Media Coverage

"Seasoning greetings from Esther Splaine"

By Lucia Huntington
Globe Staff / December 15, 2010

It started with holiday gifts. Money was tight, and the mother of five decided to bottle her special salt and herb blend as presents for friends and family. They asked for more; so did their friends. From home-grown seasonings Esther Splaine branched out to spiced oils, honey from bees she keeps in her yard, and herbal “Salve-ations’’ she used her nurse’s training to create when one of her kids developed severe dry skin. Now her children are grown but the business Splaine started in her kitchen is still kitchen-based. She sells year-round by mail order, and for the holidays opens up her home for old friends and new customers to shop while they sample her home-cooked roasts, pies, and soups — spiced with her herbs. Her Christmas fair is this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with parking in the Matignon High School lot next door. Spice blends $4.50-$12; honey $7; perfumes and salves $5.50-$14. Esther’s Seasonings, 62 Clarendon Ave., Cambridge, 617-548-2925.