McCormick Flavor Forecast Spice Kit Review & Giveaway!

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When it comes to flavors and spices, I’m always trying to expand my palette and try something new. I often find myself standing in front of the spice rack at the grocery store thinking about what flavors would pair well together. McCormick has recognized the growing preference for more complex and intense tastes in their Flavor Forecast for 2011, which identifies leading culinary trends for the year to come. As spice consumption and demand in variety increases, McCormick has continued to push the envelope by mixing and matching different tastes, textures and visual cues.

I gave McCormick’s Coconut-Almost Chicken Stew with Cilantro a try and really enjoyed the different flavors. The almond butter was an interesting addition to the coconut milk, red chili paste, and cilantro. Check out the McCormick website for a ton of other recipes I’m sure you and your family will love!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Stew with Cilantro

The traditional African ground nut stew gets a Southeast Asian accent from coconut milk, red chili paste, almond butter and cilantro. Makes 8 servings
 Prep Time: 15 minutes
 Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds) trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Black Pepper, Course Grind
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk
  • 1 large sweet potato (1 pound), peeled, quatered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch slices (about 2 cups)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Cooked Thai Kitchen Jasmine Rice or basmati rice (optional)

1. Season chicken with sea salt and pepper. Heat oil in 5-quart nonstick Dutch oven or saucepot on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove chicken. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add chili paste; cook and stir 1 minute.
2. Stir in broth, coconut milk, sweet potato and bell pepper. Bring just to boil. Return chicken and any juices to Dutch oven. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sweet potato is tender.
3. Mix almond butter, lime juice and 1 cup of sauce from the stew in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Gradually stir back into stew. Simmer 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.
Nutritional Information:

For 1 serving: Calories: 447 | Sodium: 679mg | Fat: 31g | Carbohydrates: 17g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Fiber: 3g | Protein: 25g

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Matt Schuierer (@mattschuierer) is part of the Project Management team at Mom Central Consulting. As a self-proclaimed foodie, when Matt isn’t watching the Food Network you can find him fixing something up in the kitchen.

Mom Central received a McCormick Flavor Forecast 2011 spice kit to facilitate this review.

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Comments (150)

  1. Sharon Imgrund says:

    I love cinnamon.

  2. kim says:

    I love the Italian grinder……really I love all of the grinders!

  3. Erica says:

    I always have McCormick Grill Mates in the kitchen. I use it in all kinds of meat dishes–not just grilling.

  4. I love their Perfect Pinch Basil and Garlic! We live near the one McCormick plant in Hunt Valley, Maryland and nothing beats coming out of your front door and getting a whiff of whatever spice they are working on! :) We buy nothing but McCormicks spice wise. You cant beat the taste or freshness!

  5. Karen Smith says:

    I love McCormick spices!!! I’ve been using them for years!!! Great Giveaway!!!

  6. Karen Smith says:

    My favorite McCormick spice is cinnamon, use it all the time when I make Cinnamon toast, and I also put it in my rice pudding (my family’s fave) for an added flavor!!!

  7. NJJ says:

    My favorite McCormick Spice is Lemon & Pepper because it tastes great on Seafood!

  8. I like all thier spices, and am planning on trying the new perfect pinch sets. what a great idea.
    also, new flavors are great, espcically with summer grilling on the way.

  9. Monique says:

    I don’t think I could pick a favorite~I really do like all of them!

  10. Amanda Kelsey says:

    I just love food so I can’t pick a favorite

  11. Shirley says:

    My favorite is the cinnamon sugar grinder

  12. My favorite spice is cinnamon!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I probably use the onion powder the most. I use it for anything from green beans to eggs.

  14. Amanda says:

    I use McCormick Grill Mates all the time. I’m not that great of a cook so I like it when companies do the work for me. :-)


    I love all McCormick’s Grill Mates!!!


    I love McCormick’s grill mates

  17. Jenny says:

    I love their cinnamon!

  18. susitravl says:

    Even though I’m a huge lover of Mexican food, one of my favorite spices of all time is not Mexican at all, but Indian – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE curry.

  19. Staci says:

    We love their Cinnamon Sugar. We use it on toast and applesauce all the time.

  20. Jacqueline says:

    100% Organic Gourmet Collection. McCormick is the only company I will purchase EXTRACTS from, I believe pure.

