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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: Kraft Sizzling Salads

Good day, good day. I hope every one’s week is starting off on a good note. Last Friday I did a post for Foodie Friday on quick salad ideas. While researching salad ideas I figured I would share this wonderful salad idea from Kraft Foods. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday post is all about Kraft’s Sizzling Salad.

No more bland salads with cut up pieces of chicken. Grab yourself some boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders. Season them and cook evenly on both sides. Then saute the chicken in the sauce until coated and heated through. Mix your salad, add the dressing and your chicken. Lunch/Dinner is served! Yes, I know that was the short version, but I just wanted you to see how easy it is.

Each kit has about 4 servings and you don’t always have to use chicken, be creative, add shrimp, skirt steak, pork chops, scallops, etc. Don’t want to make a salad, no problem, just add some vegetables and make it a stir fry. Your possibilities are endless. The four flavor kits are:

  • Asian Chicken
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Southwestern Chicken
  • Tuscan Chicken

Pick up a sizzling salad kit in your grocers salad aisle and enjoy a quick and easy meal.

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Foodie Friday: Quick Lunches

As we all know there is not much time in the morning to pick out something for lunch. There is barely enough time in the evening to fix dinner, never mind trying to create something for lunch too. For those of us that don’t always have left overs available for lunch the next day, here are some ideas for you.

1. Chicken Salad sandwich –  Mix together chopped leftover chicken, mayo or your favorite salad dressing, celery, pickles or relish. Maybe a few chopped onions, grapes or some nuts for a crunch. Place is on a croissant, sandwich bread, in a pita, on flat bread, etc.

2. Pasta Salad – cooked pasta, veggies, cheese (shredded or cubed), add in some Italian dressing or try tuna and mayo. Enjoy with cracks, or pita bread.

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly/Fluff – Yes, that’s right I said Fluff. Remember that gooey Marshmallow goodness. Crunchy or Creamy Peanut Butter with some jelly (grape, strawberry, mixed fruit) always brings you back to your childhood.

4. Quesadillas – Flour tortillas, with shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or mozzarella cheese, left over chicken or steak. Make the quesadilla then put it in the microwave for 30 seconds on High and you have your lunch. Pair it with some salsa and sour cream on the side.

5. Chili & Cornbread – Got cornbread left from Sunday dinner? Grab a slice to accompany a can of chili. Sprinkle some shredded cheese, chopped onions or sour cream on top.

6. Cesar salad Pockets – Grab a bag of Cesar salad mix. Make the salad then stuff it inside a pita pocket.

7. Turkey Roll-Ups – Spread mayo, salad dressing or cream cheese on the tortilla, add turkey then roll up and enjoy. You can switch out the turkey for another meat or just veggies.

8. Deli Plate – Grab some grapes, slices of cheese (or cubed), crackers, slices of chicken, turkey or ham, celery and carrots. Cream cheese, ranch dressing, and peanut butter make great dipping sauces.

9. Fruit Salad & Yogurt – Strawberries, blueberries, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, grapes, mangoes, oranges, etc. Pair that with a cup of yogurt, add some nuts or granola for a healthy treat.

10. Open-Faced Sandwich – bagels or english muffins topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, turkey, ham, roast beef; hummus topped with spinach leaves and cucumbers; tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni, heat in microwave until cheese melts and you have pizza.

These were just 10 quick lunch ideas. Stay tuned because I will definitely be offering more.