Carytown is a great destination itself, an old neighborhood full of little shops and restaurants. Our plan was to leave early, get to Richmond before Penzey's opened at 10AM, find a place to get a bite, do our shopping and get back by midday. Since traffic was great we got there before most restaurants were open and set out to find a place to get a little something to eat. That is when we stumbled upon Jaks, a bagel shop that is unassuming but features good homemade bagels and sandwiches. The smells that great you as you come in make you even hungrier!
|My Jak Sprat from Jaks in Richmond's Carytown|
But back to Penzey's. We selected all the spices we came for (and a few more that we just couldn't leave without) and picked up the latest catalog, which besides having all manner of spices, includes a lot of great recipes (a great reason to get on their mailing list!) Inspired by our trip, I decided to try a recipe for Tacos with Navajo Fry bread. The fry bread was very simple to make and was a great backdrop for the taco meat mixture and spices. The most fun was actually frying the bread , which was very dramatic as well- so much so that I made a video. The final result was delicious, with a crunchy outside and tender inside, a perfect foil for the spicy meat mixture. You can check out many of Penzey's recipes on their website and really spice up your life.