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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.


Thanksgiving: Give Your Mashed Potatoes A Tasty Makeover

As many of you know I am a contributing writer the Chesapeake Cooking Examiner. I recently published an article on the site about mashed potatoes and decided that I would share it with you all. It’s a list of ways to give your mashed potatoes a different taste and look, not just for Thanksgiving but for any day.

Mashed Potato Makeover

Thanksgiving is next week and as you are preparing your side dishes, get a little creative with your mashed potatoes, your guests will be surprised. Here are a few ideas to help give your mashed potatoes a makeover everyone will love.

Sausage and Parmesan- Add Italian sausage and some grated parmesan cheese to your creamy potatoes.

Sour Cream and Dill- Add in some sour cream and fresh dill for a tangy but fresh flavor.

Chipotle- Add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the potatoes with a little cilantro for a spicy flare.

Horseradish and Chive- Mix in sour cream, a little horseradish and sprinkle some chives on top.

Gouda- Toss in grated smoked Gouda cheese and some scallions for a nice smoky flavor.

Pesto and Pine Nuts- Stir in some pesto and add some pine nuts for a creamy but crunch kick.

Greek- Mix in crumbled feta cheese, scallions, minced dill, parsley and diced black olives.

Broccoli and Cheddar- Toss in chopped broccoli florets and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Bacon- Fold in crispy crumbled bacon, a little of the bacon drippings and some sour cream.

Cheddar and Bacon- Mix in shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy crumbled bacon pieces. Add a little bacon drippings too.

Taco- Stir in chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and place it on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Blue Cheese and Walnut- Mix in blue cheese crumbles, melted butter and chopped walnuts.

Honorable Mentions:

Applesauce- Fold in applesauce and sprinkle in some nutmeg and cinnamon.

Buffalo- Pour in your favorite buffalo wing sauce and mix with some blue cheese crumbles, then sprinkle some chopped celery on top.

Wasabi- Mix in equal parts wasabi powder and water to create the paste, then add into potatoes for spicy touch.

I hope you have enjoyed these variations for your mashed potatoes. Be sure to come back and let us know if you tried any of these or if you want to add your own variations to the table. Don’t forget to subscribe to our column so you don’t miss a story when it’s published.