Stellas Shakes it Up

Life October 2010 We found this terrific spice, Mama Stellas, at an Osterville farmers market last summer where it was being sold by Stella’s descendants, who explained that their grandmother arrived in the United States in the late 1800s from the island of Madeira in the Azores. The story is that Stella settled on Martha’s Vineyard and taught her daughter how to combine a tasty mix of natural ingredients, including special kosher salt, garlic, Spanish paprika, and freshly ground black pepper, and the recipe was passed down through the family. “After tasting the difference Mama Stella made in their own cooking, friends and family encouraged me to place it on the market to enable others to improve their culinary skills,” says one of Stella’s grandchildren on the Osterville company’s website. We’ve tried Mama Stella’s on fresh vegetables, fish dishes, and even on deviled eggs. Like it says on the label: “Mama Stellas makes everything taste so much better!”

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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