Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh, What a Suprise!

The lovely lady over at Vanilla and Lace has a fantastic use for arrowroot powder. Though I did not know much about its use before Spice Entice, this herb is great for gravies, and substitution for anything that requires cornstarch. This homemade deodorant is made with a minimum number of ingredients, and great for people who are allergic to the additives in traditional deodorant.

In other news, Spice Entice will be opening a booth at the Forsyth Farmer's Market in Forsyth, Ga. It will be held every Friday from 12 noon - 6 pm behind the Farmer's Bank. If it is raining, the market will be in Aldermen Hall at The Welcome Center at 68 North Lee Street in Forsyth. This market is similar to that of the City Market on the Green in Macon, GA.

A few people expressed concern over my Facebook status professing my love of Mace Pound Cake made by John Relyea. I have in fact, not lost my mind. Mace is a spice that comes from the outer covering of the nutmeg seed. Mace has a warm, spicy flavor that is subtler, but similar to nutmeg. Its strong aroma is similar to a combination of pepper & cinnamon. I had a slice after dinner with applesauce drizzled on top and the end result made me want to eat it for breakfast!


4 eggs

1 c. butter

1 c. milk

1 lb. confectioners sugar

3 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. mace

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all ingredients. Grease and flour tube pan or Bundt pan.

Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Join me!

It is that time of the week! Make plans to visit the City Market on the Green tomorrow 9-1pm. Rain is expected in the afternoon, so enjoy a bit of fresh air in the morning. Stay tuned for more information about Friday events!
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Perfect First Day

Do you ever feel like you don't know enough cool people? Are you looking to meet people that are different and unique? You are in luck! Those such people can be found at your local market, specifically the City Market on the Green. I've never enjoyed waking up at 7am as much as I have today. The variety of new and fresh items as well as people made Spice Entice feel right at home.

For coffee lovers, Espresso Brownies will be yours! For the ladies, a variety of handmade soaps and spa items will have you in a puddle. The fresh veggies will turn you into a snob, you will never want to eat from a can again. The handmade jewelry will give your jewelry box a little more sparkle.

From now until December 18, the market will be our new home on Saturday mornings. Now, if only I could convince my favorite coffee shop, Killian's Place, to open at 8am on Saturdays....Thanks to everyone who came out, and if you missed it, be sure to stop by any Saturday 9-1pm.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's Official!

Spice Entice will be officially open for business Saturday, September 18 at 9:00 am. Join us and other vendors at the City Market on the Green on a beautiful Saturday morning. The first 10 customers from facebook will receive a strawberry collapsible shopping tote! Free! Fall and Winter are rapidly approaching, enjoy it while you can! See you there!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Congratulations Ebony Jenkins! You are the winner of the first Spice Entice giveaway. Thanks for your support and thank you to everyone that entered!
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Try It Until You Master It!

A good friend of mine often invites me over for dinner. She is really into organic foods and I love to try her recipes, some her own, and others from friends and cookbooks. She is one of those people that can cook from a magazine and have it turn out EXACTLY the way it looks in the photo. I on the other hand know my way around a kitchen, but not nearly as well as this kitchen veteran.

The best example is a mistake I made a few months ago that still causes me slight embarrassment (OK, I've embarrassed myself enough in life to not feel it, but I know I should be.) In her refrigerator, I discovered a half pitcher of wonderful Ginger Lemonade. It was sweet, but had a great peppery kick of gingery-goodness. Of course, myself and her daughters enjoyed the remainder of the lemonade. I thought the only right thing to do would be to replace it by making a new pitcher. I had no recipe, but I figured, lemons, ginger, sugar, pretty simple, right? WRONG! I chopped the ginger root and added it to the lemonade that I made. *sigh* It was good lemonade, but was missing the kick. Where was the kick!?! IT WAS STILL IN THE GINGER! Apparently boiling the ginger was the only way to extract the flavor. (There is a little more to it, check out the recipe.) I felt silly, she laughed, the girls laughed, we drank it anyway. Moral of the story: Just because there are three ingredients doesn't mean it will be easy if you have never worked with it. With any unfamiliar spice, don't be afraid to use it, just remember to do a little research to find recipes that prepare it in different ways; it will give you great (and sometimes not so great) ideas. Here is a similar recipe that I make at home. It isn't the same as the kitchen wiz's, but all chefs have their secrets! ;)

Ginger Lemonade

4 cups lemon juice
4 quarts water
3 cups sugar
14 slices of fresh ginger

    Put water, sugar and ginger root together in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 4 cups of lemon juice (Fresh please. Yes, I am being a snob about it.). Let it sit and cool for about 20 minutes or so, then remove the ginger root pieces if you would like to. I leave mine in for texture. Chill your ginger lemonade before serving. Sliced ginger will make strong lemonade, but if you really like the ginger taste, you could chop it into smaller pieces for more flavor.