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Friday
Jan272012

Pecan Pie Promo

'SLAP YA' MAMMA TWO TIMES' GOOD SOUTHERN PECAN PIE PROMO!
Yes, it is that time of year again.....special promotional pricing on Southern Pecan Pies from September through December.  Be sure to order early for Thanksgiving!  

I mention this every year, so this year will not be an exception……I make authentic, Southern Pecan Pies, and that is pronounced  like “puh- kawn”…..If you order a “pee- can” pie, please be advised, I will tell you that I do NOT know how to make one.  There is a difference, and you just have to try one, to understand!   

As you can see, my Southern Pecan Pies have to pass a rigorous testing process, to ensure each pie has just the perfect amount of butter…and sugar…and vanilla….and eggs….and butter…and more sugar….and some more butter….oh, and flour….and then some more butter, before it will receive the Mississippi Queen’s ‘stamp of approval’. 

My pies will melt in your mouth, and they are more than ‘Slap Ya Mamma’ good.  These pies are ‘Slap Ya Mamma TWO TIMES’ Good, and that’s real good eatin’!  Don’t you worry ‘bout Mamma.  You just wait ‘til she sinks her teeth in that pie!!          
My Southern Pecan Pies are $25 for one pie / $20 each for two or more pies / pick up available / delivery extra, and they are packaged in a windowed pie box, tied with my ‘general store’ ribbon, which makes them well suited for gifting during the holiday season.  The pies are freshly made upon order, and they do freeze well.       
                      
Order early!!  Don’t miss out on these amazing Southern Pecan Pies, and a perfect opportunity to support Down Home Cookin’!! 

Wishin’ you lots of good eatin’…..  

Connie Rouble, the Mississippi Queen

Mississippi Queen Foods

 

Friday
Jan272012

Tasso, Southside Shuffle, Groceries, & Pies

 

What the heck is 'tasso', and then what'a ya' do with it?

I have have had several people ask me recently, ‘what exactly is tasso?’  So, I thought I’d better take this opportunity to not only tell ya’ ‘bout tasso, but to tell ya’ what ya’ can do with it. 
 
Tasso is lean pork, seasoned with Cajun spices, and then smoked.  According to Chef John D. Folse’s Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cooking, it is believed to have come from the Spanish word ‘tasajo’ which is dried, cured beef. 
 
It’s considered to be a bit of a delicacy Down South, and it’s used in Jambalaya, Gumbo, Red Beans, or it can even be thinly sliced, and eaten alone, as an hors d’oeurve, served with a hot sauce (hhmmm, let me help you out with those hot sauces).  Be creative, and use it anytime you would typically use pork or beef. 
 
I sell Tasso from both Poche's and from Savoie’s, and I include some of the information, which I have taken from the website, of each supplier, so you can decide, which one you sounds best to you…but, I suggest you try both, and let your mouth decide for ya’!  The addition of tasso is a great way to add spice, and flavour to your next, authentic Cajun meal! 
Poche’s Market Tasso:  ‘Large pieces of tender lean pork tumbled in a seasoning mixture of salt, red pepper, black pepper, garlic, jalapeno peppers, mustard, vinegar and liquid smoke, then smoked to perfection in our smokehouse. Tasso is used for flavoring dishes and sauces. It's delicate smoked flavor makes it the perfect ingredient for your favorite cream sauces. Terrific as a pizza topping’.
  
Pizza topping?  Who would’a ever thunk that one?  I can see it though!  How about some spicy Cajun pizza?  Let’s hear what Savoie’s has to say…..
 
Savoie’s:  ‘Tasso is lean strips of meat, marinated in a special Cajun seasoning and is heavy smoked to create a Cajun delicacy. Tasso is sliced or diced into small pieces and then added to beans, vegetables, gumbo's, or red beans and rice to add a flavor that is out of this world! You may chose from Savoie's Pork Tasso, made from lean strips of boneless pork, or Savoie's Turkey Tasso with all of the Tasso flavor, yet less fat’.
  
Well, I have to say, I am actually surprised to hear a Southerner say the ‘f’ word…. ‘fat’!!!!  As a Southerner myself, I thought we were all in denial about fat.  I mean fat does equal flavor, doesn’t it????
 
