Blackened Prawns

We have a new partnership with Gourmet Gary’s Natural Foods.  He has the most amazing beef and seafood, sustainably raised without any hormones, antibiotics, or any GMO's.  To see Gary's introduction, chick here.

Today I used the Prawns.  They are huge, plump and sweet.  You get two, 2 lb frozen sleeves in a box.  I seasoned them with our new Louisiana Blackened Seasoning.  This is a SALT FREE mix hand blended from paprika, garlic, yellow mustard, onion, black pepper, oregano, cumin, cayenne, thyme, bay leaves and celery seed.  It has a touch of heat and is great as a traditional blackening seasoning or as a dry rub.  It has an amazing complex flavor.

I served the Blackened Prawns with a Lemon Risotto.  Amazing flavor combination!

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A light Chianti went beautifully with this dish.

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Lemon Risotto

I wanted to make a side dish that made my Blackened Prawns sing.  What complements Prawns better than a Lemon Risotto!  Creamy, lemony, luscious risotto!

I seasoned this risotto with our Citrus Sea Salt.  This is hand blended from smoked sea salt, ginger, lemon, lime and orange zest, and a hint of black pepper.  It is incredible on green beans, fresh or roasted tomatoes and asparagus.  Also great on fish and chicken.   We love to squeeze a little fresh lemon, lime or orange juice first and then add the salt.

While this dish takes a little time, it is really easy and well worth the effort.

Any ice cold Italian Moscato works great with this dish.

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Introduction to Gourmet Gary

I have had the pleasure of working with Gourmet Gary for the past 4 years.  It is great to work with someone who is as passionate about his products as I am about ours.  Once you taste his meat and seafood, you will see why!   Our partnership is an organic one, as our products are literally made for each other!  I have seen customers come back and just rave over the quality of his products, and after using them for our family, I can certainly see why!  Amazing!  Below is his introduction from his website and you will also find a link to sample these products for you and your family.

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About Me, Gourmet Gary

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Best Burger Ever!

Nothing says summer like grilling burgers!  Juicy, cheesey and flavorful!  This is a mini tutorial on how to make the Best Burgers Ever!

A couple of key points!  1) Buy freshly ground meat from the butchers counter-needs to be 80/20, anything leaner is too dry. You want beef that has been processed as little as possible and that is loosely packed.  Anything in a tube in too tight.  The extra effort is totally worth it!  2) Minimal handling when mixing at home!  3) Indentation. Make a thumb print in the middle of each patty.  This helps cook it evenly.  4) DO NOT press down with spatula!  This makes the juices flow out (bad) and compresses the meat (bad).

These are truly the best burgers that I have made.  As with seasoning any  dish, you can use any spice blend that sounds good.  Same with burgers, your imagination is the limit.  Play with the toppings, buns, condiments and cheeses.  Some ideas to try are:

Brighton’s Burger Blast:

 - Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion.  Basic Condiments

Mark’s Expresso II:

- Blue Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Whole Grain Mustard

Cow Conditioner:

- Swiss and Caramelized Onions, Dijon Mustard 

Kenny’s East Texas Cajun:

- Pepper Jack with Caramelized Onion and Green Peppers, Mustard

Tantalizing Thai:

- Jack Cheese, Fresh Pineapple & Teriyaki Sauce

Pontiac Trail Pig Powder:

- Smoked Gouda, Caramelized Onions & BBQ Sauce

Big Easy Bourbon Molasses:

- Brie, Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Fig Jam

Evening in Tuscany:

- Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Pesto

Fabulous Fajitas:

- Queso Cheese & Salsa

Mix and match the toppings too!  Some fun thoughts:

Assorted Cheeses




Onion Rings


Caramelized Onions

Roasted Red Bell Pepper

Over Easy Egg


Mornay Sauce

Also play with the condiments:

Various Ketchups

Assorted Mustards

Sriracha Sauce



Teriyaki Sauce

Sweet & Sour Sauce


BBQ Sauce

Any iced cold beer works with this dish!

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Super Sun Bowl

A combination of turmeric, ginger, Vietnamese cinnamon, and black pepper, Milford Spice Company's Sun Powder blend makes this salad pop with flavor. As an added bonus, it’s super healthy. It’s also delicious in coffee, yogurt, and shakes, too! 

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Grilled Keego Harbor Kickin' Chicken

Milford Spice’s Keego Harbor Kickin’ Chicken Rub is so flavorfully perfect for grilled chicken!  You’ve got to get some now!

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