A word on healthy eating…

Everyone knows you need to eat healthy to have a healthy life.  Eating is the one activity that everyone has to do to survive.  If you’re just eating to survive though, you’re really missing out.  Healthy food can be delicious and the more you eat of it, the more you crave – for real, it’s science!  Cooking at home is the best way to get the best bang for your buck, when buying food, and also have control over the flavor.  Most vegetables do well with just a little salt and pepper but if you really want to jazz it up, try some paprika, lemon or even cayenne sprinkled on if you’re feeling adventurous.  A little bit at first, stir it up and taste it – then add more if you need to.  Vegetables are one of the easiest things to cook.  Literally, slice em up and add them to a hot frying pan (listen for the sizzle)!

What’s your biggest fear or hurdle when it comes to cooking at home?  Would how to videos or pictures help?  Let us know!

This delicious dish would be tasty with Hoback’s Hint of Lemon Garlic Pepper or Saera’s Seasoning Salt!Sauteed veggies

What’s the deal?

So, what’s the deal with these blends?  We get asked this (and other questions) quite often.  Well, here’s the deal:

-they are made in small batches, by hand.

What does that mean? -it means that lots of love and energy went into every blend.  We truly care that all the peppercorns or grains of paradise are all blended evenly so you don’t get big chunks of one flavor.  It also means that our blends are fresh.  We sell most all our batches each week, so a new batch is made each week.  Always fresh.

-they are {mostly} organic

Why mostly?  -we can’t find every single ingredient we use in organic form.  We can find it cultivated without chemicals which, to us, is the next best thing.

-I don’t know how to cook/don’t like to cook

How do I use these blends?  -it’s as easy as putting a thawed chicken breast on a foil lined pan, sprinkling it with Egle Eye Everything and putting it in the oven at 450 degrees until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.  If you purchase an oven safe, digital thermometer, your chicken will be perfect, juicy and flavorful every time!

-I love to cook and am/used to be a chef.  Impress me.

We use ingredients that a lot have never heard of or don’t cook with and also use a lot of bold flavors together, and use them well.  Items like Chervil and Grains of Paradise give our blends (and ultimately your food) a distinct taste that is not the same ol’ tried and true.

Lastly, we’re local, we care about your dishes.  We want them to be delicious and we want to start a cook at home craze!  Cooking at home is so much healthier and (if you use our blends) much tastier and cheaper!  What else could you want?

Visit our website for a list of our blends, prices and recipes.  Send us a note and tell us the flavor combos you’re looking for and, if it’s distinct enough, we’ll let you name it!

Happy eating!

Blue Ridge Blends: good for your body, your planet & your taste buds

At Blue Ridge Blends we hand mix our blends with the finest herbs and spices.  Most of our ingredients are a combination of organic, kosher, irradiation-free, gluten-free, free-trade, fair-trade or all of the above!  We use small amounts of Himalayan pink sea salt, which contains 47 essential trace minerals.  This allows for loading on the flavor without over-salting.  We also use no preservatives or additives of any kind including anti-caking agents or fillers.

Each blend can be enjoyed in any flavor combination you wish or made specifically for any dish you create.  We’ll even name it after you!  Who knows, your custom blend may end up being our best seller!

Knowing how hectic life can be these days, we have made our recipes to have it all in one container.  Our four ingredient chili is great for a quick meal on a busy night and many of our blends can flavor an entire meal using one blend.

Blue Ridge Blends:  good for your body, your planet and your taste buds.