Pan Seared Grouper with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice (blog, G2G)

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Lightly pan seared in coconut oil and served over a bed of jasmine rice perfumed with freshly grated coconut, this Grouper with Mango Salsa is an island recipe that brings back memories of a time long ago. Ask my daughter Lauren, and she will tell you the best family vacation she’s ever taken was to …

Shaved Brussels Slaw (G2G, blog)

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With the first crunchy bite, you’ll fall in love with Brussels with this tasty Shaved Brussels Slaw recipe. The surprise is that with each bite it gets even tastier as you discovered the hidden flavors inside. My wife Roxanne has a way with fresh vegetables, especially the green, leafy variety. Raw, steamed, charred, smothered, or …

Good Gravy! Acadiana’s Rice and Gravy Culture (need photos,recipe and dish, not boudin cream gravy)

Rice is honest, straightforward food and a staple in every Cajun pantry.  South Louisiana produces more of the grain than most any other region of America. The flat plains of western Acadiana in Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes are a low-lying area where rice farming is especially abundant. But rice is much more than just …

Chicken Tortilla Soup (G2G, blog)

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Tangy, spicy, and full of chicken flavor, my Chicken Tortilla Soup is a Mexican soup classic. It brings maximum flavor with minimum effort. For me, soup is a simple dinner meal that delivers flavor and comfort in a bowl. If you’ve spent any time at my Acadiana Table, you no doubt know my love affair …

2019 Places To Eat: Top 12 Legendary Lafayette Restaurants (G2G, blog)

Celebrating the local restaurant scene in Lafayette has been an annual affair ever since the local tourist bureau created the summer-long Eat Lafayette ad campaign.  The brainchild of local PR pro Julie Calzone and tourism head Ben Berthelot, it is a way to highlight the homegrown eateries that showcase local fare and to urge diners …

Black Bean Soup (G2G, blog)

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I’ve had a lifelong Latin love affair with frijoles negros (black beans)—a dark and mysterious recipe that I just can’t get enough of. And once you’ve loaded a spoonful of my steaming hot Black Bean Soup topped with a cold dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of red onions and chopped cilantro, you’ll become a Latin …

Smoked Sausage and Quail Jambalaya (G2G, blog, with Richard’s andouille for Fall)

a classic Cajun recipe for quail. Pin it

My love for quail, no, my obsession for any Cajun recipe that has quail as the central ingredient, drives me in my creative quest for the ultimate dish using this tasty bird. No doubt, you’ve seen my quail gumbo, my stuffed quail, smothered quail, and fried quail, so why not a quail jambalaya. And these …

Top 10 Signs You Are Eating Real Cajun Food (brown rice?, Richard’s sausage?)

In every culinary culture there are certain misconceptions and downright mistakes that if allowed to perpetuate will work to erode the authenticity and traditional foundation of the cuisine.  For instance, authentic Mexican cuisine is still in a tailspin since the introduction of the processed cheese-drenched, piled-high nacho nightmare of the 1970s. Our precious Cajun culinary …

Chilled Seafood Salad with Two Dressings

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Ice-cold shrimp and chilled lump crabmeat need nothing more than a tasty dressing or two to complete a casual springtime meal. And my recipe for Chilled Seafood Salad with Two Dressings keeps it simple and light—two ingredients for an easy dinner. Anytime Roxanne and I visit Biloxi, Mississippi, we make a beeline to our favorite …

24-Carrot Puréed Gold: Carrot Ginger Soup

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You might approach your first spoonful of this Carrot Ginger Soup with a bit of culinary doubt, but trust me. When the flavors explode on your tongue, you’ll be back for a second, third, fourth, well, you get the message. And you’ll be getting compliments galore from family and friends. And I call it 24-Carrot …