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Garden Update: Okra’s Up!

Where did the word “gumbo” come from? From Africa, the home of okra. Gumbo means okra. In more ways than one! Nowadays gumbo means a great stew or soup, usually of Cajun or Creole style, with all sorts of goodies in it. Including okra. (Wouldn’t be gumbo without okra.)

Okra is amazingly easy to grow […]

Fish 4 Friday: Creole Tilapia, Easy Peasy Dinner

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011» , RdJ Marathon»

Tilapia comes from an African tribe’s word for fish. Simple, eh? Tilapia are warm-water fish, with a white, almost fat-free flesh that flakes nicely when baked. According to Wikipedia, tilapia are the 5th most important fish in aquaculture, behind species like salmon, […]

Book of the Month: Who's Your Mama?

There are plenty of Cajun and Creole cookbooks out there, including some award winners. Marcelle Bienvenu has written several. None are more interesting, or have been better received, than the Book of the Month: “Who’s Your Mama, Is She Catholic, and Can She Make a Roux?” If you enjoy Cajun and Creole, this book should […]