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A Super Seven Spice Giveaway!

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Super Spices

I am a HUGE spice fan. You should see my spice cabinet it has everything from allspice to… wait a minute… you can see it! Here’s a clip from my Day In the Life video series I did way back when. . .

Please ignore my shaky camera hand and babbling. :)

I’ve moved since that video but my spice cabinet looks exactly the same. Spices are great pantry items. For me it’s about fun and flavor. Food is simply more satisfying when it taste good. Think of a plain old chicken breast…

BORING!

With some simple spices you can make some really fun dishes, like. . .

These all start with plain old chicken but look how different each can be by simply adding flavor with spices. Ok, ok, so that last one is herbs but I lump them two together.

Oh! and did I mention spices (most of them anyway, as I’m sure there may be a exception out there) are 0 points. That’s ZERO points! :)

Anyway, this is a LONG introduction to the Super Seven Spice Giveaway. Here’s the deal, Maureen from McCormick contacted me and asked if I’d like to host a contest to give away 5 sets of the McCormick “Super Seven” spices in honor of their 30 Day Super Swap challenge.

Of course I said yes! I mean.. FREE spices! Have you seen how expensive they can be? Geesh! Plus, I really do think they are invaluable. So the more people I can give them away to, the better!

So leave a comment on how you use spices for a chance to win a McCormick gift pack containing Cinnamon, Ginger, Oregano, Red Pepper, Rosemary, Thyme, Curry and a calender with 30 Super Swaps giving you some great ideas to use in your kitchen!

The only catch… You must live in the US and have a street address (no P.O. boxes) <–Sorry guys. :(

Ok, so give it up. . . What will you do with the Super 7 if you win?

Full Discloser: McCormick also sent me a set of the super seven to try out. I was not compensated in any other way to write this post.



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There are 152 comments so far.

    Melanie

    January 28, 2010

    I use spices to make amazing chili! It’s my favorite meal in the cold winter months… chili poweder, garlic, coriander, cumin cinnamon, salt and pepper- you can’t go wrong!

    Angela

    January 28, 2010

    I like to roast veggies (such as butternut squash, sweet potatoes, beets etc.) and I always experiment with different spices. I toss the veggie chunks with olive oil first then season. Right now my favorite spice combo is poultry seasoning, thyme, and garlic salt.

    Inga

    January 28, 2010

    I use spices to add variety to basic foods. I love how chicken, salmon, pork, beans and beef can taste so different with different spicing. Chicken can be Mexican, Indian or Southern just by swapping the spices. Pork with oregano, basil and pepper can taste like Classic Italian sausage while with spinach, salt and a teaspoon of Herbs de Provence it can become an exotic dish. They make cooking creative.

    Lindsay

    January 29, 2010

    I believe that my favorite spices have to be Saigon Cinnamon, Pepper, Garlic Salt, and Italian Seasoning. I love to have my saigon cinnamon during breakfast on my cereal and apple. I also love pepper on my veggies and most anything not sweat. I also love to use Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning, and Pepper in the lasagna my mom make bi-weekly!!
    I hope I win, cause I could use some new seasonings!!

    Arlene

    January 29, 2010

    I love spices, though I don’t seem to be all that creative with them. I use a lot of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning and basil.

    One of my favorite recipes (from my Atkins days) is Italian beef: A big roast, sliced bell pepper, a little water and a LOT of Italian seasoning. Put it all in the crock pot all day long and then shred the meat with a fork before serving.

    Yum! (But probably way too many WW Points to make now.)

    Rachel

    January 29, 2010

    I use a lot of spices in spaghetti & chili dishes, which just so happen to be my FAVORITE things to cook. And eat ;)

    Pepper makes everything more delicious! Love garlic, too.

    heather

    January 29, 2010

    I love spices, you can skip the salt and make spices do wonders! I am always trying try new spices and u are right, they can be expensive! I would be all over a spiced crock pot roast and maybe a healthy apple crisp!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    January 29, 2010

    I add thyme and rosemary to sugarfree blueberry jam and chicken to make a great dish to put on top of rice or cous cous.

    KathyCalculates

    January 29, 2010

    I used to have a spice in my cabinet for use in maybe one recipe…taragon was for chicken salad. Nutmeg was for custard. But I’ve learned to experiment with them in unusual places. I have a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, and cumin that I sprinkle on baked sweet potato fries and chips made from butternut squash. I would love to try this set out!

    Brenda Espy

    January 29, 2010

    Oh I love spices, and I am afraid mine are long overdue on needing to be replaced. This time of year I would use them in hot soups, breads, hot cereals, and maybe even a little baking. Oh unfortunately I love to cook in the cold winter!

    Ellen Abelar

    January 29, 2010

    I love spices! I used to do a lot of moving, in my single urban days – and the first thing that I always unpacked was huge box of spices. I continue to use them to spice food to perfection – but, since becoming a mom of three boys – have set a goal of teaching my kids (ages 7, 9 and 10) the importance of spicing correctly. They love to measure, cook and taste along the way!

