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Jazzin' Up Food With Sizzle & Swing Herbal Seasonings

Erin Dickins's Sizzle & Swing Seasoning Line

Seasoning mixes are so convenient. They’re pre-mixed to save time when preparing a meal in a commercial or home kitchen. But there’s a downside to the convenience - SALT. If you take the time to read the ingredient list of most seasoning mixes on the market these days, you’ll find that table salt is often the first, second or third ingredient. Many people try to restrict their salt intake which takes salt-laden seasonings off the table as flavor-adding options. And, unfortunately for the consumer, salt being an inexpensive ingredient is usually not reflected in the price of most pre-mixed seasonings.

Enter Sizzle & Swing Gourmet Seasoning Mixes, the brainchild of Erin Dickins, co-founder of the musical group, Manhattan Transfer. Her creative talents espoused both music and food from early on in life. She studied at the New York Restaurant School and opened a restaurant Called “Possible 20” in Manhattan in the late 70s, the name being derived from the 20 world-class NYC recording artists involved in the eatery. Being sensitive to the plight of needy Americans, Dickins combines her passions for food and music by offering cooking classes, demonstrations, concerts and benefits to raise awareness about hunger in America. She works with and benefits local charities - engaging communities to address hunger on a local level.

Dickins has been jazzin’ up food with her seasoning mixes since 2014. The line has12 flavors in all, with the newest additions being Sailors’ Blend and The Tzatziki. All mixes are ideal for adding flavor to brines, marinades, rubs or simply sprinkled on top of whatever you’re eating, like to top off soup, to flavor oil for bread dipping or in dips for fresh veggies. Here’s a rundown of the offerings:

  • Sailors’ Blend - NEW!: Seasoning for any savory dish. Contains thyme, rosemary, pepper, chili, lemon, sea salt, & spices. Use like you would salt & pepper on any type of meal.
  • The Tzatziki - NEW!: Greek inspired seasoning of oregano, mint, garlic, onion, sea salt & spices. Use on grilled meats, lamb, chicken, salads, tabouli and seafood.
  • Meyer Lemon & Basil Seasoning: Domestic and imported basil leaves, Meyer lemon and sea salt enhance omelettes, pasta sauces, seafood, chicken, sandwiches and salads.
  • Tuscan Seasoning: Rosemary, sage leaves, thyme, garlic, sea salt & spices add sizzle to grilled fish and meats, chicken, veggies, beans, soup or risotto.
  • Dill & Tangerine Seasoning: A mix of tangerine and citrus zest with dill and sea salt brings life to eggs, fish, soups, salads, and spreads.
  • Chili, Lime & Cilantro Seasoning: Cilantro, lime zest, green chili, sea salt and spices are ideal as a rub for beef, pork or chicken, to season fish, ceviche, stews, beans, tacos - you name it.
  • Amazing Glaze Seasoning: A mix of ginger, mustard, cloves, onion, honey powder & spices for use on ham, as a rub for meats, as a sweet gravy in combination with fruit juice and creme brûlée.
  • Poultry Perfection Seasoning: Thyme, sage, onion, sea salt & spices season poultry for brining, grilling and in stuffing.
  • Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Seasoning: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, spices jazz up pies, fruit crisps, bread pudding and other sweets.
  • Beyond the Sea: Chervil, tarragon, chives, onion, spices & sea salt are perfect for seafood, shellfish, soups, salads and chicken.
  • Ragin’ Cajun: Cayenne, paprika, thyme, garlic, onion, spices & sea salt get your gumbo, crawfish, ribs, chile, stews, fried foods and anything else rockin’ & rollin’.
  • Herbes De Provence: The most traditional French seasoning - lavender, hyssop, marjoram, oregano, thyme, spices & sea salt - works on roasted meats, seafood, soups, salads and just about any meal.

Sizzle & Swing is available for sale in 1 oz and 4 oz tins on the company’s website: https://www.sizzleandswing.net/seasonings. There is also a “Best Seller Combo” if you want to purchase in bulk at a discount. Seasonings are also available in foodservice packaging - inquire through the web site for pricing.

We tested two seasoning mixes on fried chicken. One batch of chicken legs were coated with Tuscan Herbal Seasoning and the other with Ragin’ Cajun for approximately 20-30 minutes prior to dredging in flour, egg wash and then bread crumbs. Both mixes provided robust flavor to the crispy coating as well as to the underlying meat. The Tuscan Seasoning imparted a rich, savory flavor while the Ragin’ Cajun offered a well-rounded balance between savory and hearty spiciness.

Next we braised beef with the Tuscan Herbal Seasoning and roasted fingerling potatoes and carrots tossed with Herbes De Provence and olive oil. The Tuscan blend was robust enough to stand up to the red meat without being overshadowed. The au jus from braising offered ample flavors of garlic, onion and other spices for drizzling over the plated beef.

The Herbes De Provence offered a bright flavor with notes of lavender, marjoram and oregano enhancing the tender root vegetables.

Lastly, we tested the Tzatziki seasoning mix on grilled chicken and in a yogurt dip for falafel. The chicken breasts were dusted with Tzatziki seasoning and grilled. The falafel (ground chickpea croquettes) was fried and served alongside the Tzatziki dipping sauce which added a fresh, vibrant flavor to complement the flavors of the chicken and falafel.

The Sizzle and Swing seasoning mixes are the most “fresh” dried spices we’ve used in a long time. They offer straight-up, authentic flavors without bogging your ingredients down with standard table salt. The only salt used in the Sizzle & Swing seasoning mixes is high quality sea salt and it is usually one of the last ingredients listed. At the writing of this review, we had yet to test the Tangerine & Dill Herbal Seasoning and the Chili Lime & Cilantro Seasoning. If they deliver the quality and flavorful results that the other seasoning mixes did (which we suspect they will), we’re in for more tasty dishes.

All seasoning mixes have a shelf life of 2+ years.

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