Our Top Picks for Food Products

This week I wanted to talk about some of my favorite food products.  I am a foodie- love to eat, and love to cook.  Most people don’t know this about me, but I have been cooking for my family since I am 15 years old.  When I was 15 years old, my mom went back to work after being a stay at home mom for a long time.  It was a transitional time for us, but it forced my sister and I to start pitching in around the house more than we had, with me taking on the responsibility of cooking dinner for us.  

Being a foodie, I am always looking for delicious products (which is what led me to develop Trixie’s Fabulous Dressings- I couldn’t find a store bought dressing that I loved).   This list is a compilation of some of my favorite food products (listed in no particular order:

Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam- I LOVE this savory jam.  Yes- a savory jam (not to be used on toast), and yes- roasted garlic and onion jam.  Stonewall Kitchen describes it as “a delicious combination of slow-roasted garlic, sweet onions and balsamic vinegar that delivers a savory balance and a harmony of flavors.”  It really is great for glazing vegetables, or the website recommends combining it with cream cheese and spreading it on crackers.  I regularly use it on turkey, chicken (roasted) or pork tenderloin.   Link to order: http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/roasted-garlic-onion-jam-101306.html

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Trappers Hot Honey- This is described on the website as “Honey that is infused with hot crushed red peppers Indian Style at 40,000 heat units. Good for barbecues, as a dipping sauce or just plain right out of the jar.”  If you read my previous blog about flavor profiles, you will know the sweet and spicy balance each other out and that’s why this works so well.  $4 for an 8 ounce jar is a Bargain!!  (sorry- no photo available) Link to order: https://www.trappershoney.com/products/8-oz-jar-of-hot-spicy-honey

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Tajin Seasoning:  I found this randomly when I was in Mexico in 2015.  I was at the airport and saw it and thought it would be a good souvenir from Mexico.  I opened it and smelled it (after I got home!) and was hooked instantly once I tasted it.  I sprinkle this on fried potatoes, other vegetables, any kind of Mexican dish, or on corn, or added to breading before you bake or fry fish or chicken.  It just gives that “zip” that food needs- wakes up the flavors. I’m sure it would be delicious added to any Mexican dish or poultry. I don’t find this to be spicy at all (and I don’t like spicy foods) so I have to say the description of “spicy” on the website I saw is actually inaccurate.  I found a 5 ounce bottle on the Target website for $2.57 which describes it as: “With a hint of lime and a zest of mild heat, Classic Seasoning from Tajin® is sure to become your next go-to seasoning mix.  This seasoning can be found at Target, Walmart, or most other large grocery retailers.  

 

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Mouth Party Caramels- “OMG” flavor.  One of my dearest lifelong friends introduced me to these caramels about 2 years ago.  I am a healthy eater 90% of the time, but when I like to have a little treat, these are my go to treat.  I can’t even describe how yummy they are.  They are homemade caramels, dipped in milk chocolate, with a sprinkling of sea salt.  Everyone who tries them says, “OMG” when they taste them.  They are made in Baltimore and are honestly one of the best caramels I’ve ever had.  $9.50 for a 6 ounce bag and totally worth it!  Link to order: https://mouthpartycaramel.com/collections/gift-bags-1/products/omg-gift-bags

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Bacon Jam: Do I have to say more?  If you like bacon, you will love this product.  A little goes a long way so you really don’t need much to infuse some sweet baconey (is that even a word) goodness.  I use this when I roast brussels sprouts, and then drizzle balsamic vinegar.  For the health conscious people- yes-  I do use bacon, just not every day or in large quantities (remember- balance is one of the keys to life).This is a must have.  I can’t say enough good things about this product, and well worth the $15 for an 8ounce jar but WELL worth every penny. Link to order:  https://thebaconjams.com/

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Swad Coriander Chutney- I came across this product when I went to an Indian grocery store up in Iselin, NJ.  I love this chutney.  I roasted root vegetables (mostly sweet potatoes) with lots of spices, and drizzled this on top. It added such a nice “freshness” to the dish.  I highly recommend it if you are doing any Indian cooking or just want to brighten up a dish.   Link to order: https://www.amazon.com/Swad-Coriander-Chutney-7-5-Ounce/dp/B002U7IQI4 $8.40 for a 7.5 ounce jar on Amazon, but this can be found in many Indian grocery stores for much less.

 

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Aimee’s Home Cookin Shawarma Middle Eastern Seasoning Blend- I found out about Aimee from her sister who takes my spin class at one of the gym’s I work at.  I actually talked to Aimee once on the phone and we had a nice exchange about the issues when starting up a food business.  I hung up the phone and decided I would try to support my new food friend, so I ordered the Shawarma Seasoning Blend.  Wow!  Let me tell you- delicious, easy, and all 3 of my boys loved it.  I marinated chicken, but I think lamb or pork would work well too.  She gives you recipes not only for the spice blend, but also for some of the things to serve it with.  $11.99 for a 3 ounce jar.  Link to order: https://aimeeshomecookin.com/collections/seasonings/products/shawarma-middle-eastern-seasoning-blend

Trixie’s Fabulous Dressings These are my babies, and I’m not bragging, but they are amazing.  I couldn’t find a salad dressing I liked that was made with olive oil (as opposed to canola or soybean oil), so I created my own.  They honestly just taste fabulous, hence the name.  The Italian Vinaigrette is my favorite, but only slightly because they are all so damn good.  $5 for a 10 ounce bottle.  Link to order: https://www.trixiesfabulousdressings.com/dressings

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