We live in a hamlet just outside of the small city of Trail, BC (a population of about 7,500 people). At Kootenay Spice we very strongly believe in community and shopping at local businesses. If we can’t find an ingredient in Trail, we attempt to find it as close as possible and we always buy Canadian.

View of Trail, BC

We are very proud to have a relationship with Kate’s Kitchen, the local Salvation Army food bank and soup kitchen. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to use their certified industrial kitchen space to mix and create our herbs, spices and seasoning blends. This has also opened the door for a wider variety of products that we will be bringing to you in the future. It also means that when you buy from Kootenay Spice, you are supporting an important community service.

As Kootenay Spice grows, so will our support for Kate’s Kitchen and the local economy. This is part of our vision. Watch for fundraisers sponsored by Kootenay Spice that benefit the kitchen and other organizations in our community.

What do you do to contribute to your community? Do you shop local when and where you can?

cheesy garlic bread

Sure enough, we have made some cheesy garlic bread with our Herbs de Provence bread (see our spice up basic bread post). And, as expected, it was absolutely delicious! Super simple too, which is always nice!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

cheesy garlic bread finished

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 slices Herbs de Provence bread
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
¼ cup butter (or margarine) at room temperature
¼ cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
¼ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)

cheesy garlic bread ingredients

In the above picture, we have already mixed together the garlic butter.

Preheat your oven to broil at 425˚F.

Chop the garlic as finely as you like. We don’t go too crazy, but we loooooove garlic and really don’t mind getting a big taste of garlic in every bite! In fact, we sometimes even use two cloves of garlic and/or add a sprinkle of garlic powder to the mix. Using a butter knife or spreading knife, mush together the garlic and butter or margarine until they’re thoroughly combined. Spread this onto your two slices of bread. Place in the oven until lightly toasted, about 3-5 min.

cheesy garlic bread first toast

Now for the cheese! For more even distribution, we often mix the 2 types of cheese together in a bowl first. Then just sprinkle it on the toasted bread.

cheesy garlic bread cheese

Place your cheesy bread back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so, until the cheese is slightly browned on top.

cheesy garlic bread finished

And that’s it! Simple, right? Try it out & let us know how you like it! Of course, you don’t have to use spiced bread, but it tastes much better if you do!

spiced up basic bread

We love baking our own bread. Something about the aroma of bread in the oven makes the finished product taste that much better! Naturally, we also like to add a variety of different spices to our bread for an extra kick of flavour.

Today, we decided to try out our Kootenay Spice Herbs de Provence mixed into our dough (that’s the middle one on our pic at the top of this blog). It is such an aromatic blend, we had no doubt it would enhance our loaf. We use a very basic, traditional recipe that we have always had great results with! We also use our own smoked rock salt, finely ground.

Try it out, you’ll be so happy you did! You can knead it by hand, use a kitchen mixer or a bread machine, whatever works best for you.

For more info on Kootenay Spice Herbs de Provence and Smoked Rock Salt, check out our products page.

Herbs de Provence White Bread

Finished Herbs de Provence Bread

1 cup warm water (hot tap water)
2 Tbsp honey
2.25 tsp instant, quick rise yeast
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
3 cups bread flour
1.5 tsp Kootenay Spice Smoked Rock Salt, finely ground
2 tsp Kootenay Spice Herbs de Provence
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Herbs de Provence Bread Ingredients

First things first, it is a good idea to heat up your mixing bowl with warm water before starting the recipe. Let warm water sit in the bowl for 2 – 5 min. Dump this water and put in your 1 cup of warm water for the recipe. Dissolve the honey into the water (heat up your tablespoon with warm water first, the honey will pour out better). Sprinkle the yeast over your water and honey mixture. Let stand for about 10 min, until the yeast is dissolved and foaming. Here is an example of what we consider nicely foaming yeast.


Stir in the veggie or canola oil.

Completely stir in 1 cup of the flour, then the second. If you are kneading by hand, you will want to take the dough out of the bowl before the third cup & knead in the rest of the flour on a non-stick or well-floured surface. Mix the ground Kootenay Spice Smoked Rock Salt and Kootenay Spice Herbs de Provence into the last cup of flour before kneading or mixing into your dough.

Knead or mix for about 10 min. Drizzle in olive oil and keep kneading until dough is elastic and does not stick to your fingers. Roll the kneaded dough into a ball, place it in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover tightly with saran wrap.


Let your dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, until the dough ball has at least doubled.


Once the dough has doubled, punch it down. Yes, literally (but gently) punch it 5 – 7 times to release some of the air. Take the dough out of the bowl and gently shape it into a tube that will fit in the bottom of a bread pan (or small balls for buns, whatever shape you’re working with).


Let it rise in the pan for another 30 min. It should fill much of the pan once risen.


Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place in oven and cook for 10 min. Turn 180° and cook another 8 min or until the top is lighty and evenly browned.


Remove from the pan immediatey and place on a wire rack. Lightly brush with olive oil or butter and let cool before tasting.


Mmmm…Enjoy your delicious spiced bread! Check back soon, we won’t be able to resist making this into some cheesy garlic bread!

Leave a comment and let us know how it worked out for you!


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