  21. Zanna B. says:

    Mmm….Garlic Powder is one of my favorites. I love garlic! Also love lemon pepper. My mouth is watering now…

  22. Kristy Richard says:

    I also absolutely love their grillmates lines! Montreal Chicken and their hamburger seasoning.. mmm

  23. Michelle says:

    I would have to say my favorite is McCormick lemon pepper. We use lemon pepper on everything.

  24. Jerrilynn says:

    My favorite is their Swiss Steak seasoning packet…tastes just like what my mom made from scratch! Wait…maybe it was McCormicks?

  25. Anonymous says:

    We love the grill mates seasonings

  26. Daisy says:

    I use McCormick’s Grill Mates seasonings – especially the Montreal Steak flavor. Then there’s the lemon pepper… such a tough decision!
    This recipe sounds wonderful. I grow cilantro on the deck in summer and on top of the piano in winter; I think I’m just waiting for recipes like this one.

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  28. hminnesota says:

    I love their lemon pepper for grilled corn..the spices make the corn so tasty.thanks

  29. Dusty B says:

    We love their Rotisserie Chicken seasoning!

  30. Laura Langley says:

    My family loves Salad Supreme. I add to everything, but my favorite recipe is pasta salad.

  31. Kat M says:

    I love the Montreal Steak Seasoning

  32. Ellen N says:

    I am a McCormick-aholic. I love them all.

  33. Valerie says:

    I always have McCormick cinnamon on hand. It is good in so many things from breads, applesauce, even chili!

  34. Amanda says:

    McCormick Cinnamon is always a staple in my house!

  35. Carrie says:

    cinnamon is a staple in my house too

  36. Lauren Sacks says:

    I love their lemon and pepper spice. This may sound odd but I put it in my tuna fish and it gives it a nice little bite. I also like to use it on chicken.

  37. Amber Maddux says:

    I just love the new “recipe inspirations” as they are so easy to use!

  38. kathy geiger says:


  39. Shannon says:

    Their flavored grinders are my favorite! Love em all, especially grilling ones and lemon pepper in grinder.

  40. Apryl says:

    I love their dry mustard

  41. Marcie says:

    Love the swiss steak seasoning

  42. Noel says:

    Love grill mates seasonings, so versatile!

  43. Alex Herring says:

    I love McCormick’s dried Basil leaves. I was looking on the website and saw an Old Bay salmon rub I would love to make with this spice!
    lexigurl_17 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  44. Anonymous says:

    love the italian seasoning…ty

  45. Lisa K. says:

    McCormick’s Grill Mates seasonings

  46. Stef says:

    I just discovered cumin, and my chicken salad has never been so tasty!

  47. Mikey R says:

    Rosemary. I make a very nice pan roasted Garlic and rosemary red potato side dish. I use more then just rosemary and garlic, but I don’t want to give away the whole kit n’ caboodle yet. Perhaps if I should have the time later I will share the recipe. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful package.

  48. Margaret Gabriele says:

    Parmesan herb – use it almost everyday

  49. Kathryn says:

    Love McCormick spices.

  50. Margaret Gabriele says:

    Parmesan herb – use it almost everyday

  51. Angela Walker says:

    Gotta have my Salad Supreme. Wakes up my macaroni salads and my family : )

  52. Renee says:

    We always have McCormick in the house :)

  53. Lara N. says:

    I like the Grill Mates. We run out of it pretty quick.

  54. Renee says:

    We always have McCormick in the house :)

  55. Monique s says:

    I love the grill mates, but have been using their curries recently. I take 2-3 and mix them. I really like the red curry, but I mix it with the reg curry for my DH.

  56. diane says:

    We love McCormick spices!

  57. Linette says:

    I love McCormick’s Grinders. Lemon pepper is my fave.

  58. Robyn Dones says:

    I use McCormick’s Grill Mates all the time (even when I don’t grill). Thank you for the chance to win!

    kdones (at) optonline (dot) net

  59. Amanda says:

    I love McCormick salad supreme yum.

  60. Amanda says:

    I love McCormick salad supreme

  61. Amanda says:

    I love McCormick salad supreme

  62. jen says:

    I use McCormick’s Grill Mates all the time LOVE IT

  63. barb g. says:

    I use a lot of mccormick gravy mixes & spices. My favorite spice
    is definitely cinnamon because you can use it in so many
    recipes to add just the right sweetness. I’d like to try out
    their new creations. barb g. directorylanesuperstore(at)

  64. Sheila Kassinger says:

    I love all the McCormick’s spices. But I am very fond of garlic!! And basil!

