I went into Maplewood today in search of some new spices and vinegars. My two favorite places to hit are Penzeys Spices and Vom Fass. Penzeys carries a wide selection of spices, spice blends, and extracts. Vom Fass is a wonderful vinegar and oil shop with limited locations in the US, so I feel lucky that St. Louis has one. If you don't live in St. Louis, you can always check out their online stores. At Penzeys, there were so many flavors to choose from, but below are a few of my favorites.
At Vom Fass, the vinegars and oils are all dispensed into bottles. You choose the size and shape bottle you want and they will fill it with your desired oil or vinegar. It sells by the ounce. It's fun to try the different taste combinations with their little sample spoons. They also have great recipes and recommendations on how to use their product. I've found that their vinegars make the BEST salad dressings. (Look in my recipes section for the basic vinaigrette recipe.) When you use their vinegar, the results are foolproof. The flavors are robust and complex and they complement so many things. It's nice to have an arsenal of flavor on hand to spice up your meats, veggies and fruit. I use them to marinade, make dressings, or to simply drizzle over food to enhance flavors. I also use about a tablespoon of the Star Apple mixed with a glass of sparkling water over ice for a delicious drink that supposedly aids in digestion. Who knew?!
Trying new recipes and playing with the abundant flavors available to you will keep your taste buds happy. It can be easy to get in a rut so experimenting is key to staying motivated. If you haven't been to either of these places, it's time you took a field trip.
My name is Leeny Hoffmann and I am paleo curious. Come out of the "Standard Diet" closet with me and let's find out what the paleo lifestyle is all about.