Martin Wine Cellar Demo – Metairie

Hope to see everyone at the Metairie location of Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, October 17, 2014!  We’ll be there from 11:00am-1:00pm. featuring our New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning.

We’ll be offering a taste of Robert Medina’s Smoked Chicken and Andouille Gumbo which includes this savory, low-salt Creole seasoning blend. There will also be a giveaway of Medina’s cookbook “If You Can’t the Heat…A New Orleans Firefighter’s Cookbook” to those who enter on-site.

Martin's Holiday Gift BasketNew Orleans Original Flashover Creole Seasoning blend will also be featured in Martin Wine Cellar Holiday Gift Baskets! This is the perfect New Orleans holiday gift for your out-of-town clients or a taste of home for your family and friends – especially the “Taste of the Bayou” gift basket!


Be sure to check out the entire Martin Wine Cellar gift basket collection for your holiday needs!  New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Seasoning also available on the shelves at Martin’s Wine Cellar – Metairie location.


Martin Wine Cellar is located at 714 Elmeer Avenue in Metairie, LA 70005.


Dorignac’s Demo Recipe – Smothered Chicken

Thanks to everyone who came out to DORIGNAC’S for our demo of New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning and sampling a taste of Robert Medina’s Smothered Chicken!


1 whole cut up chicken

1/3 cup of oil

1/3 cup of flour

1/2 pound of bacon

4 large onions (cut into thin slivers)

1/2 cup of bell pepper

1/4 cup of celery

3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

48 ounces chicken stock

2 tablespoons of flashover seasoning

Get a large Dutch oven. I use a big black iron pot, but that’s just me. I like the old-fashioned way of smothering down food. But I digress. Let’s get to it.

Fry the bacon in the pot until it is crispy. Remove it and place on paper towels to cool.

In another pan, make a dark brown roux with the flour and oil. Set aside and let it cool.

Rinse the chicken pieces and pat them dry. Now rub the FOS all over the chicken. Going back to your original bacon pot, heat up the bacon drippings and brown the chicken pieces on all sides. It may take a couple of batches to do it all, but that’s all right. Place the browned chicken on some paper towels for now.

Put the onions, bell pepper, and celery in the pot with the chicken fat and bacon drippings, and sauté them down until they are wilted. I use a heat resistant spatula to mix things around and, in the process, scrape the bottom of the pan. That way all of the tasty brown bits will mix with the veggies. Now add the garlic and cook for a minute more.

Next put the chicken stock into the pot and heat it all up to a simmer. Scrape the bottom of the pot to release any of the browned bits that might still be there. Once the stock is hot, slowly add the room temperature roux a little at a time, and blend it in. Now add the chicken; then crumble up the bacon and put it in the pot. Cover and place into a 350-degree oven for one hour.

Remove from the oven, and let the pot sit for a half hour covered. No peeking!

After that, taste and adjust the seasonings as you like. Serve this over cooked white rice.

Note: If I have the time and I’m at home making this, I will remove the chicken from the bones and put it back in the gravy. That way no one has to pick the meat from the bones while they are eating. It can get a little messy. When I was at the firehouse I never did that. Those guys liked being messy.

This recipe and more can be found in “If You Can’t Stand the Heat…A New Orleans Firefighter’s Cookbook” by Robert Medina.

New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning can be found in the Spice Aisle and Fresh Meats/Seafood sections at Dorignac’s.

Look for more cooking demonstrations in-store coming soon!!!



710 Veterans Blvd.

Metairie, LA 70005


Tasting Demo at Dorignac’s!

Flashover Seasoning LabelNew Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning will be featured on Saturday, October 11 at Dorignac’s Food Center  in Metairie, Louisiana from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Be sure to stop by for a taste of Smothered Chicken featuring our Flashover Creole Seasoning while you are stocking up for supplies this football weekend!

Located in Metairie, Louisiana, Dorignac’s Food Center is the premier location for fresh local produce, meats, baked goods, party platters, wedding cakes and more!

Look for more cooking demonstrations in-store coming soon!!!



710 Veterans Blvd.

Metairie, LA 70005


Be sure to ‘Shake It Up and Shake It On’ your favorite foods! Not just for seafood, meats and poultry…Try it on popcorn, eggs, pizza and anything else that needs a little extra kick!