    Beth

    January 29, 2010

    Yuuuuuum!! All of your talk about chicken makes me want to use all of those spices an different chicken meals. :) Except the cinnamon. I’ll use the cinnamon on oatmeal and apples!

    Misty

    January 29, 2010

    My favorite use for spices is in spaghetti/mostaccioli/etc. – I am always trying different combinations. One of my favorite atypical pasta spices? Cinnamon. LOVE IT.

    Lori

    January 29, 2010

    I was just telling someone the other day that I need to use more spices b/c I often think things I cook end up too bland!

    Shelley

    January 29, 2010

    MMmmmm – I once added a little bit of cinnamon to chili & it made SUCH a difference! I love chili, & the addition of cinnamon was delish!

    Tiger G

    January 29, 2010

    Spices make everything better. It’s actually really funny how fancy people think you are when you add spices. My mom is a spice-a-holic and I’ve kinda inherited it, too. I buy them when they’re on sale and weird unheard of spices when they’re on clearance. You never know when you’ll see a recipe that calls for beau monde poweder, right? I’ve actually cooked entire recipes before soley because I had one of the off the wall spices it calls for (and usually have none of the other ingredients.) They’re fun to play with and I don’t think you can go wrong. I’m trying to use tarragon a little more right now so I can get accustomed to it.

    Tiger G

    January 29, 2010

    Oh, and did you know the optimum shelf life of a spice is something crazy like 6 months? I think it’s a ploy to sell more products :) My family seems happy with my expired spices.

    Sally

    January 29, 2010

    Ive always wanted to buy curry to try to make some indian food for my boyfriend.. I dont know why ive never bought any but this would be a good opportunity to win some ;) lol

    Annalisa

    January 29, 2010

    I put a ton of spices in everything I cook. Lately, I have been trying ethnic foods for a twist in the routine. I suppose I might order something “exotic” :-)

    Amanda

    January 29, 2010

    I love to put spices on my veggies to make them super yummy!!! Also in chili too.

    Heather

    January 29, 2010

    This is super exciting for me. I love using spice to help flavor my food, and being on Weight Watchers means more success when I use spices to put back some of the flavor taken out by less fat. These are great spices too, since I like to make a lot of Italian food, which uses a lot of the Rosemary and red pepper.

    Kerry

    January 29, 2010

    Trying new spices is like trying new foods, you have to take some chances to find new things you love! I always used the more traditional spices like cinnamon and garlic powder, but last year I got really into using thyme. Now I need to play with more spice combinations….

    homecookedem

    January 29, 2010

    OOOooooh, I love using spices when I cook!! First dish would be rosemary chicken, twice baked potatoes with thyme, and ginger snap pie using the cinnamon and ginger for dessert!! :)

    Janice

    January 29, 2010

    I toss cajun spice on my hot air popped popcorn or sometimes garlic for a different and fun flavor for my popcorn! I would love to win the spices. Thanks for sharing Roni.

    Marissa

    January 29, 2010

    I love to make my own “flavored” coffee by adding cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg to my coffee grounds.

    Michelle

    January 29, 2010

    I enjoy just throwing spices into whatever I’m cooking – but would definitely use some of them to kick up the sauce for my spaghetti.

    Elaine

    January 29, 2010

    I like spices so much! I would use those to make anything from homemade Shake and Bake seasoning to boiled or roasted potatoes!

    Kim

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices in everything. Soups, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, pork, stirfrys. Just about everything I cook.

    Lori Z.

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices in everything. Roasted veggies, soups, stews, grilled chicken, even my oatmeal!!

    Paige

    January 29, 2010

    Pepper is my favorite spice. I stopped adding extra salt to my food about a year and a half ago; and pepper stepped up to the challenge. When I got a really nice pepper grinder for Christmas, that rocked my world..LOL!

    Carol

    January 29, 2010

    My picky eater will eat chickpeas if I let her invent a new spice mix for them. She stands on a chair at my spice rack like a mad scientist! She’s come up with some great mixes.

    Holly

    January 29, 2010

    I share a similar spice philosophy – THEY’RE 0 POINTS!! And I’m slowing learning to use new and different spices as I go, not just garlic, onions, pepper, chili powder, etc. As you said, they’re a great addition to ‘spice up’ boring, plain foods, and you can often get an amazing taste without salt, which is always a good option.

    Thanks for having this contest Roni!

    Aimee

    January 29, 2010

    My morning oatmeal wouldn’t be the same without pumpkin pie spice. Honestly though I love spices of all kinds.

    Kim

    January 29, 2010

    I love anything spicy & with flavor! However sometimes I am more interested in what my husband does with the spices….what is the mysterious taste in the spaghetti sauce? Oh, it’s CHINESE 5 spice blend! Really? What made you think of that & why did you think it went together!? Maybe that wasn’t as interesting as french toast one day…the kids could not figure out why the french toast just tasted a little different…mind you they ate it but were inquisitive. When my husband began tasting it imediately knowing something wasn’t quite normal….apparently cinnamon & chili powder look alike when you are not looking at the labels!

