11 March, 2009 Recent Penzey’s Spice Order Comments : 2 Posted in : musings, trivia on Wed, Mar 11 by : Dave Tags: mail-order, spices 1 11950 Chili 9000 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar……………..$5.49 1 22042 Horseradish Dip 4 oz. bag…………………..$5.45 1 22642 Szechuan Pepper Salt 4 oz. bag ……….$4.59 1 31851 Oregano Mexican .4 oz. 1/2 cup jar…..$2.99 Shipping, $5.95 TOTAL : $25.08 2s COMMENTS 2 thoughts DebG March 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm We are blessed with an area Penzeys store…where you can wander around and browse, nose first. Last time we needed spices, alas, I was sick, so my husband got the full olfactory punch. Best spice exerience *ever* — especially snorting the different kinds of cinnamon. (If you’ve never tried their Vietnamese cinnamon, it is worth every cent they charge. Exemplary cinnamon rolls!) Reply Dave March 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm Well, the order arrived, and I’ve already used the chili powder, the oregano, and the horseradish dip. The chili powder was really fragrant when I opened the jar, but once added to my chili recipe, I wasn’t really able to detect any extra flavors from the more unusual spices (“Hand-mixed from: Ancho Chili Pepper, Cumin, Garlic, Cilantro, Onion, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Peel, Mexican Oregano, Black Pepper, Cocoa Powder, Citric Acid, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Natural Smoke Flavoring, Fenugreek, Cloves, Fennel, Nutmeg, White Pepper, Anise Seed, Jalapeño Pepper, Star Anise, Cardamom.”) The horseradish dip was a nice addition to my corned beef sandwich. I mixed a tablespoon of the powder in water, let it bloom for a couple minutes, then mixed it with equal parts greek yogurt and mayonnaise, along with a splash of cider vinegar. It’s surprising that the powder by itself is almost tasteless, but letting it steep in the water really does seem to make a difference. I’ve been to one Penzey’s store — in Norwalk, Conn. — and I was pretty unimpressed with the low-rent feel of the place. We’ve got one nearby here in suburban DC, but I think I’ll just pay the shipping instead of crossing the bridge into Maryland and braving the Beltway. Reply Leave a Reply to DebG Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.