Friday, September 18, 2009

Foodie Friday! Creamy Basil Dressing

In honor of the delightfully warm weather, here is a fresh Creamy Basil Dressing recipe found from our friends at Mambo Sprouts.

Creamy Basil Dressing

1/2 carton Unsweetened Original Soymilk
The juice of 2 lemons
2 cloves garlic
Fresh Basil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 thyme leaf
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. black pepper
A dash of cayenne pepper
A dash of sea salt
2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese or cheese alternative

Blend first four ingredients together in blender. Slowly pour in oil while blending. Add remaining ingredients and blend briefly. We're certainly partial to the Red Monkey spices and we added a grind of our Zesty Italian Grinder to add a bit of extra perkiness to the dressing.

We found this was delicious for a back yard barbecue after work. The lift from the citrus and dill with the headiness of the garlic and fresh cracked pepper goes great over some fresh spinach or romaine lettuce.

Our salad was perked up with some boiled egg, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and paired with some grilled chicken breast and grill roasted corn. It made for a fun, easy meal out on the back deck for us and a few friends as we watched the fireflies dance and the sun go down on another week.

Best wishes for a great weekend to all our readers. Here's hoping its full of fun and friends (and maybe a little football)!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Winner Wednesday



Here at the monkey, we are passionate about developing new and exciting all-natural flavor blends that are as unique as our name.  Today, we would like to give some of you who are just as passionate about great tasting meals as we are the opportunity to try some of our blends.  So… the first 5 people to post the correct answer to today’s question will receive 2 of our most popular seasoning blends.

After you have posted your answer send me an email with your mailing address to: so that I can get your products to you. 


Today’s question will be an easy one, just to get things started.  Ready? Go!



What is the most expensive spice in the world?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sizzlin’ Sides Recipe Contest Ends Tomorrow


Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, September 15th our Sizzlin’ Sides recipe contest will close.  A big “thank you,” to all who have submitted their original recipe.  You still have time to get your cooking video or original recipe submitted, but the clock is ticking. Just go to Red Monkey Foods for cash and prize information and please be sure to read over the contest rules. 

Fabulous Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls


These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make you almost feel guilty eating them, unless… you make plenty to share with family and friends. With the cool autumn days just around the corner these are always a warm and welcomed treat. 


Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

3 cups water

2 packages quick rise yeast

1 tsp salt

1 box white cake mix

5 cups flour


1/4 cup butter melted

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoons Red Monkey organic cinnamon


Mix the 3 cups water, yeast and salt in large mixing bowl. Set aside while you gather the other ingredients.  Add the cake mix to the yeast mixture and whisk until smooth. Gradually add 4 1/2 cups of the flour, reserving the 1/2 cup. The dough will be sticky. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until double in bulk. While the dough is rising mix the 1 cup sugar and cinnamon together, set aside.  Knead the dough for 3 minutes incorporating the remaining 1/2 cup of flour into the dough. Roll dough into a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread melted butter over the top of the rolled dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top. From one of the long sides roll up the rectangle an cut into 1 inch slices. Cover with a damp cloth until double in size.  Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 15 minutes or until they are a light golden brown.  Brush remaining butter over the warm cinnamon rolls. Let the rolls cool completely then top with cream cheese icing below.


Cream Cheese Icing

1 (8ounce) packages cream cheese

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dash salt


  In mixing bowl cream the butter and cream cheese gradually add the the confectioners sugar, mix until creamy. Mix in the vanilla and then add dash of salt.