Memorial Day BBQ: Blackened Shrimp Tostadas

cajun shrimp tostadas

Memorial Day marks the start of the grilling and BBQ season. Instead of the same ol’ same old how about starting the season off with a bang? These grilled shrimp are perfect for tacos, skewers or in this recipe for tostadas!

Blackened Shrimp Tostadas

  • Ingredients
  • 1 lb shrimp (deveined and shelled)
  • 1/2 tsp Chef Cherie’s Italian Blackening Seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 8 corn tortillas  
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 lime


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Recipe: Pepper and Herb Crusted Flank Steak

recipe: herb encrusted Flank Steak

Pepper and Herb Crusted Flank Steak


Are You Grilling? BBQ-ing? Smoking? New Grilling Website

Chef Cherie is proud to introduce our sister website – the new Dedicated to bringing you all the spices, rubs and spice blends necessary for your grilling, BBQ and smoking needs. Choose from custom blended rubs and spice blends or browse the large selection of spices to create your own blends, marinades and rubs. We invite you to start exploring you way to grilling, BBQ, and smoking magic at!

Recipe: Saffron Orange Aioli

saffron orange aioli

This Saffron Orange Aioli can be made a day in advance.


1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
1 tablespoon hot water
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup olive oil

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New to Our Site: Nacho Cheese Powder!

nacho cheese powder

Chef Cherie now offers a Nacho Cheese Powder made from 100% real cheddar cheese and spices. Contains no artificial flavors or fillers. It is a perfect base for nachos, nacho cheese sauces and can be used as a topping for popcorn, veggies or anything else you’d like to add a real nacho flavor to.

Available in 1lb container or 1/2lb bag.

Simple Nacho Cheese Powder Recipes:
Nacho Cheese Popcorn
Simple Nacho Cheese Sauce
Nacho Cheese Dip

Vinegar. We’ve Got Vinegar. Powders!

Apple Cider Vinegar Powder is back in stock @ Chef Cherie!

Our Apple Cider Vinegar Powder is 100% all natural, made from REAL apple cider vinegar and is gluten free! Use it to add a tangy kick to sauces, marinades, salads and more.  To reconstitute liquid apple cider vinegar, mix 1 part powder to 1.5 parts water.

Chef Cherie carries a selection of Vinegar Powders – Red Wine, Rice Wine, Malt, Balsamic, Apple Cider and Distilled White. Not sure which one to get? How about our Vinegar Powder Sample Gift Set? Featuring 5 of our popular vinegar powders – Apple Cider Vinegar Powder, Balsamic Vinegar Powder, Malt Vinegar Powder, Red Wine Vinegar Powder and Rice Wine  Vinegar Powder.

Try adding a vinegar powder directly to your recipe to give it a nice vinegary kick!

Happy Passover / Pesach Sameach

pesach sameach from Chef Cherie

Pesach Sameach from the gang at Chef Cherie!

The Jewish Holiday of Passover begins this Friday (April 3rd) at sundown. And to celebrate the holiday here are some ideas and recipes by NYC chefs to inspire your Seder.

eli zabar's matzoh ballsEli Zabar’s Matzoh Balls –

Using butter in place of oil brings extra flavor!

 charosetRosa Mexicano’s Tropical Charoset

A sweet adaptation of this essential Seder ingredient



brisketBruce Bromberg’s Really Good Brisket

Just really good brisket!



AM New York : NYC Chefs Share Their Favorite Passover Recipes

Featured Recipe: Pink Peppercorn Bacon


Even though Pink Peppercorn aren’t really peppercorns at all, they do have a sweet and peppery flavor. Here a great recipe to bring out the peppery sweetness.  Pink Peppercorns! Bacon! Pink Peppercorn Bacon!

2 pounds thick-cut bacon (about 16 slices)
2 tablespoons cracked pink peppercorns
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400°.
Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and fit with wire racks. Place bacon on racks and sprinkle with half of pink and black pepper.
Bake 15 minutes, turn, sprinkle with remaining pink and black pepper, and rotate baking sheets. Bake bacon until brown and crisp, 15–20 minutes longer.

pink peppercornFeatured spice: Pink Peppercorn

How about Pink Peppercorns for dessert? Here’s a recipe for Pink Peppercorn Brownies.

Recipe by Paula Disbrowe / Bon Appetit
Bacon recipe – Photograph by Jeremy Liebman

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