Chicken Maque Choux

Chicken maque choux.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons butter 2 fryers, each about 3 ½ pounds, cut into serving pieces 4 ½ cups fresh corn kernels scraped off the cob 1 cup beef consommé 3 tablespoons heavy cream 4 medium size yellow onions, chopped 1 medium size bell pepper, chopped 3 fresh ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped Salt, black pepper, and cayenne to taste ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Brown the chicken pieces, turning them frequently to cook evenly. […]

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Chicken Pontalba

Chicken breast with bearnaise sauce.

10 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 boneless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each 8 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups small diced boiled ham 12 medium-size fresh mushrooms, chopped ½ cup chopped green onions (green part only) Salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne to taste ¼ cup dry white wine 2 cups small diced potatoes Vegetable oil for frying Béarnaise Sauce (recipe follows) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a shallow baking pan. Dip the chicken breasts in the butter, coating them evenly on both sides. Arrange in the pan and bake until tender […]

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The Tradition of Tailgating

Tailgating and grilling at football game.

Here in Louisiana we love sports. This is especially true when it comes to football. Whether it’s high school, college or NFL, football dominates our weekends in the fall. We also love any excuse for a good party, celebrating with our friends and sharing a great meal. The tradition of tailgating for Louisiana sports is the perfect marriage because it merges traditional and new-age aspects of Cajun culture. The Origins of Tailgating You might think the tailgate party originated in the frozen parking lot of Lambeau Field when Vince Lombardi presided over the Green Bay Packers in the early years […]

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Chicken Kiev

Preparing homemade chicken kiev.

1 ½ sticks butter, chilled 6 boneless chicken breasts, each about 6 ounces each ¾ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup fine dried breadcrumbs Vegetable oil for deep frying Cut the butter into 6 equal pieces. Place each piece in the center of a square of waxed paper, and with your hands roll each piece of butter into a 3-inch-long log about ¾ inch thick. Place the butter logs in the freezer for about 30 minutes. […]

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Cajun Summer Olympics

One of the things that makes Louisiana great is our unique culture. We have our own food, architecture, music and even our own sports — it’s true! Well, the truth is we just enjoy having fun and can turn almost anything into a competitive event. If there were such a thing as the Cajun Summer Olympics, these are a few of the events you might expect to see. 1. The Mardi Gras Bead Catch Anyone who has ever stood on a parade route in Louisiana during Mardi Gras will tell you that catching beads is a serious endeavor. The colorful […]

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Chicken Marengo

Chicken Marengo in cast iron skillet.

2 fryers, about 3 pounds each, cut into serving pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste ¼ cup olive oil 1 medium-size yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 pound fresh button mushrooms, sliced ½ cup dry white wine 1 cup beef broth 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves 2 tablespoons flour ¼ cup sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the chicken and brown […]

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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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