Wildtree

Way back in September, I bought this Wildtree spice blend at the Chicago Wine Festival and just now finally got around to using it! Wildtree believes that food should natural, nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare. Their products, ranging from spice blends and dressings to marinades and oils contain no preservatives, additives, MSG, or dyes. I bought one of their spice blends, the Scampi Blend, which contains dried garlic, wine powder, dried onion, natural butter flavor, parsley, and sea salt.

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I used the Scampi Blend to season some shrimp that I made for dinner the other night. I combined 1 lb of raw shrimp with 2 teaspoons of the blend with 3 Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil and sautéed them until pink. For a side dish I cooked up some wild rice that I had purchased in bulk from Whole Foods. I combined 2 cups of rice with about 3 cups of vegetable stock; brought to a boil, and simmered for about 45 minutes. I also added some roasted asparagus, chopped shiitake mushrooms, and sliced green onions to the rice mixture for flavor. The shrimp were delicious! I am going to have to try this spice blend on some chicken for another meal!

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I don’t usually buy seafood, and when I went to buy these shrimp I found myself staring behind the counter unsure as to what shrimp to choose. Did I want imported? From the US? Farmed? Wild? Interestingly enough, the following day I went to a Chicago Dietetic Association lecture on Sustainability and there was a speaker from the Shedd Aquarium who spoke about how to choose your seafood! More on this later!

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