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MARCH/APRIL 2013

CRAWFISH SEASON I’m just back from four days in Santa Clara, California attending an international travel promotion show. It was spectacular—complete with areas devoted to zip lines, mountain climbing, a segway course AND a pool in which to bounce around zipped inside huge clear beach balls! But the Louisiana entourage was THE hit at the culinary stage. I was part of the group with the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival and we cooked a plethora of what else, but crawfish-based dishes. Every time it was announced that we were cooking crawfish, attendees began lining up to taste our sumptuous dishes. On […]

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A DOWN-HOME COOLER WEATHER SUPPER

Like a lot of us in the Deep South, my husband is wishing for cooler weather. As sad as I am to bid adieu to summertime, I have to admit that cooler weather will be more than welcome after the hot, hot days of August. A change in the season also means modification in the foods we eat. While I’m not yet ready to close down my outdoor grill, I know that the first cold front will set the tone for heartier dishes, like gumbos and stews, as well as what Papa used to call low-down home-cooked food—pork chops, lima […]

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Christmas is Coming!

It’s not too early to begin your Christmas wish list. If you don’t already have your seafood boiling rig that can also double as a turkey-frying pot, you MUST get one. Don’t forget the propane gas burner to go with it. It’s simply a must-have for year-round use. Once you have taken care of yourself, then begin making your gift-giving list. The Tabasco gumbo bowls are great for, well gumbo, but they are also perfect to use for homemade soups and stews. Get yourself a set of four, and you might also consider giving a set to each of your […]

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Football Season is Upon Us

Can it be possible that football season is creeping up on us? You certainly can’t tell by the temperatures, which are hovering in the high 90s down South, but it won’t be long before high school, college and professional football will rule the weekends. Whether you’re planning on tailgating or watching your favorite team on the tube, we have some fixings that can make your gathering top-notch. For example, organize what I call a “grazing menu.” Rather than cooking gumbo, chili or jambalaya, put those on hold until cooler weather sets in, and offer lots of bite-size snack food to […]

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SUMMERTIME FOOD

SUMMERTIME FOOD Oops! How can it already be the middle of summer? I haven’t done nearly enough of my favorite summer activities yet. For example, I love being cradled by my old canvas hammock while I read some trashy novel and sip on something cold like freshly made lemonade (with real lemons) spiked with refreshing mint leaves. Some hot afternoons find me in the line at the sno-ball stand trying to cool down. And of course, most of my evening meals revolve around my outdoor grill on the patio. I’ll grill everything from asparagus to zucchini, and with kabobs I […]

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YOU NEED THESE!

Sometimes you need to toot your own horn and this is one of those times. Maybe some of you are great cooks, and then again, some of you may need some help. I recommend any and all of the cookbooks we offer. Of course, I’m partial to my own WHO’S YOUR MAMA, ARE YOU CATHOLIC AND CAN YOU MAKE A ROUX? But I won’t hold it against you if you order any of the other ones. And you absolutely need some Cajun or Zydeco music CDs to get your toes tapping and set the mood for a Cajun shindig. If […]

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SUMMERTIME

UMMERTIME Memorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer and I’m looking forward to some lazy, hazy days filled with relaxation—swimming, fishing, grilling and lots of reading. Without a doubt food is very important during carefree summer days. Order your boiled crawfish NOW because they will soon be out of season. Cover your picnic table with old newspapers on which to put the spicy freshwater crustaceans, chill down some soft drinks and beer (Abita beer if you can get it), and chill out. You might want to have on hand some of Louisiana’s favorite dipping sauces, like cocktail sauce, tartar […]

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Seafood Boils and Other Outdoor Meals

The days are longer and warmer—ideal for any kind of outdoor gathering. My usual choice for such an event is a seafood party, which can include boiled crawfish, crabs and shrimp all cooked with small red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob (and anything else you might want to add to the pot). And speaking of pots, we have that as well as all the seasoning mixes you’ll need in which to boil your seafood. Spread the outdoor tables with old newspapers, whip up some dipping sauce, put on some music (try our Rockin’ Zydeco Party CD to get you in the mood), and […]

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Food and Music Festivals

April, May and June in Louisiana is the season for toe-tapping, lip-licking and general good times. The New Orleans Jazz , the Festival Internationale, and the French Quarter Festival have come and gone but there are more festivals scheduled during late spring and early summer. The Creole Tomato Festival, the Cajun Music Festival. the Blueberry Festival and the Corn Festival are on my list to attend. Where else can you get not only good food, but also great music? My mouth is watering for the first of the Creole tomatoes that are beginning to hit the markets. In my book, […]

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Carnival Season

Here in Louisiana we barely have time to catch a breath after the Christmas holidays because we go right into the Carnival season, which begins on Twelfth Night. As soon as the new year begins, King Cakes are everywhere—bakeries, the supermarkets, and of course right here at Cajungocer.com. So be prepared, and get your order in as soon as possible so you can begin hosting King Cake parties. If you don’t already know about the history of these delightful cakes, let me fill you in. Years ago, a small coin or token, perhaps a bean or pecan half was hidden […]

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