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Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe uses a perfectly balanced blend of spices to enhance the banana flavor, as well as the power of whole wheat flour to create an uncommonly moist loaf.

Braised Chicken with Moroccan Spices, Preserved Lemon, and Green Olives

Here's a warming braised chicken dish to brighten up your dinner on a cold evening. Packed with Moroccan spices, preserved lemons, and briny green olives, this dish offers a punch of flavor with relatively little effort.

Baked Eggs with Kale, Yogurt, and Spiced Butter

Here's a warming, healthy breakfast that feels indulgent, all because of the power of the runny egg yolk. 

Mexican Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These are the cookies that you should add to your stable of Christmas cookie recipes this year. You probably have most of the bases already covered - the classic iced sugar cookies, the beautifully spiced gingerbread, the buttery, crumbly shortbreads, the jam-filled thumbprints.

White Bean and Tomato Gratin with Herbes de Provence

This is a hearty and healthy winter dish -- think of it as a Mediterranean version of baked beans, seasoned with Vanns Herbes de Provence, but with a beautifully crispy bread crumb topping. 

Spiced Chicken Liver Pâté

There’s nothing like an appetizer of pate to set dinner off to an elegant start. Smooth, creamy, rich, and with a little tinge of mineral funk from the livers, this is a dish that says sophistication.

Pumpkin and Cranberry Tea Cake

What could make a well-spiced, perfectly moist, crunchily-topped pumpkin bread even better? Why cranberries, of course.

Dilly Dip

It’s that time of the year again -- holiday cocktail party season! Maybe you’re hosting one yourself; maybe you’ve been invited and would like to bring a snack along.

Mulled Cider

Making mulled cider is even easier than pie. You might not even need a recipe for it, to be honest -- pouring some cider in a pot and chucking some Vanns Mulling Spices in there to simmer for an hour or so will probably work out pretty well!

Pumpkin Maple Muffins

It’s pumpkin muffin season! But these aren’t your typical giant, overly orange, super sweet cupcakes-masquerading-as-muffins -- these are the real deal.

Spiced Cauliflower "Couscous"

Cauliflower is a real shape-shifter these days. There’s cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pizza crust, buffalo cauliflower “wings” -- it’s great to see this versatile vegetable stepping out of its steamer basket comfort zone!

Preserved Lemons

There’s nothing better than a homemade holiday gift, especially one that keeps giving and giving throughout the year.

Raz El Hanout Roasted Squash

Roasted squash is one of the easiest but most satisfying side dishes of autumn. Corners, edges, and outside surfaces brown and crisp in the oven, while the insides become deliciously creamy.

Moroccan Carrots

Moroccan carrots are a fairly ubiquitous dish, and with good reason. The common thread throughout the many variations is the combination of sweet, earthy carrots, tart lemon juice, a luxurious amount of olive oil, and the perfect blend of spices.

Focaccia with Smoked Paprika Butter

Both of these recipes are kind of magical -- they take super simple ingredients like water, flour, butter, salt, and Vanns Smoked Spanish Paprika and turn them into beautiful, impressive golden brown focaccia and a deeply orange-red, perfectly flavored smoked paprika butter to be spread on top. It makes a great appetizer for any occasion, but be careful that your guests don’t fill themselves up on it! It’s a little bit addictive.

Carrot Cake for a Crowd

Making dessert for a crowd can be difficult. Something like a pie is almost big enough, but you'll have to carefully dissect it into tiny slivers to really make it work. A layer cake looks spectacular, but presents the same slicing problem.

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

This dip recipe is simple to make, looks great, and is quite healthy, with no added fat and a nice punch of fiber from the black beans! What else could you ask for? Oh right, it tastes great as well!

Spaghetti Squash with Moroccan Spices

Spaghetti squash is kind of a magical vegetable. If you cut it open before cooking, it looks like a normal, solid, bright yellow squash.

Indian-Spiced Cashews

These toasted and spiced nuts couldn’t be simpler, and couldn’t be more of an impressive dish to toss together to bring to a cocktail party. A combination of earthy coriander, cumin, and turmeric play beautifully off the natural nutty sweetness of cashews, with cayenne and salt adding a pop of salt and spice.

Mesquite Barbecue Beans

It may be September, but barbecue season isn’t over yet! While the weather’s still warm, and friends are still throwing meat and vegetables on the grill, it’s time to give this hearty, crowd-pleasing side dish a try. You’d never think that beans could be a showstopper of a dish, but these have the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, smoky and spicy.

Falafel Sandwiches with Awesome Condiments

These falafel sandwiches are straight-up amazing. The falafel is flavorful, crisp, and light, so good that even by itself it’s a wonderful thing.

Nut and Seed Crackers with Rosemary

These crackers are delicious -- light, crunchy, full of the textures and flavors of nuts and dried fruit, with a hint of herbs and spices. They’re amazing on a cheese plate.

Homemade Gin

It's really summer now -- time for barbecues, picnics, and that ever-refreshing simple summer cocktail -- the gin and tonic. But sometimes the drink can get a little monotonous with affordable storebought gin.

Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma

There’s a small restaurant chain in Los Angeles called Zankou Chicken that is well known for its super secret chicken shawarma recipe, which is crispy and juicy and beautifully spiced and comes with a crazy-good garlic sauce that will make your breath reek for at least the next few hours if not days. 

Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Don’t be scared. This isn’t a case of putting tofu where it doesn’t belong in the name of “health food,” though I will admit that this version of pudding does turn out to be much lower in fat than the traditional kind.

Ratatouille Tian

This is a beautiful dish in both appearance and flavor. It makes the best of three vegetables that are at their best during summer -- tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant -- and combines them with Herbes de Provence to meld the flavors together into the perfect summer vegetable dish.

Turkey-Zucchini Burgers with Cumin and Green Onion

This is my ideal summer dish. It’s healthy, packed with flavor, and makes use of the bounty of zucchini that appears in gardens and stores each June.

Cinnamon Cardamom Rolls

Father's Day is coming up this weekend, and you know what that means -- big, tasty breakfast time! If you're going for a savory situation, with bacon, eggs, toast, and whatever else Dad loves, this is a great recipe to add a touch of sweetness to the end.

Jalapeño and Cumin Coleslaw

Maybe you have your grilling recipes all set for this weekend. Maybe you're letting someone else do the grilling. Either way, don't forget about the sides! This coleslaw hits all the right notes.

Smoky Chicken "Tikka Masala" Kebabs with Raita

It's almost Memorial Day, and you know what that means -- time to take the cover off your grill, stock up on the charcoal and propane, and fill your grocery cart with your favorite pieces of meat and grillable vegetables.