Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Playing in the Kitchen With Galena Garlic Company {Tasting Some More Blends}

Companies like Galena Garlic Company are soooooooo much fun. They have so many different spices and blends to explore. Of course, there also is quite a selection of garlic, oils, and vinegars. I always get lost in shops like Galena Garlic Company! Good thing for me--my daughter is just as enamored with such culinary delights making it easy to explore.

We do have a few more seasonings from Galena Garlic Company to share with you this week. It truly has been fun trying out these seasonings!

Of all of the seasonings that we have sampled, we enjoyed the Smoked Paprika Chipotle Seasoning the most. The seasoning has a bit of heat from the paprika, chipotle and cumin. I also love the addition of the mesquite--which yields a bit of a smokey, sweet flavor.



We simply used the seasoning to roast some potato wedges. (I admit, I am a sucker for spuds!) The potatoes were easy to make--just cut 1 large potato into small, thin wedges, toss with 1 Tbsp EVO and 1 tsp of the seasoning. Then, spread the wedges out on a preparing baking sheet and bake in the oven at 425 F for 20-25 minutes. Delicious!




Next, we tried the Tuscan Blend. This blend sounded intriguing with its inclusion of rosemary oil and basil oil. Upon opening the blend, it does have a nice Italian seasoning aroma. We used this spice blend in two ways--as the seasoning for Eggplant Parmesan and with olive oil for a dip.


When we tried the Eggplant Parmesan, the blend went well with the pasta sauce. However, on trying a piece of the eggplant without sauce and cheese on it, we noticed that the blend is a little salty. This most likely can be attributed to the addition of sea salt which is more concentrated than table salt. So, you do need to be careful of this when using the blend.


However, I have to say, that the blend is perfect for oil dips for bread. To make a simple oil dip, all I did is mix 1 Tbsp EVO, 1Tbsp water, 1 tsp Tuscan Blend, and a few diced sundried tomatoes together. We enjoyed the oil dip and it certainly went well with the fresh bread I made earlier in the day!



We also tried the Blood Orange Pepper Seasoning. This seasoning is as unique as the name suggests. The seasoning combines orange peel, garlic, honey, cane juice, along with a few other spices. It definitely was a little sweet with a vibrant orange flavor. However, this is one blend that we did not quite know how to work with. I did try it on a spinach salad. It was interesting but not to my taste. I think that it may go well with salmon. The blend is definitely adventurous for those seeking something different!


Here is a look at the salad. I suggest tossing with a little olive oil and a little of the seasoning:




We loved the opportunity to play in the kitchen with some of Galena Garlic Company's most popular seasonings. The ingredients are high quality. The garlic in each seasoning is amazing. I would really love to try some of the individual garlics from Galena Garlic Company in the future.

Galena Garlic Company has two shops--one in Galena and one in Geneva. Closer to us, you can find them at Oh, Olive! which has multiple stores in the Chicagoland area. Of course, you can also order something special online, too!

If you would like to read about the other blends that we tried, check here.

**Disclosure: We received complimentary blends from Galena Garlic Company for the purpose of making an accurate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.

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