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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away. This holiday is a celebrated on May 5 and commemorates the Mexican army's surprising victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. To join in the fun, we have created a collection of recipes and party tips! Use the promo code "cinco" to get 20% off your on-line order during the month of May.Olé!

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GrillingGrilling Made Easy

Have you fired up your grill yet? Celebrate National Grilling Month and extinguish your hunger with our Grilling Seasons®. If it’s been a while since you lit the grill, check out our article Grilling Made Easy for tips and grilling ideas. For example, did you know that corn husks seal in nutrients and moisture? So don't de-husk corn on the cob before grilling. To prepare, soak the corn in cold water for about 15 minutes. Remove and shake off excess water. Pull back the husks, remove the silk, and brush with butter or olive oil.

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GarlicSeasoning Spotlight — Garlic Powder

Our spotlight this month is on Garlic Powder.

Background
While the earliest cooks considered garlic indispensable, when it was introduced in the United States in the 1700s, it was slow to catch on. Today, however, the average American consumes over 2 1/2 pounds of garlic annually. It's compatible with virtually every savory food and is available in a number of convenient dried forms.

Uses
Garlic is available as fresh, flakes/minced, granulated and powder. However, garlic, in any form is best added late in the cooking process of dishes such as sauces, soups and stews. Heat breaks down and dissipates the essential oil, lessening the flavor and aroma of the dish over time. As for garlic powder, it blends more easily into liquids and is a good choice for sauces and other recipes where flavor, but not texture or bulk, is desired. Use it in tomato-based dishes, dressings, sausage, and spice blends. Or sprinkle it on buttered bread before broiling. One-half teaspoon garlic powder is roughly equivalent to one clove of garlic.

History
Garlic was historically valued for imparting strength and speed; it was eaten before athletic competitions by the Greeks, by Roman soldiers before going into battle, and by Egyptian pyramid builders. The Egyptians also placed clay models of garlic in tombs, and dried bulbs were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Garlic also boasts legendary power over evil. Egyptians swore on garlic when they took a solemn oath, and in the Dark Ages it was used to ward off vampires.

Next month we’ll learn about cumin, which is a one of the world's most popular spices. Cumin is extremely aromatic, with a warm, spicy, slightly bitter, earthy flavor.

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Recipe of the Month - Mediterranean Spice Rub

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with this savory rub which features not only garlic powder, but a host of others tasty spices.

Herbed Salad DressingIngredients
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and u se mixture as a rub to season meat prior to cooking. Mixture complements chicken and pork as well as tofu. Use to season sweet potatoes.

 
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Quick recipes to provide you with the answer to the age-old question, "What's for dinner?"

Italian Salad Dressing MixTwo great recipes with 5 ingredients or less using Simply Organic’s Italian Salad Dressing Mix

 

Seasoned Brown Rice

Seasoned Brown Rice

Italian Dressing Mix + 3 ingredients

 

Savory Sautéed Mango

Savory Sauteed Mango

Italian Dressing Mix + 4 ingredients

 
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Simply Organic in the News

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Simply Scratch - Basil
 
Simply Organic Basil made an appearance in the popular Simply Scratch foodie blog in early April. It’s featured in a scrumptious recipe for Chicken Parmesan. Check it out.

 
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