I’m not a great cook, but I do like good-quality ingredients. I think this makes my humble offerings turn out better than they otherwise would.
My favorite secret weapons are spices from Penzeys. Penzeys has shops all over the country now, but I’ve found their mail delivery to be quick and efficient.
Also, the catalogs usually contain excellent coupons. An employee at one of their retail stores told me they’ll honor the coupons past the expiration date, although your mileage may vary. I’ve tried many of their signature spice blends this way for free.
Despite being a specialty store, I find their products cost less than the offerings in the grocery store. Also, there is a significant difference in freshness and taste.
Instead of buying bulk spices from the grocery or warehouse stores, I can now buy the smallest size from Penzeys inexpensively and use it all up within six months to a year, the length of time before most spices lose the peak of flavor.
If you try their ground black pepper or cinnamon, you’ll see what I mean. Even the ground pepper I bought at Trader Joe’s tasted like floor sweepings in comparison. I never thought I’d care about pepper.
All this is leading up to my last giveaway of the year–a Baking Mini Gift Box for *two* lucky friends.
The boxes contain a quarter-cup jar of each of the following:
- China Tung Hing Cinnamon
- East Indies Ground Nutmeg
- Powdered Ginger
- Ceylon Cinnamon
Penzeys says “This holiday season share the very best with all the bakers who have over the years made your life a little bit sweeter. The Baking Mini also is the gift of confidence that everything you bake will come out tasting its best. With the Baking Mini great flavor is in the palm of your hand.”
You can compare the two cinnamons and decide which one you like better.
Entering is easy–just leave me the comment “SPICY!” here in my blog’s comment section below.
For additional, bonus entries,
- forward this post on Facebook
- follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway
- become a follower of this blog
- or mention my blog with a link on your own blog. A shout-out about this giveaway or a link to a post of mine that you especially liked would be great.
This gives each person up to five entries total. Each entry needs to be in a separate comment here on my blog.
If you are already a follower or connected through Twitter, it still counts! Just make an additional comment here after you write “Spicy!”.
I’ll close comments and announce the two winners, selected at random, on Wednesday, December 22. The winners will have 48 hours to contact me via e-mail at IM NOTA SUPERMOM [at] GMAIL [dot] COM
I’ll ship to anywhere in the US or Canada.
PS, I’m throwing in the current catalog and a bumper sticker that says “Love people. Make them tasty food.”
Very good luck to you!
I am not affiliated with Penzeys spices and was not comped or reimbursed for this giveaway. I’m just a happy customer!