I decided to chose one recipe from Savoie’s website, to share with you, as a way you can use not only tasso, but andouille (Cajun pork sausage) in a Jambalaya, and I have included that below.  If you prefer to the taste of Poche’s, simply use their products in lieu of Savoie’s to enjoy this recipe.
Savoie's Tasso, Andouille, & Shrimp Jambalaya 
 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 oz. Savoie's pork tasso, thinly sliced (In stock item)
1 lb. Savoie's andouille, cut 1/2-inch pieces  (Poche's in stock item)
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
4 cups water, in all
1 lb. medium shrimp (30 to 35 count) peeled & deveined 
6 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions

In a 5-quart pot, heat oil over medium heat until very hot. Add tasso and andouille; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add onions, bell pepper and celery. Cook and stir continually for 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and 3 cups of the water; cook and stir often, about 15 minutes or until all meat is tender. Add remaining water and shrimp; reduce heat to low. Cook 5 minutes stirring often to prevent from sticking. Add green onions and cooked rice; stir well to mix. Let set for 5 minutes for flavor to marry. Makes 9 servings.
*** Recipe was taken from the Savoie’s website.
Want to make a truely authentic Cajun meal, but don't have a lot of time?     
Well, I suggest you try one of the Jambalaya mixes that I offer from Tony Chachere's; Louisiana Fish Fry Products; or Zatarain's. All of which are 'Cajun approved', authentic suppliers of quality mixes and spices. 
 
The cooking instructions are simple, and very easy to follow.   For an authentic Jambalaya, you can add any combination you like, of pork, chicken, or seafood, but I recommend using shrimp, tasso, and andouille.   
 
I browned the tasso and andouille in a skillet, and then moved the meat, along with the contents of the package, and water to a large pot.  Once it was all brought to a boil, I reduced the heat, and then simmered for about 25 minutes.  During the last five minutes, I added some shrimp, which cooked very quickly. 
 
This was quick and easy to prepare, and quite delicious!  You'll have to try it for yourself.
The Mississippi Queen shares some pictures from Down South.......
These pictures were taken somewhere very special, and close to my heart.  In my family, we, fondly, refer to this as the 'Old Place', a property, which belonged to my late 'Granny and Pa Pa Harriel', who were my paternal grandparents, and lived across the dirt road from my parents' house, or rather when my parents up and moved far, far, away from home, they just simply moved across the dirt road from my Granny & Pa Pa!   
 
I spent the first year of my life living in this 'block' house, and have some of my happiest childhood memories, from the many, many family celebrations, which took place throughout the years.  When I was born, in this small, little, tiny, house, lived my grandparents; their four kids; and then a couple of their kids' kids, who were only kids having kids to begin with (in case ya' didn't know, that's what we do Down South!).  It is uninhabited at this time, and the place is decaying around itself as I write this, so these shots were capturing the energy that exists there today.  In some ways, time just stands still for me.  I still can feel my grandparents there with me, when I visit, and my grandfather's garden still blooms just as beautifully today, as if he were there with it, pruning and fine tuning, each day. 
 
In these shots..the first one is a Magnolia tree, unfortunately, not in bloom this time of year, but, as a side piece of information, it is the Mississippi state tree.  The second one is my daughter, Zella Mae, who looks exactly like me as a kid, walking up on the Old Place, and yes, that is a an old oak tree, on its side, downed from Hurricane Katrina.  As an interesting side note, this old block house survived not only Hurricane Camille, but also Hurricane Katrina with minimal damage.  Miraculously, after all of that, the original glass is still in those old windows!
 
This 'picture perfect' gate, with the path that still leads to the garden my grandfather worked for years, and as a kid, I use to spend many a hot, humid summer day, pulling 'taters, 'maters, and 'wadda'melons out of that field!  My mamma use to tell me as a kid, 'I'mmo plant sum taters in'na dirt that's in ya' neck, if ya' don't get'n nat tub!'
 
Lastly, my friends, this is a shot of a bonafide Southern Chicken Coop, just in case any of you were questioning my credentials!
Mississippi Queen Foods at Port Credit's
Southside Shuffle September 9th, 10th, & 11th! 
 
Come join us for a weekend of some of the most talented musicians in the blues, and some Down Home Cookin'. 
 
We will have the 'Catfish & Seafood Shack' at the festival, serving up some Blackened Catfish;
Seafood Gumbo; Creole Red Beans & Rice; Spicy Coleslaw; and Buttermilk Cornbread! 
 
Plus, the General Store display case will be there,
filled with lots of Southern Groceries, and that's reason alone to come to the festival!
 
Hope to see ya' there.
'Slap Ya Mamma Two Times Good' Southern Pecan Pies go Year Round!!!!
That's right, now you can slap ya' Mamma all year round, and that's something to jump up and down 'bout!  Due to popluar demand, the Mississippi Queen Foods, infamous, 'Slap Ya Mamma Two Times Good' Southern Pecan Pies are available throughout the year, instead of September through December, as previously offered.  Be sure to look for special promotions during the fall season, as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
 
Don't miss out on these pies, and a perfect opportunity to support Down Home Cookin'...and, of course, to slap ya Mamma!!!
 
