Great Ideas for too much Garden Zucchini!

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Too much garden zucchini? J.O. has great recipe ideas! They take no time at all and very few ingredients that most likely you have in the pantry! Pasta sauce, J.O. Italian seasoning, ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, onions, fresh tomatoes are just a few of the ingredients that you might need…it’s all up to what you want to create!

The biggest complaint I hear about zucchini is that there is always too much (no, not that it’s a green veggie!)!  Zucchini is a great, meaty-type vegetable that can take the place of ground beef. I have used it in lasagna, sandwiches and as a main dish and tricked a few people who claimed they don’t eat green ~yes, zucchini is THAT good! Grill it, saute or bake it and always add spice; the great thing about zucchini is that it does not have an overpowering flavor so you can add a variety of spices and always change it up! J.O. Italian Seasoning, J.O. Garlic Pepper, J.O. Rotisserie, J.O. Lemon Pepper, J.O. Oregano, J.O. Basil and if you want it spicy, do J.O. Cajun, or J.O. XHot #1! If you want to, fry it up using J.O. Golden Batter or J.O. Seasoned Southern Fish Fry (it’s not just for fish! it’s the spicy batter that makes anything delicious!)

Too much zucchini is a great thing! Clean and cut the zucchini in half and then in half again (make zucchini boats!). Then add whatever you would like…make it a Zucchini Parmesan (Think Eggplant or Chicken Parmesan and substitute with zucchini, then add the sauce, the cheese and bake.) There are pizza ideas where you add onion, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, basil, tomatoes, J.O. Italian seasoning, J.O. Oregano. Substitute it in your lasagna recipes or use it as an additional layer to reduce calories, and add veggies to your diet.

There are a zillion sandwich ideas where you can fry it up in some J.O. Golden Batter or J.O. Seasoned Southern Fish Fry and add to a bun with lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayonnaise; broil the zucchini in a little olive oil and garlic to get it tender to a fork-touch and put in your veggie panini sandwich (this is mine, picture on the right above); or grill up zucchini, portabella mushrooms (keep ‘em whole!), onions (thick sliced for the grill) and either add on top of a turkey burger, grilled mahi-mahi burger or hamburger, or stack all the veggies up, add a slice of mozzarella, fresh basil, drizzle with pesto and voila, dinner is served.

This is from Ginger: stuffed with fresh tomatoes, ground beef, fresh basil, fresh garlic, and J.O.’s Italian seasoning topped with Parmesan cheese (the picture above on the left!).

Don’t forget – stuffed with an artichoke-spinach dip or shrimp – sprinkled with J.O. #1 – very delightful! The zucchini ideas are endless. Don’t knock it because it’s a green veggie – once you try it, you will want to eat the entire dish! Trust us!

Happy Zucchini Dinner Days of July,

:) Pamela

 

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Cooking with J.O. Spice!

Family Circle July 2014 Magazine has these great recipe ideas…how do you cook with J.O. Spice?

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Deviled Crab Dip

Makes: 24  servings Yield: servings Prep 15 mins Bake 375°F 30 mins Broil 2 mins

 

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 24


  • Amount Per Serving
  • cal.(kcal)96
  • Fat, total(g)5
  • chol.(mg)43
  • sat. fat(g)1
  • carb.(g)6
  • fiber(g)0
  • pro.(g)6
  • sodium(mg)282

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Ingredients

  • cup  light mayonnaise
  • eggs
  • 1/4 cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • tablespoon  seafood seasoning (such as J.O. Spice Company)
  • teaspoon  dry mustard
  • pound  crab claw meet
  • sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup  diced onion
  • ribs celery, diced
  • cup  plus 2 tbsp plain bread crumbs
  • tablespoons  olive oil

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees . In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, eggs, lemon juice, milk, seafood seasoning and dry mustard. Carefully fold in crab, red pepper, onion, celery and 1 cup of the bread crumbs.

2. Transfer mixture to a shallow 11/2-quart oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 2 tbsp bread crumbs on top and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Broil on HIGH for 2 minutes or until browned. Serve with crackers.

