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Chunky Cheesy Creamy Crawfish Dip

Chunky Cheesy Creamy Crawfish Dip

  Be The Hostess With The Mostest This chunky crawfish dip is perfect for holiday parties or as an appetizer before a meal. Oh, and you know what else? It’s a great snack while decorating or doing those holiday chores. Anything made with crawfish is […]

Bread Pudding With Pumpkin Pecan Praline Sauce

Bread Pudding With Pumpkin Pecan Praline Sauce

Happy y’all, it’s fall! Finally, some cool weather instead of the hot, dry air we’ve been having. Things were a bit out of place with all of the high temps here in the ArkLaMiss this October. How about we celebrate with some bread pudding to […]

Jazzed-Up Grillades

Jazzed-Up Grillades

You may be familiar with Grillades (gree-yahds) as a spicy, stewed dish of beef or pork cooked in a rich gravy served over grits at brunch. But to me, it’s much more than that. While popular as a New Orleans Creole dish, grillades have been […]

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 […]

Chicken Fricassee With Dumplings, A Rustic Stew

Chicken Fricassee With Dumplings, A Rustic Stew

This chicken fricassee with it’s fancy name and rustic look has simple ingredients to satisfy any comfort food craving. Like most classic Cajun dishes a fricassee (pronounced free-kah-say) begins with, you guessed it, a roux. The roux gives the slow cooked chicken a rich, thick […]

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 […]

‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake) Tea Cakes

‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake) Tea Cakes

One day I was describing my mother-in-law’s tea cakes made with Steen’s syrup to my mama. She told me of tea cakes they used to make using left over dough after making sweet dough tarts. All they did was roll the dough out, cut it […]

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 the […]

Croquesignoles Or French Donuts

Croquesignoles Or French Donuts

Grandma George’s Croquesignoles (French Donuts) I didn’t know my great-grandma, Grandma George, who was called after her husband’s first name. That’s how the married women used to be referred to in south Louisiana, by their husband’s first names. My daddy’s mama was “Madame Bill” and […]

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.