Stuff We Love: The Spice House
Posted by Toni in Stuff We Love
Two of my faves: Pure Vanilla Extract and Saigon Cassia Cinnamon

We've all read countless weight loss/healthy eating articles touting the value of adding fresh spices to enhance the flavor of lighter fare, particularly when switching from processed foods. Well, we believe in what works, and this is one oft-parroted idea we heartily endorse.

Whatever your reason for being a foodie - adopting new habits for health-related reasons, preparing freeze-and-reheat lunches to bring to work, or forming a Fat Girl's Guide Supper Club (speaking of great ideas), quality spices and seasonings are a must. My favorite source is The Spice House. I'm lucky to be within driving distance of all of their stores, but the humble (and great-smelling) Evanston, Illinois shop just north of the city is my favorite.

Non-Chicago-area foodies are in luck, because you can shop online, sample their impressive, free recipe collection, and purchase unique gift boxes that will enhance your gift-giving super powers. My two favorite finds are their pure vanilla extract (love it in oatmeal) and ground cinnamon (delish on hot cocoa--the best cinnamon I've ever tasted). Shopping for spices, rubs, marinade mixes, and extracts is the perfect way to be indulgent without over-indulging - and that's something we can definitely get behind.

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