Chef Kristin Costa developed Pinch of Fancy spice blends to show people that great meals don’t have to be difficult, and to inspire people to be creative in the kitchen and try new things. Home cooking should be fun, done by feel with a touch of imagination. Despite what your parents might have told you, it’s okay to play with your food! An executive chef by training, other spice blends left Kristin feeling that something was missing.
Spices have different flavor profiles depending on whether they are whole, ground or toasted, and in how they are used in different cuisines. Playing with those differences opened new opportunities for Kristin and she began working with different flavor combinations to create blends that leave people satisfied and wanting more. As she learned about spices and different cultures, she noted food was appreciated in a different way in those cultures. Everyone helped to put food on the table, shared slowly and appreciated with a sense of togetherness and love.
She developed her blends to evoke that sense of warmth, happiness, and family. Kristin’s goal in developing these blends is to make home cooking delicious, exciting and a little exotic without too much work. Her blends are approachable, easy to use and developed to take the guesswork out of cooking. As you’re cooking you’ll be transported to a spice market, and as you dine you’ll be tantalized with bold flavors that leave you wondering: “what’s in there?”
Pinch of Fancy is for you if:
• You have a busy life but enjoy making mealtime fun.
• You like to experiment and want to add a dash of flavor to tried and true dishes.
• You love to eat at ethnic restaurants but don’t know how to recreate your favorite dishes at home.
• You like to try new foods and shop at farmers markets and specialty stores for new foods to try.
Meet Kristin Costa: I am very passionate about cooking - when I first walked into a professional kitchen I knew that’s where I was supposed to be. I felt it in my soul. I became a sponge for all things culinary and began working in the industry and earned my A.A.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. I went on to work in increasing positions of responsibility as Sous Chef and Executive Chef in exclusive kitchens at area clubs where I used my expertise to develop exquisite recipes and menus. As I studied different cultures and cuisines, my love affair with spices began and I had that same “at home” feeling in my soul. The smells were intoxicating and I felt nothing but pure bliss while creating dishes I had never cooked before – there was something so powerful about the flavors I could create I just couldn’t get enough. I am in awe of how spices can be used and it was a challenge I wanted to walk boldly through and expand my repertoire. The first dinner I served with spice blends is my favorite memory in my entire career. I spent days using new ingredients that I had never heard of before and worked with my team to write an entire menu – from appetizers to desserts – based on Yotam Ottolenghi 's Jerusalem: A Cookbook, my favorite cookbook of all time. Every recipe is full of flavor and just when you think it couldn't possibly get anymore delicious the next recipe blows you away even more. After 27 years as a professional chef, I was inspired by my mom to take my knowledge and passion for spices and share my blends with home cooks. The result is Pinch of Fancy. My mission is to get people excited about cooking and reduce their anxiety in the kitchen – cooking flavorful, exotic dishes does not have to be scary. When you use Pinch of Fancy, you will have a great meal with not a lot of work – and have fun doing it.