 

shrimp and jo

Low-Country Shrimp Boil

Makes: 8  servings Yield: servings Prep 5 mins Cook 17 mins

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8


  • Amount Per Serving
  • cal.(kcal)520
  • Fat, total(g)20
  • chol.(mg)297
  • sat. fat(g)6
  • carb.(g)39
  • fiber(g)4
  • pro.(g)47
  • sodium(mg)1120

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds  small red potatoes
  • 1 1/2 pounds  kielbasa, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 corn, husk and silk removed, halved
  • 1/4 cup  seafood seasoning (such as J.O. Spice Company), plus more for sprinkling (optional)
  • 3 pounds  shrimp

Directions

  1. 1.     Place potatoes and kielbasa in bottom of a large stockpot. Fill with 5 quarts cold water. Stir in seasoning, cover and bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes. Remove lid and carefully add corn; cook 10 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook 2 minutes, until pink and just cooked. Drain. Sprinkle with more seasoning, if desired.

 

Let us know how you cook with J.O.! We love sharing recipes and pictures!

Happy Cooking,

:) Pamela

 

 

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A great summer afternoon

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Henry James wrote that the two greatest words in the English language were “summer afternoon” and it got  me to thinking what makes up a great summer afternoon? Is it languishing at a pool party with hamburgers spiced up in Venison Steak Seasoning grilling on the grill? Is it sitting Oceanside while the breeze runs its salty sweet kiss through your hair while eating steamed shrimp and corn on the cob sprinkled with J.O. #1? Might it be spending the early mornings on a boat catching a great haul and steaming it up with Natty Boh, vinegar and J.O. #2 later on in the afternoon?

How about grabbing your crab tumbler or crab water bottle with cool beads and heading out for a great  hike? Or there are those people that work hard all week so they can sit on their back porch swing, read the great American novel and munch on some Blue Crab Bay Co. Sea Salt Nuts and CrunchDaddy Popcorn Chesapeake Peanut Crunch!

Does gardening make up a great summer afternoon for you? Maybe after spending hours weeding, mulching and planting, sticking in a whimsical beaded crab or flip flop garden stake adds that perfect touch of complete accomplishment. While you are enjoying the fruits of your gardening labor, don’t forget to add the crab or flip flop lights to your fence, gazebo, or tiki hut to really put you in the summer fun mood!

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When you are entertaining, think of J.O. Spice for the perfect dishes and kitchen accessories to decorate a picnic or patio table. We have the melamine dishes that are dishwasher safe along with the dip chillers, cutting boards and blue crab round trivets that just add fun to the table. There’s also the Mud Pie crab and rope spreader, crab salt and pepper shakers, crab bottle opener and crab tongs that go so well with the shell server and condiment bowl! Not to mention the crudite dish, pasta bowl and really adorable crab dip set that comes with starfish tongs!

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What is your idea of a great summer afternoon? Retail therapy in the J.O. store – we are open one Saturday a month in the summer and we have so many great gift ideas! If you want to personalize a gift, we can! Picture frames, cutting boards and glassware can all be engraved with a special name, nickname or dated so that the memories can make you smile and laugh every time you see it! All you have to do is let us know what you want and we can make it happen.

Enjoy the great summer afternoons and always, always keep them spicy!

Spice is the flavor of life,

:) Pamela

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Crab Bushel Baskets ~wedding favor decor & more!

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Crab Bushel Baskets aren’t just for crabs! Use them for wedding favor decor, corn on the cob, beach towels, snack bags, spice packets and so much more! Get into the beach theme and authenticate your bushel by draping the fish netting around the basket, and then add your wedding favors, your spice packets or whatever decoration you wish.

crab bushel with flowers

Crab Bushel Baskets are available in our retail store. They are not so good for shipping but we can put them on a pallet if you are a customer who would order in bulk  - call for more details! Our retail store is open one Saturday a month in the summer and if you are on Facebook,  LIKE US and you will always be in the know of our updated schedule!

Crab Bushel Baskets make a great addition to crab feasts, rehearsal dinners, wedding tables and parties. The engraved mallets showcase beautifully inside the baskets and they are fun, functional and make an awesome eye-catching statement!

