RawSpiceBar Review - December 2015 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box

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What is it? RawSpiceBar 
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness.  

RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

RawSpiceBar charges $4 per month for shipping, but shipping is discounted on longer term subscriptions. On a 6-month term, shipping is only an additional $16, instead of $24. RawSpiceBar ships their packages between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first or second week of the following month. Amazingly, I received the December package on December 22nd. It was a Christmas miracle!

The theme for December is "Norwegian Spice Box" and includes spices and recipes to create a traditional Nordic meal.
From cured salmon to gingerbread spiced sweets, a Scandinavian holiday meal is a thing of beauty. A smorgasbord overloaded with robustly flavored fish, cheeses, and breads epitomizes the Nordic palate and is a family affair. Foodwise, the entire country of Norway cooks similar dishes for the holidays.

The package includes recipes for a main (or appie, if you prefer), side dish, and dessert. 

To start, we feast on caraway, coriander, dill, sugar & pepper cured gravlax, typically sliced in paper thin layers and served on pumpernickel bread with creme fraiche and chives. Layered purple potatoes baked in winter herbs are a hearty holiday side dish. And it wouldn’t be a Norwegian party without dessert: we’re serving gingerbread spiced pudding with bourbon sauce to finish.
Recipe: Nordic Gravlax with Caraway & Coriander
Gravlax, which literally translates to "buried salmon", was traditionally made by salting salmon and burying it in a hole dug at the ocean’s edge, just above the high tide line. Today, gravlax is one of Scandinavia's most distinctive dishes- our spice blend of freshly ground caraway, coriander and white peppercorns add layers of flavor to the cure. We love serving this as an appetizer or as a main course with lavash or pumpernickel bread.
Spice Blend: Gravlax Spices
Caraway, said to be Europe’s oldest condiment, is the Scandinavian star of this Nordic inspired blend- bringing out a peppery, earthy flavor that is even a bit citrusy. These spices are specifically created for a delicately flavored gravlax but we also love this blend as a rub on chicken or tofu.

Along with the Gravlax recipe, the RawSpiceBar blog also included a recipe for Cauliflower Caraway Potato Soup that uses the Gravlax Spices.

Recipe: Pepparkakor (Nordic Gingerbread Cookies)
These spicy, buttery, crispy & thin gingery cookies are a family tradition Norway. They are delightfully old fashioned and are often used as window decorations for the holiday season. You will find pepparkakors at every social gathering throughout the month of December. More importantly, they’re the best complement to a warm mug of glögg!
An unequivocal winter flavor, this blend balances warm & spicy flavors with cool, citrusy ones due to the influence of green cardamom, star anise & black peppercorns. We use this in a traditional Scandinavian cookie recipe, pepparkakor, but also love it in savory dishes, like roast chicken or sauerbraten. 

Not a fan of gingerbread cookies? Try Gingerbread Spiced Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. This is what I will be making with the Gingerbread Spices!

Recipe: Potato Herb Gratin
Layered purple potatoes baked in winter herbs are a hearty holiday side dish.
Spice Blend: Winter Herbs
This classic winter herb blend is perfect for a fall inspired chicken pot pie or spiral veggie pie. Rub onto chicken, turkey or pork for an easy flavor burst. We also love this blend for adding flavor to meat or veggie burgers, tofu marinades and vegetables soups. 
If Potato Gratin doesn't float your boat, try the recipe for Spiral Veggie Pie or Chicken & Squash Pot Pie. Both recipes were posted on the RawSpiceBar blog and use the Winter Herbs as well. The Spiral Veggie Pie looks too pretty to eat!

The December RawSpiceBar included spices and recipes to make Norwegian themed dishes. Between the included recipes and the recipes posted on the blog, there are six different dishes to be made this month! I'm really liking the theme this month. I feel like I should cook up a Nordic meal, then go to IKEA to test out the beds and buy some cheap household items I don't really need. In fact, I just might do that this weekend!

Click here to read more about December's Norwegian Spice Box.

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