It all started with my Mama's gumbo recipe!

Main Dishes

Va Vite Red Beans and Rice

Va Vite Red Beans and Rice

Are Red Beans and Rice Cajun or Creole? It’s always surprising to people when I tell them I didn’t grow up eating the famous Louisiana dish of red beans and rice. I thought it was because Daddy didn’t like them, but Mama said she didn’t […]

Easy Blackend Fish

Easy Blackend Fish

  A Chance Meeting? I have been searching lately for a good recipe for blackened fish, but you know how busy these days are. It’s time to gear up for the holidays. No extra time! Then a few weeks ago I crossed paths with a […]

The Beauty of a Jambalaya

The Beauty of a Jambalaya

Jambalaya has been a popular Cajun dish for a long time. Its originated from France and Spain and is similar to the Spanish dish paella. Jambalaya made its way to New Orleans first before the Cajun’s embraced it as one of their beloved rice dishes.

Chop Chop Zucchini and Squash

Chop Chop Zucchini and Squash

I have recently noticed an Instagram account called Zydeco Chop Chop . Those of you who aren’t familiar with Instagram it’s an App that allows you to share photos with friends and family and it also offers businesses a place to creatively display their products. […]

‘Instant Pot,’ La Soup a’ Marie

‘Instant Pot,’ La Soup a’ Marie

Recently I asked my Face Book friends if they could recommend a good rice cooker. My old (very old) and faithful Hitachi was starting to leave it’s contents with an under-cooked bite after it’s chime. So I was on a hunt for a new, reliable […]

A Red Gravy For Your Chicken, Too

A Red Gravy For Your Chicken, Too

If you enjoyed A Red Gravy For Your Fish, you’ll like this same gravy cooked with chicken thighs served over pasta  just as much. The slow cooking marries this rich sauce and dark meat so well I think it’s better than any pasta sauce I’ve […]

Fish Court-Bouillon

Fish Court-Bouillon

    On one of my last visits to Kaplan I picked up some catfish from my friends, James and Patricia LeDoux, who have a crab and fishing business. They started fishing at White Lake 3 years ago to supplement their income then went full-time […]

A Red Gravy For Your Fish

A Red Gravy For Your Fish

My Pa Pa Trahan was part of a big family that lived on a rice farm just south of Louisiana’s Highway 335, south of Kaplan. He and four of his brothers married and homesteaded in the same area. They continued to grow rice, accumulating more […]

Crawfish Fettuccine (Or Shrimp If You Prefer)

Crawfish Fettuccine (Or Shrimp If You Prefer)

I think I was in my late teens when I first put a bite of this rich, cheesy pasta blessed with crawfish in my mouth. I could not get enough of it! There ought to be a Hallelujah chorus sung every time a dish of  Crawfish […]

Bazaar Burgers

Bazaar Burgers

      Every October we looked forward to the annual St. Peter’s School Bazaar. Mama would fill our pockets with quarters and we would spend that Saturday running around with our friends playing games, eating and drinking lots of sugary, caffeinated drinks to try […]