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George is the barback at the beautiful New Orleans hotel/restaurant The Columns.  He’s also an inventor of new cocktails.  Here’s a delicious mint chocolate drink that he whipped up for us to help us beat the Louisiana heat. 1½ oz. … Continue reading

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¼ cup corn oil 1 lb. boned chicken, cut into bite-size pieces 1 Tbs. margarine 1 large onion, chopped ½ green bell pepper, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/3 cup water 2 ½ cups canned tomatoes … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes Tagged cajun, chicken, creole, jamabalaya, louisiana, pork, sausage

  Spencer is a bike mechanic in Lafayette, Louisiana who took us out to the local swamp to eat some crawfish and then showed us an amazing, drunken good time in Lafayette, full of wonderful Acadian (Cajun) hospitality.  Check for … Continue reading

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Will A. Will is the hilarious and generous owner of Recycled Cycles of Acadia in Lafayette, Louisiana.  We stopped in for advice one day, and ended up hanging out with Will and Spencer all day, then took off the next … Continue reading

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Trixie Pochet We met Wayne and Trixie at a campground in Mississippi, and they instantly made our trip along the Gulf Coast magical.  At the campground, they invited us over to their camper, where they served us some of Wayne’s … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes Tagged dessert, louisiana, vegetarian

Roux (see recipe on this website) ½ or more filet of catfish, redfish (a Gulf fish) or trout 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled and veined (you gotta devein the shrimp. It’s a pain in the ass, but it affects the taste) … Continue reading

Posted in Blog Tagged cajun, creole, gumbo, louisiana, seafood

Roux is the beginning to a lot of Cajun (and of course, French) cooking.  You’ve got to be attentive when making the roux, so that it doesn’t burn.  Very simply, a roux is a mixture of flour and fat (usually … Continue reading

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Vermillion gumbo is an unusual gumbo, but it’s delicious. 1 stick butter 2 Tbs. flour 1 pound okra, cleaned and chopped 1 can chicken broth 1 small can V8 juice 24 oz. water 1 large can boneless chicken ½ tsp. … Continue reading

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This is a simple and easy to prepare roux-less gumbo. 3-5 lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp 1 lb. okra, chopped fine 1 large or 2 small red or purple onions, minced 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 Tbs. shortening 1 red, … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes Tagged cajun, creole, gumbo, louisiana, seafood, shrimp

2 lbs. dried red kidney beans 2 cups chopped yellow onions 1 bunch scallions, chopped 3-4 finely sliced cloves of garlic 1 bunch parsley, chopped 3 lbs. smoked sausage salt and pepper to taste 3 quarts cold water 1 ham … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes Tagged cajun, louisiana, sausage