The American Southwest is known for having a unique flavor that is all its own.
When thinking about Southwest-style foods, particularly those from New Mexico and Arizona, lots of adjectives come to mind: spicy, bold, flavorful, and tangy are just a few that we think of.
Copperleaf Kitchen, a division of the Comfort Foods brand, is dedicated to recreating this recognizable Southwest flavors and giving customers delicious, gourmet food mixes that they will love.
Nestled at the base of the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico, Copperleaf Kitchen was founded by restaurant entrepreneur Mark Harden in 1989. Back then, the company was simply known as Comfort Foods. It was started after Mark’s Mexican-themed fast food business went under due to a national competitor drastically lowering their prices nationwide, forcing Mark to close up his restaurant.
Using the 600 lbs. of his original taco and enchilada sauce recipe mixes that were leftover from the restaurant, Mark decided to repackage his product in bulk spice bags and sell them in gift stores and craft fairs.
Their Desert Garden Flagship Brand is what really propelled Comfort Foods to a nationwide distribution, and it’s still a very popular brand for the company.
The Desert Garden brand features lots of gourmet mixes for customers to explore the taste of the Southwest from their own kitchens. Here, you’ll find dip mixes, soups & stews, spices & seasonings, bread mixes, salsas & sauces, and more!
If you want some truly festive mixes to spice up a party or the dinner table, you’ll want to check out the Desert Garden Dip Mixes. They’ve got some truly spicy offerings for those who like heat, such as the Buffalo Wing Dip and Cheese Ball Mix and then Chipotle Chile Dip.
If soup is more your thing, then they’ve got you covered there as well. Check out the delicious, flavor-packed soups from Desert Garden. You’ll love the creamy flavor of their Potato & Green Chile Soup. And if you want something that truly embodies the flavor of the Southwest, then you’ll want to go with the Tortilla Soup mix, that comes with black beans, corn, red chile, and the best Southwestern spices that you’ve ever tasted.
But Desert Garden isn’t the only brand under the Comfort Foods umbrella; they also have Country Gardens, which brings more of Westernized take on the spicy flavors.
Try the Asiago Parmesan Dip for a creamy, cheesy flavor explosion, or the Country Vegetable Dip, that works perfectly as a delicious dip or a baked potato topping.
When you’re looking for the authentic flavors of the Southwest to give to your customers, you really can’t find a more legitimate company than Copperleaf Kitchen and Comfort Foods!
They uphold many of the same traditions with these recipes that were developed in the 1900s at the Pickwick Cafe in Montgomery, AL. Thanks to these traditions, Berdeaux’s offers unique flavors that are bold and exciting. It all began with the Vintage Steak and Simply Creole BBQ sauce and as the cafe grew bigger, its executive chef Rufus White was part of the journey that led to an “Approved by Duncan Hines” award. White’s grandson, Jim Berdeaux, now owns Berdeaux’s Vintage Sauces and Seasonings (visit www.berdeauxsauces.com for more).
The recipes at the cafe were developed around 1945 and to this day, Berdeaux’s reintroduces the sauces of historic origin. With pure and simple ingredients, such as pure sugar, the sauces and seasonings are available in a variety of blends for every taste. From Hawaiian flavors to smokey heat, the sauces go beyond the grill and combine wonderfully with sandwiches or even hot dogs.
Berdeaux’s also focuses on health. There are no harmful preservatives, additives or high fructose corn syrup in the sauces and seasonings. The recipes stay as fresh and authentic as the day they were created!
“We duplicate the old recipes which have no food chemicals in the ingredients,” Berdeaux said.
Every item at Berdeaux’s is sold in a gourmet gift package and arrives in glass containers to ensure freshness, and more than 20 recipes are included with every order. The gourmet pack comes with a choice of sauce (1945 Recipe Vintage Steak, Simply Creole BBQ or Sweet Island) and two choices of seasonings that range from Bourbon Molasses and Honey Habanero to Applewood Chipotle. The Vintage Steak Sauce was voted #1 in the USA at the Christmas Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee.
If the pantry needs to be stocked up, try the gourmet combination pack that comes with three sauces and two seasonings!
You’ll also get a free recipe book included with all orders from Berdeaux’s Vintage Sauces & Seasonings!
