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How to Make a Roux

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…

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Trip Advisor Says: Best Comfort Food Spots

It’s been one of those days, and the only thing that is going to keep you from losing what’s left of your mind is to sit down next to a big ol’ plate of your FAVORITE comfort food. Here in Louisiana, we know comfort foods well. In fact, most of the region’s most popular meals are consider comfort…

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How to Make Shrimp Étouffée

I have a kind of embarrassing confession – I can never spell “étouffée” correctly. I get tripped up and lost on how many t’s, f’s, and e’s there are in this French word meaning “smothered.” And where do the accent marks go?? Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but my maiden name is LaBove…

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Craft Beer and Cajun Food Pairings: Part Two

Last month Crying Eagle Brewing Co . brewer Joel Prudhomme shared a few beer/food pairings that rocked our socks! I don't know about you, but I wanted more! With the crisp fall weather on its way and tailgating in full swing, we couldn't get 'em fast enough. Here are two more perfectly paired Crying…

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Craft Beer and Cajun Food Pairings: Part One

Perfect Pairings from a Crying Eagle Brewing Co . Brewer Pairing food with alcohol is less an exact science and more of a mysterious process of experimentation. Perfect pairings are something of a 1+1=3 kind of scenario in which you can taste and smell more in both the food and the beer together than…

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Tourist in My Backyard: Lake Charles Food

Sometimes the best days are the ones spent closest to home. And since I call Southwest Louisiana home, I’m surrounded by exotic flavors, hauntingly beautiful bayous, and colorful festivals. In order to appreciate all home has to offer, I regularly act as a tourist in my own backyard. Steeped in rich…

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