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Meet The Merchants: Lonnie

Meet The Merchants: Lonnie

It is no surprise our spice merchants are passionate about cuisine, but there's more we'd like to know about them. That's why we're excited to launch a new series called Meet the Merchants. Learn more about the people behind the world's finest spices and discover their favorite spices, recipes, and hobbies.

Q: What’s a favorite spice you've discovered since starting at The Spice House?

A: Cumin Seeds

I love to roast vegetables with cumin seeds. When roasting the veggies you're toasting the seed also. The end result is just so yummy to me.

Whole Cumin Seeds

Cumin's savory pungency has been essential in curries for thousands of years. It is also a key flavor in American chili and barbecue sauces, certain Swiss and Dutch cheeses, Mexican bean dishes, and many Central Asian dishes. We source our seeds from India and Turkey.



Q: What’s your favorite Spice House blend?

A: Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper Butcher's Rub

I use it on everything. I make vinaigrettes, grill steaks, and even sprinkle the blend on poached eggs. I take it with me on trips when I know I will be cooking.

Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper Butcher's Rub

If one flavor combination could represent The Spice House, it is this hard-working butcher's rub. Back of the Yards, our most popular blend, is ideal for grilling, great in burgers, and perfect with fish or eggs.




Q: What’s your can't-live-without spice?

A: Black Pepper

Who doesn't want pepper on everything? I am currently experimenting with a recipe for black pepper ice cream.

Tellicherry Peppercorns

This black gold has been treasured since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Today, Tellicherry Peppercorns are in almost every kitchen worldwide. These extra large berries are left to ripen longer on the vine, maximizing their rich fruitiness and Tellicherry peppercorn flavor.



Q: If you could cook with anyone, who would it be?

A: Michelle Obama or Martha Stewart

I would love to cook with the first lady just to learn her secrets in the kitchen. She is such an inspirational person to me. Martha......I wanna cook with Martha Stewart because I want to be her student. Teach me everything.....please.

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Japanese Street food...My first taste was Yakitori fried chicken skins.

Q: If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Paris. The romance associated with the City of Lights can also be found in its food. It may just be me, but a croissant or Cassoulet just tastes so much better in Paris.




William R. Castle on May 4th, 2021

Lonnie, I like your style. As a Francophile I hope you get to spend more time in Paris. And if you venture outside the capital, don’t miss the regional delights in Le Puy, which I loved. Bill

Rebecca on May 4th, 2021

Nice to meet you, Lonnie! Wherever you are in that photo, that’s where I want to live—by the warm blue water! Black pepper ice cream sounds fabulous! I’ve discovered the joys of vanilla ice cream with Chili Crisp.

Leon W. Jester on May 4th, 2021

We must be related somehow, simply by spice choices. I’ll pass on Paris, but the Gulf Coast would be nice — Cajun, Creole and Southern cooking all at once.

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