Brussels Sprouts with Nigella and Zahtar

1package brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Hanna's Gourmet Zahtar
1/2 teaspoon Hanna's Gourmet Nigella
1/8 teaspoon Hanna's Gourmet Black Pepper Fine (to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Trim the stems on the brussels sprouts, remove the outer leaves and cut in half.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the brussels sprouts to a lightly oiled sheet pan and roast, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  5. Return the brussels sprouts to the bowl and add the balsamic vinegar and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, tossing again to coat. Sprinkle on the Zahtar and season to taste with black pepper.
  6. Transfer the roasted brussels sprouts to a serving dish and garnish with nigella seeds.
  7. Makes 4 side servings.
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Healthy Living

Spices are more than an additive to your foods, its a way of healthy eating and living... here is what we mean:

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


makes 24 cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp Hanna's Gourmet cardamon ground
¼ tsp Hanna's Gourmet nutmeg ground
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp Hanna's Gourmet vanilla extract pure
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 tbsp honey
1 tbs pure maple syrup
½ cup canola oil
½ cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350° and prepare two pans with cupcake liners or cooking spray. In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, and nutmeg. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, and gradually add the sugar until well combined. Mix in the pumpkin, followed by vanilla, milk, honey, maple syrup, canola oil, and applesauce. Once the mixture is smooth, pour in dry ingredients and stir to combine. Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, until the cupcakes are cooked through.

Maple Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp butter, at room temp
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple
1 tbsp bourbon

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go. Pour in maple and bourbon and continue mixing until fully combined, and the frosting is light and fluffy. Pipe onto pumpkin cupcakes.


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Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte

Just in case you missed our Pumpkin Craze in store, here is the recipe for our Pumpkin Spice latte!


2 cups: milk

2 Tablespoons: Canned Pumpkin

2 Tablespoons: Sugar

2 Tablespoons: Hanna's Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon: Hanna's Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 cup: Hot Brewed Espresso


Whipped Cream

Pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice



1. In a small Saucepan, combine the milk, canned pumpkin and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming.

2. Remove from heat; stir in Vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice.

3. Transfer to blender; cover and process for 15 seconds or until foamy.

4. Pour into 2 mugs; add espresso, garnish with whipped cream and Pumpkin pie spice.

5. ENJOY! :]


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Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea

This warming tea gives you all the benefits of turmeric and is also enjoyable iced.



1 tsp turmeric paste

2 cups filtered water

1 lemon wedge

Honey to taste



Combine turmeric paste and water in a small sauce pan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly. Once heated, transfer to a mug and add lemon and honey to taste.


How to Make Turmeric Paste:


1/2 cup filtered water (not tap)

1/4 cup organic turmeric powder

1/2 tsp ground black pepper



Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a thick paste (about 5 minutes). Carefully transfer to a resealable glass container. 


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Strawberry- Banana Chia Smoothis


Strawberry-banana chia smoothie

serving: 2
1 =banana, cut into 3rds
1 tsp.=Flax seeds, Ground
2 Tbsp.= Whole Chia Seeds
1= 7 oz container of Fage 2% greek yogurt, or any plain low-fat yogurt
1 cup= Fresh or frozen Strawberries, sliced
1 tsp.= honey, optional

In a blender, or food processor, blend all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, until nice and smooth.

Pour into two glasses and add one tablespoon of chia seeds to each serving. Stir them in with a spoon.


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Cinnamon Blueberry Coffeecake..

2 cups- whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp- baking powder
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1/2 cup- butter, vegan or otherwise
1 cup-white granulated sugar
1 tsp- Hanna's Gourmet- Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp- Hanna's Gourmet- Almond extract
2 tbsp-ground flax seeds+ 5 tbsp water
1/3 cup- plain yogurt, vegan or otherwise
1 cup- blueberries

2 tbsp- cold butter, vegan or otherwise
1 1/2 tsp- Hanna's Gourmet Saigon Cinnamon ground
2 tbsp- brown sugar

1. Preheat oven 350F.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Remove 1/2 cup to another bowl and set aside.
3. Combine the flax and water in a small bowl, set aside a few minutes to thicken.
4.Soften the butter just a bit in the microwave. Add the sugar and extracts, whisk for 2 minutes until fluffy and creamy. Stir in Flax and yogurt.
5. Add dry ingredients (not including the 1/2 cup you put aside) to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Add blueberries and fold into the batter.
6. Add the remaining 2 tbsp butter to the flour and work in with your fingers until it resembles sand grain. Add the cinnamon and brown sugar, toss together.
7. Spread the batter out into a well-greased 9" round pan, or 8x8" square pan. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter, Bake for 35 minutes.
8. Let cool before serving and ENJOY
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Weekly Feature...

Marjoram isn’t a well-known herb, it is of the mint family and originated from Arabia and Egypt. Marjoram doesn’t just come in fresh or dried leaves, but also in the form of essential oils and powders.

This herb is perfect for flavoring soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Outside of the kitchen, it can be used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and even in bath soaps. Only two tablespoons has loads of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients like calcium and iron.

There are tons of water and juice cleanses available online to free the body of toxins and refresh all of your digestive organs but we found on that certain teas can do the same thing. Just 2-4 cups of Marjoram tea a day can do the following things to make your body a cleaner and tougher machine:

                  -Increase the efficiency of digestion

                  -Calm the stomach

                  -Improve appetite

                  -Relieve nausea

                  -Eliminate flatulence

                  -Cure/prevent basic intestinal infections

                  -Soothe painful stomach cramps or spasms

                  -Relieve diarrhea and constipation


Aside from refreshing and cleansing your digestive track, this herb can protect from common illnesses, improve cardiovascular health, and be an anti-inflammatory.


Pretty amazing how an herb, that isn’t so commonly known, can do all of that, isn’t it? Spices and herbs do more than just jazz up a meal. We hope you stay tuned in on our blog posts to learn more great ways that our products can help you live a more gourmet, healthy, and easy lifestyle!

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On-The-Go Spices for Vacation

                  When you go on vacations, planning meals is always a hassle because you can’t exactly take your kitchen with you. So, you and your family end up eating out three nights of the week and cook up something easy and simple the other nights. With an unexpected traveling necessity, you can bring your favorite recipes on vacation and not sacrifice taste for ease.

                  Before packing up your car and heading out on the road, don’t forget your weekly pill box. You can find one of these in your local drug or grocery store for cheap. Not only is this little organizer great for keeping track of medications but you can fill them with your favorite gourmet spices or our must-have spices featured on last week’s blog post. This way, you can bring a little more home with you on the road without compromising space and all while keeping your recipes tastier.

                  All you have to do is pour some of our great spices into one of the pill boxes then use masking tape, post-it notes, or a label maker to label the spice. Now your spices are more compact, organized, and easy to use on vacation! Enjoy!

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