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Tales From the Road: Never Eat at Mother's

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never lie down with a woman who has more troubles than you. And never, ever eat at a place called Mom’s.

Anybody who studies life extensively will be able to cite these principles and more. They’re universal, […]

A Great Way to Start December: Road Trip to New Orleans!

Starting this morning, we’re on a raid road trip to New Orleans, in the next-door country of Louisiana. The American Chemical Society is holding a big party regional meeting, and we’re going as a group to present some chemical research. And eat spicy Cajun. And tour the rue Bourbon.

It’s purely educational, of course.

Seven of […]

Friday Follies: Cajun Seasoning Wars Heat Up, and So Long, Jolt

One of the world’s great commercial treasures, the Cajun seasoning company Walker & Sons (makers of the “Slap Ya Mama” line of Cajun seasoning), has taken the spice wars to a level not seen since the British East India Company sought to dominate the spice routes from far Cathay. You see, they’re suing “Punch […]

Fish 4 Friday: Shrimp Étouffée

If you watch Emeril Live (and who doesn’t?) you’ve probably seen him make this dish. As a naturalized Cajun, Emeril knows how to make this stuff well! And I learned how from him. After all, we’re bestest buds now that I stood in line for seven hours to get one of his books autographed […]

Salmagundi: Some Cajun Cooking Sites

Not a lot crackin’ today; been cruising that Interwebz thingie, though, and I’ve found a few interesting places to stop by:

Cajun Cooking Recipes. A simple, no-frills site. This one does have recipes for alligator, armadillo, bear, beaver, blackbird and other important supplementary protein sources (for those of you who like to supplement, that is).

Cajun […]

Fish 4 Friday: Even Easier Jambalaya

Some folks had the audacity to complain mentioned that the Jambalaya I shared way back on October 1 was a little bit difficult to make. Me, I don’t see what the problem is but I decided to share an even easier version. I dug around in the Way Back Stack of Dad’s Chile Cookbook […]

Cooking Cajun: You'll Roux the Day You Don't Read This!

The word “roux” brings smiles to the faces of some folk, and strikes fear into the hearts of many others. Let’s cut to the chase here; it’s just a thickener, people! Nothing to fear. If you’ve been to Cordon Bleu school or such (and who hasn’t?) then you already appreciate the roux. It’s the […]

Fish 4 Friday: Cajun Fish Tacos

Some fella once quipped that the catfish was the Cajun state bird. Me, I think that’s pretty mean. So mean, in fact, that I stopped laughing as soon as my ribs started to hurt. (No sense in taking things too far!) There is one thing, though, that the Cajun Nation has right: Catfish is […]