Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bayou Breakfast Burgers + Time for Downtown Alive

Happy Fall, Ya'll! Here's a Cajun favorite that is perfect for breakfast or anytime you want a sinfully delicious treat. These scrumptious burgers will please your family and guests and have them going back for more. Paired with my Spicy Cajun Fries, and my Bloody Mary Remoulade Sauce, I can assure you that they are worth blowing your diet for, cher! You can always dance the calories off!  Bon appetit!


For the burger:

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 tbs. Tabasco sauce

1 tbs. liquid smoke
1 tbs. prepared horseradish
2 tbs.'s minced garlic

1/2 cup green onions, chopped fine
2  jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp.'s salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

6 large burger buns
3 tbs.'s butter, melted

Place meat and all other ingredients in large bowl and mix gently, but thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into 6 patties and cover with foil and chill for one or more hours.

Preheat gas grill on medium- high heat or charcoal grill on medium- high and cook for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, for medium. Melt cheese slices during the last 3 minutes. Baste buns with melted butter and grill to the side for 5 minutes to toast.

Garnish with bacon, tomato, and fried egg, and serve with with Bloody Mary Remoulade Sauce, recipe below.

For the sauce:

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. vodka (optional)
1 tbsp. Creole mustard
1 tbsp. horseradish
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp. celery salt
Salt to taste

Combine in a medium bowl and chill until ready to serve.

For the fries:

4 large white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch strips
2 tbs.'s olive oil
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried parsley
Salt to taste

In large bowl, toss the potatoes in the olive oil to coat. Combine the spices and toss with the potatoes until evenly covered. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange potatoes in a single layer. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Fab!

Time for Downtown Alive

It's that wonderful time of year again for the Fall concert season of Downtown Alive in downtown Lafayette. This year's stellar line-up kicked off on Friday with Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun. Geaux Wayne! What a blast it was! For a complete schedule, click here.

Hope you all are having a fun and fab weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cajun Brunch Favorites + Bayou Boogie

With recent house guests visiting form Florida, I wanted to prepare a special meal and decided to have a brunch gathering with guests bringing a summer salad or dessert.  Here are a few of my favorite brunch faves that I served and they are all out of this world! Guaranteed to please, cher! Links to recipes below.

Cajun Brunch Menu

 Cajun Bloody Mary's 

Crawfish Dip w/ Pastry Shells  *   Crab Stuffed Jalapenos 

Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip that I took of one of my "all time" favorite bands, playing one of my "all time" favorite songs.  The Red Beans and Rice Band Revue was rockin' the crowd at Festival Acadiens. Grab a cold drink and crank it up for this one, cher!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cajun Fourth of July Favorites

Almost time for one of my favorite holidays and I've been tweaking my menu and planning our annual Fourth of July cookout. It's supposed to be hot and humid, so this will definitely be a poolside bash. And this is what I have on the menu, so far, and who knows what else I'll be adding! Plus, we'll be boiling some fabulous Spicy Cajun Boiled Crabs, since crab season is in full swing here in Cajun country. And when I tell you that it's all out of this world, then you know that I mean it, cher!  Bon appetit!

Cajun Jalapeno Cheeseburgers

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 tbs. Tabasco sauce
1 tbs. liquid smoke
2 tbs.'s minced garlic
1 tbs. prepared horseradish
1 bunch green onions, including tops, chopped 
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp.'s salt
2 jalapenos, sliced
8 slices cheddar cheese

Melted butter
Hamburger buns

Place beef in large bowl and add all other burger ingredients, except jalapenos and cheese. Mix gently and form into 8 (1/4 lb.each) patties. Place one pattie on a plate and layer with jalapenos and cheese slice.  Top with another pattie and seal edges together. Grill directly on a medium hot grill for about 10 to 15 minutes on each side. Brush buns with melted butter and grill on indirect heat until toasted, while burgers are cooking. Garnish with your favorite hamburger fixins. FAB! Makes 4 (1/2) pound burgers.

(click on title to view recipes)  

Spicy Cajun Crab Dip

Bayou Buffalo Wings

Spicy Boiled Shrimp Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Bayou Bourbon Beans

 Strawberry Lemonade

1 (1/2) cups sugar
4 cups water
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, washed, and cut in half
1 cup lemon juice, 4 large lemons

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in small saucepan and cook and stir on medium heat until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Combine the remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, and the strawberries in blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a 2 quart pitcher and add cooled sugar mixture and lemon juice. Stir well and add crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slices and strawberries.

