Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spice up your Life

What would our world be like without spice?

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Everything would taste bland - cuisines from different cultures would all taste the same. Food would be so boring! I definitely take herbs and spices for granted. Basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme, dill - these are some of my favorites. Whatever would I do without them?!

I recently came across a great store that definitely recognizes the value of spice in our lives. Salt City Spice is owned and operated by the lovely Katrina. She sells awesome custom made and repurposed spice racks for spice fans like me. She loves creative uses of materials that some people wouldn't think twice about and upcycling them into something new.

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Katrina spent far too long looking for a great spice rack when she moved into her first house. WIth her love for cooking, she had an idea for a spice display on an exposed brick wall in her kitchen, but couldn't find any spice racks that fit the bill, and so she decided to create her own. Once she installed it, everyone visiting her home would admire it, and then she realized that if her friends liked it, there would most likely be a lot of other people who wanted a spice storage solution that wasn't just functional, but actually enhanced their kitchen design. That's where her store came in.

Always an adventurous eater, aside from cooking and exploring farmers' markets for interesting and seasonal produce, Katrina also loves going out to eat and trying new cuisine. She considers food to be edible art, and gets excited about any type of culinary creativity.

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Of course with her spice rack creations, Katrina loves interesting spice combinations. One of her favorite foods is Indian Chicken Makhani because of all it's fragrant ingredients (garam masala, cumin, ginger, rosemary, mustard seed, sea salt, black pepper, garlic) and because of it's elegant simplicity.

Katrina is giving one of you lucky readers the chance to win one of her lovely spice racks that you can fill with all your favorite spices. To enter, please leave a comment here telling me which out of these two you would prefer if you won (the Chalkboard Spice Rack or the Magnetic Spice Tins), and also tell me your three favorite spices. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Cherry Walls giveaway is Angie).

52 comments:

L'Atelier said...

Oh this is so fabulous! I moved not so long ago, and havent found a satisfiying solutions for my spice storage yet. this one is certainly amazing
my favorite spices: saffron - definitely the queen of spices to me
alleppo pepper- because it is neiter sweet nor hot and makes the best med. dishes
and
sumac- while it is actually a berry (i know) it is used as a spice generall

i would love the magnetic spice tins, if i should be so so luck

Amanda said...

Ohh, I'd love the chalkboard spice rack - so cute!
I love nutmeg, cinnamon, and basil. :) Yum.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love LOVE my spices!!! That chalkboard spice rack would be so awesome in my new home! Please count me in!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

These are beautiful! And I think throwing some spice into things is a lovely way to make it unexpected. I'd love the magnetic spice tins, and my three favorite spices are cinnamon, saffron, and nutmeg. At least those are the three I use most often.

laura said...

I love the chalkboard spice rack! i love garlic, cinnamon, and basil : )

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Love your artwork today, Dionne.

Fondly,
Glenda

Madeline... said...

Artwork is fab as always...

I love the chalkboard one! So unique!

jessica said...

wow what a paint!!love it
i adore this chalkboard spice..original & fun.. it's pefect for my boyfriend..he doesn't konw the colours of spices :)

Kris said...

These are lovely! I think the chalkboard is the one for me!

I love red pepper flakes, cumin, sage, tarragon, curry, and bay leaves!

Where is my lunch!!!! It's 2pm and I'm starved. hahah

colores said...

I definitely can´t live without spices! lovely pics!

Dancing Branflake said...

That chalk board is beyond incredible! My favorite spices are fennel, black pepper, and thyme.

weezie said...

I love the chalkboard spice rack. My favourite spices are tumeric, nutmeg, smoked paprika.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

wow amazing giveaway darling Dionne! I adore spices. my faves are oregano, jamaican pepper and curry. wish me luck! xo

jennifer ▲ i art u said...

ooo i would LOVE to win one of these dionne! i'm in major need of spice organization! i love (and would want) the magnetic spice tins! fave spice? that's a hard one! probably cumin right now...i've been using a lot of it!

thanks for the chance to win!
j.

Barbara said...

Those are wonderful, Dionne! Trust you to find a gem of a store like this. I love the chalkboard spice rack!

Anna Katrina said...

lovely picture - you have a great blog



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lyndsey @ the stationery place said...

ha! best post title ever...what a flashback to junior high and the spice girls. :)

i like the magnetic spice rack idea...would definitely come in handy in this tiny apartment. thanks for the giveaway!

becky said...

This is fantastic! I'd love to have the magnetic spice tins. And my 3 favorite spices are curry, ginger, and rosemary!

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Sarah said...

I LOVE spices! I, too, wouldn't be able to survive without spices. They're pretty much the essence to delicious food. And this rack is sheer brilliance. It looks so gorgeous and yet so very versatile! x

K said...

Ooh, that is so cool! I love experimenting with spices every chance I get. It allows you to add flavor without adding more fattening ingredients! I'd love the chalkboard spice rack. :o)

photojoy said...

