GHOSTrack – March 2019 Shipment

GHOSTrack – March 2019 Shipment

Our GHOSTrack Quarterly Spice Club is the coolest spice experience we could conjure up. Every 3 months, you get 3 award-winning spice blends and an essential spice on a custom, handmade rack sent straight to your door. SPICE. EAT. REPEAT.

Summit County Steak & Veg

We carefully constructed this puppy to be used as much in proteins as in veggies and beyond. The flavor profile compliments many (if not all) forms of cuisine.

Medium Rare Steak Recipe

Summit Steak Sausage & Potatoes Recipe

Fajita Seasoning

Turn this sexy mamasita into a marinade by adding 2 TBS to 1 cup of oil and marinade your chicken, steak, pork or veggies all day while you’re at work. Bon Appetit, B*tch.

>> Cast Iron Steak Fajitas Recipe

Bloody Mary Mix

Your favorite bloody mary mix in dehydrated form. Add to booze and water (we like pickle juice, too) to get that classic bloody flavor. This stuff is especially clutch for that yearly camping trip with the pals.

NOT AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF GHOSTRACK

>> See Bloody Mary Recipe

Trapani Sicilian Sea Salt

Hand harvested from salt beds along the famous “Salt Road” in Sicily, Trapani Sea Salt is a pure, clean sea salt from the rich waters of the Mediterranean. Use as finising salt.

NOT AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF GHOSTRACK

>> More info about Trapani Sicilian Sea Salt

Sweet Heat & Soy Pork Chops

Sweet Heat & Soy Pork Chops

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Sweet Heat Soy Pork Chops


  • Author: Kyle Golembiewski
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Simple marinading and pan frying makes this pork chop recipe a go-to for folks without much skill in the kitchen but a craving for complex flavor (like myself).


Ingredients

4 Pork Chops (Bone-in or boneless, optional)
3 T. Soy Sauce
2 T. Sweet Heat Spice Blend

**Sides are entirely your choice. I went with some roasted red potatoes and green beans. This pork would be INSANE in pork-fried rice.


Instructions

Place Pork Chops in zip-lock. evenly incorporate soy sauce and SWEET HEAT seasoning over Pork Chops. Refrigerate for 3-24 hours, letting flavors permeate. Remove from fridge for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Place on skillet or grill at medium heat. Sear both sides evenly and cook until internal temp. of the thickest portion of meat reaches 145°. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve.

  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Skillet or Grill
  • Cuisine: Chinese-American

Keywords: sweet heat, the spice guy, pork chops, soy sauce, spice recipes

Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza


  • Author: Kyle Golembiewski
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

1 Head Cauliflower, Medium

1 Tomato, Sliced

1 t. Italian Seasoning

1 t. Roasted Garlic Blend

1/4 t. Kosher Salt

1 Egg, Large

2 c. Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

1/4 c. Parmesan Cheese, Grated

1/4 c. Red Sauce (store-bought or homemade, up to you)

Fresh Basil Leaves (garnish)


Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use food processor to pulse cauliflower into powder (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave 3 to 5 minutes until soft. Transfer onto a clean, dry kitchen towel for cooling.

Once cooled, wrap the cauliflower in towel and wring out moisture. In a large bowl, stir together the Cauliflower, Italian Seasoning, Parmesan Cheese, Salt, Egg and 1 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese until well combined. Transfer to the prepped baking sheet and press into a 10-in. round. Bake until golden brown, approx. 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven and top with Sauce (see recipe below) and remaining 1 cup mozzarella and top with tomato slices. Bake until the cheese is bubbling, roughly 10 minutes. Chop basil leaves and top before serving before serving.

  • Category: Pizza, Vegan
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
2019 Food and Spice Predictions

2019 Food and Spice Predictions

As 2018 draws to a close, many predictions for the coming year are being published. For restauranteurs, foodies and amateur chefs, it’s always a delight to see forecasts for what new ingredients, cooking methods or types of cuisine are going to dominate the year of cooking ahead. After years of cooking heavy with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spices, here are our 2019 food trend predictions.

