April 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions

By stopia@admin123 on 10 May 17 Blog

Let us help you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!!  With May comes Mother’s Day and we know what Moms want! Come by for some sugar and spice. We are happy to help you build the perfect basket for your favorite cook of all time… mom! Let us recommend an Enfuso balsamic- with flavors like […]

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Spiced Fish Tacos

By stopia@admin123 on 10 May 17 Blog

Cinco de Mayo Spiced Fish Tacos Ingredients: 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 pound tilapia fillets 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup sliced peeled avocado 2/3 cup Zesteez Mango Chutney  1/4 cup chopped green onions $ 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon ground […]

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Ask The Chef – Dried Herbs

By stopia@admin123 on 10 May 17 Blog

Ask the Chef! Q:  What is the substitution ratio of dried herbs for fresh herbs? A: Dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs so you don’t need to use as much when substituting.  To substitute dried herbs for fresh, use 1/3 tsp powdered or 1/2 tsp crushed for every tbsp fresh chopped herbs. Although many […]

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Autism Awareness Fundraiser

By stopia@admin123 on 5 April 17 Uncategorized

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Spice-Topia will be hosting a Fundraiser for A Voice Discovered on Sat April 29.  1 in 62 babies born today will be diagnosed with Autism. Here are some of the early signs of Autism in babies and toddlers: A sudden decrease in language Little to no eye contact Not […]

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Ashley’s Tea Talk

By stopia@admin123 on 5 April 17 Blog

Q: Why don’t you sell teabags? I love your loose leaf tea, but I’m used to using bags.  A: Hello, there are a few reasons that we only sell loose leaf tea. #1- Quality. Tea companies know that you can’t really inspect the tea when it’s in a bag, so most companies use “tea crumbs” […]

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Ask Chef Amy – Baked Brie

By stopia@admin123 on 5 April 17 Blog

Q: What is the one Easter appetizer you can’t do without?  A: A party isn’t a party without baked brie! Check out this recipe that was featured in our SpiceScription a while back!  1 sheet defrosted puff pastry – unfolded 8 oz wheel of Brie 1 jar Yes She Cans Peach Jam 1 tsp dried thyme 1 beaten egg […]

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Book Signing – “Art Of The Pie”

By stopia@admin123 on 25 February 17 Blog

Join us at SpiceTopia for a book-signing of Art Of The Pie with Kate McDermott. On Thursday, March 2nd from 5-6:30 PM, join us at SpiceTopia for a book-signing of Art of the Pie! We are proud to team up with Celtic Carma and Friends of the Library to bring this award-winning author to Downtown Ventura! […]

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Ask Chef Amy – spice longevity

By stopia@admin123 on 25 February 17 Blog

Q:  It’s time to clean out my spice cupboard for spring and bring in new, fresh spices.  How long are spices good for? Chef:  First, I applaud you for cleaning out your spice cabinet.  Although spices don’t “go bad” per se, they lose their potency in 6-12 months and really don’t add that “pop” of flavor or […]

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Ashley’s Tea Talk

By stopia@admin123 on 1 February 17 Blog

What kinds of teas can help me sleep?  Chamomile and peppermint are both soothing. Any tea that is “herbal” is naturally without caffeine and will be a nice relaxer at the end of the day. At Spice-Topia, we have two blended teas, Sweet Dreams and Relaxing Tea that we recommend for those who want a little help getting body and mind ready for […]

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HEART WARMING SMOKED PAPRIKA CHICKEN

By stopia@admin123 on 1 February 17 Blog

(recipe adapted from Cooking Canuck) Ingredients 1½ tsp ground cumin 1½ tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp (packed) brown sugar ½ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp kosher salt, divided ¼ tsp ground pepper ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper 2½ tbsp enFuso Arbequina olive oil  8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1¾ lb. red-skinned potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 shallot, […]

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