When we were in Florida on Spring Break a couple of weeks ago, I was watching television. This is not something I do at home. We don’t have cable or one of those boxes that replaced antenas. I have an HD TiVo that can pick up PBS and CBS, which helps since the boys watch some PBS, but other than that I watch DVD’s. Consequently, it had been quite some time since I’d seen a commercial. So I was watching television and this commercial came on — something about, “Need inspiration for dinner?” That got my attention so I looked at the screen and watched a commercial for this:
(Note: This is not a marketing post for McCormick. No one contacted me and asked me to write it, and I doubt I would if they did. I turn down way more marketing requests than you will ever know.)
It’s called “Recipe Inspirations.” Basically, it’s a selection of seasonings and spices that I believe are pre-measured, but I could be wrong – it could just be the same amount of each and you have to measure – that comes with a recipe on how to cook a dish. I thought this was BRILLIANT. I love the fact that it gives people a chance to smell different spices, see what different seasonings do with different spices, give ideas on what to do with spices, give ideas for a new meal with new flavors — all without requiring someone to purchase a $6 bottle of spice that they may never even use again.
I realize that there was already a shortcut version to seasonings in those seasoning packets that you can buy. So, just for kicks, I looked up the ingredients for a fajita seasoning packet:
MALTODEXTRIN, SPICES (INCLUDING BLACK PEPPER), SALT, ONION, GARLIC, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, CARAMEL COLOR, LIME JUICE SOLIDS, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, AND MODIFIED CORN STARCH.
And I looked up the ingredients for fajitas in this “Recipe Inspirations” product:
GARLIC, ONION, CUMIN, BLACK PEPPER, OREGANO AND CILANTRO.
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