    MaryB

    January 29, 2010

    My favorite way to use spice is on my popcorn. I use Roni’s brown bag popcorn recipe and then experiment!

    Lilycurly

    January 29, 2010

    This post made my day!
    Spices are the magic powders of kitchen-witchery.:)
    My spice cabinet looks like a messy apothecary armoire and it’s the heart of my kitchen.
    I really do consider how they transform simple foods as pure magic. I love working with them, trying new savors and mix them in ways that could sound crazy.
    I’ve got a special spot for cumin these days. It gives an exotic flavor to any food.
    In winter months, especially when I have people over for dinner, I drop a few pinches of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg in a cauldron full of water or apple juice and let it simmer a few hours to fill the house with an inviting sweet and spicy smell.
    I can’t wait for spring to come again so I can plant new aromatic herbs in my garden. They smell even better fresh, an tending the garden is a real zen therapy.:P

    Jill

    January 29, 2010

    I use them to make veggies more tasty so I can eat healthier. I would love to have these spices because I’m learning how to cook. Wish me luck!

    Sarah

    January 29, 2010

    I love to make things spicy and mexican tasting. I would definitely use them!

    Kyle

    January 29, 2010

    This is an amazing giveaway! It’s both practical and fun! I have to be honest, as much as I love spices, I find myself grabbing the same ones again and again. I need to be more adventurous when it comes to seasoning! I go through cinnamon like it’s going out of style, but I’ve never used curry or ginger. I’d love to branch out with these and first try my hand at a homemade curry!

    Michelle Wanamaker

    January 29, 2010

    I am forever using spices in everything also. Chicken is a little boring without anything else on it. Not to mention potatoes. Thanks Roni and McCormick!

    mary

    January 29, 2010

    How funny that this would be your post! Cooking, or rather learning to cook, is always a funny memory for me. When I got married, my skills consisted of boiling water and using the microwave. Anything beyond that was like flying a plane…I just couldn’t do it! My hubby however, loves to cook and spice it up! He loves to pull out all the spices and smell them to see which would go well with whatever we were cooking. Ten years later and I think I have become pretty competent as a cook for our family. I remember about four years ago when I wanted to experiment, hubby went out and purchased about a hundred and twenty bucks worth of spices and rubs for me to try out. It was a great surprise!! Now, I like to make things homemade for my family. It may be more convenient to purchase things like pasta sauce, but nothing compares to the flavors you get when you start from scratch!! Thanks for this chance to win some great spices….yet another reason why we love you so much!!

    Renee

    January 29, 2010

    I am not much of a cook, but the husband uses spices on everything. Nothing can be cooked by him without him going to our spice cabinet and throwing something in. I would say my favorite is his hamburgers – no idea what is in them but they rock!

    McLauren84

    January 29, 2010

    I would throw away my ANCIENT spices and replace them with these delicious new ones! Maybe then I could actually taste the curry on my Roni’s Curried Sweet Potato Fries! :)

    Paula H

    January 29, 2010

    I like to use spices on a salad, in place of dressing-oregono, garlic powder, and just a touch of olive oil goes a long way.

    Kristi

    January 29, 2010

    I love spices! I use cinammon the most, in my oatmeal, sweet potatoes…etc!

    Liz

    January 29, 2010

    If I won the spices, I would totally start making new things for lunch. I’ve really wanted to try a recipe for beef pho (not sure how to spell that) and curry chicken salad. Because I have a high stress job, lunch time is important to me because its the only time I have to relax and just think. I want to become more adventurous with my lunch and make it more special then a sandwich sometimes. I also want to eat more healthy and have been trying but have not necessarily made some things because of the need for a lot of different spices that I don’t have. Not to be too cheesy but I really want to spice up my lunches :)

    Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    January 29, 2010

    Definitely chili….or maybe I’d even try to make a curry. Definitely something adventurous :-)

    Debbie

    January 29, 2010

    My taste buds have changed so much since becoming pregnant, and I am constantly craving new flavors. I love to cook so new spices are always welcome!

    Kathy K

    January 29, 2010

    If I won the spices I would make a great soup and some roasted veggies!

    Katie

    January 29, 2010

    I sprinkle cinnamon in my ground coffee BEFORE brewing…adds great depth of flavor.

    Vicki

    January 29, 2010

    Here are my favorites for using the 7 super spices :)
    Thyme – with lemon on green beans
    Rosemary – with lemon on squash and zuchinni and chicken, grilled during the summer
    Ginger – in beef and broccoli
    Crushed Red Pepper and Oregano – my favorite is on shrimp fra diavolo
    Curry – on carrots
    Cinnamon – in pumpkin bread – yummy!

    Colleen

    January 29, 2010

    let’s see, i love putting curry powder on sweet potato ‘fries’ and baking them, ginger is delicious in molasses cookies, cinnamon adds an unexpected twist to baked ziti, red pepper flakes sprinkled on my home made pizza – yummy, rosemary is fantastic in the cavity (i know, sounds gross) of a chicken w/ a few punctured lemons, oregano is one of my favorite spices to put on roasted vegetables but we also use a ton of it in our home made pasta sauce.

