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Babblin’ Babs Bistro Chef William Mueller debuts new line of spices

BABBLIN BABS BISTRO: Chef William Mueller will sell you the spices he uses to create culinary masterpieces like this

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What's the most difficult thing about cooking? Knowing which herbs, spices and seasoning to use and the time commitment it takes are tied for first place. Chef William Mueller, co-owner of Babblin' Babs Bistro, says he has the answer to both with the launch of his herb-spice blends. Mueller says his new line has the ability to effortlessly punch up flavor in just the right combinations.

"The point is to get people back to the table enjoying their company and out of the kitchen," says Mueller. He also enthusiastically points out his blends make life easier, which was a major inspiration for beginning product development eight years ago. "I was commuting to Issaquah, getting back late and my wife wanted to make dinner," he says. The Herb-spice blends Mueller concocted were the solution to quickly creating a flavorful meal.

Mueller says besides taking the guesswork out of cooking, his line of spices allows you to "get out of the routine and into the cuisine." Mueller's spices turn plain chicken into an exotic Thai dish, average vegetarian stew becomes a West Indies taste sensation and seafood will seem straight from the Mediterranean. "The blends allow people to cook globally locally," he tells me.

Salt is not the driving flavor in Mueller's blends, and is actually absent from his FDA approved products. Mueller says his spices are also nitrate, sugar, chemical, gluten and MSG-free. The vibrant colors the spices come in, deriving from dried tomato and mint, lemon peel, chili, ginger, and lemongrass, are a testament to the freshness and potency.

During the nearly five years Mueller's Proctor area restaurant has been in operation the chef has given small sample blends to customers when they inquire about what makes his food taste so good. Now, two-ounce bottles of Mueller's culinary magic are sold at Babblin' Babs Bistro (2724 North Proctor Street, Tacoma), Harbor Greens (5225 Olympic Drive, Gig Harbor) and Smooth & Juicey (1121 Court B, Tacoma). The spices are also available via the Babblin' Babs Bistro website,

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