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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: Quick & Easy Beer Bread with Just Like Mom’s Meatloaf

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! This has been a fun filled month with tasty products from Wildtree. We truly appreciate Tiara for stopping by and spending time in the kitchen with us. She has graciously given our readers a special treat just for purchasing products with her. (See here for details) Today we will share with you the last two items she gave us to try out. Beer Bread and Meatloaf.

Quick & Easy Beer Bread



Photo Credit: Wildtree

16oz. box for $7.00

Do you love homemade bread? We know we do, the smell, the taste, the freshness it’s just so good. This Quick and Easy Beer Bread from Wildtree is just that quick and easy. All you need is 12oz of a carbonated beverage (it doesn’t have to be beer) and the beer bread mix. The mix will be lumpy, so don’t worry. This bread is great fresh out the oven. It’s so versatile you can do add ginger ale instead of beer mix in some cranberries or chocolate for a sweet bread.

Here are some other ways to use this Beer Bread

To Make:                       Substitute this INSTEAD of beer

Hawaiian bread                  Mountain Dew    
                                          
Cinn-A-Dew                      Mountain Dew, 1/2 c. cinnamon chips, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. of  sugar

Low Fat Hawaiian              Diet Mountain Dew, spray with Pam


Ginger Bread                    Root Beer, 1/2 cup molasses, one scoop of Chai tea

Cherry Bread                    Black Cherry Soda and chopped maraschino  cherries.      

Cherry Bread 2                  Dr. Pepper and chopped cherries

Cran-Orange Bread           Orange Juice and chopped cranberries

Orange Bread                   Orange Crush & drained mandarin oranges

Peanut Butter Bread          Cream Soda & 1/2 c. peanut butter chips.   Sprinkle top with sugar

Banana Bread                    2 cups ripe bananas & 8 oz Sunny Delight

Pumpkin Bread                  12 oz. Orange Soda, 12 oz. can pure pumpkin

Pizza Dough                      1 cup and 3 – 4 Tbsp. beer. Mix well.  Cover, let sit 5 min. Roll onto floured       surface, put  into pizza pan, and  bake at 325 for 15 – 20 minutes.

Drop Biscuits                    12 oz. Buttermilk

Corn Bread                       15 oz can creamed corn, 1/3 cup oil, NO beer or pop

White Chocolate                1 can Vanilla Coke, ½ cup white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts (optional)


                   
Just Like Mom’s Meatloaf

Photo Credit: Wildtree
4.7oz box for $5.25
Need dinner in a rush, then this meatloaf is the way to go. We used turkey instead of ground beef, added soy sauce, a slightly beaten egg, milk and some chili sauce ( you can use ketchup). We mixed everything together using our hands (this is messy but fun, hint: use your kids), made mini meat loaves and put them in a muffin pan and let them cook for 40 – 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Dinner is done!! The moist meatloaf was so good, you could taste the onions, garlic, black pepper and spices that they added into the mix. This mix is pretty healthy because there are oats in it, Yes we said OATS!! So you get to enjoy your meatloaf and not feel guilty about eating it either.
We hope you have enjoyed this months great food from Wildtree. We thank Tiara for allowing us to showcase these wonderful items. Don’t forget to check out her site to purchase your food. If you or anyone you know has any food products that you would like to see featured on Taste Test Tuesday please have them send us an email at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com. 
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