    Elizabeth

    January 29, 2010

    Hey Roni! These spices are a staple in my kitchen too!

    If I won the spice giveaway, I would make my signaturw butternut squash curry using the ginger,curry,cinnemon and red pepper.

    The next night would be my new go to dish marinara using the thyme, rosemary oregano and pepper again to flavor the oil….mmmmmm spices make everything better.

    x Hope the winter isn’t getting you down, you are a fantastic inspiration here and whenever I feel doubts about my lifestyle, your blog is one that I turn to for a reminder that maitanance is possible.

    Nancy

    January 29, 2010

    Oh how fun, with you sharing inspiring ideas I use spices much much more. Red Peppers, Rosemary, Oregano on my mini pizzas, cinnamon on my cottage cheese and oatmeal with applesauce. Nutmeg sprinkled on my salads. So many others in my chili, beans, chicken, and much more.

    Shannon

    January 29, 2010

    I use cinnamon like it’s my religion – on my cereal, soups, apples, pasta sauce. Pretty much anything sweet or savory gets cinnamon in my house. I’d love to try out the others in the 7-pack!!

    Jess

    January 29, 2010

    Spices go on everything. Corn, broccoli, corn, broccoli… apples… Meat… Whenever we make burgers for dinner, there is always one experiment-burger, where I put different spices in it. Last time was curry-burger, but it was missing something.

    Linda

    January 29, 2010

    I would love to win so I can begin to cook more with spices. I love to use new flavors but I am always confused and alittle frightened to venture out w/o knowing what to do. I am hoping this would motivate me.

    Katie Johnson

    January 29, 2010

    I’ve stopped adding salt to most of my recipes, using lots of spices instead. I find that now I really can taste the flavor of the food and I don’t like salt added, amazing! I’ve been using spices a lot lately to jazz things up, which shows my family that spices can go a long way toward making something yummy.

    I’m not a “real” cook, I just like to throw things together and try them. Usually after I’ve made something once the fun is gone and I want to move on and try something else. I think that’s why spices are so cool, you can take one dish and change it up over and over by trying a different combination of spices.

    Try some crushed red pepper and cinnamon in a big, steaming cup of sugar free hot cocoa. It’s really good!

    Megan

    January 29, 2010

    I want to do more braising in my kitchen…so I would probably use the spices for that. Great giveaway!

    pam

    January 29, 2010

    POTATOES!!!! You may think this sounds unusual….but potatoes are bland enough to take on any flavor you may add.

    For Example:>….. Potatoe soup with a little thyme, sage and some basil…….mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm You won’t even realize that it is low fat because of all the great flavor.

    Potatoes with onion pwd, garlic and parselymmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    No ending to the possibilities.

    Abigail Polzin

    January 29, 2010

    I have a super picky husband too, Roni! And so sometimes I end up making two different meals, especially when it comes to meats. I will often make a simple side dish (potatoes, rice, noodles) and then make two different meats. For my man I’ll make a pork chop or chicken breast, with simple, homey spices. For myself I LOVE keeping frozen shrimp in the freezer, thawing some and tossing them in a pan with curry or other more exotic and flavorful spices. It’s the most simple way to cook for two different palates, and spices make all the difference. Thanks for the encouragement – I read your blog every day.

    Lorie

    January 29, 2010

    I like to experiment with different spices on chicken and roasted veggies. I have also lost nearly 100 lbs now! Yay me!

    Robin Bachman

    January 29, 2010

    I will be honest here. I have a hard time knowing what spices to use…playing with them–Im scared! But I would love to try!!

    Bing

    January 29, 2010

    I love using different spices when roasting veggies & making soup.

    Krista S.

    January 29, 2010

    Wow, look at all the responses!! =) I love using herbs and spices and would be completely lost in the kitchen without them. When I first moved in with my partner, he had only salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Eeegads! Two of my favorite commercial spice blends are Frontier Fiesta Chili Powder and Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute. My favorite homemade spice blend is pumpkin pie spice. I like making it myself because I can put extra ginger in there.

    Nellie

    January 29, 2010

    Spices – and herbs! What “colorful” additions to cooking! My collection FILLS one of the drawers in my kitchen. Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg are indispensable, especially to anything with pumpkin in it! Basil, oregano, fennel, thyme, rosemary, cumin – and the list goes on and on. A super way to add flavor, especially for us WW gals!

    Lilycurly

    January 29, 2010

    Katie!!!—Spices in the coffee before brewing!! So cool! I cannot WAIT to try this one!

    Lisa

    January 29, 2010

    I would throw them in the crockpot with some chicken breast and low sodium chicken stock, then serve it with brown rice and steamed veggies…easy dinner!

    Angie

    January 29, 2010

    YuummO. I liked to put different spices on my popcorn to change it up. Makes a great low point snack.

