Just over 8 years ago, I started blending and milling spices late at night to earn a little extra grocery money while my kids were asleep and I was a full time mom. This is one of the very first printed labels. Initially...I wrote them all by hand.A few years later, I had a different look and sold the spices exclusively on Etsy.
I'd go to boutiques and hope that a few bottles would sell so I could get something special for my kids at Christmas. I remember one year a friend and her husband bought about 25 bottles. I bawled all the way home. It made such a difference to me at that time, not only to have that huge vote of confidence, but that boost of cash for some essentials.
A year and a half ago...this is how the Wise Woman of the East Blend label looked. I thought I had come pretty far from the days of hand-written labels. This was also about the time I was staying up until well past 3 AM about 4 nights a week filling orders and making more blends. It was crazy!
A few months later, these new labels were made. The spices were not only popular, but getting more popular! I was officially adopted as a Honeyville product! Waaawhooo! At that time I had four blends that I had developed and loved. They were (and are) blended by one of the finest spice companies I know!
Wise Woman of the East was (and still is) my most popular blend. I use it anywhere a recipe calls for cinnamon. It is amazing.
Now I have eight blends!
I have nine if you count my Gingham Masala Spice Blend.
It totally counts.
Gingham Masala- An exotic blend based on an ancient recipe. Formulated by me as a colorful accent that highlights any meal with tongue tingling flavor and beauty. Packaged in collectible glass bottles adorned with art by Erik Johnson, these spices complement any cook’s kitchen. Proceeds from the sale of this spice go 100% to help feed, educate and cloth impoverished HIV orphans in India through the efforts of the Gingham Project. It can be found Here. One day...I'm going to bring one of those kids home. I just know it.
The new blends should be in stores very soon! I know that they have already shipped...so now it is just a matter of time.
Cheftessbakresse™ French Provencal Essential™
A bold blend of rustic French herbs, citrus, and garlic with a hint of sea salt to add depth and Provencal charm to your salads, poultry, sauces, pasta dishes and potatoes.
Ingredients: Granulated garlic, granulated onion, Herbs, Spices, and Sea salt
No Sugar or MSG.
Cheftessbakresse™ The Big Dill ™(Salt-Free)
Wake up your taste buds to a Salt-Free dill, bell pepper, citrus, garlic and onion blend that is designed to add brilliant bright flavor to your life! It is remarkable on seafood, in potato salad, egg dishes, sour cream dips and cream cheese spreads.
Ingredients: granulated onion, dill weed, bell pepper, lemon peel, garlic, spices. No sugar, salt or MSG.
Chef Tess Bakeresse™ Greek Olympian™
Bold, powerful, and able to make anyone fall instantly in love! Call down the thunder. This is the Venus of spice blends! With a perfect balance of beautiful Greek herbs, spices, lemon and garlic it is remarkable on roasted meat, vegetables, salads, and pizza. Salt Free!
Ingredients: Herbs, Spices, Garlic, Onion, Lemon peel, pepper. No Sugar, Salt or MSG.
Chef Tess Bakeresse™ Amazing Wok-Star ™
Beautiful musical notes of the Orient will burst from your latest dish when you add this tangy, spiced-citrus blend to your stir-fry, marinades, rice dishes, sauces and grilled vegetables. It is sure to transform any ordinary dinner into a concert for your mouth!Ingredients: natural soy sauce powder (contains wheat), natural lime juice powder, garlic, onion, lemon zest, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, spices, coconut powder, natural misquite smoke flavor.Contains Wheat. No sugar or MSG.
There you go! I'll be certain to post when the bottles are in my sweet little hands! This is such a huge blessing!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess