowa State Fair? Cool! We’ve got a few hints and helps for you:
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