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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 […]

Satisfying That Lox Bagel Craving

Satisfying That Lox Bagel Craving

A few summers ago our daughter and her family were visiting from Tennessee. We thought the purpose was just to celebrate Father’s Day, but we soon learned during dinner that night the surprising news about her second pregnancy, the coming of our fifth grandchild. Being […]

Biscuit Making 101

Biscuit Making 101

  Most times when a Cajun moves away from south Louisiana there is need for much adjustment to the new culture. Being so satisfied with our surroundings right down to its climate, landscape, language, food, music, and its people can make change to a new […]

Pecan Pie Plaisir, LikeThe Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

Pecan Pie Plaisir, LikeThe Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

It was easy to get up early on those Saturday mornings when Mama and Ma Ma were taking us shopping in Lafayette, especially if we were going to eat at The Piccadilly Cafeteria. The food was so appetizing. It was hard to say no to those […]

Wings

Wings

  Does anyone ever fry chicken anymore? From the conversations I’ve had with others lately it seems we are too used to driving by and picking up a bucket of what used to be a frequent main dish prepared by our own mamas and grandma’s. […]

Boneless, Stuffed Poulet

Boneless, Stuffed Poulet

This little blog is 1-year-old this month! It’s been so much fun sharing with you a bit of my Cajun heritage and those classic recipes from just south of LA 14.  Here’s my first video on how to debone and stuff a chicken or a poulet […]

Va Vite Red Beans and Rice

Va Vite Red Beans and Rice

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 her mama didn’t fix them either. She said she really […]

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 2, ‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake)

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 2, ‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake)

When discussing my mother-in-law’s tea cake recipe with my mama, she told me of tea cakes they used to make using a sweet pie dough recipe. I so enjoy a good tart made with sweet pie dough! All they did was take the left over […]

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 1, Mama’s Tea Cakes

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 1, Mama’s Tea Cakes

A friend recently asked if I had a Teacake recipe and I told her, “No, but my mother-in-law does!” These flat, dense, large cookies made with flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and flavoring quickly becomes a frequent request from those my mother-in-law, Clarice Hartshorn (I […]

Noelie’s Pecan Pralines

Noelie’s Pecan Pralines

“Uh-huh, tell me what the weather is like,” is what Mama asked over the phone when I told her I was making pralines for a Christmas party that night. At first I thought she was changing  the subject rather quickly then while I was describing […]