  65. Joan says:

    I have been using McCormick spices for years. If I had to pick a favorite, which is so hard to do, I would have to say rosemary tops the list.

  66. Crystal Jo Bruns says:

    A favorite spice in our house is McCormick Garlic Powder. We use it alot to replace salt in foods. It is great in mashed potato.

  67. January Bennett says:

    Grillmates Montral Steak Seasoning is the best! :)

  68. mvm says:

    I love their black pepper powder, is the way it should be. Thanks for the giveaway

  69. Kathy Hausman says:

    I love all the mcCormick spices that you make. They are all delicious. Keep up the good work!

  70. Rose Sherry says:

    Well it’s hard to pick a favourite McCormicks spice as I use so many spices, seasonings and gravy mixes. I couldn’t get by without their black pepper or garlic powder but I would have to say Grill Mates is a family hit.

  71. rajee says:

    I use McCormick’s Grill Mates and love to use it when trying more recipes

  72. Alice F says:

    My favorite McCormmicks spice has to be allspice

  73. Pamela Long says:

    McCormick has been a favorite of mine for all my years of cooking. The quality of the spices and the variety available make them the first choice for all my cooking needs.

  74. Debbie says:

    I use McCormicks because my mom always uses them and my grandma always did. I love cooking with them because you can always depend on your food tasting great when you cook with McCormick’s.

  75. sctich says:

    Mmmm Grill Mates! Now that spring is upon us, it’s all about the BBQ!

  76. Peggy says:

    Garlic is my “go to” for everything spice


  77. Christina Silva says:

    Just came from Thailand and would enjoy extended that experience at home.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Love seasoning with herbs, so this would be a treat!

  79. Vsri says:

    Love herbs and love mccormick. This would be a killer combination!

  80. My mom used McCormick’s and so do I. If I had to pick one favorite, I’d say NUTMEG!

  81. CMcN says:

    What a delicious prize! This recipe sounds divine!

    cg_lee121875 at hotmail dot com

  82. CMcN says:

    Ooops! Forgot to add my fave spice! I’d have to say curry, but my husband will tell you his fave is McCormick’s Grill Mates! :)

  83. Nicole B says:

    Our favorite is Salad Supreme – I can’t even count the bottles we have gone through in the past – we use it on everything!

  84. Mandy W says:

    Ginger and Cumin are ones we use a lot!

  85. Yuka L. says:

    Montreal Grill Seasoning, so versatile.

  86. Barbra M says:

    I love McCormick’s Cumin – it is so fresh and distinctive

  87. Lena says:

    With out a doubt cinnamon and cumin super versatile!

  88. Margie says:

    Nutmeg, we add it to a lot of stuff.. yum!

  89. Marlena U. says:


  90. Jill says:

    We use lots of herbs and spices in our cooking! I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Italian Seasoning. We’ve recently started using that on sweet potatoes that we roast in the oven — who would think it would taste so good :)

  91. BeckyJo says:

    McCormick’s cinnamon is a mainstay at our house. I’m also having fun with a new salmon marinade that includes ginger and OJ-so tasty!

  92. caryl says:

    I have so many! I found that using spices, onions, and mushrooms or galic I can make incredible meals without additives!
    I love bay leaves
    pumpkin pie spice
    garlic salt

    oh the list goes on and on! McCormick is the best and my preferred brand to use. Always!

    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  93. Kristina says:

    I love McCormick spices! Thanks!

  94. Carol Donnermeyer says:

    I have one full cupboard shelf devoted to spices and herbs and flavorings and seasonings. They make each dish unique and I love to use them when I cook. This would be a great prize.

  95. Sharon says:

    Of my many favorites, I really like bay leaves and cumin. Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. THERESA EPPS says:


  97. Angela P says:

    I love their ground cumin

  98. Shirley says:

    I love all Mccormick spices. My favorites are. Cumin, Onion, Garlic, paparika.

  99. Angi says:

    We use so many McCormick spices but I’d have to say Season All because we use it in almost everything.

  100. Diane says:

    I have only tried a few of the McCormick products,Would be great to win this and expand my taste sensations!TY

  101. Angie Turner says:

    I love black pepper. Works great in lots of dishes.

  102. Christina Z says:

    I have always used McCormicks lemon pepper its a must have here.

  103. I am a black pepper girl! I use it in everything and McCormick’s is the best.:)

  104. Debbie Welchert says:

    I love their chili powder.