 

Global flavors will continue dominating dishes

We expect that global and exotic flavors will continue to grow in popularity. There may be a shift away from Mediterranean flavors, but some Middle Eastern flavors may remain popular. Cumin, tahini and sumac continue to rank high on chef preference lists. In general, the trend towards fiery, spicy foods shows no sign of slowing. This bodes well for continued growth in Mexican and North African spices.

 

Spice blends continue saving time & money for professional chefs, home cooks, and more

The use of spice blends is also on the rise. Morocco’s Ras El-Hanout and Ethiopia’s Berbere don’t have a set recipe but feature a mix of spices including coriander, cumin, red pepper, cinnamon, paprika, cardamom, ginger and turmeric. Japanese Shichimi Togarashi (seven spice mix) could also be a popular flavoring option with its black peppercorns, red chili, garlic, ginger, nori and white and black sesame seed make-up. Grocery stores are starting to carry these blends, but it’s always a treat to bring the blends direct from their country of origin if possible.

 

Superfoods aren’t going anywhere

We also predict that the growing consciousness around healthy foods and health benefits from spices will continue to grow. This could boost the demand for spices such as turmeric, sage, holy basil, ginger, lemongrass and rosemary. As consumers embrace natural flavors and clean-label products, its likely that natural products such as spices will be used in more and more products, from snacks to meals to drinks.

 

Plant-based diets remain in 2019

There is also growing momentum in the plant-based food movement. Even people who aren’t vegan or vegetarian are recognizing the importance on their health and the environment of consuming less animal-based protein. This shift to more meat-free days could also boost spice consumption, as many of these plant products pair nicely with additional seasoning.

 

None of these are guarantees, and we’ve certainly missed some trends in the past. Part of this prediction may even be wishful thinking given that we are big fans of dynamic, rich and varied spices used on the African continent. How about you? Do you have any predictions for the coming year around food and spice trends?

 

Resources:

https://www.modernrestaurantmanagement.com/kimptons-top-culinary-and-cocktail-trends-for-2019-infographic/
https://www.itstaste.com/news/flavour-trends-2018-19/
https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ras-el-hanout-367771/
https://pinchspicemarket.com/blog/making-ras-el-hanout-step-two-berbere/

Leading Denver Magazine’s Say Our Spices Are Best

Leading Denver Magazine’s Say Our Spices Are Best

Hello December – it’s nice to see you. But real quick: where did the year go? We’ve been busy in 2018…between moving our operation to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, launching all new retail products and being featured in tons of top Denver publications, this year has flown by. We were lucky enough to be named BEST DENVER GIFTS this year by both @5280Magazine and @303magazine. To be honest, we couldn’t agree more, we’ve been striving to offer nothing but the best since day 1. See some of our favorite features from the year below:

 

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Denver Life –  All Rise For The Food Innovators

 

Zach scored a nod in Denver Life’s article on innovators in the Denver food scene. Being among brands like Izzio and Noosa has us humbled beyond belief. Thanks to the folks over there and check out the article here.

 

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The 2018 Food Lover’s Guide to Colorado 

 

This was a very cool feature from our friends at 5280 about our Buffalo Bill’s Black Gold product. If you haven’t spiced with activated charcoal, what are you waiting for? Get over to our e-commerce store and order some in time for that Pork Tenderloin you’ll have on Christmas Day. That one is also included in our Rack-In-A-Box.
(while supplies last)

 

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Denver Biz Journal – Entrepreneur of the Year, Finalist – Emerging Category

 

A word from Zach on this front: “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year? I guess I could sum things up by saying I normally wouldn’t be allowed in a lot of the country clubs and events if it weren’t for the nomination. Humbled doesn’t begin to describe the way I felt among the other nominees. Turns out working hard pays off!” – See the full article here.

 

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303 Holiday Gift Guide

 

We love the folks over at 303 so it was a dope surprise to have our spices included in their 303 Holiday Gift Guide. We spy some real bangers in their photo above. Did you know from now until December 31st we’re doing BUY 3, GET 1 FREE on all 1/4 lb. jars at thespiceguyco.com? Score what you see in the photo or mix-and-match to swoop the perfect combo. (*end sales rant*)