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Taste Test Tuesday: The Essential 4 Collection

Essential 4 Collection

Includes Bountiful Beer Bread, Garlic Garlic, Onion Onion, Seasoned Salt and a recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that has affiliate links.

Tastefully Simple’s Essential 4 Collection is a staple in my home. My first experience with Tastefully Simple was with the Garlic Garlic and the Beer Bread, both are some of my favorites. This collection gets you started on your Tastefully Simple journey.

 

Onion Onion– a blend of onions, chives, shallots and sea salt. No more chopping onions and crying.

Garlic Garlic– a mixture of garlic, onions and chives. Relieves you of peeling and mincing.

Seasoned Salt– a blend of spices, bell peppers, celery and sea salt. Great choice for an everyday seasoning.

Bountiful Beer Bread Value Pack – our signature bread, that you can have fresh from the oven in less than an hour. This value pack has 3 servings of beer bread. Just add a carbonated beverage and butter (optional.)

Essential 4 Recipe Book– a booklet with 20 delicious and simple recipes featuring the items from the Essential 4 Collection.

Each item in this collection works well on its own or combined with each other. Brushing some Garlic Garlic and butter on the Beer Bread gives you instant garlic bread, fresh from the oven; it’s yummy. I use these all time and have to watch my friends and family when they come over because they try to steal my seasonings.

These can be purchased separately or in the collection for a discounted price of $39.99.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post has affiliate links, which means if you buy any items using these links I will receive a percentage of the sales.


The Taste of Now: Apple & Sage Pork Chops

Christmas is almost here and while I need to finish shopping I also need to pack. Spending the holidays with family is very important to me. Holidays always bring about food memories. One of those memories is watching my grandma use the apples we picked and cook them with pork chops. Since the weather is getting chilly we decided on pork chops for Sunday dinner.

We don’t usually post our Sunday dinners but we decided to try something new. Sunday dinners are a really big thing in my family. Even though I’m hours away from them my sister and I make sure that we keep the tradition going for Pumpkin and Snickerdoodle. This may become a weekly thing for us. We cut the recipe in half so it will make 4 servings.

Apples and pork chops go well together so we decided to combine them add a few other seasonings to the mix. This sweet and savory combination is will make your taste buds very happy. The aroma of the seasonings while cooking is amazing, if your windows are open you just might make your neighbor jealous.

Apple & Sage Pork chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tsp. rubbed sage                                               2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves                                 1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp. paprika                                                      2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt                                                            4 pork chops, 1-inch thick ( about 1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. olive oil                                                   1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced                                1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, all the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with 1 1/2 tbsp. of seasoned mixture. ( You will use the rest later)
  3. In a large skillet, cook pork chops in hot oil on medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove pork chops from skillet.
  4. In the same skillet, add onions ; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoned mixture until well blended. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until desired doneness.

Note: You don’t have to use pork chops, you can try chicken too.

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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: Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

How much do you love a bowl of pasta? Especially a bowl of pasta with a great sauce. Well today we have something that will be sure to enhance your love of pasta or any food for that matter. We were contacted by Derek of Elbow Foods to review this product and after reading the history behind this pasta gravy we couldn’t refuse.

Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

This pasta gravy, and Yes, we said ‘GRAVY’ is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, herbs and honey. A spoonful right out the jar and we were hooked. A smooth rich taste, with the flavors of the peppers, onions and herbs right there for you to see and taste makes this gravy a great find.

It’s fat-free and only 38 calories per serving. This pasta gravy truly tastes like it came straight from someone’s Italian gramma’s kitchen, like she’s standing over a huge pot on the stove and poured some in a jar jut for you. We’ve tasted pasta sauces before, and some have been watered down, not this one. Glicco’s pasta gravy does not seep to the bottom of the pot.

Be sure to check out their website Elbow Foods and ‘Like’ their page on Facebook. Glicco’s Pasta  Gravy is sold in some specialty grocery stores. You can check your local retailer.  They even have some recipes on their site, that we are going to try out. Here are two for you to try.

Marinara Garlic Bread

Here’s a quick and simple idea.

Whisk Glicco’s Pasta Gravy with minced garlic and melted butter in a small bowl; brush over cut sides of bread.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil until toasted.

 

Chicken Parm Burger

  • 1 lb. Ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Glicco’s Pasta Gravy
  • 2 teaspoons Dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 Rolls
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Mix chicken, oil, sauce and seasonings together. Form the chicken mixture into balls.  The texture is gloppy. Flatten into burger patties and dip into the panko and cheese mixture.
  2. Put burgers on waxed paper and allow them to set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour a liberal amount of olive oil in a nonstick fry pan. Pan fry burgers until done and crispy. Drain them on a paper towel.
  4. Top burgers with some additional Glicco’s Pasta Gravy and shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese melts. Serve on a crispy round roll.

 

This is a sponsored post from Elbow Foods, and all opinions are 100% ours.