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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 Party Ideas

Happy Friday Everyone!! We hope you have had a blessed week. The weather has been a scorcher so hopefully today’s Foodie Friday ideas will help cool off.

Patriotic Strawberries

Patriotic Strawberries 

Ingredients

  • 12oz of white chocolate chips
  • Strawberries
  • Blue sugar or edible glitter 

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, according to the directions. (Baker’s Chocolate works well)
  2. Wash & dry berries. Dip them one by one into the white chocolate, then into the sugar.
  3. Place on wax paper to harden.

Red, White & Blue Nachos

 

Ingredients

  • Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Monterrey Jack or Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray foil lined baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Line blue tortilla chips on a foil line baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle chips with shredded cheese and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Top nachos with salsa and sour cream 

Red, White & Blue Gelatin 

Patriotic Gelatin Salad Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) berry blue gelatin
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions

  • In four separate bowls, dissolve each package of gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water to each and stir. 
  • Pour one bowl of blue gelatin into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray; chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • Set other three bowls of gelatin aside at room temperature. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining cold water; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat just below boiling. Stir in softened gelatin and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and vanilla until smooth.
  •  When blue gelatin in pan in almost set, carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups sour cream mixture over it. Chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • Carefully spoon one bowl of strawberry gelatin over cream layer. Chill until almost set. Carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups cream mixture over the strawberry layer. 
  • Chill until almost set. Repeat, adding layers of blue gelatin, cream mixture and strawberry gelatin, chilling in between each.
  •  Chill several hours or overnight.     


Strawberry & Cream Sorbet
 
Strawberry Sorbet Sensation Recipe  

Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberry sorbet, softened
  • 1 cup cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

Directions
  • Line an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan with heavy-duty foil. Spoon sorbet into pan; freeze for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Set aside 1/2 cup whipped topping for garnish; refrigerate until serving. 
  • Fold remaining whipped topping into pudding; spoon over sorbet. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving; unmold onto a serving plate and remove foil. Serve with strawberries and reserved whipped topping.




I’m back with an announcement!!

Welcome back to blog, thanks for being patient with me. The announcement is here. Take a listen to the video and see what’s getting ready to happen!!