My Key Ingredient


What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

I’m not a cook.  There is no stretch that could make that true.  Cooking is not my forté.  I’m not bad at it.  When I put my mind to it, I do fairly well.  I am capable of cooking yummy things…. I just don’t enjoy it.  At all.  Star Trek style Replicators can’t come fast enough.

“Computer – Chicken Parmesan, please.”  Amazing.

But since I can’t do that yet… (someone work on that, please?) I will share my little secret.

When I must cook, I love love love to use Club House’s Smouldering Smoked Applewood spice.  I have several Club House spices that I absolutely love to use — Spicy Pepper Medley, Vegetable, Montreal Steak, Blazin Pepper Bourbon, Montreal Chicken, Chipotle Mango, and Citrus Blast.

Now, unfortunately, Smouldering Smoked Applewood was a limited edition released spice… and I don’t really understand creating a ‘limited edition’ spice… don’t get me started… but because it’s a ‘limited edition,’ I tend to use it more conservatively than I do something else like the Spicy Pepper Medley.  When that runs out, I can just go replace it.

That’s it — that’s why my Pulled Pork tastes so amazing.  That’s why my Pork Chops are fantastic.  That’s why my chicken is delightful.

And I can’t believe I just wrote an entire post about spices.

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