Brian Coughlin and Mary O'Donnell have not only been friends for 22 years, but now they are co-owners of a business. they had frequently discussed partnering in the gourmet food industry and in 2010 they made that dream a reality when they purchased the Terrapin Ridge Farm brand. The company has a reputation for unique flavors and innovation and continues to tempt the taste buds of consumers.
Terrapin Ridge Farms has an amazingly diverse and large selection designed to tempt the taste buds of a wide variety of consumers. Salsas, dips, marinades, dressings, gift baskets, snacks and more can be found in the web store. If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, don't pick up a prepackaged big box store standard, grab a gourmet gift from Terrapin Ridge Farms and be the holiday hero.
I received a diverse package in the mail to review and my husbands chef heart went pitter patter when I let him open the box, he always gets giddy when we get unique food items.
Ginger Honey Miso Dressing: This unique dressing is made with young ginger, sweet carrot, honey and rich white miso combined. I honestly don't think that I would like this as a "dressing" but my husband cooked up a fabulous dish with bias cut chicken, rice, peppers and onions and used this in it and it was to die for. Definitely a great addition for a unique flavoring in cooked dishes. RV $7.00
Tart Cherry, Apple & Rosemary Glaze: This is exactly what the description says. So simple even I could use it and I did! I love cooking with ingredients that are so easy, yet produce a meal that tastes gourmet. I had small pork loin I picked up at the grocery store. I put it in a roasting pan over some fresh carrots and potatoes. Grabbed my basting brush and "painted" a generous coat over everything in the pan. To keep everything moist and add extra flavor I repeated the basting process maybe 3 times during cooking. The pork came out divine, juicy with a little bit of "bite" from the tart cherry, but the apple and rosemary were perfect counterfoils. $8.00
Roasted Garlic & Poblano Salsa: Made with roasted garlic, poblano peppers, tomatoes, spices and corn and black beans for texture. I'm not a chunky salsa fan, but at the rate which my father finished this off, I'd say it was a hit. Not a man of many words, he said it "was really good" $7.70
Sweet Beet & Horseradish Mustard: An interesting combo of beets, horseradish and whole grain mustard. In all honesty, not ingredients I normally enjoy let alone consider combining. We opened it up and I took a sniff. I expected that strong horseradish tang but was surprised by the sweet scent combo. Hubs has eaten through a loaf of bread and about a pound of roast beef, slathering this on sandwiches. I think he approves. $6.70
Sweet Heat Salsa: Fruit and honey harmonizing with tomatoes, peppers, onions and spices to bring you a unique salsa. Like I said, not a big fan of chopped tomato chunks but this has enough of other items that I was overwhelmed with them. We served it over grilled chicken breasts. At first you taste the chicken combined with a sweetish fruity taste then a second later the spice kicks in--not watering eyes spice, just a little kick! This will be a favorite for summer grilling in our house. $7.70
Peach Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip: peaches and honey, the name says it all. Or does it? Because OH EMM GEE. This just may be the best honey mustard dip I have ever tasted. According to the website there are recipes to try with it, but I haven't gotten past dunking crispy pita chips in it long enough to check them out. Sweet, without the super strong mustard aftertaste many Honey Mustard dip have. 5 stars on this baby. $7.30
Sea Salt Pita Chips: cooked in a unique kettle process which gives them a better texture & crunch, not to mention more flavor than the traditional twice baked chip. Topped with sea salt. I like the nice thick texture, they don't crumble into a bazillion pieces. I'm sure they'd be great on their own, but I've been too busy dunking them in the Peach Honey Mustard Dip. $4.70
Cinnamon & Sugar Pita Chips: Made with the same unique kettle process as above, these mutligrain pita chips are dusted with sugar and cinnamon. You could use them to scoop ice cream (how fun for kids!) or all alone as a way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. $4.70
Over all I would say that Terrapin Ridge Farms definitely deserves a 5 Star rating in the gourmet department. Everything is unique yet very tasty. If you are looking for a great gift idea for the foodie in your life you should definitely consider a gift basket or even just a few mixed items for your holiday gifting needs. Right now I have to convince someone that I NEED that Creamy Garlic Pretzel dip and perhaps a Hot Pickled Pepper Burger Topper (I accept early birthday gifts!)
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