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Shrimp Okra Gumbo Fitting for Fall and All

Shrimp Okra Gumbo Fitting for Fall and All

Fall shrimp season is open in Louisiana and I’ve got Shrimp Okra Gumbo on my mind. It’s just the right dish for these cooler temperatures of crisp, dry air. Don’t you love the first days of fall weather? It seems to put everyone in a good […]

Blackened Catfish Dip, Delta Meets Acadien

Blackened Catfish Dip, Delta Meets Acadien

Since we live so close to the Delta a special catfish recipe is in order and why not a Catfish Dip? At first this may not sound too appetizing, but believe me, once you spice this cat up with some Louisiana seasoning they’ll be coming back […]

Fish Cakes Made With Sacalait  (Crappie or White Perch)

Fish Cakes Made With Sacalait (Crappie or White Perch)

Sitting at dinner the other night when celebrating my daughter-by-love, Jami’s birthday I thanked her dad for the crappie he had given us a few days before. We then began talking about different ways to prepare crappie or sacalait (pronounced sock-ah-lay, the Louisiana french way to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

  When I received a request for a seafood bisque recipe I thought of the shrimp bisque I usually order at one of my favorite restaurants, but that’s it. I have never eaten it anywhere else. True confession. So I called my Mama and asked […]

To Etouffee Is To Smother

To Etouffee Is To Smother

The season of lent begins the day after Mardi Gras which is called Ash Wednesday. It continues for about 7 weeks leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection  from the grave on Easter Sunday. The best reason to ever celebrate! Since Cajuns are predominately […]