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Taste Test Tuesday: Summer Grilling from Tastefully Simple

It’s mid-summer, cookouts are still in effect, parties are calendar and we’ve got something to help ease your mind about what to cook for dinner, your next gathering or even bring to an outing. Tastefully Simple has paired together a selection of items from the Spring-Summer line entitled ‘Summer Grilling’

Summer Grillin' Assortment

This assortment provides you with items to make your grilling adventures, tasty, exciting and will leave you wanting more. The Summer Grilling assortment includes:

* Creamy Caramel Sauce

* Vidalia Onion Dressing

* Honey Teriyaki Sauce

* Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink Mix

Each of these products are great by themselves. The sauces and dressing can be used on chicken, fish, beef or pork. The vidalia onion dressing can be used to saute vegetables or kick up your favorite potato salad recipe. Caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream, fruit or cake is a great way to end a night or or relax mid-day. Use Honey Teriyaki as a glaze over salmon, chicken or as a sauce in some stir-fry. Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink MIx can be used with or without alcohol, pairs very well with sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or sparkling cider.

There are many possibilities to Tastefully Simple’s Summer Grilling assortment. Get it while it lasts and let us know what you were able to create.


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Food TV Recap: Rachel vs Guy Week 2

This week the celebrities met at Underwood Family Farms, where they were given the challenge of respecting their ingredients and the source from which they came. The teams had to act as their own farmers and the produce they intended to use. Each team had to cook on a grill in an outdoor kitchen. 25 of the farms employees enjoyed the dinner and had the chance to vote on each dish.

Team Guys gets to pick their main ingredient from the scarecrow first, before heading into the fields.

Teams head into the fields looking for produce. The farm is huge so the teams have to travel through the fields to find what they are looking for. Dirt, bugs and hot sun doesn’t seem to agree with everyone. Each person on the team is responsible for a main dish and side dish.

Dean helps Cornelia with her stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, because time is running out before they have  feed Rachel, Guy and the employees of the farm.

Team Rachel wins the challenge, with Hines’ flank steak being the best dish. The two celebrities with the least favorite dish had to compete in a blind taste-test. The secret ingredient was corn.

Cornelia decides to make a corn salad and Dean goes for a corn omelette. In the end Cornelia’s corn salad had some kernels that weren’t cooked all the way, so they let her go.

If you missed this episode or the first one you can check it out on the Food Network.

Food Event: The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show is coming to DC!

As you know, we love food here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Our owner Kimberlee has been granted the opportunity to attended an event for food lovers in Washington D.C. She will be covering The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th. This two day event is filled with tastings, workshops, book signings, hundreds of exhibitors and appearances by Food Network celebrities.

Celebrity Theatre is a 3,000+ seating area where celebrities will hold a live cooking event that will last about an hour. Tickets to the Celebrity Theatre include an all day admission to the exhibitor hall for that day. Local and regional chefs will take the stage at the Food Lion Cooking Stage. Featured celebrity guests for this event will be, Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine, Gail Simmons, Giada De Laurentiis, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Tom Colicchio, and Jeff Mauro

This is an event for people of all ages and you will find something for all the foodies in your life. Head to a tasting or even a workshop sponsored by Lindt Chocolate. It’s also a shopping show, so you get to pick out some food items as well. Need a bottle of wine, some more jam or maybe some chocolate? Metro Cooking DC is the place to be.

Tickets are on sale now, you can contact Kimberlee if you would like to purchase tickets to the event. General Admission is $24.50 (children 4-12 are $12.50, under 4 are FREE) and gets you into the exhibitor hall with over 400 vendors, cooking demos by regional chefs and tastings. Other packages include meet and greets with Food Network chefs, presentations in Celebrity Theatre, cookbook signings and more.