Do you want to know what I loved about Christmas this year? We spent it at home. Our home, people! This is huge, because for the last, oh, I don't know, forever (!) we've spent the holidays jetting from my parents' house to John's sister's house on Christmas day. This year was different because my family celebrated a few days after Christmas. This meant John and I woke up Christmas morning, stayed in our pajamas for a good part of the day, opened presents at a leisurely pace, and had a delicious, home cooked lunch.
I am not sure the timing of this December RawSpiceBar package could have been better, because one of the blends was begging for some special Christmas treatment.
What is RawSpiceBar you ask?
RawSpiceBar is a subscription box that delivers three freshly ground, exotic and global flavors from around the world for $6 a month. Each box includes three kitchen-tested recipes and an origin and history of spices from that region.
A few days prior to Christmas the December box arrived at our home and contained these three spice blends. It was a small Christmas miracle.
Right away the Winter Herbs caught my eye. After reading a little bit about the blend in the enclosed information, I knew this blend would be perfect to season a New Pioneer Co-op chicken breast, wrapped in homegrown bacon, and served with steamed carrots and broccoli.
Here's what we did to make this succulent holiday dish:
- Take 2 high quality chicken breasts and drizzle them with a bit of olive oil.
- Slather on half of a packet of Winter Blend from RawSpiceBar.
- Wrap the chicken breast in bacon, using toothpicks to affix the loose ends. Place it on a raised surface on a rimmed baking dish. I use a metal cooling rack on a rimmed cookie sheet, which lets air circulate all around the meat and gets the bacon crispy on all sides.
- Bake in a 325* preheated oven until done (when juices run clear, or use a meat thermometer). You can also turn your oven to broil for the last 2-3 minutes to get a crispier bacon top.
- Let the breasts sit for at least 5 minutes so the juices redistribute.
The Winter Herbs were fresh, you guys!
I think it's cool that RawSpiceBar collaborates with chefs who have an expertise in one specific region or geography, ensuring authenticity of each flavor and recipe. Past spice boxes have included Istanbul, Navajo, Japanese, among many others. Spices from RawSpiceBar are:
- Freshly ground: Their spices are whole toasted, ground and blended just a few days before shipped so you can have your spices the way you have your coffee: Fresh!
- Perfectly sized: Each spice blend is perfectly portioned to create a dish serving 4-6 people. Their recipes are kitchen tested and loved, and almost always include an option for vegans, carnivores, and vegetarians. For $6, you receive about 2 ounces of freshly ground spice blend per packet. They also focus a lot on reducing waste and not having leftover spices that sit on the shelf for months.
- Spice discovery: Their blends are from old family recipes or from their curated chefs, so you can explore new spice blends from experts all year long. Most of these blends have 10+ ingredients, which can be expensive to buy individually.
Did you cook any special meals this holiday season? How do you make them stand out?