Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with White Cacao Beans

Yield: 8-12 large cookies If soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies are your desire, you need look no further for a recipe that’s sure to please. It took many experiments (of the most delightful type) to develop what, to  me, was the perfectly chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients: ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown…

Escargots à la Provençale

Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings. Escargots à la Provençale ~ a formal affair to bring in the new year (perfect for any celebratory time of the year, actually)! Escargots in a savory breadcrumb mixture, accented with Merchant Spice Co.’s French Seasoning (or Herbes de Provence), are accompanied by French bread croutons topped with barely melted…

Authentic Spanish Tortas (tortas de aceite), a specialty of Seville, Spain

Yield: This recipe makes approximately 10 – 4 1/2 diameter tortas. Ingredients: 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon malt powder, optional 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup spring water, at room temperature (Note: Add additional water, if needed, drops at a time.) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Preparation:…

Classic Cheesecake

Yield: One 9″ cheesecake A classic favorite dessert … sublimely simple. Ingredients: 2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese 2 eggs ½ cup organic cane sugar (NOTE: We recommend Merchant Spice Co.’s Vanilla Sugar or Maple Sugar in place of plain sugar, to add a subtle essence of flavor to your cheesecake.) 3 T. vanilla rum (or excellent…

Teriyaki Salmon

Yield: This recipe yields 4 dinner servings or approximately 6 first course servings. Teriyaki salmon in a Chinese 5-Spice marinade makes a weekday dinner easy and is sure to please the entire family. The salmon is full of flavor and goes well with a side of rice. The ubiquitous blend for Chinese cuisine, Chinese 5-Spice is…

Italian Meatballs

Yield: Approximately 12 large meatballs or 24 small meatballs. Homemade meatballs ~ a gloriously simple and delicious meal! Served atop pasta in a tomato sauce and accompanied by a fresh green salad, this meal is sure to please. Mangia! Ingredients: 1 pound freshly ground meat, either buffalo or beef, or a combination of the two…

Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Yield:    Approximately 1¼ cups Ingredients: 1 large egg 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste 1 teaspoon yellow mustard powder (NOTE: You can use 1 tablespoon mustard powder without creating a strong mustard flavor and with the added emulsification qualities of the mustard, the mixture will thicken more quickly.) ½ teaspoon finely ground…