Cooking & Baking with Mace: The Vintage Spice You Need to Try

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Have you ever used mace in a recipe? No, mace isn’t just a deterrent from assailants. It’s actually a lesser known vintage spice. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition to foods and baking recipes. Keep reading to learn more about the vintage spice mace. And to discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Cooking & Baking with the vintage spice, mace. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition liberally to foods and baking recipes. Learn more about mace & discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Many years back I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.

What is the Spice Mace?

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, mace can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Recipe ideas for the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits?

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

Where Can I Buy It?

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Savory dinner recipes with the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

Recipes That Call for Mace

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace.

Baking & Dessert Recipes

Drink Recipes

Dinner Recipes

Spice Mix Recipes

Have you ever cooked with mace? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are for this wonderful vintage spice!

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Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema for Weeknight Dinners

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How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday. (It’s also a great way to use that overabundant supply of zucchini July through August when your garden is overflowing!)

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Let’s Taco About Cooking

I’ll admit I’m not the best cook. I learned the basics (my mom taught me to bake, not cook) during my first marriage. I was going through an unfortunate bought of agoraphobia at the time. So I cooked meals from scratch, both from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine and recipes from the internet. My biggest success was surprisingly making pierogies from scratch. It took an hour and half to make, and I needed help flattening out the pasta, but damn. It was totally worth it. (At least once anyway.)

I made all my mashed potatoes like pierogi guts after that. Flavored with sauteed onions, garlic, sour cream and cheddar cheese. However, that was the one and only time, I ever tried making pasta. I vowed, that until I owned a pasta machine, it was entirely too much manual labor. (Not to mention the total time suck.)

Since then I’ve experimented with cooking primarily through meal delivery kits, such as Hello Fresh. While it’s not a realistic service for my budget every week, it does make a nice treat from time to time. I get to cook a dinner I know I can’t screw up. And I’ve actually learned some things along the way. Cooking tips and tricks that I’ve since incorporated into meals I actually made without a recipe.

Of course, meat is expensive, especially steak. So I recently tried a meatless Monday for dinner. It did not going over so well with Greg. After a ten hour day of manual labor, it just didn’t fill him up despite the high iron and protein content in farro and quinoa.

While in Kroger one day, I happened upon some flank steak. For the price it was ridiculously cheap compared to a ribeye or a filet. So I picked up close to 2 lb. (two meals for two people) for around $17.

Up to that point, I hadn’t cooked flank steak in over a decade. It’s often not available or I’m not the one cooking. So any meat selection, aside of an organic grass fed sirloin, I leave to the chef (ie. someone other than myself.) I was readily impressed, however, both with the flavor and tenderness of the cuts of flank steak. So I’ve purchased it a few times since then.

This latest go round I decided to make tacos with something other than ground beef. I combined a number of taco recipes I’ve tried over the years, including ones with shrimp, for this flank steak tacos recipe. In the end, I was pretty impressed with how my “winging it” turned out. Therefore I thought I’d share my flank steak tacos recipe with you, my readers, so you can enjoy it on your next taco Tuesday dinner night.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

About 3/4 – 1 lb. flank steak
corn or flour tortillas
1 zucchini, chopped
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 8 oz. package sliced baby bella mushrooms
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed

Avocado Crema for Taco Topping

1 large avocado
1/3 Cup sour cream
1/3 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons lime juice
salt, to taste

Chili Lime Seasoning for Flank Steak Tacos

2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lime juice

Directions for Making Flank Steak Tacos:

Begin by making the chili lime seasoning for this flank steak tacos recipe. To do this, measure out the spices and combine in a bowl with the the chopped garlic and lime juice.

Make delicious homemade steak tacos for family weeknight dinners with this tasty and delicious flank steak tacos recipe that you'll want to make every taco Tuesday! This chili lime taco seasoning is a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, garlic and lime.

Then rub the seasoning on both sides of the flank steak. Set aside.

