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I know what you may be thinking. Gingersnaps? Those horrid, hard cardboardy things old Aunt Mildred kept in her cookie jar? Kept in her cookie jar forever in fact, because no one would ever eat them? Gingersnaps? No no no! I am talking about rich, buttery, deeply spicy, snappy Gingersnaps. You know – the good […]

toasty coconut almond bars
Toasty Coconut Almond Bars

One strategy I always use as part of Christmas baking is to always have a few favorite bar cookies that I can whip up in a hurry and have ready to fill out cookie trays or gift boxes without a lot of fuss. It’s also especially nice if the bar cookies are a little unusual […]

pan of baked cornbread stuffing with a kick
Cornbread Stuffing … with a kick!

Our family is going through our usual excitement for this time of year. It is nearly time for our annual trek to my sister and brother in law’s for Thanksgiving, one of our most anticipated traditions. Each year, as many of us as are able, gather together for a week of fun, fishing, target shooting, […]

jar of bread and butter pickles
Crunchy Bread and Butter Pickles

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as we have been. It’s been a whirlwind of family visits, little getaways and lots of work in the garden. We really get inundated with cucumbers this time of year, and that always has me thinking about pickles. While there are plenty of ways to preserve the […]

preparing the muffins
Blueberry Spice Muffins

It’s that time of year again! You know the time I mean – when the spring rains and the summer sun have teamed up to bring us blueberries. Blueberries are abundant over most of the country right now. If you don’t have your own bushes [and if you want to grow your own fruit, blueberries […]

Hickory Smoked BBQ Rub
Hickory Smoked BBQ Rub

Here at Great American Spice Company, we carry a lot of different kinds of spice rubs and blends, so it’s not like we would tell you that you have to make your own rubs. Far from it – if you have favorites that you like to order, then by all means, keep using those. But, […]


The first time I had Hummus was when I went away to college in the big city. My little hometown did not have a lot of ethnic restaurants, so I had never had any Middle Eastern food until I left. This was a very [VERY!] long time ago, so there was little choice of ethnic […]

dilly cucumber salad from The Great American Spice Company
Cucumber Salad Recipe

We are starting to really jump headlong in to my favorite time of year, when veggies are just jumping out of the garden, and fresh produce is cheap and plentiful. Even if you don’t have the space to have your own garden, there are plenty of places to get local produce. Gardening friends are often […]

ingredeints for shrimp cocktail
Big Game Shrimp Cocktail

It seems like every other commercial on TV right now is from some fast food joint, extolling the virtue of supplying your Super Bowl party from their menu. Sure, it is easy to just run out for some wings and pizza, but this year, you might want to try something that is a step up […]

Southwest Ovenfried Chicken Tenders
Southwest Ovenfried Chicken Tenders

It is getting to be that time of year again. You know what I mean, right? That special time to gather your friends and family to enjoy that yearly ritual of watching the Super Bowl! Now, I have to admit that we are not huge football fans around here, but we do catch a few […]