    Evilwoman

    January 29, 2010

    I need to start spicing up my meals! Pick me!!!!!!!!!

    Tracy

    January 29, 2010

    I like to make a natural sore throat soother with 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger and 1 teaspoon of local clover honey… I mix the two together and eat it with a spoon! Works everytime!

    Barbara

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices at every meal. Sometimes it’s cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on hot and cold cereal or in coffee and every meal is complemented by spices. It helps to keep the calorie count down as well.

    Jen

    January 29, 2010

    i love how spices can flavor meat and veggies so well WITHOUT adding unnecessary fat/calories! (One of my favorites that I saw you use is curry on sweet potato fries!)

    Jennie

    January 29, 2010

    I like to experiment with spices but it doesn’t always work out…just ask my family! LOL. Got some great ideas from the comments…coffee, popcorn, oatmeal, chicken/jam sauce – Brilliant! – would love to try the Super Seven Spice Pack

    kate

    January 29, 2010

    i love putting spices on homemade sweet potato fries!

    Donna Y

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices to add flavor to lean protein and veggies, so my husband and toddler love the healthier food I serve! My toddler loves “sprinkles” on his food (ground pepper or dried herbs like basil on his lunches/dinners, nutmeg on his applesauce…).

    Lisa H

    January 29, 2010

    I use various spices on everything I cook. I especially love cinnamon in fresh fruit while cooking it for pies or cobblers.

    Lisa

    January 29, 2010

    I’m trying to eat healthier (less salt, more veggies) and would love to try some of the ideas above. Spices on popcorn or veggies, or on baked potato/sweet potato fries, sound delicious. And my spice cabinet isn’t nearly adventurous enough!!! I’m a newbie to “spicing” and would love to try the “Super 7” spices out.

    Lisa Mahrt

    January 29, 2010

    I would love to put most of this on my cornish hens i bake. I would take the rosemary and stuff it in between the skin and the meat and sprinkle some in the middle of the cornish hen. Then I would mix in a bowl a pinch tyme, pinch oregano, salt, pepper and oil and pinch of ginger rub on one side, then on the other side of cornish hen i would add the tyme, red pepper, salt , pepper a dash of curry and cayenne and oil and rub it on the outside( fiance likes alot of kick to his cornish hen)

    Rosalyn

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices to add a bit of variety to my steamed veggies.

    daniele

    January 29, 2010

    i use spices every day in pretty much every meal that i cook. my fave go-to “spicy” dishes are cinnamon oatmeal, rosemary oven roasted potatoes and red pepper flakes on my pizza.

    If I were to win the 7 spice giveaway, I’d have to go a little crazy and try my hand with the curry. at the moment, i’m kind of nervous to use curry, but i’m definitely intrigued and think it would be a sign from the universe that it is my destiny to curry if i received this spice pack.

    Mary

    January 29, 2010

    I would experiment with the spices. I have the usual ones already, like garlic power, salt and pepper. But I just recently started using Onion Powder. So I would love a little excitement in my cooking by trying different spices and hopefully suprise my family by coming up with some different tasting foods.

    Nicole

    January 29, 2010

    I use spices for everything- everything! They are invaluable. I actually think I might start growing my own herb garden as well. (I, like you, think the two are together in a category).

    Claudia

    January 29, 2010

    I consulted with my in-home chef (aka – the husband… gotta love a man that cooks!) — he said he’d use the cinnamon in some homemade applesauce, the oregano goes on his homemade pizza… he puts red pepper in pretty much everything because he loves making things too spicy for me to eat! Rosemary and thyme for the roasted chicken, and I have a fun recipe which involves squash, raisins, apples, onions, and curry! Maybe sometime I’ll get him to make gingersnaps for me again too! Thanks Roni! :o)

    Courtney

    January 29, 2010

    I love to sprinkle cinnamon over everything, especially oatmeal. It’s supposedly helpful in lowering blood sugar naturally too.

    ashleigh

    January 29, 2010

    I would use the spices to make salad dressing and in all of my cooking endeavors!

    Mari

    January 29, 2010

    I will try more exotic dishes. I sometimes get bored when food is bland, but spices are quite expensive. Would love to win.

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    Patty@My Unread Blog

    January 29, 2010

    My family is a spice family, even my kids love to sprinkle cinnamon on their apple slices! I’d love to experiment with the curry, that’s one spice I haven’t tried.

    Jen

    January 29, 2010

    I will throw away all my old spices. I am becoming like my Mom!

    the other amanda

    January 29, 2010

    Oh man! I LOVE spices! I need a spice wall, because my cabinets aren’t big enough(I’ve got spices on one side, everything else baking related on the other side).

    I’m a big spice fan, use them like crazy! Esp lately, since I’ve been experimenting with dif things to get variety!

    Karissa

    January 29, 2010

    Oooh, spices! I use spices for everything! My family really only eats chicken and turkey with the occasional fish thrown in there. With that said, chicken 5 nights a week can get really boring……. So I am always interested in spices that can literally “spice” up our meals! Curry, rosemary, chili powder, and thyme are used a lot in my house!