Next prepare your vegetables. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute, mixing occasionally.

Taco night is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden. Learn how with this easy homemade flank steak tacos recipe and make something delicious for dinner!

Once the mushrooms are halfway cooked, add the zucchini and onion. (You can also add additional olive oil at this time if needed.) Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste, then transfer the vegetables to a bowl and cover.

This easy avocado crema recipe is the perfect topping for your taco Tuesday weeknight dinners. All you need is an avocado, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice and a dash of salt.

While the vegetables are cooking prepare the avocado crema. To do this, mash the avocado in with the sour cream, lime juice and chopped cilantro until creamy. Season with salt to taste, then set aside.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Once the veggies are done cooking, add the flank steak to a pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for a rare steak. Longer for medium-rare to medium.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Greg actually prefers his steak more medium than rare. So after slicing the cooked flank steak against the grain, I threw the steak back into the pan for 2-3 more minutes to suit his taste.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

While the steak rest prepare the taco shells. I used yellow corn taco shells for my flank steak tacos recipe.

How to make flank steak tacos for weeknight dinners with corn tortilla shells.

To warm, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat then add shells to the hot pan. Turn the shells frequently until warm and soft, and slightly charred in places.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Now simply assemble your flank steak tacos with the cooked steak, veggies and avocado crema. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired. Then dig in!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Make this delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday. (It’s also a great way to use that overabundant supply of zucchini July through August when your garden is overflowing!)

Ingredients

  • About 3/4 – 1 lb. flank steak
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. package sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/3 Cup sour cream
  • 1/3 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

Instructions

  1. Make the chili lime seasoning for this flank steak tacos recipe. Measure out the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Combine in a bowl with the chopped garlic and lime juice.
  2. Rub the seasoning on both sides of the flank steak. Set aside.
  3. Prep the vegetables. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute, mixing occasionally.
  4. Once the mushrooms are halfway cooked, add the zucchini and onion. Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste. Set vegetables aside.
  5. Prepare the avocado crema. Mash the avocado in with sour cream, lime juice and chopped cilantro until creamy. Season with salt to taste. Set aside.
  6. Add the flank steak to a pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for a rare steak. Longer for medium-rare to medium. Let rest then cut steak against the grain.
  7. Prepare the taco shells. To warm, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat then add shells to the hot pan. Turn the shells frequently until warm and soft, and slightly charred in places.
  8. Assemble the flank steak tacos with the cooked steak, veggies and avocado crema. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired.

I’d love to hear what you think of my flank steak tacos recipe! So if you make it, please share your reviews in the comments! In the meantime, you can add more weeknight dinner recipes to your recipe files, with my collection of delicious taco recipes below.

Healthy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Lime Slaw for Easy Weeknight Dinners on Taco Tuesday. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

More Tacos Recipe Ideas for Taco Tuesdays

Want a healthier option for your taco Tuesdays? Try my easy, healthy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw via my guest post at The Nourished Life. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

Or try one of these other fantastic taco recipes.

For even more taco recipes as well as other weeknight dinner recipes and ideas, follow my Food Recipes Pinterest Board.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

My friend, Bambi, is brilliant at taking seemingly non-compatible ingredients and throwing them together to create some of the most amazing dinner dishes I’ve ever had. Since I’ve been staying with her I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dishes I’d never before imagined. So I decided to start taking photos of her food dishes and writing down the recipe as she goes.

This is the first of these recipes. As it’s for chili, it’s rather simple in comparison to some of her other dishes. However, it’s pretty amazing nonetheless. I hope you enjoy Bambi’s white chicken chili recipe as much as I do!

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, seeds removed/coarsely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 cans of beans (black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc.)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1/3 Cup quinoa

Directions:

Begin by sauteing the chicken breast tenders in olive oil on the stove top until cooked through. Once cooked, remove the chicken from your pan and shred the chicken using a knife and fork.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the garlic, onions and jalapeno. Saute the ingredients together, then add the entire contents of the pan to a large pot.

