Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Creamy Cajun Turkey Pasta

It's been another warm winter, as we Cajuns are used to. Although we'd love to serve more gumbos and soups, it's just been too hot! As a matter of fact, while the rest of the country is seeing dips in their temperatures down in the 30's and below, we had near 80's today in southern Louisiana!

Seems like I've been more on a pasta kick than anything; which is wierd because we are usually more of a meat, rice, and potato kind of family. The freezers are packed full in our house, so it doesn't seem fitting for me to stock up on more food when I visit the grocery store. Instead, I decided to defrost another package of turkey from the holidays. But I wanted something different, you know. Something with a sauce. And this is what came out of it...

Using ingredients I already had on hand, here's what you'll need:

1 stick of butter or margarine
2 cups turkey, shredded or cubed
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 lb. spaghetti noodles
Salt to taste


In a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat, melt butter. Slowly add flour, whisking until completely mixed and you notice a light brown color.

This is the color you'll be aiming for. Don't worry. The cream will lighten the sauce up in the end.

Add garlic and 1 tbspn. of Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning. Stir. Add chicken stock. Stir. Add peas. Stir.
After all that stirring, I promise it will be worth it!

Cook for approximately 5 minutes to allow the peas to thaw. During this time, I prepare my turkey.

Using my fingers, I simply pull apart the turkey into bite-size pieces. Feel free to cut your turkey in cubes or shred yours further.

Add turkey to the sauce, stirring until thoroughly heated about 10-15 minutes. Stir in cream and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Add remaining Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning. Salt to taste. Remove from fire and add about half of the green onions and stir.

Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Serve the cream sauce over the pasta. Using the remaining green onions and parmesan cheese, garnish the plates. Your dish will look and taste amazingly delicious! See for yourself!

We hope you will enjoy this Creamy Cajun Turkey Pasta as much as we did! Feel free to also substitute different ingredients that you may already have on hand, except for Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning! This is where your flavor is at! Trust me when I tell you, you'll Get Hooked On It!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

'Like & Share' Photo Contest! Spicy Prizes & $$$!

Mr. Pete is hosting a 'Like & Share' Photo Contest on his facebook page now! Simply visit, like the page, like the photo, and share with your family and friends to win these fabulous prizes pictured below!

That's not all! Mr. Pete is also giving the lucky winner a $50.00 Visa gift card! So Go! Share our great flavors with others! Win! Get Hooked On It!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How many layers will you incorporate?

When I was younger, my mother always served several different appetizers on game days. She would spend the morning in the kitchen making one main course and literally 10 delicious finger foods for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. This is one appetizer I always seemed to enjoy when watching the ball games, and just had to have her recipe. So after speaking to her, I learned she wasn't the only person who made this 'layered dip', but it was actually served in many varieties all over the globe. Although disappointed to learn that it wasn't original (I didn't spend much time in the kitchen, if ever, in my younger years), I decided to make it for my family. 

I have altered this recipe numerous times to not only experiment and serve our favorite flavors, but to accomodate others who may not care for certain ingredients. My mother referred to this dish as a 7-layer dip. During the Superbowl, you'll find 3 different plates of layered dips and several chip options for all to enjoy! However, they aren't all 7-layers. ;) Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of each variation. Still, I will provide you with alternate ideas and update you when the big day arrives... this year in our native state at the New Orleans Superdome!

So, here's what we started with. The first layer is 1- 16oz. can of refried beans. You can use whichever brand you'd like. I use this particular ingredient at the bottom, since it adds firmness to dip the chips.

The next layers consist of 12oz. of Nacho Cheese Sauce and 1 cup Mayonnaise. Spread the ingredients one at a time evenly over the top of the refried beans as shown below.

Next, I sprinkled 1 tspn. Taco seasoning and 1 tspn. Lemon juice for an extra bite.

Finally, add 1/2 tspn. Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning for extra flavor and 1/4 cup diced green onions for a bit of color and texture to achieve your 7-layer dip. Serve with your favorite potato chips!

Additional Ingredient options:
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese of any kind
Red & Green Bellpeppers
Cream Cheese

The options are endless; and there's no rulebook that says you can't have them all! Create your own and call it a Fiesta Dip, a Mexican Dip, a Taco Dip, or whatever you'd like! So, how many layers will you incorporate?

