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Cajun Seasoning- Thursday, June 5, 2014

Southern Flavors in Your Kitchen

A well-stocked spice cabinet is the envy of every cook. The skillful use of herbs and spices brings a whole new dimension to favorite dishes. Cajun seasoning is a mixture of herbs and spices that are valued in traditional French-influenced Southern cooking. These spices add a signature zing that helps your dishes stand out from the crowd.

All the Flavors of the South

Cajun food is an all-American culinary tradition that combines French cooking techniques with native Southern ingredients. It has a flavor profile that is earthy, bold, savory, and spicy. Many different herbs and flavorings are used in Cajun cooking. Some of the most popular and widely used include:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black and white pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • Parsley
  • Filé (dried ground sassafrass leaf)

The precise combination of herbs used in each dish is a carefully guarded secret unique to each Cajun cook. Selecting fresh herbs and combining them together is an art all its own.

Traditional Cajun Flavors Made Simple

Seasoning blends let cooks everywhere try Cajun-style cooking for themselves without the hassle of sourcing each and every ingredient. Cajun seasoning blends are carefully created to give a balance of flavors that allows the meal be the focus, not the spice. When combined with fresh, flavorful ingredients the savory spice of the blend will bring everything together. A unique and unforgettable dish is the result.

A little bottle of seasoning has plenty of flavor for soup, stew, gumbo, stir-fry, casserole, and pilaf dishes. Cooks can also use the blend as a rub for meat and seafood or as the basis of a custom marinade. Oil, vinegar, and a dash of Cajun spices will create a simple marinade that tastes anything but.

Plain dishes become exciting and a world of taste experiences open up with the help of carefully crafted Cajun seasoning blends. Just a dash makes a weekday meal transform into an exotic culinary experience worth savoring. Bring the excitement of Southern cooking into your kitchen today.

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Liven Up Your Diet With Cajun Spices - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eating wholesome foods is important to a lot of people, but many suffer under the misconception that taste must be sacrificed in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is simply not true, as adding a few spices to your cooking regimen can help you create dishes that are both delicious and good for you. If you are a health nut looking to add a new spin to your tried-and-true diet staples, read on for a few tips on how to incorporate Cajun spices into your routine.

1. On Fish

Many health-conscious individuals love to build meals around fish because it is a high-quality protein packed with important vitamins and minerals. However, there are a lot of people who simply steam their fish, which can leave it tasting a little bland. A great way to breathe new life into a basic fish recipe is to coat the meat with coconut oil and Cajun blackening seasoning, and then cook it over high heat in a cast iron pan or on the grill. The resulting taste will quickly make your fish days the highlight of the week.

2. In Homemade Salad Dressing

Preparing a delicious salad at home may seem daunting, but this task is a lot easier when you are armed with the right seasonings. The next time you’re fixing a plate of fresh greens, try topping it with the great taste of Cajun spices by mixing the blend into your favorite vinaigrette or honey mustard dressing. This simple step can help you transform a plain plate of vegetables into a mouth-watering meal.

3. In Party Snacks

Diets are put to the ultimate test when it’s time to host a party, so remove the temptation to binge on unhealthy snacks by setting out treats that are heavy on taste, not calories. Try sprinkling some seasoning over some freshly made popcorn, or cook red beans with Cajun spices to make a veggie dip. By incorporating spice blends into your guests’ snacks, you can serve treats that everyone will love but won’t tempt you to break your diet.

If you are looking for ways to add variety to your diet foods, check out the variety of spice mixes we offer here at Colonel De. They are a great way to revitalize your dishes and keep you on a healthy path.

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Chili Powder | Winter Dinners- Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chili powder is used in everything from dry rubs, to your mom's famous pot of homemade chili. A robust seasoning made from ground, dried hot chile peppers (often ancho or cayenne chiles). Chili powder may also contain oregano cumin salt and sometimes garlic. Medium to very hot varieties can be found at Colonel De.

Little know facts about the chili peppers

1) Chilies were brought to Asia by Portuguese navigators during the 16th century.
2)The substances that give chili peppers their intensity are capsaicin and several related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids. (Capsaicin is also the primary component in pepper spray.)
3)Fresh or dried chilies are often used to make most hot sauces found on store shelves.
4) Found in a wide variety of cultures, from Indian to Asia, this powder is commonly found in most kitchens around the world.
5) Depending on the heat, and types of peppers used, chili powder has been found to: Curb Appetite, Increase heart health, and an aphrodisiac.

Below is a take on local favorite, Cincinnati chili. Enjoy!
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cincinnati-chili

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Welcome To The Jungle- Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Colonel De is proud to be featured right inside the front door at the new Jungle Jim’s store in Eastgate. Jungle Jim’s is a place where you can find everything under the sun, and then some. From the exotic to the sublime; from the grains of paradise to all of the salts of the earth; Colonel De’s huge selection, their unique blends, their friendly service and knowledgeable staff, are a great addition to Jungle Jim’s.

Come out to the new store. Get advice for your next meal, or the perfect blend of tea. Sample a new taste, or come in for a fresh selection of all of your family’s favorites. Colonel De; Findlay Market’s favorite, now in the new Jungle Jim’s!

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Interview with Sheila Gray on Channel 19- Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Radio Appearance by Colonel De
Thursday, May 10, 2012
7:45am

Topic: The Colonel’s Digital Cookbook

Channel 19

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