  105. BARBARA S says:

    cinnamon for me

  106. Anonymous says:

    have used their products for a while

  107. Christina G says:

    My favorite McCormick spice is basil—I adore the taste and scent of it. My husband’s favorite would be the whole peppercorns—we go through so much pepper because he puts it on EVERYTHING. I going to try the recipe above, I’ve always wanted to prepare a chicken dish with coconut.

  108. Aleksandra says:

    I like their Montreal steak seasoning. I use it in burgers, too.

  109. I love Smokehouse Maple Seasoning! Sooo good :)

  110. Mel says:

    We are dried onion & dried garlic fans in our house! McCormick dried onions/garlic & the powders are our favorites for so many meals & recipes!

  111. Jodi Weil says:

    I love the pumpkin pie spice. It’s great in oatmeal!

  112. Kim says:

    I love to spice thing’s up!!! This is a wonderful give away.

  113. Valerie says:

    McCormick black pepper is a staple in our house and it is what I grew up with.

  114. ToCo says:

    Black pepper!! In everything I can possibly use it in! :D

  115. Christi says:

    We have several but I see the most used of the spices are:
    Perfect Pinch Steak, Minced Garlic, Grill Mates, Chili powder, etc

  116. Dyane78 says:

    The top 4 quality McCormick spices I have are: Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, and my favorite Ground Cinnamon which is great for lowering cholesterol.

  117. 39eidjcn says:

    my favorite is cumin

  118. Linda Kish says:


  119. Deb Anderson says:

    lemon pepper – it’s awesome on baked or grilled chicken!

  120. Heather says:

    Love McCormicks

  121. Brandi says:

    my family LOVES McCormick’s Garlic salt with parsley flakes! My 8 yr old loves it so much that i have to put it up extra high to keep her from sneaking to pour her a handful to eat!!! lol

  122. Melissa says:

    I just tried their new Recipe Inspirations “Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Potatoes” and it was incredible. I loved that I didn’t have to measure anything!

  123. Julie says:

    Their smoked paprika. So yummy!

  124. kbeck34 says:

    All McCormick products are my faves! Can’t pick a real fave….love them all!

  125. Shannon says:

    I love all McCormick spices!

  126. Lisa K says:

    My fave is McCormick’s Garlic salt with parsley flakes!! :-)

  127. Melanie Sartain says:

    I love so many of McCormick’s spices, but I’d have to say my family uses the most cinnamon!

  128. Susan Ketterer says:

    I love to add Dill to my peeled potatoes and saute them in butter.

  129. Tracy says:

    I have to go with Lemon Pepper. Love it!

  130. Sarah M says:

    Love em all but I have to go with Basil.

  131. Robin H. says:

    Definately Cumin. It completes my spicy rice dish.

  132. Anonymous says:

    McCormick spices are so flavorful!

  133. kristin says:

    Garlic powder, I put it in everything

  134. Dee Seahawk says:

    I use tons of McCormick spices. A favorite is turmeric.

  135. Thomas Kongerslev says:

    Black pepper.

  136. Melissa says:

    I LOVE the Peppercorn Grinders from McCormick . . . it adds zip to everything I make!

  137. Kelly says:

    I love all of their spices.

  138. Cheyenne says:

    Basil! Simple, but McCormick makes the best. I just noticed today that my basil is almost gone (again!) :)

  139. Carrie says:

    I am in love with McCormicks Apple, Sage Pork dinner seasoning kit. The spices in the blister packs are single serve. The flavor is robust and the kit makes preparing a meal simple!

  140. Carrie says:

    I am in love with McCormicks Apple, Sage Pork dinner seasoning kit. The spices in the blister packs are single serve. The flavor is robust and the kit makes preparing a meal simple!

  141. felecia says:

    I love their black pepper.

  142. erica smith says:

    I love McCormick spices, use them everyday. Picking just one as my favorite is tough, but I have to say the Montreal Steak is it, I put it in/on everything. =)

  143. Jen says:

    We love all of their spices, but the garlic salt gets emptied out pretty quickly.

  144. Sunny says:

    Love the McCormick spices, and the salt-free Garlic with Herbs has been a staple in my spice cabinet for years.

  145. Erica Best says:

    i love the McCormick’s Garlic salt with parsley flakes great on everything.

  146. Anonymous says:

    Its a toss up between cinnamom and garlic salt I love them both!

  147. Sandra says:

    I use garlic powder for everything!!

  148. Ashley says:

    I love garlic powder!

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