Our Favorite Ways to Use… the Italian Blend!

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Happy Wednesday!

A great week deserves a great post, am I right? I wanted to spice things up and spread the love for one of our seasonings,  sharing some of our favorite ways of using our delicious Italian Blend. Shall we get started? Andiamo!

First, of course, we have to talk about pasta. There are sooo many ways to use the Italian blend with pasta. With organic ingredients like basil, oregano and garlic, you’ll be bringing the Mediterranean to your table! Here are a few pasta dishes for inspiration:

  • Homemade, Classic Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Our Recipe)
  • Penne Pasta with Chicken Alfredo
  • Bacon, Broccoli Alfredo Pasta (Check out our recipe, here!)
  • Fancy Macaroni and Cheese (Just add fresh ingredients such as freshly chopped basil, tomatoes, and our Italian Blend!)

Food from the Mediterranean is hearty, warm and delicious. We can’t forget that there are so many other ways to use the Italian Blend! Here are some other inspiring ideas:

If you love the Italian Blend as much as we do, let us know in the comments section below. We enjoy hearing from you and learning all about your love for family, food and fun.

Ciao!

Courtney

Motivation Monday In March

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Happy March!

It’s spring! There is newness in the air, fresh flowers popping out of the ground and warmer weather peaking it’s head out every so often; we’re very grateful! We’ve loved seeing all of the new growth and we’re so ready to share with you some of our thoughts and accomplishments of the new season.

We’re really excited this spring because we’ve recently launched a new seasoning, our Best Friend Blend! It’s a pet-friendly blend that you and your favorite pups can enjoy. If you haven’t heard about it yet, make sure to read all about it on one of our recent blog posts.

We’ve also begun taking new steps as a business and are really diving into building our brand. We hope you’ll stay tuned with us and watch us grow!

It’s been really fantastic to watch our family business grow in size, offerings and in fans and followers. We’ve watched our seasonings become more well-known and love knowing how much all of you enjoy them. There have been so many recipes posted using Seasonest on Instagram alone… what a blessing!

What all have you been accomplishing this spring? Share with us your successes, and even failures (We’ve certainly had plenty of those along our journey.). Your story could be the motivation and encouragement someone needs today!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Recipe: Lemon Fire Caribbean Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

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Can you believe it’s already Friday? It’s amazing how fast time flies! It’s also amazing how tough it can be to get to cooking after a long week. No worries. I’ve got the perfect recipe for your Friday night meal! Check it out:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 mango, chopped
  • scallions, chopped
  • tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Fire Blend
  • pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat broiler. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, scallions, 1 tablespoon of the oil, lime juice and pinch of salt.
  • Rub the pork with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Season with the Lemon Fire Blend.
  • Broil the pork, turning occasionally until cooked through (This should take about 12 to 15 minutes.). Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve the pork with the salsa!

Thanks so much for all of your support. We hope you really enjoy this recipe!

Happy Friday,

Courtney

March’s Seasoning of the Month: The Spicy Blend

Spicy-Seasoning-Blend-Blog-ImageIt’s time to heat up the competition. Our previous months have shown us the gentle and multifaceted, Mild Blend and the sweet and homey flavor of the Soul Food Blend, but now it’s time for something that really sizzles; our Spicy Blend!

Stemming from our Original Blend, this flavorful concoction came from a need for something with a little extra kick. We refer to our little extra kick as a “wallop” of cayenne pepper!

It’s exciting, delicious and full of heat. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that the flavor gets masked, though. Oh no. It’s still got all of the amazing qualities and ingredients of our very special Original Blend. It’s just got a little something extra.

This blend is perfect for fish, chicken, beef… really, anything goes. If you like it by itself, by all means, feel free to eat it that way. Just be careful of the heat.

Happy March!

The Seasonest Family

 

Introducing Our Newest Seasoning: The Best Friend Blend!

We are extremely excited to announce that we have created a whole The-Best-Friend-Blend-Imagenew seasoning blend; the Best Friend Blend! We are even more excited to announce that it is geared towards furry friends everywhere and that dogs in the Seasonest network of family and friends can enjoy great, flavorful food right alongside their owners. This blend is a huge step for our company and our family. Just like our Original blend, this blend is extremely special and sentimental to us. It’s probably the most special blend we’ve created sin ce our very first and we are so happy to be sharing it with you. To give you some more insight into our newest seasoning blend, we’ve answered some big questions surrounding its origins and creation.

