Southern Fried Chicken

Southern fried chicken on cutting board.

Soaking mixture: 1 quart buttermilk ¾ teaspoon cayenne ¾ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 (3-pound) fryers, cut into 8 pieces each Flour mixture: 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 teaspoon paprika Vegetable oil for deep frying Combine the ingredients for the soaking mixture in a large bowl or plastic container. Add the chicken pieces, turning to coat well and evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours, turning the chicken once or twice. When ready to cook, drain […]

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Who was Jean Lafitte?

Jean Lafitte, the New Orleans Pirate.

Jean Lafitte: an American pirate or national hero? When and where he was born is unclear, and when and where he died is a mystery. And yet, he remains one of the most recognized names and talked about figures in New Orleans and Louisiana history. Although the facts vary, the stories are the same: he made a name for himself as a privateer and became a hero to many Louisiana natives. Beginnings of a Pirate Life Born sometime between 1770 and 1776 either in France or maybe in what’s now Tahiti (we told you the facts varied!), Lafitte’s first appearance […]

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Eula Mae’s Hot Dog Chili

1 teaspoon vegetable oil 2 pounds ground beef 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon Tabasco brand sauce 1/2 teaspoon Accent 3 cups chopped yellow onions 2 cups chopped celery 1 cup chopped green bell peppers 4 garlic cloves 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 2 tablespoons chili powder ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup water Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the beef, salt, pepper, Tabasco and Accent, and cook, stirring, until all the pink disappears. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and […]

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History and Symbols of the Louisiana State Flag

Louisiana State Flag

For visitors to Louisiana, it’s easy to remember the most popular Cajun traditions like Mardi Gras, Cajun and Zydeco music, celebrations for every occasion and, of course, the delicious food that can only be found in South Louisiana. But one tradition you may not be so quick to remember is our unique state flag that depicts a pelican tearing at her breast to feed her young chicks. But why does that particular image grace the flag of Louisiana? We Cajuns take pride in the the history of that flag and the motto that accompanies it – “Union, Justice and Confidence.” […]

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Barbecue Hamburgers

Homemade barbecue sauce hamburger.

In honor of the late Eula Mae Dore, who cooked for the McIlhenneys on Avery Island for more than 40 years, you MUST try these hamburgers. Oh, and her hot dog chili is the best around! 6 pounds ground beef 2 pounds lean ground pork 1 cup finely chopped yellow onions 1 1/2 tablespoons salt 1 tablespoon cayenne 3 teaspoons black pepper 1 tablespoon Tabasco Brand pepper sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup oil from Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows) or 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cups Beb’s Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl […]

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The Cajun Holy Trinity

Cajun Holy Trinity - onions, celery & bell peppers

True Cajun cooking, as it’s meant to be, can only be found in the South. Louisiana is rich with the culture of les Acadians, French colonists from Canada. In the 1700s, they were forced from their Canadian homes and many made their way to Louisiana. Settling there and bringing the Cajun culture with them has helped to enrich the way of eating. We have been blessed to be able to enjoy these unique recipes, and sharing them is even more enjoyable. The language and food are French-derived, but the Cajun cooking is ours alone. If you can’t make it to […]

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Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry cobbler served in a dish

Cobbler batter: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons frozen butter 4 tablespoons frozen shortening 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water Filling: 5 to 6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, rinsed and patted dry ¾ cup sugar ½ stick butter Fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional) To make the batter, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a two-quart baking dish. Combine the flour and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add four tablespoons of the cold water and process until the dough […]

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Best Coleslaw

Homemade coleslaw

2 cups shredded white cabbage 2 cups shredded red cabbage 1 cup shredded spinach 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 cup thinly sliced red onions 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons Creole mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoon sugar Toss the cabbage, spinach, bell peppers, onions, jalapenos and parsley in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper and […]

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Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

1 pound frozen puff pastry (or large biscuits cut in half as a substitute) Flour for dusting 1 egg, lightly beaten 8 uncooked jumbo all-beef hot dogs, cut in half crosswise ¼ cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons finely chopped herbs such as rosemary, thyme and parsley Kosher salt Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Defrost the puff pastry and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 19/12 inches. Cut the pastry in half, then cut both into 8 pieces, then again to get 16 pieces of pastry. Spread a little mustard down the center of each pastry piece, […]

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California Burgers

California Burger

1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground lamb 1/2 pound lean veal 2 tablespoons soy sauce Salt and black pepper to taste 2 medium-size ripe Haas avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Hot sauce to taste 4 to 6 toasted buns In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meats, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well and shape into patties. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until all pink disappears. In a small bowl, combine the avocados, lime juice and hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. […]

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