Category: Sides

Pico de Gallo – Hot

I purchased the hot Pico de Gallo from @PicknSaveStores . I was hoping for something that would become my go to condiment when I make Mexican food.

The Pico looks good. There is a nice mix diced tomatoes, onion, peppers, and a sprinkling of cilantro. It looks like the Pico would be tasty, but it false flat. There is some heat and you can taste the cilantro, but the tomatoes lack flavor and are overpowered by the onion.

I had the Pico with the beef fajitas that I made. It looked good, but was a let down. There was very little flavor.

If you are looking for this condiment to go with your meal, I would recommend making your own Pico de Gallo.

Racconto Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Style Dumplings

The dumplings are shelf-stable come packaged at a little over one pound. They cook quickly in only two minutes (once the water is boiling) and have a pillowy texture. They really do seem like homemade gnocchi.

The dumplings have little ridges on them that hold sauce well. They are slightly chewy but seem to be almost nothing. A dangerous thing because there are three portions in a package and you may want to eat the whole package in one sitting.

I made a mushroom and basil cream sauce that went well with the gnocchi. Very tasty.

I would recommend the Racconto Potato Gnocchi to anyone.

Urban Accents – Veggie Roasters, Citrus Pepper Seasoning Blend

An ok seasoning IF you don’t have any roaster garlic seasoning and lemon.

I purchased the Citrus Pepper seasoning blend from @stonewallkitchen on a recent shopping spree and could not wait to try it. I love asparagus with pepper, garlic, and lemon so this was right up my alley.

The seasoning mix comes three to a package and has enough spice blend to flavor a couple of pounds of vegetables. The second time I used the seasoning blend I only used half of a package

T.he instructions are easy and preparation is quick. Simply toss your washed and prepped vegetables in oil and melted butter, sprinkle on the seasoning, and lay on a baking sheet. It almost took longer for my oven to warm up than it did to have the asparagus ready.

Cook time is from ten to fifteen minutes and you have some beautifully roasted asparagus.

The flavor though is only ok. There is not much citrus flavor for a product labeled “Citrus Pepper”. It is more like “Pepper and some Garlic”. I don’t want to sound like this is a bad product, more like it needs to be relabeled. The flavor of the seasoning is good, but not what I was hoping for.

My suggestion would be to use a good roasted garlic seasoning, some fresh cracked pepper, and then hit the asparagus with some lemon juice after you roast the asparagus. It will be what you are looking for.

I would not recommend the Urban Accents Veggie Roasters – Citrus Pepper Seasoning Blend.