(For recipe uses, please scroll to the end of the blog.)

Why is it called the “Best Friend Blend”?

How do you describe a best friend? They are patient, loyal, supportive, present… a constant companion in times of joy and in times of hardship. They are those that are always there for you, appreciate what you do for them and are always ready with a warm welcome. This is how we feel about our furry family members, our dogs, which is why we decided to give our newest blend such a special name.

What exactly inspired the Best Friend Blend?

We’ve recently gone through something that would be any furry family members’ worst nightmare and we miss our little best friend every day. But, out of this sad time of sickness came some inspiration for something really wonderful that we hope gets shared far and wide.

To share our family’s situation a bit more, our dog, Boston, recently passed away from Lymphoma. It was really hard on us. He went through a period of time where he stopped eating and we were really worried about him and just wanted to find a way to get him well-nourished and comfortable. One day while we were cooking in the kitchen, my husband dropped a piece of ground beef on the floor that was seasoned with our Soul Food Blend. To our surprise, Boston ran right up to it and ate it. I can tell you that we felt really relieved to see him so excited about food again and were also curious as to how we could continue to help him enjoy his meals and just keep him eating! Because of this, we decided that we needed to offer a dog-friendly seasoning for all of the best friends out there.

What did the creation/ ideation process look like?

Once we figured out that our furry friend, Boston loved our Soul Food Blend so much, we quickly went online and researched spices and herbs and found the ones that were okay for dogs to eat. Once we had more knowledge on the ingredients, we put together a flavor similar to Soul Food just for him without the additions that dogs shouldn’t ingest. Naturally, we gave it to our other dogs, too. We couldn’t leave out his furry brothers!

What “best friends” do you have at home? What do they think of the blend?

We have two dogs at home right now. One is a Maltese named Doodle and the other is Marley, and he’s a Beagle. They couldn’t be any more different.

Doodle, our more active dog who is rather finicky, began to eat his food more consistently once we shared the Best Friend Blend with him and put it on his food. We were really happy to see that our Maltese took so well to the new mix just as Boston had done not too long ago.

Marley, on the other hand, is an extremely unenthused dog until it comes to mealtime. Once he smells or sees the food, it is like he is a whole other character. Since he has always liked food, we’ve really just seen him become more greedy about it. Beagles have no problem eating, but I can say I think he enjoys his meals more. We only wish he ate it more slowly…

Although they are quite different and have unique approaches to their food, both of our dogs have given the Best Friend Blend two “paws up”!

What ingredients did you mix in the blend?

We don’t want to give away all of our spicy secrets, but we definitely want to ensure the safety of best friends everywhere! Some of the herbs and spices in the blend are organic basil, organic sage, organic garlic, organic savory, organic parsley, organic turmeric and organic thyme. We’ve spared no spice or herb in this blend so as to spoil our favorite furry ones and help them eat better. It’s a really special treat for dogs and their people.

*Please note: All herbs and spices in the Best Friend Blend are dog-friendly and also may provide your dog with some health benefits.

What makes the Best Friend Blend safe and healthy for dogs (and people)?

 Firstly, this blend doesn’t use black pepper, white pepper or cayenne. I’ve encountered people who can’t ingest these spices, so I am really happy to say that we can offer a blend with these considerations in mind. This is the first blend we have that fills that gap!

As for healthy, here is a list of some of our ingredients and how they can be beneficial to both you and your dog’s health!

  • Basil – Electrolytes and vitamins make up this special herb. It is rich in antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, benefitting those who are ill or have inflamed joints.
  • Sage– Sage is known for is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is also known to help with proper functionality of the brain. It’s no wonder that sage and wisdom are terms that go hand in hand (or, paw in paw).
  • Garlic– Yes, contrary to popular belief, this is actually beneficial to your dog! Calcium, zinc, protein and a variety of vitamins all make this one super healthy ingredient. Garlic is beneficial in aiding those who suffer from heart disease and diabetes. Did we also mention it helps with repelling nasty bugs?
  • Savory– This herb is helpful in lowering cholesterol, has anti-fungal properties and is a great source of many important vitamins that are vital to everyone’s health.
  • Parsley– Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, good for getting rid of bad breath… this herb is a great addition to anyone’s diet, especially those whose pups suffer from particularly bad halitosis.
  • Turmeric– this herb helps with inflammation and is high in fiber and vitamins. It also helps speed up metabolism! If your best friend has anemia, cardiovascular problems or arthritis, this herb can be of benefit to them.
  • Thyme– This herb boasts all kinds of vitamins. It also contains iron. It is used for chest and respiratory issues and can be a good source of fiber.

