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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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How To Host a Crawfish Boil

Just as we look forward to the first cold front of the fall to bust out our favorite gumbo pot, we anxiously anticipate the first warm, sunny weekend that just begs for the perfect crawfish boil. There’s nothing like gathering your favorite people, local craft brews, and creative signature cocktails…

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Eating Healthy and Staying Fit in Lake Charles

When many people think of Louisiana, they think of fried seafood, beignets, sugary, sweet frozen drinks and a dozen other Southern culinary delights that redefine the word “decadent.” Louisiana is also the land of continuous celebrations. So, when you have the choice between going to the gym or…

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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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How to Make Jambalaya

My Maw-Maw was a great little 4’11 Cajun lady from Cameron by way of New Iberia. One of my family’s favorite things to remember about Maw-Maw was that every day, first thing in the morning, she would put on the coffee pot and the rice pot at the same time - even if she hadn’t yet decided what to…

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How to Enjoy a Rainy Day in Lake Charles

Rainy day got you down? Don’t worry, there is plenty to do right here in Lake Charles even when the weather is not so nice. A personal rainy day favorite of mine is bowling at Petro Bowl. Which is always fun for the whole family. Been wanting to catch that new blockbuster? Now’s your chance at…

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How to Clean Your Catch

Spring is a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are biting! Here in Southwest Louisiana, we without-a-doubt have some of the best fishing around. Lake Charles’ proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the rich marshlands along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road…

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Spring Birding in Southwest Louisiana (Part 1)

Looking back now, I don’t know that I’ve ever fully appreciated the incredible fortune of being raised in the wetlands of Southwest Louisiana. I consider myself lucky. Lucky to have a father who to this day spends his every free moment guiding his boat through the seemingly endless, winding trails…

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How to Eat Boiled Crawfish

In Louisiana, every meal is a celebration. One of my favorite food festivities is a crawfish boil. Boiled in a large pot and liberally seasoned, it's not unusual to see a single person go through at least 5 pounds of these delicious critters. Not to mention my hubby, who can peel through 10+ pounds…

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