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How to Make a King Cake

No other bakery treat can beat King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Take a stab at making your own with this recipe from the Junior League of Lake Charles cookbook, "Marshes to Mansions." Download the recipe card, here. We want to see your creations! After baking, dress your cake up with Mardi…

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8 Things You'll Need for a Cajun Thanksgiving

It’s only a few more days until Thanksgiving. It’s so close, I can almost taste it! Of course every family has their traditions when it comes to the Thanksgiving Day and the menu. This year, I challenge you to give your dinner a touch of SPICE with some Cajun inspired dishes. 1. Add the “Trinity” to…

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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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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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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 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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#EatSWLA: Bayou Rum Hurricane Cocktail

I’ve experienced a few tropical storms and hurricanes and I have come to the conclusion that my kind of hurricane season is shaken with ice. Big thanks to Bayou Rum for coming up with this sweet sipping cocktail. Louisiana Spirits does an amazing job of distilling a variety of rums. This particular…

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