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Perfect Blends originated from wonderful memories of my youth. Raised by my beloved grandmother in New York City on the Upper West Side. With a lot of time spent in the kitchen, I would often assist her. My main task was to cut and combine a variety of fresh herbs like, parsley, scallions, garlic, onion, oregano, thyme and different spices such as; black pepper, scotch bonnet pepper and cloves in a blender or a wooden mortar. I would grind those ingredients, using a pestle to mash them into a paste. This paste was added to all the wonderful meals she created in the kitchen. I recall the delightful aroma of these blends of herbs and spices while cooking on the stove. It was during those treasured moments with my grandmother I learned the origin of the recipes and cooking methods of our homeland Haiti. She would tell stories about her childhood, on what she was taught. The benefits of wholesome cooking, living a healthy lifestyle and using fresh herbs to balance one's diet were a must. Making her own seasoning ensured she was getting the right amount of salt and natural ingredients without sacrificing flavor. She went on saying, she too had the same task in the kitchen as a young girl.
In many traditional Haitian homes, women would create their own 'epis,' which means seasoning/spice in Creole & French. This method is the staple of Haitian cooking, combining a variety of fresh herbs and spices. These mixtures were used to add a healthy savory flavor to all their meals, which was essential to their health and everyday cooking. The epis was used as a base to flavor soups, stews, marinate meats & fish, sautéed all legumes.
Now married with children, I've kept those great memories and traditional recipes. As family and friends enjoyed my meals mades with these blends they raved about the unique authentic flavors their palates experience. They urged me to share my home-made creations with everyone who desires healthier options of seasonings, appreciates delectable flavor and wants to add some zest to their everyday meals. I hope you enjoy!"
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