Spicing Up Father’s Day

Grilled Pineapple Chile Salsa

Among my tips for low sodium cooking, spices and herbs are one of the easiest to adopt and most fun to experiment with. They’re readily available and can transform a blah dish into a totally amazeballs, “what’s your secret” kind of dish. 

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the seemingly endless varieties of spice blends from Savory Spice Shop. Their seasonings are not necessarily salt-free, but many of them have little or no sodium. Two of my favorites are the California Citrus Rub and Barrier Reef, both are fantastic on a variety of meats, fish,and vegetables. I used the last of the California Citrus Rub blended with olive oil to roast a tray full of beets, carrots, and purple potatoes for a dinner party last week.

But, what I find to be unique to Savory Spice Shop, besides the high quality and reasonable prices, is that you can try out seasonings by purchasing a 1-ounce packages or small jar. Throwing barely used jars of herbs and spices out after 6 months to a year has always been hard for me – but that’s the rule for maintaining freshness.

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Another thing I really like is they send me spices to play with :-)  and for every holiday Savory Spice Shop has beautiful gift sets that are a perfect gift for the cooks, foodies, or grill masters you know. In June and through the summer, you can choose from three pre-packed Father’s Day BBQ sets: Wranglin’ Rubs, Steak Lovers, and Chops & Bones BBQ or, with more than 400 spice blends to choose from, Savory Spice Shop can customize sets based on your specific tastes.

Savory Spice Shop spice blends

Planning for last week’s get together, I was thinking grilled leg of lamb would be nice for a change of pace and when I opened their email with information about their Father’s Day gift sets, the Limos Lamb Rub immediately caught my eye.  Savory Spice Shop was kind enough to send me a 1 ounce package of the Limnos Lamb Rub and the three other blends (Pearl St. Plank Rub, Pike’s Peak Butcher’s Rub, Flat Irons Prime Rib Rub) in the Wranglin’ Rubs set to try. With sea salt, garlic, lemon peel, onion, black pepper, fennel, rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, parsley, oregano, spearmint and marjoram, the Limnos Lamb Rub is perfect for lamb, but also good on venison, goose or duck. I used the entire 1 ounce package rubbed on two 3-pound legs of lamb – that, and Don’s grill technique, is the extent of my “secret” recipe. Several guests even said it was the best lamb they have ever had, and that’s what we cooks love to hear :)

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 While the lamb was cooking and the vegetables roasting we noshed on Grilled Pineapple and Hatch Chile salsa with some surprisingly good vegetable chips. I prepared the salsa and a Quinoa and Couscous Tabbouleh earlier in the day which freed me up to talk, joke, laugh and share wine with our guests. To me, easy entertaining is all about fresh ingredients that shine with a only a few additions to enhance their natural flavor and simple preparations that make it easy on the hosts. With hubs acting as grill master and the perfect weather we enjoy in SoCal, grilling is the only way to entertain!

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After dinner, all that was left to do was make a quick Strawberries Romanoff  sauce to serve over ice cream for dessert. Casual and simple, yet sensational – your guests are sure to leave full, happy and impressed!

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In Orange County, Savory Spice Shop is located in Corona del Mar and the OC Mix at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa. You can also order online or search for a Savory Spice Shop near you.

8 Responses to “Spicing Up Father’s Day”

  1. Laura @ Family Spice June 12 at 8:00 am #

    What a feast!! I’m crazy for lamb and your menu is amazing!!!

    • Priscilla June 12 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks, Laura :) The evening was a huge success and I didn’t stress about the food at all. Win, Win!

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 12 at 9:31 am #

    Great Father’s Day ideas, love the spice!

  3. Taryn June 12 at 9:56 am #

    You’ve seriously made me question my love of salty food! Everything you made was bursting with complex flavors and never once did I even think of reaching for the salt shaker. Delicious!!! Good wine, amazing food, a beautiful home and wonderful people made for a perfect night! I am going to make the pineapple salsa tonight. I don’t really feel like sharing but we’ll see. :-)

    • Priscilla June 12 at 8:34 pm #

      It was so great meeting you, Taryn. Enjoy – grilled pineapple is seriously amazing! Eating low sodium is healthier for both of us, but I still feed my salt craving for cheese, salumi, sausage, etc. when I’m out with my restaurant foodie friends :)

  4. @snackfixation June 12 at 6:54 pm #

    look at that grilled pineapple!

  5. sippitysup June 15 at 10:12 am #

    So much great food I don’t know where to begin. So please pass the platter and I’ll shut up. GREG

  6. Nancy@acommunaltable June 17 at 10:55 am #

    I want everything in this post… that Limos Lamb Rub sounds amazing… definitely going to have to get some of that! And the Smoked Bourbon brown sugar?? Heaven help me….

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