Culinary Compost Boycotts Penzeys Spices

Hello fellow foodies. After reading recent commentary from Bill Penzey, the author of Culinary Compost is officially withdrawing all references to Penzeys Spices on this food blog. While I’ve always known that Bill overtly inserts his political opinion in monthly mailings to his customer base, (which, in its own right is wrong on so many levels) I can no longer stand by and let this man spew his rhetoric of hate to conservatives, and to people who support and voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, by labeling them “racist.”

I am not a racist. I never have been. And I resent being called one.

This is extreme-left socialism, and this kind of bigotry has no place in America.  Make no mistake — my observation is not one of Conservatives vs. Liberals. It is simply a stance of the author not supporting an individual who wants to further divide this country through hate by means of his product.

Shown below are a few articles and a link to Penzey’s official Facebook page:

2/1/18 Article in The New Yorker


You be the judge.  Last time I checked, America was still a free country. And my readers, of course, are still allowed to shop where they want and exercise their right to free speech, which I will always respect. However, pitting people against each other in the guise of “Love” is a ruse by Bill Penzey, who’s only concern is making as much money as he can over a very contentious election.  Funny thing is, he’s pissed off a lot of his customers, and I, for one, will not be coming back.

Invariably, comments by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke say it best:
“This typical hate-filled white elitist lefty doesn’t live around black people or have stores in black neighborhoods.”

Bill Penzey can be reached at



In the interest of an open discussion, leave your thoughts below – none will be censured.
—Mike from Culinary Compost

Bill Penzey's Socialist Sea Salt

Penzey’s Spices announces new product.

Greek Chicken Skewers

Quick and tasty – perfect for a light lunch served with a salad or as an appetizer for a party. They can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight if desired, which makes party planning easier, plus marinating the skewers will improved the flavor.



4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 tbs. Greek Seasoning
1 tbs. Aleppo Pepper
1 tbs. olive oil
1 lemon cut into wedges
20 small bamboo skewers


Place skewers in a pan of water to soak while preparing the chicken. This will keep them from burning on the grill.

Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Cut into 1/2 to 1″ cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the Greek Seasoning and Aleppo Pepper, olive oil and toss to coat.

Thread about 5 chicken pieces on a skewer and cook over a charcoal grill 3-5 minutes per side. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the skewers immediately after removing them from the grill. Serve hot.

Makes 20 skewers.
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 3-5 minutes on a prepared grill.