Brand Feature: Savoie’s Foods

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Few brands capture the authentic taste of Louisiana better than Savoie’s. This company is a true Cajun treasure that has been a fixture in southern kitchens for more than 60 years. Now found in many parts of the United States, Savoie’s food products have made this company an ambassador for Cajun culture and pride. Ms. Eula Savoie and the Humble Beginnings of a Culinary Legend Back in 1949, Ms. Eula Savoie (pronounced Sahv-wah) opened a small grocery store in Opelousas near Lafayette, Louisiana. Now, Ms. Eula was a true Cajun lady in the grandest sense of the word. She knew […]

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Crawfish Boil Variations

Boiled crawfish in yellow tray.

Springtime here in Louisiana is crawfish season. While preparing this freshwater staple of our local cuisine might look easy, many Cajun cooks have their own special crawfish boil variations using a complex combination of different seasonings and sides. All of the methods, however, have something in common. They serve up an authentic taste of Cajun Country in every bite. The Common Elements of Cooking Crawfish Despite the differences in how some cooks prepare crawfish, there are a few important essentials upon which all agree. The first and foremost of these is using live crawfish. It’s the only way to get […]

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Seafood Season = Lenten Season

Louisiana Blue Point Crabs

We’re kind of famous in Louisiana for seafood, but nothing beats the taste of the fresh seafood that is prepared during the Lenten season. Dining out in a Louisiana seafood restaurant during Lent is something you should add to your list of musts if you plan on visiting us in the late “winter” or early spring, just after Mardi Gras. What is Lenten Season? Faith and tradition still occupy a special place in South Louisiana. If you visit, you’ll find that religious traditions influence many aspects of our local culture. Foremost among these is the observance of the Lenten season. […]

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Biscuits of Many Kinds

Homemade Biscuits

As I write this, we have about a month before Mardi Gras arrives. This year we have a rather long Carnival season, and I hate to admit it, but I’ve already had my fill of King Cakes! And this year, not only are there the regular King Cakes, now there is King Cake Ale, King Cake cupcakes, and even King Cake flavored coffee. As much as I enjoy the Carnival season, I think I might just overdose on anything King Cake. I believe I might just brush up on my biscuit making. There is nothing I like more than hot […]

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Hot Beignets Recipe

Beignets

HOT BEIGNETS  By: Marcelle Bienvenu We in Louisiana call them beignets, but they are more widely known as fritters. In New Orleans at the French Quarter coffee shops, they are much like a sweet doughnut and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, and are a perfect accompaniment to cafe au lait. In rural areas you might find fruit, such as bananas or apples, and sometimes even sweet potatoes, incorporated in the batter. I remember two dear elderly ladies in St. Martinville who sometimes made savory ones, using whatever ingredients were at hand, like crawfish, cheese, or eggplant and shrimp. For a time, […]

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Holiday Parties

Holiday Party

By: Marcelle Bienvenu I checked my calendar today and it appears that every weekend in December is booked with parties, but that hasn’t deterred me from thinking about having a relatively small cocktail party. There is nothing that says I can’t have a party during the week or on Sunday evening. And I believe it’s perfectly acceptable to do my inviting via email –although I do love receiving invitations via snail mail. Decorations can be simple or elaborate, depending on your style and the size of your home, and of course, your budget.  Pots of fresh poinsettias, lots of votive […]

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Crawfish Recipes for the Crawfish Lover

Crawfish Lover

By Marcelle Bienvenu The weather is getting warmer. The azaleas are about to pop out. The days are getting longer. AND the crawfish season is in full swing. LIFE IS GOOD After stormy weather moved through and the skies cleared, I took off in my old Jeep to investigate the crawfish ponds in rural St.Martin Parish. At my first stop near the Atchafalaya Basin, a crawfisherman greeted me waving a large crawfish. “It looks like we’re going to have a good crop this year,” he smiled gleefully. He handed me the wiggling crawfish and I gave it a once-over. The […]

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Mardi Gras Recipes

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Season By Marcelle Bienvenu   Everyone in south Louisiana is up in arms during this long Mardi Gras season. This winter’s cold weather blasts have sent our little delectable crawfish deep into the mud to keep warm. Plus it’s much too cold for the crawfishermen to get out on the ponds to pick up their traps! What a calamity! But have no fear, the weather in Louisiana changes in the blink of an eye. According to the weathermen, we will have days of balmy 65-degree weather in between the cold weather.   I’m just as anxious as the […]

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New Year’s Feast!

Seafood Gumbo

GUMBO FOR COLD WEATHER By Marcelle Bienvenu   Just about everyone I ran into the past few days is gathering the fixings for gumbo to enjoy on cold wet evenings during the holidays. Some families adhere to a tradition of having gumbo PLUS all the other goodies—like fried turkey, pork roast, rice dressing, sweet potatoes, cakes, pies and fudge. I took a poll as to what kinds of gumbos were simmering on the stove, and in my area chicken/andouille won hands down. I’m waiting for my duck-hunting friends to bring me a few mallards, teals or pintails with which to […]

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Holiday Desserts: Something for Everyone

Sweet Potato Pie

HOLIDAY DESSERTS – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE By Marcelle Bienvenu Mama loved to end her meal with something sweet, whether it was a simple sugar cookie or a couple of chocolate Kisses. Papa, on the other hand, could gorge himself on an entire box of Heavenly Hash. Sister Edna likes cakes. She will bake one at the drop of a hat and snack on it all day. Brother Henri Clay adores sweets. He never seems to get enough cakes, pies, cookies, candies, ice cream, or whatever sweet concoction anyone comes up with, and for holidays, he relishes in all the desserts. […]

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