Category Archives: dips

Taste Test Tuesday: Dried Tomato and Garlic Pesto

Tastefully Simple has some really great products that you can use at any time. The versatility of each of the items makes cooking a simple yet fun and creative experience.

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Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto seasoning is one item from their Standard line that is available year round. This is great if you want to make your own pesto, season your pasta sauce or even just your everyday meats and veggies.

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We’ve tried this product on numerous occasions, it’s a staple in our house. Boil some pasta, add some Dried Tomato, and Garlic Pesto seasoning, grated parmesan, and if you want some spinach, chicken or shrimp and you have a meal.

Dinner doesn’t have to take hours to complete. Simple yet tasty dishes can go a long way. Tastefully Simple offers you many options for meals, appetizers, desserts and snacks. Feel free to check out the website and we are always here to offer support and answer questions.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt

 

After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Harry & David Signature Relishes

Good day everyone, we were blessed with another Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. A few weeks ago we were out at Mac Arthur Square Mall in downtown Norfolk and happened to pass by Harry and David, and decided that we wanted something festive to kick off a series of ideas for holiday cooking. Thanks to Heather and Star we enjoyed our visit and got three amazing relishes to try.

Upon entering the store we were immediately recommended to try the Pepper and Onion Relish. It’s a bestseller of theirs, and after a small sample we could immediately see why. It has a sweet and savory flavor to it with a little bit of tangyness to it. We tried three flavors (there are 4) of this Signature Pepper and Onion relish and enjoyed every last drop. Each jar is $5.95, you can’t beat that.

  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Hot and Smoky
  • Pepper and Onion Relish with Zinfandel (Yes, wine!)
  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Classic Recipe
  • Pepper and Onion Relish Sweet Recipe
There are so many ways to use each of these relishes, we will share with you just a few ways that we used them.
  • Pour them over cream cheese cheese and eat with veggies, crackers or crostini bread
  • POR with Zinfadel is amazing with angel hair pasta and shrimp, scallops or even mussels.
  • Use as a dip (add a little honey) for pot stickers, egg rolls, crab rangoons
  • Mix it in with ground hamburger, turkey or chicken for patties.
  • Give your crab cakes and salmon patties a kick
  • Baste your spare ribs, chicken, pot roast or fish
We are already starting to think of other ways to use this relish, we know it will be paired with something for our Thanksgiving appetizers. These relishes also make good gifts. You can pair them with crackers, a bottle of wine or create a gift basket of your own.
We greatly appreciate all the help we received at the MacArthur Square Mall. Heather and Star, we will be back!!