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Taste Test Tuesday: Coffee-Mate Holiday Flavors

Good day everyone, thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. The holiday season is here and many companies have brought out their holiday flavors. You know those flavors that you only get this time of year, like Peppermint and Eggnog. How many of you crave Egg Nog in April or even July? One of our readers Ms. Stacey from Plano, Texas asked us to review the holiday flavors of coffee creamers.

Coffee -Mate Creamers

This year there are five flavors of holiday creamer from Coffee – Mate. Each of these flavors brings out memories of favorite holiday foods.The flavors are: Eggnog Latte, Pecan Praline, Peppermint Mocha, and Pumpkin Spice, Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie.

All four flavors are available in liquid form. Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin Spice are available as a sugar-free option with Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin Spice available in a powder form as well.

Eggnog Latte – If you are a fan of eggnog this is for you. A smooth rich taste that gives you the taste of creamy eggnog added to your favorite morning latte.

Pecan Praline – We wait for this one every year. Some people have even requested that it be made available year round. Sweet nutty flavor of pecans dipped in sugar syrup added to your coffee is sure to get your day started.

Peppermint Mocha – Think candy canes and rich chocolate. That’s what you get when you combine these two great flavors.

Pumpkin Spice – A great way to kick off the holiday season. A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and anise makes up this wonderful flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie – This is exactly what it says. A hot sugar cookie fresh out the oven with just a hint of cinnamon on top.

We really enjoyed tasting these flavors and we thank Ms. Stacey for the recommendation. Remember you don’t have to use coffee creamer just for coffee. Add it to your baking goods. Works well with scones, tiramisu, cookies, muffins.

Thank you for joining us for Taste Test Tuesday. If you would like us to review a product for you, send us an email at southernrootskitchen [at] Gmail [dot] com.


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

Directions:

  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.


Taste Test Tuesday: Cookies & Corks

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was filled with love, laughter, friends and family. Ours was great, we truly enjoyed ourselves.

As you know we attended Metro Cooking DC at the beginning of this month. While we were there we had the chance to sample a lot of food. One thing we came home with was some cookies from Cookies & Corks. This company has created sweet and savory cookies that are to be eaten with wine. The cookies come in very creative flavors like sea salt, lemon, sage, apricot, dark chocolate and espresso.

You can purchase cookies to be paired with white wine, red wine and sparkling wine. The distinct flavors of the cookies paired with the wine are a great match. Most people would just pair wine with cheese, but don’t worry there are cheese flavored cookies to appeal to your taste buds. We had our friends and family try the cookies over the holiday weekend. Everyone took turns sampling the cookies with the corresponding wines. Ginger Molasses, Shortbread and Zesty Lemon were the favorites.

There is even a wine pairing guide to help you with the process. Each box of cookies is $7.95 and makes a great hostess gift for this time of year.

Red Wine Pairing Box

 

White Wine Pair Box

 

Sparkling Wine Pairing Box

 

Cookies & Corks great job on the flavor combinations we can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Be sure to check out their site, they have a holiday sale going on right now. You don’t want to miss this.