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The J.O. Pinterest page has a great selection of pictures that showcases the fun ways brides have used their Crab Bushel Baskets! Share your pictures with us as we love to showcase how J.O. mallets, spice packets, and all wedding favors make your special day even better!

If you need a Crab Bushel Basket – just think J.O. Spice! We have all your favor needs in one stop shop! We are here M-F 8-4 and one Saturday a month in the summer – call us to inquire and tell us what you need. If it’s a Thursday, chances are we will still be here answering the phones!

At the great price of just $9.95 for a Crab Bushel Basket – why would you shop anywhere else? Get your favor decorations here – we also have great gift ideas, bridal party gift packages and ideas available and we customize labels, engrave mallets, picture frames, cutting boards and glassware! We can take your unique idea and make it a reality!

Come visit us off 3729 Old Georgetown Rd, Baltimore (Halethorpe) MD, 21227! We love visitors!

Hope to see you soon,

:) Pamela

 

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Budget Conscious ~ what’s for dinner?

chik with bbq spice

Are you budget conscious? Do you try and plan for the week by making a chicken that will last a few meals, making extra potatoes, buying a few things at the store that will cook a few meals without a problem?

A roasted J.O. BBQ spiced chicken is what’s for dinner on a budget! The best past is this will make two or more dinners. Tomorrow’s dinner could be chicken noodle soup. The BBQ spice gives it a nice flavor when added with fresh cut carrots, celery, and egg noddles. Add a can of cream of chicken soup to thicken the base. Yummy. What about a BBQ panini? Bread & cheese melted together makes any dinner fabulous! The BBQ chicken is already spiced up but you can add some of the Strawberry Jalapeno BBQ sauce with Swiss or muenster cheese and grill it to its melted fabulousness! You might want to add tomato or onion or pickles…just something else for crunch!

potatoes with garlic pepper

What about leftover baked potatoes? They are so easy to be “left over” because you can throw as many in the oven as you’d like – it’s all about planning really. Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese (really, any kind of fresh/frozen veggie smothered in cheese!) is a great, easy meal (and if you don’t go too heavy on the cheese, pretty darn healthy!). Leftover baked potatoes can be cut up and either sauteed with some onion, peppers, mushrooms, and butternut squash and of course, J.O. Garlic Pepper; baked in a casserole with vegetables, rotisserie chicken or turkey, or canned chicken, add a cream of canned mushroom or chicken soup, J.O. Italian Seasoning & dot with ricotta cheese or sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top; add baked potatoes to a broth – chicken, vegetable or beef –  with some veggies, J.O. Granulated Garlic, J.O. Rosemary & J.O. Marjoram and you have an easy soup!

Who says you can’t have delicious homemade meals when cooking on a budget?

What’s for dinner at your house? Send us ideas and you might win a prize in our “What’s for Dinner?” Contest!

Budgets aren’t hard to follow with SPICE,

:) Pamela

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Salt Restricted Diet? No Salt Diet? We have the spice for that!

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Are you on a salt restricted diet? Did your doctor put you on a No Salt Diet? We have the spice for that!  There is the J.O. 50%Less Seafood Seasoning which means that it has 50% less salt and is a spicier option than our traditional J.O. #1 Seafood Seasoning. The J.O. No Salt Seafood Seasoning has no salt added to the seasoning and patients from Johns Hopkins have been urged to try our seasoning! (But we are honest. Without salt, the seasoning is not very palatable.)

The salt-restricted and no salt diets are just as good as ever when you use spice. J.O. No Salt and J.O. 50% Less Salt Seafood Seasonings are good on everything – don’t limit to seafood. They were named that because it’s still a traditional Chesapeake Seasoning that you want to use on fish, shrimp and other seafood but expand that to chicken, popcorn, vegetables, potatoes, etc. Use a little, or combine the J.O. No Salt Seasoning with a powerful flavor like garlic or rosemary and see what delightful flavors your mouth can experience!

