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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Discover Flavors with McCormick

What's the most remarkable flavor you had lately? Should I rephrase it and use the word discovered? Better that way. Flavor is a distinctive yet intangible quality of a thing that is usually associated with dishes. The reason why when meals are served, it must have a distinctive taste that made it savory resulting to a desirable one that anyone could laud and even copy. Flavor could either be natural or artificial. It interests me to discover a variety of flavors as it is helping me to make my palate more adventurous and will effectively influence my cooking style and taste preference. McCormick is one of the best brands which could address our needs in terms of cooking and adding flavor to all stages happening  inside the kitchen - from pre-preparation, preparation proper, pre-cooking, to final cooking and even up to the moment when it is going to be served. Well it all depends on the number of herbs, spices, mixes, food colors and flavor extracts to be used. Chances are flavor/s will only be present once something was added.
Patricia Hizon and the participants who did great jobs with their recipe masterpieces. 
Weeks ago I attended an event hosted by McCormick, a well-known household name brand, which tackled about none other than flavor and taste, moreover the value it adds in every dishes. 

This dish  made by Ms. Leira won the second prize. Problem is I forgot how it was called.  I thought this one will win among the four masterpieces as to me it is has the great impact when it comes to general appearance alone, but the criteria with the highest percentage was the flavor, taste and the number of McCormick products used in a recipe. ADOBO DAW dish grabbed the grand prize. 

Rosemary Iced Tea
I love rosemary particularly in my white chicken viands. Rosemary as an herb totally brings out the best in my fave chicken meat thus I always consider it as an appetite stimulant. It surely makes me happy having rosemary in my food, hence this drink approved my taste too! Refreshing indeed. Everybody gets this tall glass while catching some action during the event. Thin lemon slice adds a tinge of citrus goodness. 

Here's the recipe for this unique-tasting iced tea which is so easy to do. Simply follow these steps:. Enjoy and have a refreshing day!


3 cups Water 
½ cup Simple syrup ( ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar, boiled ) 
Lemon slices, for garnish 


       1. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
       2. Steep in McCormick Rosemary Leaves for 1 minute.
       3. Discard McCormick Rosemary Leaves and pour through a fine sieve into a pitcher.
       4. Stir in simple syrup.
       5. Chill.
       6. Garnish with lemon slices and serve over ice.

Widespread of flavorful international dishes from appetizers down to main course were offered  during the event. Naturally, McCormick products were incorporated that made those wide array of dishes truly tempting and satisfying. A glass of cold water and a bottomless Rosemary Iced Tea were present to ease digestion.

Displayed and readily available at the long buffet table are these McCormick BREAD SPREADS. Tried each of them as a possible next best partner for biscuits and crackers. Flavors available and out in the market yet are: Pesto, Herb Parmesan and Garlic. It is a delectable zero trans fat spread that you can enjoy in a no-mess squeezable tube. So comfortable to have these spreads at home. Best because it is handy and mess-free! Garlic and Pesto flavors stand out for me. Herb Parmesan not that to my liking. 

Mexican Coffee
This most relaxing energy coffee made my day! Coffee always made me more alive and kicking so after tasting this when waiter invited our table to be served with one of the best McCormick beverages, we simple could not agree more. Delicioso! Certainly, I'll use this recipe to impress my visitors at home. 

Here's the recipe of this coffee ala mexican way :)

      3/4 cup Ground dark roast coffee (regular or decaffeinated)
2 tsps McCormick Cinnamon Ground
6 cups Water
1 cup Milk
1/3 cup Chocolate Syrup
2T Light brown sugar
1 tsp McCormick Vanilla Extract
Whipped Cream (optional)

1. Place coffee and McCormick Cinnamon in filter basket of coffee maker. Add water to coffee maker and brew as directed. 
2. Simmer milk, chocolate syrup, and sugar in small saucepan on low heat until sugar dissolves. 
3. Mix milk mixture and brewed coffee; stir vanilla. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.

As a centerpiece during the DISCOVER FLAVOR event, each table has this bunch of Spices in Singles. Yes they are really cute and used to see the in supermarkets. Per stick weighs 3g but being sold  each pack with 12 single sticks of the same variant such as Black Pepper, White Pepper, Cinnamon, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Red Pepper, Spanish Paprika and Turmeric. Get to know spices a little more on this post.

For more of McCormick recipes, click here and here. Never get tired of discovering flavors with McCormick!