Smack in the middle of Lithe Spring Clean, two of my girlfriends and I got together and had a ton of fun with in the kitchen with spices.  If you're eating clean, the power of spices can really transform food and trick your taste buds.  When I think of spice these days, the name Lior Lev Sercarz is what comes to mind.  My sister-in-law, Laurie and my friend Jess (above) both know Lior personally, so it was really fun hearing stories about the blends that we were using. 

Known as the spice master to the stars, Lior Lev Sercarz has blended for names like Le Bernardin, Daniel and even Zahav here in Philly.  If you walk into his spice shop, La Boîte à Epice, Lior will happily talk you through spice, and then weather, and then whatever you like, really. We grabbed his new book, The Art of Blending, and made some incredible lamb and eggplant dishes using his Za'atar, Dali and Vadouvan blends. 

It was so fun to experiment in the kitchen; we cooked and shared, combining expertise, skills and supplies. Stay tuned for our next edition, and I'll be extending a special invitation to all of you! 

Images via Lauren


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Ah, heeeeeey Jess. Tell her to share her coconut rice recipe from Costa Rica. It is amazing!

Very cool post, and YUM! I love exploring spices and flavors from different parts of the world, and it definitely helps to make your typical dish more exciting. Looking forward to the next edition (and our special invitation!) :)

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