*Before using any herbs or spices, it’s very important to look up how they might react together or how well they may do with medications or food that you or your best friend are already ingesting. Although this blend is already deemed dog and people safe, it is always good and responsible to check up on interactions with other items already in your diet and daily routine! Everyone and everything has a unique body and make-up, after all, and may have different needs when it comes to food, supplement and seasoning intake!

Can cats or other “best friends” have it, too?

Well, from what we’ve found in our research, giving some of these spices and herbs to your cats is a definite no-no. We’re not really sure why cats can’t have them like dogs can, but we really wouldn’t recommend giving it to any other best friends at home aside from your dogs. If your pups are anything like our Beagle, Marley, they will probably appreciate that fact since there will be more left over for them later! Hopefully they take more time to enjoy the savory dish than he does. But, if they don’t, you know where to get more!

Since dogs can have it, does that mean that it is a people-friendly blend as well?

Oh, of course! All of our blends are people-friendly and this blend is no exception. In fact, there are already several dishes upon which I like to use the Best Friend Blend myself. I’ve tested it on all sorts of things. I LOVE okra and I definitely use the blend for when I make it. Other ingredients I like to put it on include sea bass, spinach and broccoli. It seems that this blend pairs really well with vegetables, leafy greens and foods high in protein, which I am all for as I love to prepare and eat healthy food. In my mind, this is an amazing gift for both your furry and non-furry best friends as it is so good for you (Also, being a salt-free option.) and encourages healthy eating!

 When (and where) is the blend going to be available?

 For now, our blend will be offered online. If you are as excited about our new blend as we are, make sure to reach out to us on our website or post below in the comments section of this blog post. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on our Best Friend Blend and where you would like to next see it offered.  http://www.seasonest.com/best-friend-spice-blend/

What does this blend mean to you?

That’s quite the question. For our family, this blend means a lot of things. It’s a way to honor our recent furry family member’s life and to remember something he helped inspired us to create. It is also a way for us to give back to our family and friends, who love our seasonings as well as to those who may not know who we are yet. After having experienced what sickness can do to a dog’s appetite and how that affects your family, we want to help others going through that by providing them with something comforting to both them and their dogs. Of course, this blend is not only for dogs with poor appetites. This is a blend that is a special treat for your dogs and provides them with more flavor and enjoyment to their meals.

Really, though, this blend is like nothing we’ve ever done before. We usually focus on people (Which, of course, is natural for a seasoning-centered business.) and their taste buds, but it doesn’t seem that many have really reached into the realm of flavors for our furry friends. I mean, animals in the wild are used to an array of all kinds of things at their disposal that they can eat and enjoy and that have so many different tastes.  Domesticated animals that mostly live indoors are reliant upon us as their “people parents” for food. They, like any hungry being, of course accept what is put in front of them and that is what they know! But, we wanted to push past this and try something new and it really seems to be working for our own dogs, Doodle and Marley. It most definitely helped Boston in his last few months of illness to regain his appetite. Who wouldn’t want to provide a special treat that also helps their furry best friend in a time of need or suffering, or even just because? We think this blend will provide some really interesting results at home and give all of the “people parents” an opportunity to give back to their dogs. We also hope that the owners try the blend themselves! After all, it is also a people-friendly mix of delicious spices and herbs.

Is there anything you’d like to say to all of the fans, followers, family and friends of Seasonest?

Absolutely!

A special thanks goes out to Karen of “Ottowa Valley Dog Whisperer”. Your research and your knowledge of all things dog-related was extremely helpful to us in creating our blend. We very much appreciate all that you have shared and your care of furry best friends everywhere!

Could you give us a recipe that works well with the Best Friend Blend?

I certainly can. Here are three ways we like to use the Best Friend Blend in our favorite furry family members’ meals:

  • Recipe 1 |”Chicken & Broccoli”: Mix in cooked chicken, steamed broccoli and the Best Friend Blend (Please note that the bowl shape is so that our food-loving pup doesn’t eat too fast!).

