Turn up the Heat for Father’s Day!

Spicy salsas and hot sauces are soooo passé for Father’s Day! Sure, what dad doesn’t enjoy something hot and spicy? But this year, treat your dad to some terrific heat that is actually practical and useful in ways other than reverting to college day challenges about who can take the most heat! The Spice and Tea Exchange boasts a whole culinary cupboard of products that infuse delicious heat and spice into ingredients that will quickly become all dad’s faves when firing up the grill or pulling together dinner.

Introduce dad to products like Pirate’s Bite pepper grinder blend ( an amazing and extremely hot combination of cayenne, bird's eye chili peppers, chipotle, coriander, cumin, fennel, habanero, peppercorns, and salt. This hot and spicy blend also happens to have a very deep and rich flavor. I often use this as a replacement for fresh ground pepper when seasoning my dishes – only I take it easy. It certainly adds a bit of heat, but along with that it adds a well balanced, complex pepper seasoning to foods.

The Spice and Tea Exchange also carries some sweet heat for dad’s who really know their way around the kitchen. Green Chili, Ginger, and Habanero sugars are great additions to salads, chilled soups, or even fresh fruits and desserts.

If dad is really into cooking, he’ll understand the importance of salt as an ingredient. Let him try Ghost Pepper Sea Salt from The Spice and Tea Exchange. A fiery blend of natural sea salt and the infamous "Ghost Pepper" or Naga Jolokia, known for being the hottest pepper in the world, this salt, like the Pirate’s Bite, is great for adding salty seasoning heat to any foods that just scream for a little bit of heat. Have dad add it to his next barbecue of chicken wings, or his famous chili. Ready for a Sunday Bloody Mary? This will be his go to spice!

But my most favorite salt is the Jalapeno Salt from The Spice and Tea Exchange. This blend of natural sea salt and authentic jalapeno peppers creates a fiery hot flavor that will make dad’s tastes buds tingle. Best of all, if he’s doing the cooking on Father’s Day, he’ll be happy to add it to everything from guacamole, to flank steak, or chicken. Or perhaps he’ll just pull out all the stops and whip up a delicious Caribbean Jerk dinner to celebrate.

Recipe: Jerk Spice Rub

The Spice and Tea Exchange Ingredients listed below are available online from The Spice and Tea Exchange. Use “donna1” at check out to receive your 10% discount off your first order!


½ cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
3 small jalapeno chiles, halved and seeded then coarsely chopped.
1 teaspoon TSTE Sweet Onion Sugar
2 teaspoons TSTE Ginger Sugar
1 ½ tablespoon TSTE Green Chili Sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Sweet Hungarian Paprika**
1 ½ tablespoons allspice**
1 teaspoon ground ginger**
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped to release aromatics|
10 to 12 grinds TSTE Pirate’s Bite Grinder Blend
1 ½ teaspoons TSTE Jalapeno Salt

*TSTE = The Spice and Tea Exchange. Enter code “donna1” at checkout and receive 10% off your first order courtesy of FOX43 and Chef Donna Desfor!

**Spices also available for purchase on line at The Spice and Tea Exchange (in useable, perfect small quantities) at The Spice and Tea Exchange.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade combine all the ingredients and process until a thick, paste-like mixture is formed.

Place the rub in a re-sealable zip top bag and add your protein of your choice – this rub is outstanding with pork, fish, chicken and beef! Refrigerate and allow to marinate for about 4 to 6 hours or up to 12. Remove from the rub and pat dry. Cook to desired doneness.