When it’s time to pull out the grill, Berdeaux’s dry seasonings and rubs will take any meat to the next level. Choose from five custom blended BBQ seasonings like the Southern Surprise, with a taste of honey crystals and smoked mesquite salt, or Cajun’s Revenge, which calls upon the cuisine of the New Orleans French Quarter. And for gourmet hot wings, combine Cajun’s Revenge with Honey Habanero.
One customer compared Berdeaux’s steak sauce to A-1 and immediately decided “A-1 tasted like you were sucking on a rusty pipe.”
“I cannot believe all of this taste is in a gourmet steak sauce, plus a gentle kick,” the customer said.
If flavorful, hard-to-find specialty seasonings are what your food is missing, let All Seasoning take care of your shopping list!
“We provide those one-of-a-kind specialty seasonings and spices that are hard to find, and that make your store special,” owner Kim Huntington said. “Our customers are really important to us and our friendly staff makes certain you are 100 percent satisfied.”
JL Masters Dry Rub
This brand new dry rub will make any meat taste extraordinary after frying, baking, grilling or broiling. With no artificial ingredients, fillers or preservatives, these dry rubs can be used for any meal!
“Our choice blend of herbs and spices never mask the natural flavors of your meat,” Huntington said. “They only enhance it.”
The JL Masters Beef Rub is processed from salt, sugar, lemon powder, garlic powder and other spices, and it is preferred by culinary professionals! Is chicken more your style? Try the poultry rub with salt, sugar, paprika, garlic, and onion. Or if you are a barbecue master, the JL Masters BBQ Rub with paprika, salt, sugar, and garlic powder will amp up your cooking game.
Hard to Find
Want something different for the table? Try out spices and sauces from All Seasoning’s inventory of hard-to-find items. Tiger Sauce is a spicy blend of red peppers, vinegar, and other spices in a cayenne pepper base. The sauce pairs with meats, seafood, and poultry and can even be used in sandwiches and soups.
All Seasoning products aren’t just for food items; the Lysander’s Cider Spice mixed in beverages is a wonderful treat! Cinnamon and cloves blend together to make apple cider, wine or even coffee even better.
Smoker bags are a unique method of cooking healthy and low-fat food! All Seasoning smoker bags keep the smoke inside and create a variety of flavors. From mesquite and alder chips to hickory flavored bags, your fish, pork, beef, and vegetables will come out tasting perfect!
Sauces, marinades, seasonings, and spices take a meal from good to great, and All Seasoning has anything a chef could ever need.
Bring flavors from every corner of the world into your kitchen and watch mealtime become an exciting experience!
Since 1922, Marion-Kay Spices has imported spices from countless regions to blend, grind, mix bottle and ship directly to customers. M.K. Summers founded Marion-Kay and passed along the business to his daughter Madelyn Reid, and her husband James in 1986. Since then the spice company has operated out of Brownstown, Indiana.
Jim became a Master Blender with his talent of creating new blends, and a new line of spices was born: J.R. Mad’s line. Today, Marion-Kay is owned by three of the Reid’s children, John and Kordell Reid, and Pamela Warren.
JR Mad’s BAM! Seasoning
Not only does Marion-Kay deliver to personal kitchens, but the spices are also available for fundraising, custom blend services, and food services!
The spices, peppers, seeds, blends, herbs and extracts at Marion-Kay are made of high-quality raw materials with no fillers or additives. The garlic is 100 percent garlic — no mix of other pieces! — and the “sneeze-less” black pepper is imported from India and removed of foreign matter and dust.
Crushed Red Pepper
Looking to try a signature item that has stood the test of time? Marion-Kay Chili Powder, Chef’s Secret Seasoning, and J.R. Mad’s MADGIC Fish Breading are popular options that are sure to take your cooking to the next level. Even better, Marion-Kay is internationally known for the award-winning Pure Vanilla Extract and Marion-Kay Chicken Seasoning 99-X.
If your recipe or restaurant calls for a unique spice or flavor, Marion-Kay can whip it up. Trained personnel develop custom blends for any style of cuisine like American, Cajun or Thai. Secret formulas also stay safe with Marion-Kay!
Not only does Marion-Kay offer the ingredients needed for amazing dishes, the company even supplies recipes! From drinks and appetizers, side dishes and main courses to desserts, Marion-Kay shows you how to bring a punch of flavor to your taste buds!
For a flavorful experience in the kitchen, trust the company who has been blending spices for 95 years. Marion-Kay Spices promises to deliver the finest spices in the world!