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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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#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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#EatSWLA: Truffle Mac & Cheese

I get it. We are smack dab in the middle of swimsuit season and I’m posting about macaroni and cheese. What is my deal?! I can’t help it - I’ve had an insatiable craving for carbs and cheese. It could be that I’m 6 months pregnant, or it could be that this recipe from Ember Grille & Wine Bar has not…

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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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#EatSWLA: Abita & Cane Syrup Glazed Shrimp Recipe

Summer and shrimp just go together. One recipe that I feel head over heels in love with was Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill’s Abita & Cane Syrup Glazed Shrimp. Don’t let the ingredients throw you off. I love cane syrup, and leave it to L’Auberge Casino Resort’s award-winning chef Lyle Brossard to pair it…

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#EatSWLA: Calcasieu Crawfish and Grits

Growing up in Central Louisiana, my dinner plate didn’t often showcase fresh seafood. Sure – there are great places to find seafood in that part of Louisiana, but it wasn’t as easy as it is here in Cajun Country! One dish I was always dying to try was Cajun Shrimp and Grits. I love grits. I love…

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Cajun Oyster Stew

Back in the day, New Orleans’ cooks created a butter and cream-based oyster soup that was so rich it was referred to as oyster stew. The creamy offering is really delicious, but being born and raised in SWLA—Lake Charles — I prefer an oyster stew that represents my SWLA roots, one prepared with a…

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#EatSWLA: Dirty Rice (aka Rice Dressing)

November is here and you KNOW what that means…Thanksgiving. If your Thanksgiving is anything like mine, we begin planning the menu weeks in advance. We also receive our dish assignments. You know – who is bring what. One dish that is always on the table (especially is Cajun Country), and I eagerly…

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