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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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Cajun Cookin' Words to Know

One thing that sets Louisiana apart from anywhere else in the United States is our delicious food. We always have a reason to gather and eat! The food in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is prepared by people who know what to do with the bounty that nature provides. But, if you’re visiting the area…

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Catch and Cook

Have you ever experienced the thrill of being out on the water, rod and reel in hand, when you suddenly feel a strike from a redfish or speckled trout as it hits the end of your line? If not, you certainly should. How could it get any better you ask? Try dining on your catch that same day. Looking…

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Why You Should Take a Velvet Pig Cooking Class

I love to cook. Well…I LOVE to eat and while eating out in Lake Charles is totally worth it – a true Southern belle should know her way around the kitchen. Right? Right! Over the last 10 years, my love for cooking has rubbed off on my husband (He’s a pretty good sous chef, by the way!). While…

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