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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


  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.

Reveal Day: October Foodie Penpals

The Lean Green Bean


It’s the last day of the month so that means it’s reveal day with our Foodie PenPals. This is only my second month doing this but I am loving these food gifts. The excitement of getting a box filled with goodies makes my heart happy, on top of my family too. I had to wait until they got home in order to open it.

This month my foodie penpal was Kelly Cruz-Finkel from West Virginia. When Kelly contacted me she mentioned that she lives on a farm. That right there had me hooked. I told her to go ahead and surprise me with whatever she wanted, but she did give me a clue that she would be sending me something from the farm.

Opened the box and we saw a jar of canned peppers, we immediately yelled ‘STEAK & CHEESE’!!  (Picture is below) As we went through the rest of the box we saw Ghirardelli chocolate, homemade honey and a container of cardamom (I got really excited about this too.) She sent the cutest note and my family and I are grateful for the gifts she sent. The cardamom and the chocolate went into some pancakes, the homemade honey went on some biscuits and was used in some tea to soothe a sore throat.

Below are pictures of my box that she sent me. Yes, the leaves came in the box as well. Those will be on my table for Thanksgiving!!




I think you should join us. Here’s the info:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

Taste Test Tuesday: Wildtree Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! The summer is here and it’s been a hot one so far. For the month of July we will be showcasing products from a direct sales company called WildTree. Each week we will bring you a product from their line. Our independent consultant is Miss Tiara Rosemond from Columbia, South Carolina. She will be with us through out the month as we discuss this line of organic products.

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend

Photo Credit: WildTree

This is a great idea if you are looking to expand your palate with your spaghetti sauce, have certain dietary restrictions, or just want a healthier choice in your food selection. It also helps cut down on the sodium intake.  Just a small portion of the seasoning blend added to a can of crushed tomatoes, cook for 20 minutes and you have a delicious sauce. You can also add your own onions, mushrooms, peppers, veggies and meat to it for a quick meal.

Made with basil, oregano, garlic, parsley, corn oil, carrots, celery and red wine. This sauce blend is great for making meatloaf, mixing with olive oil as a dip for crusty french bread, lasagna, stuffed shells and more.

The sauce blend comes in a 2oz. jar for $8.00, and also in a 16oz. jar for $16.00.

Feel free to check out Tiara’s website here. Be sure to check us out on Friday as we bring you another product called Mocha Mousse and Cream Cheese Blend. We will also talk with Tiara about these products and why she became a consultant for WildTree.

If you or anyone you know may have a product that you would like Southern Roots Kitchen to feature on our site please feel free to contact us at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com.

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