Spice havens for the home cook
Dinner getting bland and boring? Here are sources for making your home-based creations extra special (the beautifully arty spice containers are a special bonus)
Spicewalla James Beard Award-winning, Asheville, NC, chef Meherwan Irani sources and roasts each spice individually, and grinds the fragrant additives fresh for each order. The packaging is retro-sublime, and the ten-spice Tasting Collection samplers are perfect “Happy Isolation” gifts.
Must Try: Honey & Herb rub, perfect for fish with brown sugar, garlic, smoked paprika, honey powder, thyme and more. Available online and at The Local Butcher & Market
Teeny Tiny Spice Co.
I still love these blends, particularly the harissa mix which I use almost daily. Thora and Ed Pomicter fine tune creative world spice blends from their base in Harrisonburg, VA. Must Try: Persian Adwiya, an Iranian mixture of Rose Petals, Cinnamon, Cumin, Coriander and more. Available online and at Bon! Gourmet, Ormond Beach.
Curio Spice Co.
Founder Claire Cheney has created signature blends in lovely tins of spices and herbs from Cambodia, Japan, Italy and more. Samantha Putoš of Curio says, “I wish people ordered more Kozani, a Greek blend with herbs and saffron. It’s super versatile.” Must Try: Da Lat Vietnamese coffee spice rub of cocoa nibs, coffee, star anise, coriander and more. Available online.
To get the most of your marinade, Badia Spices, based in Doral, FL, makes the remarkable NARANJA AGRIA, basically sour orange and grapefruit juices in a sublime ratio.