Penzeys Spices

A true sign of a friend is when you receive a gift that shows that they are listening (which believe it or not, people don’t tend to do these days) to your stories. Several months ago, I nauseatingly bored my bestie to death with the fact that I had recently cleaned out the kitchen of our Pound Ridge home, and had thrown out 3 garbage bags worth of spices from 1985. So last weekend, when we visited Pound Ridge, I was astonished to find a huge present from my friend containing SPICES. To anyone else, this might seem like a whoa, cool, gift. But to me, it was beyond thoughtful, considerate, generous, and heartfelt. My friend listened, heard, and responded. Amazing. And let me tell you, these are not just any spices, they are the KING OF SPICES. (I don’t usually get excited by spices, but let me tell you, these are above and beyond any other type of spice!)

 

Boxes. Yes, they are just cardboard boxes but the contents are magic.

Boxes. Yes, they are just cardboard boxes but the contents are magic.

The gift collection comes in themes -- super thoughtful AND useful.

The gift collection comes in themes — super thoughtful AND useful.

 

She gifted us three different collections of spices from Penzey. The Grill and Broil set includes Northwoods Seasoning, BBQ 3000, Galena Street Rib Rub, Jerk Chicken/Fish Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, 4/S, Bicentennial Rub.

 

The Grill set. Chillin to be grillin.

The Grill set. Chillin to be grillin.

YUM do you taste it from there?

YUM do you taste it from there?

Shout out to my sister, Galen.

Shout out to my sister, Galen.

Cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and nutmeg!

Cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and nutmeg!

Packaging -- with fresh spices in addition!

Packaging — with fresh spices in addition!

 

The Bakers’ set includes China Cinnamon, Natural High Fat Cocoa, Baking Spice, Double Strength Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract.

 

The perfect foursome.

The perfect foursome.

Cinnamon and vanilla.

Cinnamon and vanilla.

 

And The American Kitchen set includes Cajun Seasoning, Fox Point Seasoning, Singapore Seasoning, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Base, China Ginger Powder, Sweet Curry Powder, Chinese Five Spice, Italian Herb Seasoning.

 

My type of pyramid.

My type of pyramid.

Salad seasoning!

Salad seasoning!

Cook with love.

Cook with love.

Some recipes on the back of each jar.

Some recipes on the back of each jar.

 

Not only are the spices fresh and high quality, but the packaging is beautiful and well thought out. In every box, there are loose bay leaves (which I use in every soup I make), cinnamon sticks, and whole nutmeg. UNBELIEVABLE. Each gift collection also comes with recipes on ways to use each of the spices.

 

The contents of the added packaging of love.

The contents of the added packaging of love.

 

Thank you, friend, for always being so thoughtful and attentive. I am in love (and love you!)

 

My new spices in their new home.

My new spices in their new home.

 

Anyone have recipe suggestions for all my new spices?

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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6 Comments

  1. So true… it seems most people really don’t genuinely listen & put little effort into what they gift. Great friend you have! I like that each box is organized by a theme & the packaging is great!

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