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How to Make a Roux

8/28/2018 by Amos Orr
Posted In:  Culinary
Making a Roux is the basis of several Louisiana Creole and Cajun dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. There are several varieties of roux from white to dark; the coloring is based on how long it is cooked. It's a labor of love, but you don't have to be daunted by the process. Here is a step-by-step guide with a quick video at the bottom to help you
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Tailgating in Southwest Louisiana

8/28/2018 by Colten Miller
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 spice them up with some cajun and creole dishes? Being
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All You Need to Know about Boudin Wars - 2018

8/24/2018 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
Boudin is as much a part of Southern Louisiana culture as Cajun music or gumbo. And I’m here to tell you – if I had to choose between those – boudin would be my pick. If you’re a boudin enthusiast like me, OH HAPPY DAY - Boudin Wars is just around the corner. It’s like Christmas morning! WHEN: October 27 from 11 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Brimstone Museum
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A Cookie Scavenger Hunt with a Tasty Prize!

7/30/2018 by Amos Orr
Posted In:  Culinary
Like many people with the best of intentions, I try to watch what I eat, but there comes a time when I have to throw caution to the wind and indulge my cravings, especially when my curiosity is piqued by the allure of a scavenger hunt with the simple question: Where is Alice P? Fact: Life is better with a fresh-baked cookie! It was that simple
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Mama Reta Seems Like My Mama Too!

6/13/2018 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Culinary
Thursday “Gravy Day” at Mama Reta’s Kitchen. I know it’s been said before that we have incredible hospitality in the South. And, while that is true, there are some people who take Southern Hospitality to a different level. It’s the “treating you like family” kind of hospitality that really makes you have a genuine smile with crinkles around your eyes and a warm glow in your heart. Well, that’s what eating at Mama Reta’s Kitchen is like.
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International Chef Amanda Cusey Brings a Unique Flair to The Villa’s Kitchen

5/25/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
In late 2016, internationally-trained chef Amanda Cusey was looking for an executive chef position in the Lake Area. At the same time, Mike Sperandeo was gearing up to open his new restaurant, The Villa , and was searching for a stellar chef. The timing could not have been better for both. It was a perfect match. As a child, Amanda moved around the
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Downtown at Sundown 2018 Concert Highlights

5/17/2018 by Colten Miller
What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the backdrop of the downtown Lake Charles with great music from hot bands drifting into the sunset? How about four Fridays of cool, FREE outdoor concerts? It’s one of my favorite events – Downtown at Sundown . It’s the perfect mix of cool nightlife, foodie finds, local art and family fun. Set up
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