10 Must-Try Recipes from a Midwest Spice House | Midwest Living

10 Must-Try Recipes from a Midwest Spice House

Try Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, Spiced Pecan-Apple Salad, Sugar and Spice Strawberry Pie and more.
  • The magic of spices

    Midwest spice sellers say they see a growing interest in exotic spices. "All the cooking shows and magazines out there have really turned people on to the magic and multitude of flavors available to them," says Patty Erd, who with her husband, Tom, runs the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois.

    Burgers can be transformed with a dusting of kosher flake salt, peppers, garlic powder and parsley. An omelet dressed with herbes de Provence turns ooh-la-la. Debi Myer, buyer for Planters Seed & Spice Company in Kansas City, Missouri, says the average kitchen has only 12 spices, but she's noticed "a move away from the basics" in the past five years. "You know, you can't hurt anything by experimenting with different spices, really. Unless it's hot pepper powder," she says.

    The next slides feature 10 recipes from the Spice House.

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

    This is a slightly tweaked version of the Spice House's traditional jerk marinade recipe. Mix this up the night before your barbecue, and you'll be ready to go straight to the grill. Serve the wings with Mango Salsa from Spice House customer Ruth Sikes of Chicago.

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings recipe

    Mango Salsa recipe

  • Spiced Pecan-Apple Salad

    "This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Junior League of Chicago. It is from their cookbook, Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town," says Spice House co-owner Patty Erd. These ingredients make a memorable side dish.

    Spiced Pecan-Apple Salad recipe

  • Sugar and Spice Strawberry Pie

    "This is the original recipe handed down from my mother," says former Spice House Chef Jennifer "J.R." Statz. "This dessert is so quick and delicious, you'll make it every year during strawberry season!"

    Sugar and Spice Strawberry Pie recipe

  • Rice and Red Bean Salad

    Rice and Red Bean Salad

    Chili powder and cumin flavor this hearty, nutritious Tex-Mex dish from The Spice House in Milwaukee.

    Rice and Red Bean Salad

  • Quadruple Ginger Cookies

    Quadruple Ginger Cookies

    To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

    Quadruple Ginger Cookies


  • Asian Coleslaw

    Asian Coleslaw with Pork Satay

    Serve this low-fat, lightly dressed cabbage slaw as a side dish for grilled meat, chicken, or fish. It goes especially well with Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay, which uses Asian spice blends. 

    Asian Coleslaw

    Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

  • Sharing recipes

    Tom and Patty Erd (left) took over the spice business in 1992 from Patty's parents. Just as they're happy to share recipes, they have customers who bring recipes to them. One favorite recipe is Clay's Colossal Chili, which won a national chili cook-off. "Chef Clay Erickson actually brought me a container of this chili at the store one Sunday afternoon, still warm," Patty says. "Tom was sick that day, so I took it home, and it was perfect for him."

    Clay's Colossal Chili recipe

    The Spice House

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