Gulf Coast Shrimp Boil

Gulf Coast Shrimp Boil Pin it

I love shrimp season in Acadiana.  The opening of the Vermilion Bay inshore waters in late May signals the start of an endless summer supply of fresh Gulf shrimp.  While I’m ready with a stack of recipes, there is no denying that a simple backyard Gulf Coast Shrimp Boil is the purest (and best) recipe …

Jockamo Chicken with Fettuccine in a Smoked Tasso Cream Reduction

Jockamo Chicken with Fettuccine in a Smoked Tasso Cream Reduction Pin it

Chicken just got a Cajun makeover in this Jockamo Chicken with Fettuccine in a Smoked Tasso Cream recipe featuring the malty flavor of beer in a cream reduction.  Spiked with seasoned tasso ham and grated Romano cheese, we’re elevating chicken to new heights. Not sure exactly how it happened, but there’s been a cruel trick …

Grilled Apricot and Herb Salad

Grilled Apricot and Herb Salad with Pistachios and Lavender Buds Pin it

Lazy summer days in the South are for eating light and this Grilled Apricot and Herb Salad keys on the freshest fruit and garden herbs you can source in a tasty (and healthy) combination.  Time to slow down and enjoy life. Life is moving fast–too fast.  It’s June already and it seems that May just …

Louisiana Seafood Salad with Creole Citrus Vinaigrette

Louisiana Seafood Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Pin it

It doesn’t get any fresher than this: Gulf shrimp and lump crabmeat combine with a zesty Creole dressing in this light Louisiana Seafood Salad with fresh coastal flavors.  And it’s easy with this simple recipe. With the summer vacation season here, most of Acadiana has already packed up and headed east to white sand beaches–Gulf …

Fish Tacos Along The Coast

Gulf Coast Fish Tacos Pin it

Old Mandeville on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain is one of my beloved stopping points along I-12 in southeast Louisiana.  Just across the causeway from New Orleans, this quaint village has some of the best little joints and dives in the entire state including this one serving fish tacos featuring fresh grouper from Gulf waters. …

Blood Orange Salad

Blood Orange Salad is an elegant start to any dinner. Pin it

Blood orange.  I just like the sound of it.  A citrus so ripe, rich and juicy it bleeds flavor.  It drips intense, acidic plasma that drains the life out of the fruit.  Ok, so I’m dramatizing a bit.  But, just a bit.  These are orgasmic oranges with a bright and biting taste that begs for …

Oysters Voisin Bisque

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As an ingredient in my Oysters Voisin Bisque, oysters are a contrast.  They are as strong and impenetrable as they are gentle and delicate.  Much like the late Mike Voisin from Terrebonne Parish. Up until his untimely passing, this great man was the champion of Louisiana’s oyster fishermen and a stalwart leader in the Louisiana …

Crabmeat-Stuffed Artichoke

Louisiana Crabmeat Stuffed Artichoke Pin it

When I saw the large artichokes stacked high at the produce stand, I knew in an instant that crabmeat-stuffed artichoke would be the perfect starter for Sunday night’s dinner party.  It was time to get stuffing. Though hardly Cajun, globe artichokes are actually a cultivated variety of thistle.  But, in the hands of an adventurous cook, …

Strawberry Muffins

Louisiana Strawberry Muffins Pin it

Scratch-baking a batch of strawberry muffins sounds like a lot of work for a fruit that is so easily consumed simply piled high atop a scoop of ice cream or morning bowl of cereal, but there is a reason.  When baked, Louisiana strawberries take on a deeper and richer taste – a syrupy sweet depth …

Crawfish Stuffed Avocado

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This Crawfish Stuffed Avocado is perfect this time of year since fresh crawfish are a spring rite of passage in Acadiana.  The variations of usage are endless, and creative expression runs rampant in Cajun and Creole kitchens alike.  This is an especially good season for crawfish with the gentle winter temperature combined with early rains …