Today’s Seasonal Pantry column explores cinnamon, a spice that has been enjoying a lot of press lately. You can read that column here. The featured recipe is Cinnamon-Scented Dolmas with Harissa. Yum.
In the last several months, sources for spices, including cinnamon, have blossomed. We no longer have to rely on mail order.
The Savory Spice Shop, a franchise operation owned by Pat Benfer and Cheryl Ytreeide, is located in downtown Santa Rosa, at the corner of D and Fifth Street. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features a generous array of cinnamon, from a barrel full of fragrant sticks to cinnamon oil.
In an upcoming post, I’ll feature both Penzey’s new shop in Montgomery Village and Cook’s Spices, which you can find at local farmers markets.
Here are a number of my favorite dishes with cinnamon, from the Seasonal Pantry archives.
Diana Kennedy’s Birria Estilo Mascota, A rustic meat stew, fragrant with cinnamon, cumin and chocolate
Kitfo Ethiopian Steak Tartare, with Cinnamon & Spiced Butter
Lamb Ragu, to find this delicious variation, scroll to the end of “An Almost-Traditional Ragu for a Cold January Night”
Drunken Chicken with Olives & Creamy Polenta, Juicy chicken thighs braised in dry sherry and a pantry of spices
Sikarni Sweetened and spiced yogurt cheese, a simple, traditional dessert
Lamb’s Wool A bone-warming beverage with baked and riced apples