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For no salt diets and people who are watching their sodium intake, we have more spices than people realize. Besides a whole range of kitchen spices like curry, cumin, rosemary, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne, chili powder in both dark and xhot, and more; our specialty seasonings were designed specifically to increase flavor without increasing sodium. That means you get so much flavor, you don’t need to use a lot of seasoning. They are also great as marinades and that will just infuse the flavor into your food even more without needing to over-season, over-salt, etc.

I like to use the “Julia Child” influenced flavors of lemon, garlic and rosemary. My Grandmother lived by her Julia Child cookbook and she said she could never get enough of the “trifecta of goodness”! I don’t like to peel garlic so I experiment with the J.O. Garlic Powder, J.O. Granulated Garlic, & J.O. Minced Garlic. Sometimes you just want a hint of garlic so you use the powder, sometimes you want more oomph in your dish and then you would want to use the minced or the granulated. Don’t forget garlic pretty much goes with everything – you don’t need salt! You just need spice.

Spice is what makes flavors come out to play! Have fun making dinner flavorful, with or without salt. Don’t think of it as a restriction; think of salt as just another spice that can be substituted by basil, cumin, coriander, chili powder, pepper or what is your favorite?

Have fun spicing up the menus,

:) Pamela

 

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If the ocean were a crab, we’d sprinkle J.O. #2 all over!

talking crab

If the ocean were a crab, we’d sprinkle J.O. #2 all over! If the Bay were a Rockfish, we’d batter it up in the “SSSFF.”

chesapeake pursuits

If the forest were a deer, we’d rub it with a Chesapeake Pursuit of happiness!

World Famous Hot Shake

If the world was famous, we’d shake shake shake our bounty full of World Famous Hot Shake and dance the night away.

Astro Pigs

If the sunset lit up the sky like a flaming charcoal grill, we’d stick a pork butt on the fire, invigorate with some “outta this world” Astro Pig BBQ Spice and throw a party!

Oh, the things we can do with spice! J.O. #2 all over the waterways as far as the eyes can see. Wouldn’t it make for a better way of life? I bet crabs would run all season long – in plenty! How do you use J.O.?

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There are a variety of specialty blends at J.O. Have you made chicken salad with the Rotisserie Chicken spice? Or Rib and Chicken? Spicing up a chicken or pork is one of the easiest, most economical ways to create a great dinner or variety of meals for the week. Rotisserie Spice can be used in boiling, baking or roasting, even marinading! It’s quite delish on potatoes, too! Rib & Chicken is great for kabobs and so easy to use! It instantly adds the right flavor and makes dinner come together in such a flash, you’ll have time to sit and relax! Don’t forget about the Caribbean Jerk, the Barbeque Spice and the Steak Seasoning. They are all you need to spice up, add flavor or “Zing-a-fy” your meals!

Rib n Chicken

Let me know a favorite recipe idea! We love to share the ideas and spread good meals to all!

The Rotisserie Chicken Salad recipe is on our website but I’ve baked the chicken instead of boiling it…I season the breasts with the spice and then add a little water, cover with foil for about 45 minutes, check and to brown the chicken, take off the foil and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes or until browned to my liking. The cool thing about chicken salad is that if you make the top part of the chicken slightly crispy, then that just adds more flavor to the salad! Then as I’m adding the mayonnaise, I sprinkle more spice to my taste!

What do you do? What is your favorite specialty blend? How do you sprinkle J.O. all over?

Let us know,

:) Pamela

 

 

 

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Small Business Support!

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We are a proud, family-owned business. We are NOT corporate in any way! We are a small “family” business; there are only 23 of us who provide great customer service (according to our reviews) and we do not succumb to corporate ideas or rules or ways (who has the time to adhere to rules? We are SPICE-LY working here!).  When you need spice, mallets or great crabby decorations, you leave a message on our machine or you get one of the owners on the phone or one of 2 customer service ladies and WE GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED.

There are days when we work long hours because customers ran out of spice at the last minute and their truck delivers today and we are going to live up to the J.O. mission: “Get the customer what they need, when they need it.” That is J.O. Small Business. That is what we do 24-7. And we are incredibly proud of being able to do that since 1945. We have no intention of changing. Recessionista? We work hard to keep the business strong and we appreciate your support of small business!