Add fresh and canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro and beans to the pot with the chicken. We used a combination of beans so be sure to choose your favorites. (Bambi likes to add a can of garbanzo beans to her chili for extra texture.)

Now add the cumin powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, seasoning salt and oregano. Stir the ingredients into the pot of chili and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

Finally, add the quinoa to the pot of chili both for added texture and to soak up the excess liquid. Allow to simmer an additional 30-40 minutes and your white chicken chili is ready to eat!

You can download and print this white chicken chili recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner

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Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion!

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner! Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion! #recipes #pork #porktenderloin #porkrub #dinner #crockpot #dinnerideas #food #weekdaydinners

It’s been literally years, I believe, since I last posted an actual food recipe. However, I’ve been staying with my dear friend, Bambi, since the last week of December and I am constantly bombarded with the awesomeness that is her cooking. I’m pretty certain that if she wanted to start her own food blog she would totally rock it. However, until the point in time that happens, I thought I’d share a few of her amazing recipes with you instead!

This best pork tenderloin rub recipe smells like complete heaven when rubbed onto pork and is the perfect pair with pork for a quick and easy weekday crockpot dinner. Keep reading for Bambi’s pork loin rub recipe along with a complete meal idea to bring it all together for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

For a 1 – 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

Using measure spoons, measure out the ingredients and combine a small glass bowl. Mix well to ensure all of the spices for this best pork tenderloin rub recipe are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Then rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork.

Next, heat ghee, olive or walnut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. (You can find the best prices on healthy and natural cooking and meal ingredients at Thrive Market. Plus get 25% off your first order when you sign up!) Once hot, brown the pork on all sides.

Then remove the pork loin from heat and place in your crockpot with your favorite veggies and a large can of French onion soup.

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Bring it Together for a Meal!

For our dinner, Bambi added the pork to the crockpot with an 18 oz. French onion soup, 1/2 cup of chunky applesauce along with a small (peeled and chopped) butternut squash.

She cooked it on low for about five hours then served the pork with steamed brussel sprouts and pasta! It was SO good. And there were zero leftovers!

This would also be great with green beans or asparagus and potatoes or quinoa or brown rice.

What are some are your favorite ways to enjoy pork? I’d love to hear about your favorite dinner recipes in the comments!

For more dinner recipe ideas, be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board. Or check out my favorite black bean dip recipe as well as this amazing green salad recipe with avocado and pistachios.

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Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

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This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of his girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard.

Supercharged with good for you ingredients, this healthy green salad recipe is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody's girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody’s girlfriend’s family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

Mother's Day flowers picked from the garden.

Cody made this green salad recipe for me and my mother for Mother’s Day on Sunday along with the most amazing Szechuan Beef with Zoodles, or zucchini noodles.

Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Cody used this Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy’s Kitchen. It was absolutely to die for and I highly recommend this recipe as well.

Cody cooking a Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Keep reading for the Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios. This green salad recipe is meant to be served as a full meal so it’s a great treat for vegetarians. Alternately, it can also serve 4-6 people as a side dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

by Kate + Adam Reinard

Ingredients:

3 scallions
1 small cucumber
1 green pear
2 stalks celery
1 avocado
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup shelled edamame beans
juice of 1-2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop the scallions, cucumber, pear, celery, avocado, pistachios and basil and combine in a large bowl.

Mix in the edamame bean then dress the salad with the juice from the lime(s), olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator until the next day.

A side note on this one. This green salad recipe is absolutely divine as is. However, I would use 1/2 cup of pistachios the next time around to ensure I get a pistachio in every bite as the nuts add a fantastic flavor zing to this dish.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

If you like this green salad recipe, then you may also like my Black Bean Dip Recipe as well as my summer inspired Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe. Also be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board for more great dinner and salad recipe ideas.

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