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Gumbeaux’s Gator's Time-saving Gumbo Recipe

Traditionally, there is the annual World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off where krewes and teams from around the area get together to compete for who makes the best gumbo while the public wanders from group to group sampling and filling up on savory bowls of delicious gumbo. With 2021's…

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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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5 Christmas Cocktails from Bayou Rum

Are you planning a party this holiday season? Impress your guests with Christmas cocktails that add sizzle and sparkle to your spirits. Enjoy these recipes made with Southwest Louisiana’s own Bayou Rum. 1. YULETIDE COCKTAIL 1.5 oz Bayou Spiced Rum .5 oz vanilla vodka 2 oz cranberry juice 2 oz…

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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 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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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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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 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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