I really love getting food packages in the mail. No, that’s a lie; I love getting any packages in the mail!
But I do like getting food in the mail. And we’ve all gotten those mass-produced, more box than treats holiday extravaganza of mediocre food that the mailman brings. Terrapin Ridge Farms, my friend, is not about mediocrity.
I received a nice box from Terrapin Ridge, and my first thought was, “Oh, that looks nice. Another food box.” I was not prepared for the absolutely wonderful selection of tasty goodness that was awaiting me! From the Beet Horseradish Mustard to the Ginger Miso Honey Dressing, the flavors were sophisticated well balanced, and delicious!
Where do I begin? I first tried the Peach Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip and the Beet Horseradish Mustard on some crackers. I happen to like beets and horseradish and this was a great blend of sweet beets and spicy horseradish, with a little tang. Even if you don’t think you will like this, try it. It is good, so this one was an instant winner.
The same goes for the Peach Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip. We are not peach fans in our house. There is a running joke at our house “I bought you a peach flavored _________.” But this was peachy in a good way. It had the sweetness of the peaches, but was complemented by the mustard for a great dipping sauce. This would be a great dip for chicken, too.
Next, we tried the Roasted Garlic and Poblano Salsa. We ate it with chips, and made some Guacamole using the salsa instead of chopped tomatoes, onion and chili. It was very good, with pieces of garlic, corn, beans and other veggies. The salsa was not too hot, but definitely had a bit of a spicy kick to it.
The Ginger Miso Honey Dressing was to die for. It was the perfect balance of tangy, sweet and savory that was perfect on my salad. I am saving the Tart Cherry Apple Rosemary Glaze for some entertaining, but it is well balanced and not over-seasoned.
One of the points I really liked about the Terrapin Ridge Farms website is that they have an extensive list of recipes to use their products. This is good because many are an ingredient in the sense that you don’t enjoy them completely alone. Dips need crackers or chips or veggies, dressings need a salad, and so on. But Terrapin Ridge Farms has dozens of recipes to provide inspiration for using their products. They even have a recipe for Guacamole using their Salsa!
Honestly, all of Terrapin Ridge Farms’ products sound wonderful. So you may ask yourself, “How do I choose? Where do I start?” Luckily for you, Mary and Brian have put together some great collections that are worthy of gift-giving, yet affordable to include a couple for yourself. I have my eye on a couple of Terrapin Ridge Farms collections right now…