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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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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.


Foodie Friday: 4th of July Goodies!

Happy Friday Everyone! This week’s Foodie Friday post is a continuation of last week with ideas for the July 4th holiday. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Ingredients 

1   pinch salt
1   9 ounce box raisins
2   Eggs, beaten
2   4.5-oz cans fruit cocktail (undrained)
1   14-oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated)
2 dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts
1 or 2 teaspoon cinnamon 
Butter Rum Sauce:
1 stick butter
1-2 tablespoons of Rum (or rum extract)
1 pound box confectioner’s sugar
Directions:
1. Cube donuts into a large bowl.  
2. Pour other ingredients on top of donuts and let soak for a few minutes.  
3. Mix all ingredients together until donuts have soaked up the liquid as much as possible.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until center has jelled.  Top with Butter Rum Sauce.
Butter Rum Sauce: 
1. Melt butter and slowly stir in confectioner’s sugar.  
2. Add Rum and heat until bubbly.  
3. Pour over bread pudding. 
BBQ Chicken Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce
 Smoky Chicken Barbecue Kabobs Recipe  
Photo Credit: Southern Living
Ingredients 

2 pounds skinned,boned and seasoned chicken breasts 
1/2 large red onion, cut into fourths and separated into pieces
1 pt. cherry tomatoes
Favorite season salt
8 skewers




Directions

  1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Season and cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. 
  2. Thread chicken, onion, and tomatoes alternately onto skewers, leaving a 1/4-inch space between pieces.
  3. Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. 
  4. Serve with White Barbecue Sauce.  

White BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, pressed
Directions

1. Mix together all ingredients and chill for an hour.

Note: You can use, steak, veggies or seafood for your kabobs. You can also make the BBQ Sauce a day ahead of time.

Fruity Fizz

No-Fuss Party Dessert

Ingredients

Favorite fruity carbonated drink
Vanilla ice cream (or any flavor)

Directions

1. Scoop ice cream into a cup or a jar, then pour in your favorite carbonated beverage.
2. Grab a straw and enjoy!

Beer Battered Fried Pickles

 Beer-Batter Fried Pickles Recipe 

Ingredients

2 (16-oz.) jars dill pickle sandwich slices, drained 
1 large egg 

1 (12-oz.) can beer 

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

 Directions
1. Pat pickles dry with paper towels.
2. Whisk together egg and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add 1 1/2 cups flour, and whisk until smooth.
3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven; medium-high heat to 375°.
4. Dip pickle slices into batter, allowing excess batter to drip off.
5. Fry pickles, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. 
6. Drain and pat dry on paper towels; serve immediately with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce.
Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise 

2 tablespoons minced green onions

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon hot sauce 

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Garnish: seasoned salt

Directions
1. Whisk together first six ingredients together and garnish.

2. You can store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

We hope you enjoy these recipes, feel free to give us your feedback.