Cajun Stir Fry Recipe – Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Cajun Stir Fry (9) (Large)This may be the easiest MasterChomp dish to date, but it’s also one of the tastiest. Kielbasa may seem out of place here, and I realize that Andouille sausage is the more authentic option, but in my experience the Kielbasa has just the right flavor and texture for this dish. Certainly feel free to substitute Andouille if you prefer. Basically, this is just a quick and delicious weeknight meal that usually yields enough for lunch the next day as well.

I also do a version of this dish with shrimp and sausage. If you’d like to add shrimp, basically just coat them in olive oil and Cajun seasoning and then toss them into the stir fry in the last two minutes of cooking.

Cajun Stir Fry – What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 box Zatarain’s® Red Beans & Rice or Black Beans & Rice
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • 2 green bell peppers or large poblano peppers
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Cajun Stir Fry – What You’ll Need to Do:

Prepare the box of Zatarain’s as directed. This will take about a half hour to cook, so be sure to start it before preparing the stir fry.

Cut the kielbasa sausage into bite-size pieces. Roughly dice the onion and peppers into similar sized pieces. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat and add two tablespoons olive oil. Then add the cut-up Kielbasa and stir until it starts to brown.

Then add the onion and peppers and stir fry until the onion is translucent and the peppers have softened and started to brown.

Spoon a generous amount of the Zatarain’s onto a plate or large bowl and then top with the stir fry. Serve with hot sauce to taste.

Cajun Stir Fry (8) (Large)

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The Seducer – Fruity Rum Cocktail Recipe

This is a sweet and fruity rum cocktail that really packs a punch. Great for brunch and happy hour alike, The Seducer will transport you to the Tropics with just one sip. Note: This recipe works best if the liquors are stored in the freezer prior to pouring.

The Seducer – What You’ll Need (per drink):

  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz coconut rum
  • 3/4 oz pineapple rum or vodka
  • 3/4 oz vanilla rum or vodka
  • 3/4 oz dark rum
  • 2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • Maraschino cherries, lime, orange or clementine for garnish

Seducer ingredients

The Seducer – What You’ll Need to Do:

Fill an old fashioned glass or stemless wine glass 2/3 of the way with crushed ice. Add the liquors and pineapple juice to the glass and stir it up well. Float the cherry juice on top by pouring it gently with a spoon. The cherry juice will slowly sink to the bottom and give the drink a sunrise appearance. Add the garnishes gently. Serve with a swizzle stick and enjoy!

The Seducer Rum Cocktail

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Vermont Nut Free Chocolates Review

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates Halloween Selection Sampler

I am happy to support a gourmet chocolate manufacturer that specializes in nut free products. Having a brother with a life-threatening nut allergy has taught me that many food items, while not officially containing nuts, are often manufactured in a facility that processes nuts in other goods. This means that anyone with a deadly allergy cannot enjoy any products made in that environment due to the extreme risk that a nut allergy entails. I find it commendable that a company has dedicated itself to ensuring delicious, nut free treats to an ever-increasing population of people with peanut and tree nut allergies.

This Halloween assortment that I’m reviewing is a sampler pack containing both nut free milk chocolate and dark chocolate in fun and festive Halloween shapes, such as bats, ghosts, tombstones, and pumpkins. The Pumpkin Treat Box (pictured top right) would be a great Halloween gift or party favor for someone with a sensitivity or allergy to nuts, or even for someone who just loves chocolate! I also received two Halloween Pops, which would make great gifts for school functions or parties. The Halloween miniatures (available in milk or dark chocolate) (7 oz. package) would be perfect for trick-or-treaters who may require nut free goodies.

The milk chocolate has a mild and creamy chocolate taste without being too rich. The dark chocolate has a deep, intense chocolate flavor with none of the bitterness that some dark chocolates exhibit. I personally enjoyed the dark chocolate pieces more, but I’m more of a dark chocolate fan in general. For both varieties, the taste was not as decadent as some other high-end chocolate brands such as Ghirardelli, but I would say that they are certainly on par with Hershey’s in terms of chocolaty-ness, flavor, and texture. Overall, I would definitely recommend these chocolates to not only those who have nut allergies, but to all chocolate lovers.

I even made fluffernutter s’mores with the milk and dark chocolate tombstone candies, and they were frighteningly delicious!

How to Order

The sampler that I reviewed contained all solid chocolate candies. However, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has a multitude of delectable treats in their catalog including truffles, creams, caramels, and fudge. I encourage you to check out their selection at www.vermontnutfree.com

As far as shipping is concerned, the chocolates arrived via USPS in an insulated package containing an ice pack. The chocolates were fully intact and solid on arrival. I did not see any indication that the chocolates had started to melt at one point and then re-solidified. Just try not to let the package sit in the hot sun on your doorstep for very long. The ice pack was completely melted shortly after I took delivery.

Contact

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
10 Island Circle
Grand Isle, VT 05458

Order at www.vermontnutfree.com or call (888) 468-8373

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