Turducken

It’s one of those holiday dishes folks shake their heads at, chalking it up to the crazy culinary people of South Louisiana.  Even the name brings forth a laugh.  The portmanteau word “turducken,” a mash-up of its key ingredient names, takes a well-seasoned, deboned turkey and stuffs it with boneless chicken that’s been stuffed with boneless duck. In between are layers of well-seasoned Cajun-style dressing and pork stuffing.  

2021-02-24T16:18:31-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Festing in Place

Leave it to New Orleans, Louisiana to figure out how to party during a pandemic. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws upwards of 475,000 music lovers to the city the each year from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May for seven days of music, art and food. The festival, which draws obsessed fans from all corners of the globe, took place every year for 50 years. Until 2020, which would have been its 51st.

From Lake to Plate

Louisiana is known as a destination for hunting and fishing excursions—the state’s license plates even read “Sportsman’s Paradise.” With access to the Gulf of Mexico, bayous, rivers and estuaries, Louisiana supports a wide variety of fish for sportsmen to pursue. Yet while many folks love to go fishing and eat seafood, most aren’t interested in the cleaning and cooking chores that are part of a great fish dinner.

2019-11-22T20:51:13-05:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South, Trends & Trails|Tags: , |0 Comments

Hot Sauce Heats Up in Louisiana

Hotsauce.com has more than 50 categories and features over 120 brands of hot sauce from around the globe. While hot sauce has become a major food category and a condiment almost as essential as ketchup these days, it wasn't always that way. There was a time when spicy food in America was credited to the Cajuns of South Louisiana, and Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce was the leader among pepperheads.

2020-08-22T12:52:14-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, South|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cajun vs. Creole Cuisine

In Louisiana, Creole and Cajun food often get blended together, but the old timers will tell you they are not the same at all. First, they come from two different regions of the state and, second, they include different ingredients. The main distinction between the two is that Creole food has tomatoes and Cajun doesn't, but of course it's a bit more complicated than that.

2019-06-24T20:44:53-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, Restaurants, South|Tags: |0 Comments

Celebrating Crawfish

Crawfish season officially gets under way in early spring, and the bright red crustaceans usually remain in supply through June. The majority of crawfish in North America come from Louisiana, where rice fields are flooded in late summer to make way for the Cajun delicacy. Louisiana leads the nation in crawfish production, with crawfish farms producing more than 100 million pounds a year.

Cooking New Orleans

Ever wondered what makes a perfect gumbo, crawfish etouffee or praline? Is the secret in the roux, sauce or seasoning? Find out by signing up for a cooking class in New Orleans, a Louisiana city with 300 years of culinary history.Established in 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking promises fun, food and folklore. Classes are held in an 1800s renovated molasses warehouse in the French Quarter, where Cajun and Creole experts teach the basics of New Orleans cooking, blended with history and tall tales.

2019-04-18T16:34:02-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Orleans, Louisiana Is So Fabulous For Foodies

It took about 24 hours. By that time, I was hopelessly, helplessly in love. Luckily my husband felt the same way. We swooned at every sultry bite of andouille sausage in our freshly prepared jambalaya. “I could eat this every week,” I said. He nodded in agreement, mouth too full to speak. My love affair with New Orleans, Louisiana, was not unexpected. The cuisine has been my undisputed favorite for decades. You’d think with such high expectations, New Orleans would disappoint, but instead, the grand dame of a city surpassed them all.

2018-12-06T17:14:12-05:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cajun/Creole Recipes, Cuisines, Recipes|Tags: |1 Comment
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