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A Little Bit of the French Quarter, Here in Central Texas

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Paula Jo and I had a very fine meal last Thursday evening at the French Quarter Grille, formerly Mama Roux. The tragic loss of the owners of that popular spot left a massive hole in the Cajun/Creole dining choices in Austin. Since that’s one of the […]

Is That Alligator? Sloppy Joes, Cajun Style

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Invented in America, the Sloppy Joe has become a staple from pubs to school cafeterias. It’s a classic quick-fix food, and depending on the care exercised, can be anywhere from hearty and satisfying to drecklich.

What’s interesting, though, is the way this sandwich has spread across […]

Mama Roux: So Good There's A Song About It, Sort Of...

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This restaurant is closed.

I took my troubles down to Mama Roux – You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth – She’s got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine, Sellin’ giant dishes of Love Potion Number Nine…

This is the way Lieber and Stoller would have […]

Down Home Cookin' in the French Quarter

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

Our first night in New Orleans, and we chose to see the French Quarter right away. Can you believe it? (I don’t count the previous evening, as we’d just arrived and were too tired to pub crawl explore properly.) It was a cool, dry […]

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 […]

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 […]