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By Beth Kuchynka & Susan Wenzel 17 Jan, 2018

The name of bayleaf is synonymous with quality because we strive to provide nothing but superior products to our customers. This commitment is evident in everything from our award-winning specialty finds like Le Bon Magot chutneys and Silk Road teas to our discriminating selection of top shelf pantry staples including Ritrovo pastas, Arboreo rice, green and black lentils, and Prairie Bottom Farm Rockwell beans.

We are often asked, then, wouldn’t it be logical to add a rack of select culinary herbs and spices such as turmeric, tarragon, and tellicherry peppercorns to our repertoire?


Herbs and spices – the leaves, seeds, berries, bark, and other oil-rich plants parts – are used to lend desirable flavors, colors, and even health benefits to foods. There are hundreds of varieties of herbs, spices, and blends with near countless applications. Little else in the food world can add such complexity and soul to a dish, so it stands to reason that these seasonings should also be held to nothing but the highest possible standards.                  

However, it takes dedicated, specialized focus to be a purveyor of such a varied and volatile consumable. This is why bayleaf yields to the experts and recommends that you do too. We depend on the masters of mace, mustard seed, and marjoram – World Spice Merchants in Seattle – when sourcing the seasonings we use for our paella catering and baking. The botany, plant chemistry, and culinary arts professionals at World Spice Merchants practice a keen attention to detail by buying directly from the source and inspecting (and tasting!) each shipment to guarantee only the best garam marsala, grains of paradise, ginger, and more end up in your soup.      

Unlike wine, herbs and spices do not get better with age. With these fickle botanicals, fresher is always better. Larger commercial businesses typically make one-time, bulk purchases to provide grocery stores with their coriander, cumin, and cardamom. World Spice Merchants buys small, frequent quantities thus guaranteeing quick stock turnover and optimum freshness. To further safeguard freshness and flavor, these seasoned specialists sell both ground-to-order (within 24 hours of shipping) and whole herbs and spices in suitable quantities – one ounce to one pound – for the home cook and the restaurant chef.  

So, while bayleaf leaves the bay leaf, basil, and bergamot business to the pros, we do offer many tasty recipe necessities including Maldon sea salt, Ritrovo salt b lends, soy sauce, vinegars, honey, olive oil, harissa paste, tomato paste, and more.

Sage advice

 -Buy whole spices and grind as you go (choose a mortar and pestle or an inexpensive coffee grinder)

-Give whole spices a quick nonstick skillet stovetop toast before grinding to further develop the vibrant flavors

-Store spices away from the light, heat, and moisture

-Store ground herbs and spices no longer than six months, and whole variations, roughly one year.

-Buy only from reputable dealers such as World Spice Merchants to ensure your fennel, fenugreek, and five spice is of the highest quality, unadulterated, and legally and sustainably obtained.


Over the busy holidays, bayleaf baker brought staff this delicious, nourishing soup - all of us wanted the recipe - we thought you might too!
It's the perfect example how fresh spices, exotic flavors, and quality ingredients yield a shockingly good dish. Enjoy.

Lentil Soup (best ever)

 2 TBS. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 1 large onion, diced

4 stalks celery, sliced

2 large carrots, sliced

1 large sweet potato (red), large dice

 1-1/2 to 2 TBS. curry powder

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. fennel pollen

 Heat 2 TBS. EVOO over medium heat, add vegetables and spices and stir for several minutes.

 Add:

 2 cups French green lentils

14 oz. stewed tomatoes, diced

8 cups vegetable stock

  Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat to simmering, cover with lid and cook lentils until tender (45 minutes to 1 hour), adding extra stock or water as needed to avoid sticking. Check lentils every ten to fifteen minutes and stir.

 When lentils are tender, add:

 1 cup coconut milk (example: Thai Kitchen)

5 heaping TBS. LEBONMAGOT Tomato and White Sultana Chutney

Salt and Pepper to taste

  Stir until combined. Serve to people you care about. 

 

By Richard 04 Dec, 2017
Before the panic sets in because you've forgotten to make reservations for your holiday party and now everything is booked, consider simplifying your life and hosting the party at your office. ​We can help. ​

Maybe ​you'd like to show recognition for your team. We've got you covered. ​

Or perhaps you're hosting a Christmas/New Year's party for your friends and family at home! Turn a holiday party into an extraordinary event that everyone will remember.

Simplify without sacrificing taste or presentation. bayleaf offers a wide range of cheeses, meats, and, marinated vegetables appropriate for any occasion. We can tailor our signature trays to your taste and budget. We are also happy to assist you in choosing the perfect wines, beers and cold drinks for your party.

​ We are here for you - so YOU can enjoy the holiday season​. Give us a call...
By Beth Kuchynka 19 Nov, 2017

bayleaf loves to harvest the latest and greatest seasonal treats for you, our loyal customers. Often, we find an item that is so darn good, though, that it’s worth a repeat appearance on the shelves. Last year staff and customers alike had such fabulous results from the Urban Accents Turkey Brine & Rub Kit, we brought it back again just in time for all of your holiday turkeys (referring – of course – to the birds, not the relatives).

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, panicked people, in search of the most tender and tasty turkey ever, were snatching up this foolproof, three-step kit before the shipment was even off the pallet - because they know brined is the only way to go.

Brined poultry (and pork) is always best because of osmosis, hypertonic saline solutions, semi-permeable membranes, and some other sciency words. More simply put, brining makes for moist and flavorful meat.

So, what are you waiting for? Get a turkey, get a kit, and get cooking! It’s as easy as 1 (brine the bird with the Spiced Brine Blend in the included leakproof, heavy duty, BPA-free, zip-top bag), 2 (season said bird with the Smoky Peppercorn & Herb Rub), 3 (roast, smoke, or deep fry).

Don’t forget, while you are in, to order some Oystercatcher rolls, pick up some Matiz Gallego Organic Chestnuts for stuffing, antipasto items for the relish tray, and wine…yes, wine…plenty of wine…like the annual favorite Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais nouveau or our latest find, Willamette Valley Teutonic Red Blend (an 80% Gewurztraminer 20% Pinot Noir blend that’s absolutely perfect for turkey) or even a bottle of Champagne, if you dare!

Susan Wenzel wrote this article.  

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