Mountain Rose Herbs Epicurean Organics Review & Giveaway!



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Herbal Medicine has been a passion of mine for many years. I had the pleasure of studying herbs and raw foods with the amazing Brigitte Mars when I lived in Boulder, Colorado. If you are at all interested in the numerous benefits of raw foods, I highly recommend Rawsome!. I have a hand-signed copy that has been in my kitchen for 8 years. I suppose you could say I will forever be a student of Herbal Medicine and nutrition as I am always reading and learning as much as I can on the subject. Needless to say I was VERY excited when Mountain Rose Herbs asked me to review some of their products and host a giveaway for you lovely friends!
Mountain Rose Herbs, based out of Eugene, Oregon, is a company dear to my heart. I have the utmost respect for their business practices and commitment to their customers and the environment. They recently sent me four products from their Epicurean Organics line of organic seasonings, oils,  peppercorns and salt to review. I was sent Rainbow Pepper Blend, Herbs de Provence, Grilling Herbs & Cajun Spice. All ingredients in this line are organic, non-GMO and grown without chemical herbicides or pesticides.  



Rainbow Pepper Blend is a 100% certified organic blend of black, white, pink and green peppercorns. Pepper goes on most of the savory recipes at our house. I loved the gorgeous pepper colors in this bottle and the colors they bring to the dishes I made. There is nothing quite like fresh cracked pepper over a bowl of soup or risotto!



Herbs de Provence– A blend of thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender and organic herbs. I don’t think I have ever tasted such a fresh dried herb blend in my life! The rosemary and lavender in this mix are simply heavenly.¬†

Grilling HerbsРA blend of garlic, rosemary, black pepper, thyme and organic herbs. This blend has a little kick to it, which made it perfect for rubbing it on chicken and veggies this past weekend. It is my favorite of the four, although we really love all of them. 

Cajun Spice– A blend of organic herbs, organic spices, garlic, onion and cumin. This mix is mildly spicy with exquisite taste. I put this on baked salmon and it was a huge hit.
The winner of this giveaway, will be mailed all four of these products directly from Mountain Rose Herbs. Please check out their fabulous website–their products really are stellar!

 


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This giveaway closes on May 2, 2012 at midnight. The winner will be selected from random.org and announced the first week of May. Good luck!


Disclosure: Mountain Rose Herbs sent me these products to review. All opinions shared about Mountain Rose Epicurean Organics are 100% my own.

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Apple Cinnamon Spice Cake (Gluten-Free & Vegan)


I just say the word cake and my four year old comes running. It makes me laugh. ¬†I don’t mind a bit. Cake means a relatively healthy treat at our house–one made from healthy flours and oils. This cake is a great dessert that is not over-the-top sweet. It also pairs perfectly with a cup of tea.Both brown rice and teff flours are good sources of fiber and iron. ¬†This cake contains omega 3 fatty acids from the flax seeds while cinnamon helps to balance blood glucose levels.




Ingredients:
2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup teff flour
1 cup applesauce
1 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. baking powder (GF)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1 Tbsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg


Topping:
1/2 apple, peeled and cored
pinch each of coconut sugar and cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cake pan or spring form pan lightly with olive oil. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes. Pour batter into the pan. Slice half of an apple and place apple slices on top of the cake batter. Sprinkle cinnamon and coconut sugar on top. 


Bake for 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cake cool for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and slice.


Serves 8.




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