Almost 10 years ago, I married my wonderful husband. The months preceding the wedding contained beautiful gifts and well wishes from family and friends. It was an exciting time and I tried to relish every moment of it. One gift that was outstanding was a gift crate from Penzeys Spices. When I say crate, I mean crate. Wood and packing shreds. It seemed to be a bottomless pit; I just kept pulling out spice after spice, salad dressing bases, extracts and a wonderful pepper mill with our initial on it.
I would love to say I jumped right in and started to experiment with my new seasonings. It took me a little while to get my groove in the kitchen. I had grown up in an Italian household where my grandmother and mom always manned (or woman-ed) the stove and I was not allowed near it. When it came time for me to have my own family, I had no choice but to get familiar with the kitchen. It was not always easy-going but in the last ten years, I have to say I have definitely come full circle. I love cooking as much as I love eating. Now, back to the spices.
Fast forward to this past weekend. We threw my mother in law’s 80th birthday party. A very kind aunt brought me a hostess gift: a small box of Penzeys Salad Dressing Bases. SQUEEEE! Seeing the familiar logo on the box brought back the excitement I felt when I received my wedding gift. I could not thank the aunt enough and am really excited to make some new dressing. While there is nothing wrong with bottled dressing, nothing beats one made from scratch with fresh herbs and spices.
I haven’t had an opportunity to use my dressings yet but I can vouch for Penzeys’ products. My wedding gift lasted me quite awhile and the spices stayed fresh. I love the packaging’s neutral colors – beige and black labels, black lids and clear containers. Penzeys makes great gifts for anyone who loves to cook or is learning (I speak from experience). I highly recommend you check out their site – Spices at Penzeys – for your cooking or baking needs.
As a disclaimer – I am not an affiliate of Penzeys and I get no compensation if you check them out. I am just a fan 🙂
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