A culinary journey - even I can make delicious meals!

I'm your average consumer.  I'm not a chef and never will be, but I like flavorful food! I even had to look up how to spell the word "culinary" for the subject of this post! I cook dinner most nights for my family.  I do a lot of the grocery shopping.  I often have a glass of wine while I am cooking because I'm bored.  I try to be original once in a while, but find myself repeating recipes over and over again.  I google recipes, but if they have more than 5 or 6 ingredients I'm scared.  And I probably wouldn't have all the ingredients in the house anyway...Who has a fresh marjoram or rosemary on hand any given day?

I grew up in the midwest, and most meals were meat and potatoes one night and a casserole of leftovers the next night... followed by jello salad.  I digress, but the point is there wasn't much spice in our diets.  Once I had a family and started cooking at home more often, I realized how un-original and bland my meal were!

I wanted more flavor and spice!  I wanted to make food that made people smile.  But how could the average cook like me actually accomplish this? I decided to start experimenting with spices and cuisines outside my midwest upbringing.  Many meals contained my experiments -- some good and some bad, but I started to realize that I actually liked more flavor and spicier food.


I had always stayed away from hot sauce because I didn't think I liked it.  But a couple years ago I decided to try a couple of hot sauces produced by a local company called NW Elixirs, mostly because it was owned by a friend of the family.  WOW!  I think I went through an entire bottle in a week!  I was immediately hooked.  The flavor was so good and so different than any of the traditional hot sauces I'd tried and disliked.    However, at first I didn't really know what to do with it outside of eggs, tortilla chips, and maybe tacos.  I wasn't very creative and I went through a lot of tortilla chips!  I wanted to figure out how I could experience these wonderful flavors without limiting my diet to eggs and tortilla chips.  So begins the journey of NW Elixirs spicy culinary sauces becoming part of virtually every meal now.  I'm still just your average family cook, but with these products, I can make simple meals even better.

I recommend you bring some of these amazing sauces into your kitchen and just taste the results.  I'm going to share some stories about my cooking and invite you to share yours as well.  Starting off simple, here are a couple of super easy ways I've found (with experimentation) to add amazing flavor to your meals.  :

Killer Marinade:  Mix 1/3  NW Elixirs Hott Smoke and 1/3 water and 1/3 oil.  Marinade steak, chicken, or pork and grill or bake.  Marinading overnight brings out the best flavor.  But if you aren't that organized, like me, marinading a couple hours is fantastic too!  Use the leftover marinade as you grill or bake. 

Spicy Chili, Tacos, Sloppy Joes: Add about 3 Tbs of NW Elixirs Hott Sauce #1 to the meat as you cook.  No matter what recipe you use, it makes it even better.  Also, if you forget to add it while you are preparing the meal (story of my life), just add it afterwards.... still amazing!!

More to come.... stay tuned!  Please share your comments and insights as well. 

Next up: We like it spicier than the kids, but there are easy solutions!

Tracie Bjugan


Posted on January 10, 2018 .