Hello and welcome to Double Spice. I’m Justin and this is my wife, Ginny. I love food and I love to cook! Since I first started learning my way around the kitchen in my college days, I realized that many of the recipes I encountered needed a little boost from the spice world. That’s the idea behind Double Spice – find the foods that you love and make them shine by adjusting, sometimes even doubling, the right spices.
I have had the privilege over the years of some really great friendships with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds who have passed on their food knowledge and passion to me. I do my best to make this shine in my recipes. I learned Tico dishes (that’s Costa Rican for us gringos) from an ex-girlfriend’s mom, Indian spices and dishes from my best friend’s mom and southern dishes from my aunt and mom. You may notice an occasional southern flair in some recipes. I do my best to stay true to the part of my roots I like. However, you won’t find me adding a pound of lard to anything because I value my health and believe good flavor can be achieved with a little bit of butter, olive oil or coconut oil. Good food is about balancing ingredients.
As you may have noticed, I love Indian, Thai, Mexican and Vietnamese food. Hooray for the spicy foods! Shopping in an Indian grocery store is my equivalent of a kid a in candy shop – so many spices, so little time! I love sweets but don’t love what they do to my waistline so I cook these sparingly. A little bit of dark chocolate goes a long way for me.
I also love to travel, kayak, do yoga and strive to make the world a little better one bite at a time. I am fortunate to live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the local food movement has taken hold and small farmers showcase their crops at farmers’ markets and coops. In case you don’t know, Fayetteville was recently ranked the third best town to live in the country. Our abundance of lakes and rolling streams suits my proclivity towards the outdoors. I can often be found somewhere on a river when the temperature is agreeable. We also love to go hiking and had the chance to see one of the most beautiful places in the world earlier this summer…Jasper National Park in Canada. Here’s a pic of Ginny sitting in front of a Pyramid Lake in Jasper.
Food blogging is an evening and weekend activity for me. During the weekdays, I spend my time working with schools, businesses and other locals groups to increase recycling, develop composting and teach kids about the environment. For me, cooking for friends and family is a big part of making the world a friendlier and more sustainable place. I hope you enjoy my creations and welcome your feedback!