    Krista W.

    January 29, 2010

    Chili, chicken, pork chops… spices are awesome on/in everything!

    Brandy

    January 29, 2010

    I add spices to everything from meat dishes, vegetables, rice, pasta, popcorn, I even add some chili pepper and cinnamon to my diet swiss miss (hot chocolate). I’d love to have some free spices. As you said, they’re expensive and I use them all the time!

    kate

    January 29, 2010

    love your spiced chicken ideas! yum! love to use some spices to make a crock pot dish!

    Cellabella

    January 29, 2010

    I go crazy with spices when I make marinades or when making chili (or anything else in the crockpot). I also like to make homemade chai using cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black peppercorns. Delish :)

    Kristin

    January 29, 2010

    I absolutely LOVE cinnamon! I use it on oatmeal, to top hot cocoa, and buttered toast. So yummy!

    Annimal

    January 29, 2010

    I’m just learning to experiment with spices. Growing up it was salt/pepper and that’s about it! I need to let loose and shake away!

    Jessica

    January 29, 2010

    I LOVE me some spices! I’m really into using spices with squashes lately…trying to cook more and I like that you can make the squash sweet or savory.

    P.S. You’re GORGEOUS! I love your pics!!

    jamie

    January 29, 2010

    Throw away all those old spices in my drawer..lol..I love spices but buy them and forget about them. Really haev to start using them more.

    Lesley

    January 29, 2010

    I love trying out different spices or adding my own twist to recipes. I would use all those spices to create good healthy meals for my family.

    Robin

    January 29, 2010

    I love to cook, and I’ll experiment with some new dishes that feature the Super 7 spices! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Nancy F

    January 29, 2010

    I love my spice cabinet! I use them heavily with chicken. You can turn it into anything and everything delicious! However, I am still trying to figure out what to do with Herbs de’ Provance!

    Barb

    January 29, 2010

    I love spices but not always sure how to use them. I am pretty basic- pepper, garlic, onion- I do venture out and use some paprika, chili powder and red pepper flakes once in a while. Would LOVE to win the spice pack and ideas/suggestions on what spices to use in what. So PICK ME PLEASE ;) !

    Amanda

    January 30, 2010

    I’m a college student, so convenience foods are essential for me. One of my go-to quick meals is greek yogurt mixed with curry powder. I mix it up with canned chicken (again, don’t always have time to defrost between classes!), put it in a pita with a couple veggies and I’m off! I also mix cinnamon and ginger in with fresh cranberries on the stovetop to keep a tart but spicy chutney on hand to top my flaxseed oatmeal with. It’s the perfect amount of tartness! :-)

    A hearty beef stew, that’s what I’d make!

    Sandra

    January 30, 2010

    I love to add a ton of spices to chicken and play with combinations of flavor. I also like to experiment with spices and soup. Yum!

    Ibu

    January 30, 2010

    I love spices and I use it in evrything. It changes the taste of food and reduces the amount of calt that I use…love spices.

    Jackie W.

    January 30, 2010

    I’m a college student and don’t have that much room in my apartment for all different kinds of food, but have room for some spices!

    Julie - Big Girl Bombshell

    January 30, 2010

    I would try them! I am just learning to cook without all the fat and I am trying spices to add flavor. Just the other night, I had cauliflower with a touch of garlic salt. I have ALWAYS eaten cauliflower with all that cheese sauce or just plain (black and white thinking takes over)

    If I had new spices in my cupboard, I would be more inclined to try something different.

    Amie

    January 30, 2010

    Honestly, I need to get better at knowing the specific tastes. I have a select few that I use in most of my stuff, and I just throw them in as I think they sound good. I need to find some that are really good with a variety of veggies.

    Jamie

    January 30, 2010

    cinnamon is my FAVORITE! i use it on whatever i can. I also loove ginger and use it on fish and chicken!! i am in desperate need of new spices ;)

    Mehgann

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices on everything from desserts to snacks. I love crushed red pepper in chili and spaghetti sauce, and I am a HUGE fan of curry–the underused spice! My favorite thing to do with chicken breasts is to experiment with different spice combinations…chicken isn’t my favorite, but I can jazz it up enough to change that with a little time, several spices, and a lot of bravery!

    Karla

    January 30, 2010

    I love putting spices on vegetables and in soups. It makes the flavor soo much better!

    Tanya

    January 30, 2010

    We use spices on many things. My hubby loves my sauce!! I have made numerous recipes from Greenlitebites and agree the spices make the recipe. Love it!

    Rebeca

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices ALL the time- from smoothies and oatmeal, to a dash of cayenne pepper on my sandwich at lunch, to using complicated mixes for dinner. They just make my somewhat simple vegetarian meals special without lots of oil and fat!

    Allison

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices for everything! Cooking and eating would not be the same without them! My favorite way to make chicken: lemon pepper, basil, garlic powder…yum! Who doesn’t love cinnamon toast? Rosemary on some roated veggies or potatoes and olive oil… Stir fry with red pepper flakes, ginger, garlic, soy sauce… The possibilities are endless.

