I’m a terrible cook. There I said it. I’m terrible at it. I can cook a few things like homemade chicken alfredo, baked macaroni, and a mean peanut butter & jelly sandwich but you won’t find me whipping up elaborate organic meals like a pro. I am trying though. Lately, I’ve been stepping out of my cooking comfort zones and trying new things in the world of cooking. Improving my cooking skills is definitely on my list of New Year goals. By next year, I want to be a holiday cooking whiz and wow all my friends and family. Having goals is good right? ha!
Experimenting in the kitchen has made me realize that spices are key. I was able to try out two fun flavors from Urban Accents. Urban Accents is based in Chicago Illinois, and even though that is technically not local to me, it still feels good that they are in my general Midwest area. I tried two spices c/o of Urban Accents, the Chicago Steak & Chop and Fisherman’s Wharf. These spices are labeled a Perfect Spice Duo and they really are a great pair because they’re so versatile.
One of the biggest issues I have, when I prepare a meal, is it comes out bland. My cooking fear is overusing spices and my lack of cooking knowledge limits me on what spice to use. Playing with different spices and flavors is actually kind of fun. As I’m preparing meals, I’m able to taste test the end result and make a note if I should add or take away flavor. I’m sure there is a cooking expert out there somewhere thinking – this is just plain sad. Hey, we all have to learn somehow!
Chicago Steak & Chop
The Chicago Steak & Chop is a spice blend inspired by steakhouses of Chicago. It’s a bold flavor combination of cracked pepper, salt, garlic, and onion. It can be used on a variety of meats such as steaks, roasts, and chops. Or, if you’re a cooking newbie like me, you can use it on ground beef and make burgers or meatloaf. I started simple with meatballs and I’ll gradually work into steaks (I hope).
The Fisherman’s Wharf is designed for seafood and is a blend of salt, green onions, garlic and parsley with a lemon and pepper base. Even though it is designed for seafood if can used on veggies, eggs, and poultry. This is perfect for me because I love putting lemon pepper spice on my eggs. Yes, I know that probably sounds weird but don’t knock it until you try it.
The Perfect Pair Duo’s would make a great gift for anyone who cooks no matter what their skill level is. I received two full sets and I’ll be giving one set away on Instagram so be sure to take a look at the post and perhaps gift a set to someone you know. Also, use code “GIFTFLAVOR” for 10% off gift sets through 12/20.