FYI: This year we'll be serving a NEW layered dip at our Superbowl Party! I can't wait to share with you that recipe! There will be no need to wash dishes! Your guests will be licking the plate!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mr. Pete's 'Signature' Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry

Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry, the very first of his products to hit the store shelves, a recipe that is extremely versatile and unlike any other, a restuarant's favorite "go to" batter! That's why we have dubbed it our 'Signature' product.

There are many different blends of batters available on store shelves, some well-known, others maybe not so much. But did you know that majority of those blends are pretty much all the same thing? A mixture of flour and additives. Some do contain seasoning, and loads of it; as well as too much salt.

Well, here's what you get with Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1.3 tbsp (9g)
Amounts based on each serving
Calories 30 (Calories from Fat 0)
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 170mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Sugars 0g
Protein <1g

Ingredients: Corn Flour, Corn Meal, Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic, Black Pepper, Monosodium Glutamate, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Natural Lemon Flavoring, Onion, Sugar, Silica (to prevent caking)

Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry contains just the right amount of seasoning to give your foods the kick it needs; but not too powerful that you can't enjoy your meal. I say "foods", because this product can be used for more than just fish. Although it has been labeled 'Fish Fry', this product can be used for any type of meat or vegetable, and maintains the same results each and every time! Here's just a few meals we used our 'Signature' Fish Fry on.

Fried Onion Rings

Fried Softshell Shrimp & Fried Potatoes

Fried Pork Chops

Fried Mushrooms

Fried Chicken Drummettes

Not only can Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry be used for whatever meat or veggie you like to apply batter to; but this wonderful product can also be used for baking! Check out the crispy crust!

Baked Pork Chops
But that's not all! You will never need an egg or milk wash to adhere the batter to your foods! Simply visit our webstore to purchase Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry; and follow the steps below to prepare your favorite fried foods!

Step 1: Soak your chosen foods in water.

Step 2: Press batter firmly into your chosen foods.

Dust off any excess batter.



Step 3: Fry your meat or veggies in 350 degree oil until golden brown.

If you are baking your meat or veggie to achieve a crispy flavorful crust, simply spray butter on top of batter to moisten it, pop into a 350 degree oven, and bake. Times will vary depending on your cut of meat or type of veggie.

Did you notice? This particular batter is also one of the lowest sodium batters on store shelves! Not only is this recipe one of the best on the market for those who suffer with heart disease, but it's a better choice for diabetics too with no added sugar! Best of all, the flavor combinations provide your foods with just the right heat and spice to accentuate the taste of your food, instead of overpowering them.

Now, if that still doesn't entice you, maybe this will.
Turn Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry into a wet Beer Batter! Get the recipe here!

Here are just a few more reasons you should definitely try this fabulous blend Mr. Pete has created!

Christine, FoodThoughtsOfAChefWannabe, says, "DO NOT go another day without it!" Check out her review here>>> http://www.foodthoughtsofachefwannabe.com/2012/02/mr-petes-cajun-spices-do-not-go-another.html 

Krista, Everyday Mom's Meals, shares, "This was something we could all enjoy b/c it combined our favorite things about our regular fish. [Some] got the kick they enjoy from the Cajun Seasoning and I got a crispy, golden battered coating. This batter was different than any I've ever used before..."

One bite, wait for it... wait for it... you'll Get Hooked On It!!! So if you haven't decided until now that you need Mr. Pete's 'Signature' product in your kitchen, get yours in our kitchen!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Turkey Salad

The holidays have come and gone, and now you're left with a huge mess of wrapping paper, dishes piled high in your sinks, Christmas decorations strung about, and a fridge full of leftovers. At the same time, you are having to return to the work grind. Well, here's an idea!

Grab these ingredients:

1 lb. Leftover Turkey, cooked
1 small onion, diced
1/2 Red Bellpepper, chopped
1/2 Green Bellpepper, chopped
3 tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. Vinegar

Grind up that turkey!

Add some onions and peppers, the remaining ingredients, and stir!

You can serve the turkey salad cold or room temperature, and with crackers or bread. So whether you are cleaning up after guests, picking up your holiday decor, or finishing up a long work day, this quick and easy recipe will have your family satisfied!