    Jody - Fit at 52

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices on everything as I am not a salt person! Those would go on just about everything I eat! :-)

    Whitney

    January 30, 2010

    I love using spices to add flavor but not calories! My favorite is to add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to my oatmeal!

    amy

    January 30, 2010

    i would use them on meatballs…..veggies..chili just about anything and eveything i make

    annalene

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices primarily for sauces and for plain, starchy foods like potato wedges

    Toby

    January 30, 2010

    I LOVE spices. I use them in everything. I use cinnamon all the time for both savory and sweet dishes. Curry, red pepper, and ginger are all very popular in my house. I make a lot of one-pot dishes, stews, chilis, etc. I’m starting to use rosemary and thyme more lately for things like chicken and potatoes.

    gaileee

    January 30, 2010

    Love to micro veggies with spices in them. Love to win this super seven spices and experiment!

    gaileee

    Kelly

    January 30, 2010

    I use spices everyday :D If I don’t its not a real meal, because without spices food is generally bland.
    I have a storage container full of spices, mainly because there is no place in my kitchen they can fit without looking like a cluttered mess. I’m obsessed with spices, beyond normal obsession.
    My main spices I use are, S&P, garlic powder/salt, onion powder, cumin, pizza seasoning (its in a grinder), whole nutmeg, vanilla bean, ground cloves, cinnamon, frozen ginger root, fresh rosemary, fresh dill and fresh thyme (I grow the last 3 in my window.)
    I need them to cook and bake, my favorite one to use, even if its not often, is the nutmeg. I love making a risotto and grinding it over a micro-plane into the finished product. It just finishes the dish. I also love to add it into fondue and pies.

    Having dried/powdered rosemary, thyme, cinnamon and ginger would be fun and a new way to use them, I have heard that the dried version you can add more with so my dishes would have more color to them.

    I don’t normally use red pepper, curry or oregano. I have several recipes I would like to cook that involve normal/heavy amounts of them in the dish though. So they definitely wouldn’t go to waste in my kitchen. I have this awesome recipe for polenta that calls for red pepper flakes in it.

    Angie

    January 30, 2010

    I’m new to Weight Watchers, so I’m trying all kinds of new spices and ideas to make foods tastier without the added fat and calories. I’ve never used ginger or yellow curry, but would like to see what they are like.

    Melanie

    January 30, 2010

    I use herbs and spices in most all of my cooking. If you really think about it, much of the food that we eat is essentially tasteless without adding our favorite flavors to it. Can you really imagine how boring chicken would be if we didn’t add any spices?? Cooking without spices would be really sad!!

    jen (@bwJen)

    January 30, 2010

    I have learned to love cooking and spices come with the territory but you said it right – spices can get expensive!!

    Sandy

    January 30, 2010

    I use alot of cinnamon, garlic salt & powder cumin, chile powder salt & pepper. If I’m trying a new recipe and need spices I don’t already have it’s nice to go to whole foods and buy the small amount that I need for that particular recipe. That way I don’t have a whole jar collecting dust. And it also saves me some Money.

    Anne

    January 30, 2010

    I loved watching your old “Day in the Life” videos. Such a happy family! The way it should be….Peace

    Shay

    January 31, 2010

    Part of the reason the foods we eat in America these days are so bad for us is because they are full of fats and sugars. Two things that taste good but are BAD for us, especially in monstrous proportions. The solution? SPICES!! Spices are natural, healthful, flavorful and come in so many varieties that you can do ANYTHING with them!! My weight loss journey would not be complete without spices, and I would be honored to use McCormick’s spices in all my healthy cooking! I especially like Curry, for Curried Rice. And Rosemary Chicken is wonderful. Gingered Pork Chops! Oh, the possibilities!

    Aimee

    January 31, 2010

    I own exactly 3 spices, all of which were bought today on a whim. When I moved into my new apartment somehow all of my spices disappeared (unless they’re still buried in storage and I just haven’t found them yet), and I just never got around to buying new ones. You would not believe how boring my food has been!

    Vanitha

    January 31, 2010

    Hi roni,

    I would like to win spices too. I cook a lot in my home. Definitely these spices would be very useful. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Tenille

    January 31, 2010

    I love spices! Could always use more. I want to cook more at home but I haven’t got a huge spice collection yet and this would be great for me!

    Thanks Roni!

    mindy

    January 31, 2010

    with trying to cut back on salt and sugars i have been substituting other spices so this would be wonderfyl

    Michelle

    January 31, 2010

    I use spices for nearly everything. Spices add flavor, color and boost the nutrition. Some spices are high in nutritional substances that can prevent or help to heal health issues and all of this comes with minimal calories

    Linda

    January 31, 2010

    I can’t stand vegetables without lots of spices. I frequently use the same mixture: zuchinni, onions, green and/or red peppers, & mushrooms. I may add someothers depending on what I have on hand. Then I use spices to make them whatever cuisine I’m hungry for: garlic, basil and oregano for an Italian dish. Ccyenne, cumin, garlic and chili powder for mexican. Maybe curry & garlic for Indian. Add lemongrass and cayenne for Thai. The possibilities are endless!!

