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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All Seafood Holiday Meal

Although I love all the holiday food that includes baked turkeys, roasted wild ducks and geese, turduckens and all the popular sides like rice dressing, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole and a whole lot more, I often host an all-seafood holiday meal. You might want to entertain the idea of doing this for your family and friends. If you can, get a sack of oysters to shuck for oysters on the half-shell – some to serve with cocktail sauce (a combination of ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce and fresh lemon juice) and others to prepare for oysters Bienville. […]

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Order Your Gift Baskets Now!

ORDER YOUR GIFT BASKETS NOW! And another suggestion, get out your Christmas gift-giving list and place your orders NOW for everyone on your list. We can make up gift baskets to include just about anything—pickled okra (great to plop in a martini), hot sauces of all kinds, mustards, jambalaya and gumbo mixes, spices, pralines and zydeco CDs! Your friends will love you when they receive one of our gift baskets.

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The Holidays

Just in case you haven’t noticed, we’re on a fast roll to Turkey Day AND the Christmas holidays. Not only will there be many parties, but also there will be family gatherings and impromptu get-togethers. You need to stock up now on all our Louisiana goodies. I’ve already put my order in for five turduckens (my personal favorite is the one stuffed with pork sausage) because I don’t want to be empty-handed. They are stashed in the freezer waiting to be pulled out for the party table. Turduckens can featured as your main course or to serve along with baked […]

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Great for Tailgating!

If you something if bit easier here are some ideas from our website. We have shrimp or crawfish pies as well as bite-size crab cakes, which can be heated before leaving the house and packed in insulated containers to keep them warm for service at the stadium. Bring along some tartar or cocktail sauce and you’ll have everyone eating out of your hand. Or, select from a large assortment of fresh and smoked sausages (to throw on the grill) and to serve with any of Tabasco’s condiments such as spicy mustard, spicy mayonnaise or spicy ketchup! That’ll get your taste […]

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Cooler Days and Tailgating

If we’re lucky, there might be some cooler days on the way here in south Louisiana. Football season is off to a grand start despite the 90-degree weather. Here and elsewhere all over these great United States, fans are preparing for tailgating parties before kick-off. The parking lots near the stadiums in Louisiana become a small city of bubbling gumbo pots, cauldrons of simmering chili and smoky barbecue pits. Colorful tents under which are tables laden with food, butane burners, and an untold number of ice chests chock-full of cold beverages. Impromptu pep rallies and live music work the fans […]

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