Archive for the ‘Friday Fun’ Category

Friday Fun: 3rd Annual Tailgate Cook-off Recipe Submission!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Today is the last day and we want to see what you’ve got! Are you the known as the best cook in your group of friends? Are you a die-hard football fan? Do you have a signature tailgate recipe you want to show off? Sauce Piquante, sliders, bacon-wrapped whatever, or something so over the top that we’ve never even heard of it?!  Do you want to impress the Tony’s team with your culinary expertise, or maybe just a chance to party and win some cool prizes? Well, this is your chance to do just that! Enter the competition today! We will assess the recipes and voting for the general public will begin on August 27th. Keep up with us on our blog, facebook, and CSS-Sports for the most up to date information on the contest!

The winning combination from our 1st annual cook-off!

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winner will receive access to a private cooking trailer for winner and 25 friends courtesy of Tony Chachere’s. Grand prize winner also receives a brand new cooking grill as well as a $200.00 supply of Tony Chachere’s products and the opportunity to appear in the cook-off feature!

2nd Prize

Second place winner receives a 5-quart Viking Stand Mixer as well as $250 worth of Tony Chachere’s product and the opportunity to appear in the cook-off feature.

3rd Prize

Third Prize Winner receives $150.00 worth of Tony Chachere’s product as well as the chance to appear in the cook-off feature.

7 Seafood Recipes for the 7 Fridays of Lent!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We’ve compiled a list of our 7 favorite Tony Chachere’s seafood recipes for the 7 Fridays of Lent:

1.) Crawfish Etouffee – of course this simple and classic Cajun dish is number one on our list. Full of flavor, onions, and bell peppers! This dish should be served over a bed of steaming rice. Also delicious served with our Cajun Crawfish Cornbread !

Crawfish Etouffee - One of Louisianas signature dishes.

 

2.) Seafood and Crab Bisque – this dish is a Tony’s classic that we prepare often for holiday parties, demos, etc. It’s always a crowd pleaser and perfect for these first couple of weeks of Lent while we still have cooler weather.

Made with Tony Chacheres White Gravy Mix and Original Seasoning.

 

3.) Crawfish Stew Emile – A dark roux stew with the same ingredients as our crawfish etouffee. Change it up a bit by replacing the crawfish with shrimp and adding a little shrimp stock.

Crawfish Stew Emile

 

4.) Shrimp and Crawfish Fettuccine – A southern twist on Fettucine Alfredo, creamy and delicious, and packed with an array of seasonings! This is one dish that doesn’t hold back!

Shrimp and Crawfish Fettucine

 

5.) Broccoli and Shrimp Skillet Rice -Made with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and 1 (7 oz.) package Tony Chachere’s Butter and Herb Rice.

Broccoli and Shrimp Skillet Rice-- Ready in 25 minutes!

 

6.) Shrimp and Corn Soup – Much lighter than our seafood and crab bisque, but still packed full of flavor! Made with our  Creole Seasoning!

Shrimp and Corn Soup is made with our Creole Seasoning and includes: onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery.

 

7.) Last but not least, our Cream of Crab Soup – This is such a creamy and delicious soup you can’t help but want seconds. The Tony’s seasoning along with the onions and parsley give it great flavor!

If you like crab meat, you will love crab meat soup!

 

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“Capitaine, capitaine voyage ton flag!”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Mardi Gras weekend is finally here! As you may already know, the celebrations began on the Epiphany and have culminated into a last celebration before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.  Of course everyone is familiar with the urban Mardi Gras traditions of parades, beads, and King Cake. But many of you, our dear Tony Chachere’s fans from all over the world, may not actually know the true Mardi Gras traditions of Southern Louisiana (unless, of course, you are from here).

Parades.

Beads.

King Cake

The Courir de Mardi Gras, literally meaning Fat Tuesday Run, is a rural Mardi Gras event held in many Cajun communities all over south Louisiana. This particular celebration is based upon early begging rituals, specifically the fête de la quémande (“feast of begging”) of Medieval France. During Courir, participants dress in elaborate and anonymous costumes to eat and drink heavily, and roam the countryside visiting households to perform and beg for offerings for the evening’s gumbo. The disguised revelers typically take on a role or character they wish to play, usually to make fun of themselves or social conventions.  The disguises also serve to protect their identities and consists of screen masks, capuchons, and fringe costumes. The most notable character, Le Capitaine, rides on horseback  wearing a cape and waving a flag to lead the mardi gras on the route. He and his co-capitaines explain the rules and traditions that must be followed and are to approach the homes along the route to ask permission to enter the property. Traditions vary in each community, some more strict than others prohibiting women from running, and with variation in transportation between horseback, trailers, and foot. Once on the property, in true Mardi Gras spirit, the revelers sing and dance and play pranks while trying to avoid, or many times provoke, being whipped by the capitaine.

La Danse de Mardi Gras  also varies with each town. This song is sung at each house along the route while dancing and begging for ingredients for the gumbo.  Here are a couple of my favorite versions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2B1DlaE1AU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr_HcNzNBXg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkeItBFsnXo

Personally, I grew up following my dad on the Courir, watching as the riders came through town after their run. Since he typically ran Church Point or Mamou, my participation was limited to the gumbo and street dance at the end of the day.  So this year will be my second year actually participating in the Courir de Mardi Gras, specifically Faquetigue (a very traditional run held in Savoy, La by musicians and friends).  Stay tuned for pictures after Tuesday!

Faquetigue, Savoy, La

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Stay Safe!

Friday Fun: Le Feu et l’Eau / Christmas Events in Acadiana

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This weekend there are several cultural and Christmas events happening in Acadiana that you won’t want to miss! The 7th Annual Fire and Water (Le Feu et l’Eau) Festival is taking place in Arnaudville on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. It is a completely FREE event featuring Music, Demonstrations, and Workshops!

Courtesy of Lafayette Travel: Noel Acadien au Village

Also happening in St. Landry Parish this weekend are Christmas at Coteau Dec. 2-3 and Coteau Christmas Parade Dec. 4th:
“Fri-Preview party where many area’s best restaurants serve delicious cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. The evening also includes an exciting Live Auction featuring variety of merchandise. Sat-shopping at the Holiday Market and enjoying good food and the company of good friends at the Gourment Luncheon. Lunch will be served by Sacred Heart.”

Other events in the Acadiana Area:

Noel Acadien au Village (Acadian Village, Lafayette)

“Jingle and Mingle’  (Sunset, La)

The Lighting of the Village: (Le Vieux Village, Opelousas)