Inspiration to cook is often tied to learning a new technique, trying a new recipe or opening one’s mind to a new ingredient. Sometimes all it takes is a nudge.

Imagine taking a new culinary journey each month when a little brown package of lesser-known spices gets delivered to your doorstep along with delicious recipes and color photos that will beckon you to cook them.

For $6 per month, RawSpiceBar will send you three handpicked, small-batch, freshly ground spice blends. Each installment contains 1–2 ounces of spice blends that will star in three new dishes you can make that serve 8–10—a great way to test a spice you’ve never used before without having to commit to purchasing an entire bottle. You will also receive kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas for each spice blend.

For example, a recent month featured spices and recipes from Malaysia. Spice packets included kaffir lime blend (kaffir lime powder, turmeric, palm sugar and red chiles); sambal oelek (freshly ground chilies, cayenne, pepper, palm sugar and paprika); and laksa spices (coriander, turmeric, lemongrass, galangal, black pepper- corns, cumin, fennel, star anise and cardamom). With clear recipes as your guide, you could try your hand
at making Malaysian curry laksa, sambal oelek and kaffir lime salad. Learn more at

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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