Crabbing season is upon us and we are hoping for a great one. We are a small business and every sale counts! That is why we do what we do for customers. And customers support us and we appreciate it! We thank our customers by doing all that we can to get them what they need! It’s a mutual win-win. We are very grateful for our wonderful customers – each and every single one!

Thanks for a superb turn out at our Grand Opening, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Next year is our 70th year and we are already planning the party! Thanks for supporting small business! Keep America Strong!

Thanks for Great Customers! Thanks for Small Business! Thanks for SPICE because as you know, spice is the taste of life!

WHEN you need anything – spice, mallets, cutting boards, oyster knives, glasses engraved with crabs or ??? We are here for you!

Spicy tastes,

:) Pamela

 

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J.O. Natty Boh Apparel & More!

Resort Wear Apparel

There’s new J.O. Natty Boh apparel for the summer months! We have red and grey tshirts, tank tops, kids shirts and onesies! We also have J.O. Natty Boh hats! Whenever you wear a “J. Boh” you are showing your Baltimore pride! What goes better with crabs than beer? (Besides corn, fried chicken, and shrimp of course!) Why not wear it on your tshirt? We also have J.O. Natty Boh sweatshirts and long sleeve shirts to keep you in the crabbing spirit all year long.

With the new red and grey colors, why not stock up? Every so often we run Facebook contests and we ask people to look for J.O. Apparel and snap a pic! The J.O. Natty Boh is so popular because it really brings out that Baltimore spirit, but there is the J.O. Throwback, Knockers and Seasonings for all Seasons shirts available as well.

Inside the new store, there are many other apparel options besides the J.O. Natty Boh. We just got in the resort wear – floppy hats, cover ups and catch-all’s that have matching bags that you can take to the beach or on your vacation. There’s shorts, pj’s, nightshirts, too!  When you think of vacation, think of J.O. for all your apparel, bags and more.

We also love to get pictures of  you wearing J.O. Apparel because it’s fun to see how far J.O. can travel! We shout out on Facebook and you just never know when that shout out gets you a very cool prize!

So, what’s in your closet?

Dress for Success in J.O. Apparel,

:) Pamela

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Wedding & Party Favor Headquarters

Wedding & party favor headquarters

We are the wedding and party favor headquarters! We are the knot’s “Best of Favors” Winners for 2013 and 2014 for a great reason – We LOVE to take the stress out of party planning! We have been in the crab business since 1945 so we KNOW all about crab mallets, customizing your mallet with your unique, individual style and customizing spice packets! It’s a natural progression to branch out into more favor ideas ~ glassware, frames, cutting boards and knives that can be personalized with your individuality.

Best of Knot

What makes us the wedding and party favor headquarters? We are so much  MORE THAN SPICE and crab mallets! We have “He asked…she said yes!” signs. We have Bride, Groom, Just Married, Just Hitched signage perfect for bridal showers and wedding decor. There’s Mr. Right/Mrs. ALWAYS Right mug sets (who doesn’t need a few of those for gifts?) . We have Trista Sutter’s, from “The Bachelorette”, Grateful Heart Jewelry & Frame Collection. We have the crab netting, the nautical & beach decorations, the table setting signs, the frames, the glassware, the jewelry and the craft bags with over 48 color choices of ribbon and raffia.

We Fit Any and All Budgets! We are experts in creating memorable mallet favors and we have a variety of pre-printed sayings perfect for the corporate event, crab feast, anniversary party, and rehearsal dinner. But since we are the wedding & party headquarters, we do so much more! We have gift tins, buckets in all shapes & sizes, and bushel baskets ready to be filled per your budgeted amount. If you only have $10 to spend, we are expertly creative in putting together a gift that is guaranteed to bring a smile.

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We can decorate any type of party, we can create any type of gift basket, and we can customize, personalize and individualize your unique & memorable gift! We love to spice up your parties with great favors. We love to bring a smile and create a lifetime of memories with gifts and many spectacular wrapping ideas!

How can we help you spice up your party? We are your unique wedding &  party favor headquarters ~ at your service! Just call~ we are experts on a moment’s notice too!

Happy spicy partying,

:) Pamela

 

 

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