Vegetable Curry With Dal

1-1/2 Cups Dal (yellow split peas), rinsed and drained
5 Cups water

3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 4 Cups total)
1 Tbsp Curry Powder
2 tsp Cumin, Ground
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced or grated
2 Cups water
1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into bite-size florets (about 4 Cups total)
2 red or yellow (or orange) bell peppers, chopped (about 2 Cups total)

In a stock pot, combine the dal and 5 Cups of water. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Allow dal to simmer, uncovered, 25 – 35 minutes, until split peas are tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

While the dal simmers, brown the chopped onion in olive oil (medium heat) in a big heavy-bottomed dutch oven or soup pot. When onion starts to become soft and translucent (about 10 minutes), add the diced sweet potato, along with the curry powder, cumin, and fresh ginger. Saute the potato in the spices, stirring frequently, 5 minutes or so.

Add 2 Cups water to the dutch oven, and stir in the cauliflower florets and bell pepper. Raise heat to medium-high and stir to combine. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, covered, until cauliflower and potatoes are tender.

Use an immersion blender in the stock pot, or transfer the cooked dal and its cooking liquid to a blender or food processor, and blend into a semi-smooth puree. (Take care to wait for dal to cool before blending — the hot mixture can blow the lid off your blender and scald you if you are not patient!)

Fold the pureed dal into the cauliflower mixture. The dal puree makes a sunny, yellow broth for the vegetable curry. Heat through and serve with rice.

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‘A Plethora of Pretty Presents:’ 25 Gifts Under $25

Still looking for a “special something” to give as a holiday gift? AllSpicer (and social media maven) Anna has assembled for us a plethora of pretty presents, each $25 or less:


Perfect for the “Secret Santa” gift swap, or for the foodie friend who loves to try new things, the “25 Under $25” gift ideas include:


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When You Wish Upon a Tree …

Bottle-treeWe have partnered with Iowa Safe Schools this year and they have placed ornaments on our bottle tree.

Founded in 2002, the mission of Iowa Safe Schools is to support safe and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ and Allied youth.

Our holiday bottle tree has been transformed into a “giving tree” this year.  Each paper ornament has a different story from an Iowa Youth and how we can help them. Folks can scan the QR code on the ornament, and donate to Iowa Safe Schools.

Can’t make it down to the shop? If our readers would like to also support Iowa Safe Schools, they can also support the organization with an online donation to Iowa Safe Schools’ website.

A big thanks for your support of our holiday giving tree cause, and for your support of Iowa Safe Schools!

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Winter Flavors Now On Tap At AllSpice

It’s beginning to taste a lot like winter …

We now have all of our Winter flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar out.

Holiday-fustisOn the shelf, we currently have:


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