Lenten Seafood Recipes

Shrimp Fettucini

By Marcelle Bienvenu Crawfish season is NOW and I’m ready for anything cooked with our Louisiana freshwater crustaceans. And in fact, something just caught my eye on this website – crawfish jelly! I’m ordering some pronto and can’t wait to figure out what to spread it on – toast, biscuits, chunks of cheese???   In the meantime, my taste buds are waiting to be tickled with some of my favorite crawfish dishes. Remember – buy ONLY Louisiana crawfish!   SHRIMP AND CRAWFISH FETTUCCINI Makes about 12 servings 3 sticks butter 3 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped green bell peppers […]

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

I barely had the Christmas decorations put away before I had to start getting out flags, beads, and masks in readiness for the Carnival season, which officially began on January 6, also known as Twelfth Night. Mardi Gras is early this year – February 12. We have to pack in a lot of parades and parties into a short time, but not to worry I am already stocked with the makings for gumbo and jambalaya. I also ordered several King Cakes to have on hand for last-minute get-togethers! While Gumbo and jambalaya are always welcome before or after parades, I […]

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October/November 2012

SOUPS ON!             I remember Sunday nights many years ago when I often had a sleep-over at my great-aunt Belle. When a cold front rambled through, I remember the rain splattering on the frosty windows and the wind howling through the pecan and oak trees in her backyard. We were warm and toasty in her cozy kitchen, and there was always a big pot of soup simmering on the stove. We often sipped on hot chocolate tinged with a spoonful of strong coffee and I loved the marshmallows that melted in the hot cup.             Aunt Belle had a repertoire […]

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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012

IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON High schools, colleges and the pros are revving up for football season. I am making a list and checking it twice to be sure I have lots of things stashed in the freezer for tailgating or watching the games on television. You too should consider gathering a supply of appetizers and party food for your gatherings as well. Cajungrocer.com offers everything from mini crawfish and shrimp pies, to stuffed mushrooms and stuffed jalapenos, which I call poppers – you know, they can be popped in the mouth AND they give you a good pop of flavor! Another […]

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July/August 2012

BE COOL! Think cool, eat cool and be cool! There is no reason to let the hot, hot, hot days of summer get in the way of enjoying the languid days of summer. When the heat seems almost unbearable I stock up on lemons, lime a cucumbers. A squeeze or two of citrus juice in my tea, lemonade, cola, or gin and tonic seems to cool me off. A salad of thinly sliced cucumbers and onions tossed with mayonnaise and yogurt is a favorite dish as is chilled cucumber soup. My potted herbs, especially mint and basil, will brighten up […]

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JULY/AUGUST 2011

I have a sign in my kitchen that says “If you’re lucky enough to live on the water, you’re lucky enough.” Well, I do live on the banks of beautiful, languid Bayou Teche, which is pretty great, but I do LOVE going to the powdery, white beaches of Alabama and Florida and enjoy the azure waters and pounding surf. And in fact, my husband, a couple of friends and I are heading out to Gulf Shores, Alabama in a couple of weeks, and I’m already planning menus. I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but […]

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JUNE/JULY 2011

Summertime, my favorite season of the year, is here! It’s time for spending time in the great outdoors, get in some fishing, loll around in a hammock, enjoy sno-balls, read a book, lounge on the beach and EAT! During the summer, most of my meals originate on the grill—steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, shrimp, vegetables, and yes, even fruit. Lucky me, my husband and I live on the banks of Bayou Teche and many evenings we take a cruise on our party barge when the sun begins its western descent. When we return home, we get the grill ready on our […]

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NO BALONEY ON MY BOAT!

Many of my most cherished childhood memories are connected to the water. Many weekends found me and my family at our camp at Catahoula Lake near the levee of the great Atchafalaya Basin. Papa would often take me in his boat to plunk our fishing lines along the banks of the lake in hopes of catching a few bream or sac-a-lait. But we also spent long weekends at my Uncle George and Aunt Eva’s camp at Cypremort Point on Vermilion Bay. There, crab traps were baited with chicken necks and more often than not we had more than we could […]

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April/May 2011

I’ve been eating so much crawfish, I’m crawling backwards! My husband and I have been on a crawfish mission, checking out some of our favorite, local spots for boiled crawfish, and we have enjoyed them all. For you that live “away” I urge you to get online or on your mobile, and place your order PRONTO with cajungrocer.com. Some people think I’m crazy, but always have a bowl of “dipping” sauce in which to dip my peeled crawfish tails (or boiled shrimp or fried catfish). It’s also good on those boiled potatoes and onions from the crawfish boiling pot! YUM! […]

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March/April 2011

The landscape is still a bit drab, but the night air was invigorating. Perhaps a seafood supper would be just the thing to shake off the winter woes. I dug around the freezer and found several packages of shrimp. I made a quick trip to the grocery store and purchased a few ingredients and we were set. If you don’t have the necessary ingredients, just browse around our website and you should just about everything you need for a seafood dine-around at home. Oh, and don’t forget some crusty French bread! SHRIMP AND TASSO SAUTE Makes 4 servings 2 tablespoons […]

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