March/April 2012

The season of Lent has arrived. And I’m betting that there are many who partied much too hard during the Carnival season who welcome the season of repentance, prayer and sacrifice with open arms. Well, maybe not open arms, but at least might relish the thought of six weeks of Lent as a time to have a spiritual renewal of the soul, not to mention some recuperation of the body. In the not too distant past, meals during Lent were not only meatless, they were simple, albeit nourishing, and because there were certain days of fasting, when snacks between meals […]

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February/March 2012

During the Carnival season, I always somehow end up with bits and pieces of King Cake. Either I eat too much of a good thing or that last piece or two lingers around the kitchen and goes stale. Since I hate to waste, I began storing those leftovers in a big plastic storage bag in hopes that I would find a use for them. Lo and behold, a friend of mine sent me a couple of newspaper clippings on how to use those chunks of sweet cakes—make bread pudding! Now, why didn’t I think of that before? It really doesn’t […]

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January/February 2012

The Christmas decorations are stored and replaced with Carnival flags, beads and masks. Yes, it is Carnival time in Louisiana! This year Mardi Gras falls on February 21 allowing plenty of time for balls, parades, brunches and a whole lot of frivolity. If I were you, I would order my King Cakes NOW so you will be ready to party hearty. I never can decide what flavor I want so I just order ALL of them. You will also need Carnival-themed napkins, cups, and of course, lots of beads to give as favors at whatever kind of party you’ll be […]

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December/January 2011-2012

If you haven’t made your Christmas shopping list, then you had better get going. No, I’m not talking about your gift list, I’m thinking about your FOOD shopping list. Here is my list and all you have to do is go to www.cajungrocer.com and place your order NOW. 1. Turduckens (several) 2. Boudin (get all kinds) 3. Gulf Shrimp (order big and small – great for all kinds of party offerings) 4. Andouille sausage (for gumbos, jambalayas or throwing on the grill) 5. Stuffed breads (great for parties AND for giving) 6. Crawfish pies, meat pies and crawfish pies (ideal […]

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November/December 2011

Rat-a-tat! The pecans falling on the tin roof of my office sounds like gunfire. The squirrels are having a hey-day! I spent the better part of an afternoon crawling on the ground filling my bucket with Louisiana’s favorite nut while shooing away the squirrels. Here in the South, we are quite fortunate to have the pecan, sometimes called the Crown Prince of the Nut Kingdom and God’s gift to the South due to its versatility and the amount that is harvested—some 200,000,000 pounds average per year. This Native American nut is a member of the hickory family, and has a […]

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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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