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Holiday gift idea: shop Penzey's for unique and low-priced herbs and spices

recent Penzey's catalog

Have you been to Penzey's? This website is a favorite in our extended family.  We even keep a running list of future purchases on the refrigerator, and plan field trips to our local store.  Why?  Because Penzey's offers the freshest, most extensive, least expensive selection of herbs and spices we've ever seen.

Featuring a homey, comfortable style halfway between a cookbook and a food diary, with editorial comments from the owner, Bill Penzey, the catalog is informational, colorful, and contains numerous recipes submitted by committed Penzey's fans.  It's worth a glance even if you don't cook, and possibly after you've read through an issue or browsed on the Penzey's website, you will discover a new passion to make food into creative nourishment.  No matter what your cooking style or your favored cuisine, you can find every spice you need, from A-Z , at budget-conserving prices.  Great as gifts, or to stock your own pantry, these cooking essentials will soon win a place in your heart - and your stomach.   Start slowly, a bottle at a time, or you can purchase the works in fantastic themed boxes.

Mini Gift Box at special price

And specially this year, until December 31 Penzey's features a mini-box at an introductory price of $7.95.  Included are bottles of Cinnamon, Ground Pepper, Granulated Garlic, and Mural of Flavor (a salt-free seasoning). Cinnamon is a must for holiday baking, and pepper, garlic, and salt-free flavoring will be used everyday as you create tasty meals with which to grace your table.  If you're not already a fan, introduce your kitchen to the flavor of Penzey's in this frugal fashion.

vanilla bean

Penzey's has a marvelous selection of the flavorings used in holiday baking:  vanilla, lemon, orange, and almond extracts are top notch and much less costly than in the markets.  You can buy Vanilla Extract single- or double-strength, and for a bonus there's a vanilla bean in every bottle.  (Use it to flavor other dishes such as French vanilla ice cream.)

For a comprehensive list of Penzey's herbs and spices, click here.

Locally, Penzey's has a shop at 771 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park; but if you're traveling to visit relatives or friends over the holidays, there are locations across the country. The Menlo Park store is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, and on Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM; and you can reach them at 650-853-1785..

View Penzey's catalog here.

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