    Melanie

    January 31, 2010

    Veggies and most food are very bland with no herb/spice additives. It’s fun trying out new spices to enhance every meal!!

    Leanne

    January 31, 2010

    I love cinnamon on my oatmeal in the morning — the rest will spice up dinner!

    Heather

    January 31, 2010

    I love spices- I use them on everything. My favorite is to try out new ones on chicken or pork- they take on the spices so well, and I’ve created quite a few tasty creations this way! :)

    Audrey

    January 31, 2010

    You are so right Roni. Spices make the difference between boring and great. I love to use seasonings to to spice up my food. Otherwise, the food is dull.

    All Women Stalker

    February 1, 2010

    What a wonderful give away! Wish I could join. Huhuhuhu.

    Ashley

    February 1, 2010

    Lately we have been spending a ton of time at the Cleveland Clinic and there is this restaurant Au Bon Pain (im a small town girl and we don’t have this near me), they have the best bread sticks with different toppings and seasonings. So I decided to bust open my spice rack and try different spices on top of the breadsticks. I felt that this diverted me from dipping the bread or putting butter on top. We do a mix of our favorite spices and try to pair it up with whatever we are eating. Also tried it with rolls as well, same idea just different shape.

    Also the hubbs and I use different spices in the ground up meats (turkey, chicken, or ground beef), I usually buy bulk and start with simple spices like garlic salt, salt and pepper. Then I divide it out and add different spices to each section. Takes the same meat but gives it a different spin so we don’t feel like we are eating the same thing over and over.

    Brenda Gayle

    February 1, 2010

    I am new to using spices so I get ideas from your site ALOT! But I love trying new things on veggies then cooking them in the steamer bags in the microwave.

    Dana

    February 1, 2010

    One thing I love to do with rosemary is cut up a bunch of veggies (squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes) and cover them in olive oil. Once I put them into a big oven safe glass container, I place rosemary around the mixture and bake for 40 minutes uncovered. The aroma of the rosemary is wonderful and the veggies are melt in your mouth. If I won the spices, I would continue to invent new ideas like the rosemary veggies! :-)

    Jasmine (sweet and fit)

    February 1, 2010

    oh! what an exciting giveaway! I would definitely use the cinnamon in some overnight oats and oatmeal, the other spices would be used in my new slow cooker I just got!

    Chelsie Ballard

    February 1, 2010

    I am just getting started experimenting with alot of spices. I use Cinnamon and and various others in sweet dishes but I have very limited experiences in the way of flavoring meat. After many yoyo episodes with my weight I am to trying to embrace the healthy lifestyle of loving your body the way it is. I love the message you send to us about nourishing, and take care of it, not just any junk we can throw together in a casserole. I am trying to make my cooking simpler but with lots of flavor. It not only enables me to eat better, but saves my time in the kitchen to spend with my family. I would love to be entered in the contest for the spices. Thank you for all your time you put into this website. It really helps working moms like me.

    Sumayyah

    February 2, 2010

    Hello,

    I use spices almost every day since I began my weight loss journey. It’s really easy to resist fattening foods when spices help add a kick to sometimes boring vegetables.

    I also do a LOT of slow cooking…so the spices would be invaluable!

    Holly

    February 2, 2010

    I think spices give every meal that extra kick and the best part is that you can tweak it to your liking. I am a sucker for anything garlic flavored. Lately, I’ve been using spices on my lunches. I buy a bag of brown rice, chicken breast, and veggies and sprinkle some seasoning salt, garlic salt, and of course hot sauce. It’s so delicious.

    Tina

    February 2, 2010

    Roasted veggies for sure! Although the ginger would have to go in stir fry and for some reason right now I’m thinking that the ginger might also be good in oatmeal. Maybe with some pineapple? How weird does that sound? I’m gonna have to try it.

    Laurie

    February 2, 2010

    I use cinnamon in Greek tomato sauce, ginger in xmas cookies, oregano and red pepper in most savory things, curry with lentils, rosemary and thyme with veggies. Nothing better than fresh spices – get rid of those that have been hanging in the cupboard for way too long!

    Jamie

    February 2, 2010

    I use spices in EVERYTHING, especially since adopting healthier eating habits. I use cinnamon, and nutmeg in my coffee and tea. I found that I love smoked paprika and use it in chicken salad, baked chicken, and in chili. Spices really make healthier food that might be bland…’pop’. I tend to make my own salad dressings now so I’m always grabbing for dill, garlic,basil, rosemary, or crushed red pepper…its virtually limitless. I’m a big fan of ginger now too…its great in rice!

    Kara

    February 10, 2010

    I love adding spices to all sorts of dishes! Lots of flavor for no extra calories, you can’t beat that. :) I would probably make some of your GreenLiteBites dishes with the spices. :)