Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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 Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Do you need a food hug?  What's that you ask?  It is a food so comforting that it feels like a warm hug from a friend.  Last night, as I watched the pending weather forecast predict our fourth nor'easter in three weeks, I knew what was on the of my all-time favorite comfort foods, Chicken Tetrazzini. 

Days like this call for a food hug and our Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini will warm your soul! What's not to love about roast chicken, garlicky mushrooms, and silky noodles all smothered in a buttery wine, cheese sauce? 

I have made variations to this classic dish over the years, but this adaptation to The Pioneer Woman's Turkey Tetrazzini is one of my favorites.  The secret ingredient that adds that "Je ne sais quoi" (fancy for an indefinable quality) to this dish, is Cherchies® award-winning Champagne Mustard.  This recipe is so creamy, cheesy, and comforting that you will want to make this recipe again and again! It makes a large quantity, so you can always divide half of the mixture into a smaller pan and freeze the other half for later; or share the love with someone you hold dear.

We would love to hear your comments on this dish!  As always, thank you for visiting our blog.  


Cook pasta according to package directions until almost done (al dente).  The pasta will finish cooking in the oven.  Drain and rinse the pasta.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

In a large pot, heat butter over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms, onions, and Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning.  After a couple of minutes, add the garlic and saute until onions are translucent.  Add the white wine and allow the mushroom/onion mixture to cook for several minutes, or until the liquid reduces by half.

Sprinkle the flour and Cherchies Select Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend over the mushroom/onion mixture and stir until mixture thickens.  Add the chicken broth and cook for an additional few minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low.   Add the cream cheese pieces to the pot, the Champagne Mustard, and stir to melt.  It may take a little while for the cream cheese pieces to melt, but they eventually will. 

Add the turkey or chicken, the peas, the bacon and the cheeses.  Stir to combine, adding more Garlic Seasoning and pepper to taste.

Add the cooked spaghetti and stir to combine.  Add more broth or water if needed to thin mixture.  It needs to be a bit soupy.  Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle with a little more Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend, followed by the breadcrumbs.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly and golden brown.

Enjoy a nice warm comforting food hug!

 Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe




PB&J Cupcakes Recipe

desserts, partiesSheri SpalloneComment
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Hello beautiful!  

Do you have a favorite food that rekindles childhood memories?  Is it the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (aka PB&J)?  Perhaps the mention of such a concoction makes you want to run for the hills.  But for me, I still believe the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is one of the best pairings on Earth!  Not only did I have them in my school lunchbox growing up, but it was also the first meal my parents taught me how to make, and the first meal we taught our children how to prepare.  In my opinion, it is the best comfort food out there, and is perfect anytime, anywhere.  So for all my PB&J lovers out there, I present to you a sweet rendition of this beloved classic...PB&J cupcakes! 

The PB&J is our family's go-to sandwich. Our children will often make it when they get home from school because it is quick, easy, and satisfying.  But PB&J cupcakes? Would that push my kiddos over their culinary boundaries?  I had never thought of making them until recently, but I had to give it a try and surprise my children with this delicious treat.  Instead of preparing these cupcakes identical to their nostalgic counterpart (with grape or strawberry jam), I opted for our Cherry Butter Spread and Blackberry Preserves (any of our butter spreads and preserves would be just as delicious).  I used white cupcakes that I adapted from Glorious Treats and added peanut butter to my sister's buttercream icing recipe.  

Friends, let me tell you will be transported back to your childhood with these heavenly cupcakes! They turned out perfectly, as they were fluffy, fruity, and peanutty, just like a PB&J sandwich! My son liked them so much, he insisted on using this recipe for his upcoming Cupcake Wars school fundraiser.  You need to add this tasty recipe to your arsenal today!

Comment below, as we would love to know how they turn out on your end, and which butter spread or preserve you decided to use!   Or, use #cherchies_gourmet on Instagram or Twitter, or upload a photo of your concoction to our Facebook page. Or email it to me!   Have fun and thank you for visiting!

Ingredients- "Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes"- Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Yields- 15-16 cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or low fat, but avoid fat free)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (full fat or light, but avoid fat free)
  • Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread
  • Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves
  • 15-16 cherries (optional for garnish)

*Note- if do not have cake flour, use this simple substitution, for every cup of flour, remove 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of flour and substitute with cornstarch and sift together, several times.

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp.) almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.) vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons half & half (milk is fine too)
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


Preheat oven to 325*F.

Prepare the icing.  Cream together shortening, butter, peanut butter, extracts and milk.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Mix until blended.  Set aside.

Preparation for cupcakes- In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.   Sift the ingredients together and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and oil with an electric mixer and mix for about a minute.

Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture.  Add the milk, then the rest of the flour and the sour cream.  Beat until just combined.  Scrape down the side of the bowl and make sure no lumps left at the bottom of the bowl.  Do not over mix.

The batter will be slightly thick.   Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full, so as not to spill over the sides.   Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes, checking them at 15 minutes.   Insert a toothpick or a cake tester to check for doneness.  If toothpick or cake tester come out clean, cupcake is done.  If not, give it another minute or so until done.  You do not want to overcook the cupcakes.  Slightly under cooking is best, as the cupcakes will continue to cook when removed from the oven.

Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack for about five minutes.  With a paring knife, cut a small "cone" in the middle of the cupcake, cutting off the end of the cone, and discarding the end.  Do this with each cupcake.  Fill each cupcake with about one spoonful (about 1 Tablespoon) of Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread or Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves.   I added Cherry Butter to half of the batch and Blackberry Preserves to the other half.  If I had our other preserves on hand, I would have made more variations.  I guess I will have to make more cupcakes:).

Replace cupcake "lid" over preserves.   Ice cupcakes with the buttercream icing, using a 1M tip, or your favorite tip.  Garnish with a cherry.

Note: The cupcakes and frosting can be made ahead 1 day in advance.  Make sure to cover tightly and store them in the refrigerator.  Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months, but thaw overnight in the refrigerator when ready to use.- Cooking tip from Sally's Baking addiction.

Serve and enjoy!

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Cajun Seafood Chowder Recipe

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 Cajun Seafood Chowder Recipe

Cajun Seafood Chowder Recipe

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes

Difficulty:  Easy

Whether there is any truth in the saying, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb," it sure is apparent that old man winter is not finished with us here in the northeast.   Ahhh, the sun is shining once again here in Pennsylvania, but it is still drearily cold.   Winter Storm Quinn blanketed our region yesterday with almost a foot of snow, and as another nor'easter looms on the horizon, I can't help but think of warmer days to come.   For now, I will just stay inside, think warm thoughts, and make soup- one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.  This savory Cajun Seafood Chowder is the perfect recipe to keep you warm and snuggly on these chilly winter days.

As I watched the snow pile up yesterday, I thought this to be the perfect opportunity to play around with our Cajun Seasoning and come up with a new recipe to share.   I researched a bunch of cookbooks (remember those?) and recipes on the internet and stumbled upon this delicious chowder recipe, which I adapted from  The result was a tasty, hearty chowder, brimming with fresh seafood and vegetables, and smothered in creamy Cajun goodness.  Soup for the soul.  It was a huge hit with our family, and I guarantee yours will enjoy it too!

Thank you for visiting!


  • 1/2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) oil (Having the two, helps prevent burning)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Cajun Seasoning Blend
  • 4 cups chicken broth (homemade is always best) or vegetable broth
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 lbs.), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) fish sauce
  • 1 cup fresh corn (could substitute canned corn, drained)
  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) fresh Tarragon, chopped, or dried Tarragon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb. scallops
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (optional for garnish)
  • 1/4 lb. cooked bacon, crumbled for garnish (optional) or 4 oz. diced andouille sausage for garnish (optional)
  • 1 green onion, chopped (optional for garnish)

In a medium pan or dutch oven, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat.  Add the chopped onion, and cook until onions are translucent about 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic, Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs, and Cherchies® Cajun Seasoning to the pan, and cook for an additional minute.  

Add the chicken broth, sweet potatoes, and bring to a boil.  (* For more intense flavor, add the shrimp shells to the soup pan).  Reduce the heat and simmer the potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes.  (Remove the shrimp shells at this point, if used).  **I didn't have full shrimp with the shells in this picture, rather shrimp with tails.  I threw them in for only a few minutes).

After about 10 minutes, add the fish sauce, corn, lemon juice, and tarragon.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Once the potatoes have cooked, remove half of them and place them either in a blender or a large bowl.  If using the blender, puree the potatoes, and if using the bowl, use a hand emulsion blender to puree.  Return the pureed mixture to the soup pot.  This will act as a thickener for the chowder.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the shrimp and scallops with 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) olive oil and Cherchies® Cajun Seasoning.  Heat a large skillet to medium-high and cook the shrimp and scallops until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.  Add the shrimp and scallops to the chowder and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.

Add the shrimp and scallops to the chowder and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. 

Serve the chowder.  As an option for a pretty presentation and even more flavor, garnish the chowder with the chopped parsley, cooked bacon or andouille sausage, and the green onion.

Enjoy and let us know what you think!

 Cajun Seafood Chowder Recipe

Cajun Seafood Chowder Recipe

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