I love spices and love the Indian meals full of spices. If I were lucky enough, I prefer the magnetic spice rack tin although I love both. haha. My favorite three are ginger, cumin, star anise.

Anonymous said...

1 - Chalkboard 2- Cinnamon, basil and thai basil. And sometimes even all together!
(posted by @erwimer)

Tess, Gilded Days said...

I love Katrina's work!
I like the chalkboard spicerack especially. My three fave spices are 1. Garlic, 2. Yellow Curry Powder, 3.Rosemary

ArtfulVintage said...

SaltCitySpice is a gorgeous shop! Katrina found a perfect and stylish upcycling solution for a common storage problem. The chalkboard spice rack is my fave :)

apronless said...

Oh I love magnetic spice racks! The one here is so nice. Recently my three favorite spices are turmeric, saffron, and salt (of course!)

Creative Arts said...

I love all of your spice racks! But if I have to choose between the 2, I say the chalkboard one.

The three top used spices in our house are salt, parsley, and pepper. But... We use a lot of others too. I need a spice closet!

Wehaf said...

I would choose the marvelous chalkboard! My favorite spices are rosemary, cayenne pepper, and berbere!

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Sey said...

I Love spices too! and Katrina's creations are really fabulous.

Michelle said...

This is fantastic! It's so imaginative, convenient, and works beautifully as decoration! I would pick the Magnetic Spice Tins. My favorite spices are...hmm, this is difficult...cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Jacqueline said...

id like the magnetic spice tins... and my favs are cinnamon, basil, and rosemary! jmmccarr@gmail.com

A Brain said...

Hehe "edible art" - love it! Oooh I've had my eye on the sweeto Chalkboard Spice Rack and have it already "hearted" on Etsy - Thanks so much for this awesome chance!!
My fave spices are saffron, thyme, and garlic (does that count?). Gotta have my herbs, spices, and seasonings, yo :)
~ ABrainEnamored (at)gmail(dot)com

Hilary Claire said...

I would definitely like the magnetic spice tins. My 3 favorite spices?... Basil, Cinnamon, & Oregano!

Mary Lee said...

I chalkboard spice rack is so clever and I would just love to write down dinner for the day and lovenotes to my hubby!

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Kaye Prince said...

The chalkboard spice rack is awesome and I'd definitely love to win it! Hmmmm, let's see...my three favourites are basil, cumin, and any sort of curry mix!

Roni said...

I would love the Chalkboard Spice Rack, perfect for my place!
My favorite spices are: cinnamon, salt, and basil

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Diana Mieczan said...

That is so brilliant. I cook a lot and I also love my spices. My three favourites are: chili, curry paprika and basil:)Have a fantastic day, sweetie
Kisses

Amy Glass said...

Those magnetic spice tins look so handy!
Turmeric, saffron, bay leaves
Favorites that are lacking in my spice collection right now.

Fabulous...

Design Elements said...

fabulous!

Melinda said...

I prefer the magnetic Spice Rack - what a great idea as I can never find the spice I need in my very crowded pantry. I use a lot of fresh herbs (basil, parsley, rosemary), so my favorite spices are cumin, cinnamon, and oregano (but this excludes the two I use the most - sea salts and peppercorns).

I love your site! Courtney Dirks just introduced me to it!

Brooke said...

I'd like the Chalkboard Spice Rack if I win. :)

My 3 favorite spices are: cumin, curry, and parsley.

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Lisa said...

I'd pick the spice tins. My three favorite spices are vanilla, paprika, and Chinese Five Spice... OK, the last one was sort of a cheat, but at least I didn't list any herbs?
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Tali Schiffer said...

Oh what a great giveaway!!
I would absolutely love having the Chalkboard Spice Rack!!
My three fave spices- Basil, garlic and Cayan pepper

Ashley Hasty said...

Those spice magnets are too cool! I love how they placed them on a silver platter! I'm new to your blog and you're already inspiring me to try new things! I happy I stumbled across you today! It was a pleasure to *meet* you!

<3 Ashley
www.ahastylife.com

Taronger said...

I love the magnetic spice tins

Tender Branson said...

A magnetic spice ring is a brilliant idea!

Amanda said...

chalkboard spice rack!

Ainsley said...

i love these magnetic spice tins. i've seen them at ikea, but last week i saw colored ones (red, green, orange!) at world market. love!

Campfire Chic said...

I love Katrina, she's the sweetest!

My favorite is the chalkboard spice rack, so cleaver!

I really like using garlic, sea salt, and peppercorns.

CampfireKam at gmail dot com

Alice said...

I love the Chalkboard spice rack! Clever idea. My 3 fave spices are: cardamom, bergamot, and cumin.

aliceinboston AT gmail DOT com

skipthelaundry said...

magnetic rack
my 3 fave are garlic, cinnamon, and basil
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saltcityspice said...

You all left some lovely comments and I really appreciate it - thanks to Dionne and everyone who entered!

Katrina
http://www.etsy.com/shop/saltcityspice

Birgit said...

Ohhh how fabulous!! I love the Chalkboard Spice Rack!

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