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Roast Pork and Tasso Gumbo Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 1 (4-pound) boneless Boston butt, untrimmed 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided 2 tablespoons ground black pepper, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil 10 ounces tasso ham, chopped 1 cup brown Stovetop Roux (recipe/instructions…

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Nellie Lutcher's Musical Journey

From Obscurity to Rythm and Blues Sensation 🎹🎶 Two years after the Great Fire in Lake Charles, a spark flared again that spread across the entire nation—Nellie Lutcher was born in 1912 and her life and talents shined bright both nationally and internationally for nearly a century. A trend-setter…

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History Comes to Life 🏛️

Living History Cemetery Tour, Oct 25 Early last year, my close friend and I were driving in his car going somewhere unimportant. We were near the lakeshore when he turned to me and said, “I want to show you something.” Over the last ten years, I’ve learned to recognize when Matt had a great idea…

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The Tuesday Farmers Market 🥕🍅🍯

Why You Should Bring the Whole Family “Mom, it’s Tuesday!” announces my son Connor as he bounces into my backseat in the after school pickup line. My little boys are in Kindergarten and fourth grade. They look forward to our Tuesday afternoons at the Cash & Carry Farmer's Market at the corner of…

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Great Fall Fun for Families in Lake Charles

Whether you want to play outdoors or in, hit a fall festival or enjoy a memorable meal, Lake Charles offers a full slate of family fun. Outdoor Parks & Playgrounds Ready to run and jump, swing and skate, play and putt? Lake Charles is calling you for a great family getaway this fall. Taking a…

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How to Make Shrimp Gumbo

If you’ve lived in Southwest Louisiana long enough, then you’ve probably heard the term “gumbo weather.” Gumbo weather is what we refer to as the first cool front – and by “cool front” I mean “lows in the 60s” – and it usually inspires all of us to run to the store for our favorite Cajun ingredients…

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Tailgating in Southwest Louisiana

Fall is coming for us, which means two things: relief from the summer heat (hopefully) and football! Whether your cheering for Local State University or Hometown Tech, personally we prefer our McNeese Cowboys, tailgating and other gatherings are sure to ensue no matter where you are. So why not…

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What to take home from Southwest Louisiana

When you travel, you probably like to take home a memento or two as reminders of the good time you had while on vacation – magnets, pens, keychains, t-shirts, postcards . . . you’ve seen the typical tourist shops! But if you want to take home something more unique to Southwest Louisiana (SWLA), here…

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