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  • Recipe 2 | “The Doggie Salad”: Make a doggie salad with veggies! Our dogs like peas, carrots, cabbage and broccoli. Add in the Best Friend Blend for extra flavor.

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  • Recipe 3 | “The Picky Eater’s Gravy”: Cook liver and peas in oil. Once finished, add in the Best Friend Blend and place in blender with choice of broth and blend until smooth.

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Thank you, each and every one of you for all of your support and for all of your orders. You’ve taken our dreams and helped them take flight with all you do. We love hearing from you, knowing you read our blogs and social media posts and that you stay up-to-date with us. We hope you’ll try this new blend in continued support of us and our family-owned business, in memory of our furry family member, Boston, and simply for the delight of having something new on the table for both you and your favorite best friends.

May God bless you, your family and your friends in 2016!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Motivation Monday: Meaningful Work

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Hard work is good. Good work is hard.

Making the most of what you do is so important. When I started Seasonest, I wanted the company to mean something. It certainly means a lot to our family, but we want it to be something even more.

Our brand has the potential to do a lot for others. It’s inspirational! I love sharing the story behind our brand and how my father was so taken by the food in New Orleans that he handmade his own seasoning blend, which later inspired our Original Blend, the first of our flavors. The company means a lot to me as it’s a dream my father once had that I now carry and have the blessing of seeing grow. Sometimes someone needs that spark or that inspiring story that reminds them that anything good can grow out of some hard work, determination and passion.

Our seasoning blends can make meals into masterpieces. For example, picky eaters LOVE our Mild Blend! Sometimes it just takes that special something to get your kids excited about food. Perhaps someone is more confident in their cooking, or has an easier time eating healthier and meal prepping because they use our seasonings. Good flavor goes a long way!

Our seasonings are healthy and all-natural. Some are even salt-free. They have the potential to be used by those with certain food allergies, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to try different flavors or spice blends. Gluten free, non-GMO… there are so many reasons our seasonings have the opportunity to benefit someone’s health!

We’ve worked hard to bring Seasonest to you and hope to continue to see the benefits that we can bring to family, friends and fans all over and that you’ll continue sharing your stories with us.

Have a great Monday!

Crystal Peterson

Family, Food & Fun; Our Favorites

Happy Friday!

What a great week. We’ve enjoyed sharing our hearts with you this week with each of our blogs and also taking a walk down memory lane with our family’s business story. This week just seemed right for a focus on family and this evening, we’ll be sharing about all three of our favorites; Family, Food and Fun (But of course, focusing on Family.).

If you don’t already do this, we highly recommend it; make Friday your Family Fun Night! It doesn’t even have to be a Friday. The important thing is taking time each week to be with your loved ones and sharing some no cell-phones, work, or distractions time. If you can manage to do something together as a family every night, you are making such a huge difference, but the goal is to really focus on each other and designate that time as special.

We love food, or we would be in the seasonings business, so we like to use dinner as our family time. Sometimes we cook, sometimes we go out to eat, but we always make sure it’s a time to focus on each other. We highly recommend it! A close-knit family makes for a great, encouraging environment.


Here are some recommendations on how to incorporate Family, Food and Fun into your week!

  • Make a special recipe together and assign special tasks to each family member.
  • Play a game; bonus points if it involves food (Ever tried playing the alphabet game? Try naming only foods that start with each letter!)
  • Spend time around the dinner table telling jokes.
  • Take time to celebrate the accomplishments of your family by going out to eat together. Have someone make awards and present them during the meal!
  • Have each family member choose a dish for dinner. Then, take all of them shopping, give them a list of ingredients needed for their dish and see who can get them fastest!

    We hope you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones this weekend. Give them an extra hug for us!

