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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hey Y'all, It's Boudin Cookoff Time!

Coming soon to Lafayette, Louisiana, is one of the major festivals in the whole culinary world: The Boudin Cook-Off. When, exactly, you ask? Well, don’t go to their website for that answer; it’s not there. Google will tell you it’s on the 17th, at Parc Sans Souci.

It’s only a one-day event, but there will […]

Fish 4 Friday: Intense Creole Fish Stew

Some Creole dishes are just plain hot. Think about it: “mild” and “habañero” just don’t get used in the same sentence. And as a community service (that means No Charge to You, this time), the basement elves from the Underground’s Department of Soft-Hearted Litigation Avoidance have asked me to warn you: This Stew Uses […]