If you have not checked out the new website, please do....
 
Yes, the new website is finally available online at www.mississippiqueenfoods.com, and I would love for you to check it out.  I do appreciate your feedback.  
 
Please bear with us, as there are a few things to be 'tweaked', as we move forward.  Plus, you will probably notice, each time you visit, new additions, such as new photo albums and blogs, which are forthcoming.  
 
I am excited about the new site, and believe you will find a wealth of information about my company, which was previously unavailable online.   For me, it has been worth the wait!  You will now find new information about my infamous 'Slap Ya Mamma Two Times Good' Southern Pecan Pies; Mardi Gras King Cakes & Supplies; Catering Services; and Festivals & Events. 
 
The General Store is not completed at the time of this writing, but I hope to make an announcement regarding the General Store's completion, in my next newsletter.  The General Store,  which will be packed full of all of the Southern Goodies, you have come to love! 
Thanks for allowing me into your life, and listening to me yabber on about my love & passion for Southern food and culture! 
 
My business is built on word-of-mouth, and I truly do appreciate when you take the time to share information, about my company, with your friends and family.  As the interest in my company, and Southern products grow, I will be able to continually expand my product line of offerings and services. 
 
If there are specific products, you would be interested in purchasing, please send an email to me, so I can add your request to my folder, for consideration on future orders.  Please note, I do intend to reorder product late September. 
 
Wishin' ya' lots of good eatin'!.....
Connie Rouble a.k.a. the Mississippi Queen
Friday
Jan272012

MISSISSIPPI QUEEN IS COOKIN' AT KITCHENER THIS WEEKEND!!

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Mississippi Queen Foods at the Kitchener Blues  Festival August 5th- 7th!
 
Come join us for a weekend of some of the most talented musicians in the blues, and some Down Home Cookin'.  We will have the 'Catfish & Seafood Shack' at the festival, serving up some Blackened Catfish; Seafood Gumbo; Creole Red Beans & Rice; Spicy Coleslaw; and Buttermilk Cornbread! 
Please visit the 'New & Improved' Website for Mississippi Queen Foods
 
Yes, the new website is finally available online at www.mississippiqueenfoods.com, and I would love for you to check it out.  I do appreciate your feedback.  
 
Please bear with us, as there are a few things to be 'tweaked', as we move forward.  Plus, you will probably notice, each time you visit, new additions, such as new photo albums and blogs, which are forthcoming.  
 
I am excited about the new site, and believe you will find a wealth of information about my company, which was previously unavailable online.   For me, it has been worth the wait!  You will now find new information about my infamous 'Slap Ya Mamma Two Times Good' Southern Pecan Pies; Mardi Gras King Cakes & Supplies; Catering Services; and Festivals & Events. 
 
The General Store is not completed at the time of this writing, but I hope to make an announcement regarding the General Store's completion, in my next newsletter.  The General Store,  which will be packed full of all of the Southern Goodies, you have come to love! 
My business is built on word-of-mouth, and I truly do appreciate when you take the time to share information, about my company, with your friends and family.  As the interest in my company, and Southern products grow, I will be able to continually expand my product line of offerings and services. 
 
If there are specific products, you would be interested in purchasing, please send an email to me, so I can add your request to my folder, for consideration on future orders.
 
 
Hope to see ya' at the festivals!
 
Wishin' ya' lots of good eatin'!.....
Connie Rouble a.k.a. the Mississippi Queen
Tuesday
Sep272011

Southern Groceries, Sauces & Spices Are Finally Here!

Southern Groceries, Sauces, & Spices are Finally Here!

Yup, that's right- the Mississippi Queen's done got 'da Groceries, and she's gonna bring 'em on home to ya'!!!  At least...that's her plan!  The online General Store is currently in production, and I promise it will be worth the wait, but ya' don't have to wait for the General Store, to get your hands on the goodies, cuz I'm already shippin' 'cross Canada (not yet shipping perishable goods)! 

Lemme tell ya', I got 'da goods....I got Zapp's ......Zatarain's.....Louisiana Fish Fry....Community Coffee.....Cafe du Monde....Tony Cachere's...Camelia...Pat O'Brien's.....Why don't you see for yourself?  Click on the PDF attachment called, 'General Store Product List', and you will see a full list, including prices.  

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