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Stocking Stuffer Or Hostess Gift Idea :: SMART SPICE: Organic + Convenient Packets Preserve Freshness + Flavor + Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe!

Are you already thinking stocking stuffers?  How about unique hostess gifts (that no one else will be bringing)??  These USDA Certified Organic spice packets make a totally unique gift for any cook.  Because each packet includes just 1 teaspoon each (and each box contains 4 packets), there's no need to get the measuring spoons out - just tear open and pour fresh spices into your recipe. 

The premise of the SMART SPICE concept is that usually more spices are wasted as they sit in the back of our cupboards and lose their freshness over time (very true in my case - I really need to clean out and replenish my spices!), rather than being consumed - and that is wasteful.  Who wants to use stale spices to cook all those holidays pies and cookies, anyway?!  By packaging them in sealed packets - freshness is retained and adds more flavor to your dishes.  Now, while I did find the spices to taste more flavorful and potent - I wouldn't necessarily use them for everyday cooking because frankly, it would be quite wasteful to keep throwing out all those little packets every time I made a meal.  But I definitely would give them as  unique and thoughtful gifts.

I love adding just a few shakes of organic cinnamon and organic nutmeg to oatmeal in the morning for a really flavorful and healthy breakfast. Check out all 16 spices here.  Also, if you live near a Home Goods store - check out their gourmet food section, because I've spotted SMART SPICE at a discount there.    

If you're on the hunt for unique side dishes for your Thanksgiving Dinner next week, check out this Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto recipe from SMART SPICE:

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth or stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped onion
4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1 teaspoon organic sage
1/2 cup Arborio or medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Bring the broth to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Decrease the heat to low and keep the broth warm. 

Melt the butter in a medium-sized, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the squash and the sage and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Cover and cook until the squash is tender, about 6 minutes.

Stir in the rice and cook until a white spot appears in the center of the grains, about 2 minutes. Add in the wine and simmer, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed. Add the broth, 1 cup at time, and continue simmering and stirring until the liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and hazelnuts and season with salt and pepper. 

Makes 6 servings.  Enjoy!

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