Happy Friday,

The Seasonest Family

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Where It All Started

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We love being a family-owned business. It definitely means a lot of hard work, but it’s been so worth it. The inspiration for our brand came from my father, “Mr. J.” My father loved to cook and I’ve always been inspired by him. Over 30 years ago, my father visited New Orleans and fell in love with the delicious, Cajun flavors he found in the local food.  Soon after his trip, he created his special seasoning recipe that inspired our very first spice blend, the Original Blend. He said of the blend, “This seasoning is so good, it will taste great on ice cream, too!” The flavors of New Orleans were always close to his heart and we wanted to make sure to capture them, all while maintaining his vision for healthy, low-sodium seasonings. We’ve carried on his memory through our seasonings as well as through our brand, lovingly featuring his picture on every seasoning bottle we send out! Our journey to where we are today has been a great one and we love having wonderful, supportive family, friends and fans who love his blend just as much as we do. If you haven’t tried our Original Blend, we highly recommend it. It’s where our story began and hopefully, where your journey to healthy seasonings will, too!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Motivation Monday: Things to Think About

Life is hard. But, it’s also wonderful and full of new joys every day. Sometimes it takes someone else to help us see the good in things when we’re at our wits’ end or just don’t see the opportunities in front of us. Because of this, we wanted to change things up a bit and share some of our favorite motivational quotes with you to help inspire a more motivated you this Monday!


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Firstly, we must debunk that thought you have running through your mind. No more saying you can’t cook! Are you putting food on the table? Yes. Are you and those you care for eating it? Yes. Think about how great of an impact you are having by providing needed nutrition that is being EATEN to those you love. Once you realize that kind of an impact you are having, take a step back and realize… you’re cooking! If it’s a matter of you not liking the flavor of your food, we can most definitely help with that. Seasonings do make a difference! Remember, though: You CAN cook.

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Never forget that you’ve got flavor! You’re a unique person with your very own personality and style. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Whether you’re spicy, soulful, original, or even a combination of them all, make sure to share your unique flavor with the world! The spice you add to the world’s recipe is special and important.

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Are there any personal goals that you have? How about some ambitious dreams? It’s so wonderful to have hope for the future and what you can accomplish. Sometimes we can get a bit sidetracked or doubtful in ourselves and lose our excitement or confidence in our abilities and the dreams we have for ourselves. Believe in yourself and don’t give up; your dreams hold great value. You have those dreams for a reason; now, make sure to pursue them!

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Amidst our hustle and bustle and wanting to live our lives comfortably, we can forget that there are others in the world and that they have great value, too. As people, we need other people and no matter how independent or confident we try to be, we will always come back to the realization that our relationships are one of the most important parts of our lives. Take care of those around you, love them from the bottom of your heart and even though it can be challenging, make sure to put them first. I can assure you that it will make a big difference.

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Have you ever realized how amazing our world is? When you look back through history, you can see how far we’ve come and what all we have accomplished. Can you believe that indoor plumbing wasn’t always a thing? How about cars, the internet, grocery stores or cell phones? People have an amazing capacity to dream and create. What dreams do you have? As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”


If you’re feeling inspired, make sure to share this with others. You never know how big of an impact some motivation and inspiration can have on someone!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

 

Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken

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Happy Friday!

Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly got caught up in the insatiable desire to have some good, old-fashioned, Southern home cooking? Yes, yes… we definitely understand! Well, we’re excited to bring you a fun and soulful, Southern recipe just in time for the weekend! Our Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (any brand)
  • Seasonest’s Soul Food Blend
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil of your preference (Healthiest is best!)
  • 1 1/4 pounds of chicken (We recommend chicken drumsticks.)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/8 cup pepper
  • 1/8 cup garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup flour

Utensils:

  • Deep fryer or pan (If using a pan, please use oven mitts.)
  • Tongs
  • One large bowl
  • One small bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Large/gallon-size storage/freezer bag
  • One large plate

Instructions:

  • If using a deep fryer, fill with a minimum of 10 cups of your choice of oil and preheat to 350 degrees. If using a pan, heat to medium/high and fill no more than half way with oil.
  • Take small bowl and combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Seasonest Soul Food Blend together. Set aside.
  • Combine egg and hot sauce into large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Fill gallon-size storage/freezer bag with flour. Set aside.
  • Take chicken pieces and wash with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and roll into bowl of seasoning.
  • Place seasoned chicken pieces into the bowl of egg and hot sauce and place 1/4 of the pieces into the fryer for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining 3/4 of chicken.
  • Once chicken is cooked, place upon large plate covered with paper towels. Use another paper towel to pat chicken pieces dry and remove any excess oil left over from cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!

*Please note: This recipe makes about 12 chicken pieces, or 3-4 servings!

We hope you thoroughly enjoy your very own, homemade fried chicken.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Seasonest Family