Frozen Pina Coladas (my favorite)

1 1/2 oz. light rum
2 oz. cream of coconut
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 cup fresh frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup crushed ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy! Serve in your favorite cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Wishing ya'll a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!!! Merci beaucoup for passing by, cher!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Scrumptious Cajun Sides + Bayou Boogie

With the Memorial Day holiday just a day away,  I've been going through all of my favorite cook-out recipes and taking family requests. And I just wanted to share a few of the scrumptious sides that I will be preparing for our annual Memorial Day cook out. Cest bon, cher! Bon appetit!

Creole Potato Salad

5 lbs. red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
1 large dill pickle, chopped fine
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup,  more or less, light mayonnaise
1/4 cup Creole mustard
2 tbs.'s yellow mustard
1 tbs. Creole or Cajun seasoning
Salt to taste

Place the potatoes and the eggs in a large pot of water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Water line should be 2 inches above potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile mix the sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, and mustard in a large bowl. Add the potatoes and mix gently, while they are still warm. Add the chopped eggs, dill pickle, onions, celery, Creole seasoning, and salt, and mix gently until well combined. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley and a sprinkling of more Creole seasoning

 Cajun 7 Layer Taco Salad

Crab and Shrimp Jambalaya

Cajun Grilled Corn on the Cob w/ Cajun Butter

Creole Shrimp Pasta Salad

Spinach Parmesan Bread

For more of my cook-out recipes, click here.
Bayou Boogie

Here's another little clip that I took at this year's Festival International. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas were moving the crowd and there was a whole lotta nitty-gritty dancin' going on.
Let the good times, roll, cher!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Memorial Day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cajun Grilled Favorites + Festival Fun

The weather has been perfect for grilling and I've been grilling up a storm. Here are a few of my family's grilled faves that are all out of this world and are so quick and easy to prepare. I will be posting some scrumptious sides to go along with these, so stay tuned.  Bon appetit!

Spicy Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

Cajun BBQ Chicken w/ Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Cajun Grilled Veggie Kabobs w/ Lemon Butter Sauce

Cajun Blackened Grilled Catfish

Cajun Grilled Pork Chops

Festival Fun

We are right in the middle of the Spring festival season in Cajun country and we've been having a blast! Going on this weekend in downtown Lafayette is the 30th Anniversary Festival International de Louisiane. For a complete schedule, click here.

And here's a little clip that I took at Bach Lunch at Parc Sans Souci in Lafayette. The Revelers were rockin' the crowd. Let the good times roll, cher! Merci beaucoup for passing by!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spicy Cajun Crawfish Casserole + Time for Downtown Alive

Tis the season for crawfish and there seems to be a bumper crop this year due to the mild winter we had. You might say that we're "on a tear" and are eating them every which way imaginable.  Here's another family favorite that is just perfect for anytime you want a sinfully delicious meal. Allons manger, cher! Bon appetit!

Spicy Cajun Crawfish Casserole

1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup each, red and green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
2 tsp.'s garlic, minced
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
1/2 stick butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 soup can half n' half
1 (1/2) lbs. peeled crawfish tails
1 tsp. or more Cajun seasoning
Few shakes Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Melt butter on medium heat, in large,  heavy skillet. Saute' the first 5 ingredients in the butter , until soft. (about 10 minutes)

Add crawfish, seasoning, parsley, and green onions, and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add soup, half n' half, and Tabasco, and mix well.

Fold in the rice and half of the cheese, mixing gently, but well. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs and remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees, for 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve with a big tossed salad and a good loaf of crusty, French bread. Scrumptious!

Time for Downtown Alive 

It's that time again to spring forward and for the Spring Downtown Alive concert series. Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars will be kicking off this year's season on Friday evening at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. Here's a little clip of this "hot as Tabasco" band rockin' the crowd at Festival Acadiens.  For a complete schedule, click here.

Wishing ya'll a fun and fabulous weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Spicy Shrimp and Okra Jambalaya + Bayou Boogie

Here's another family fave that is perfect for a Sunday brunch or a scrumptious week night supper. It is a very versatile recipe and can be adapted to suit your own taste. Sometimes I add a few links of Andouille sausage for a greater variety of textures and flavors. Out of this world, cher, and so easy for those busy days! Enjoy!

Spicy Shrimp and Okra Jambalaya


1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 links of Andouille sausage, sliced and browned
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cups fresh or frozen okra
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped 
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
2 Tbs.'s Worcestershire sauce
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 cups water
1 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
2 cups raw rice
On medium heat, melt butter in large Dutch oven, and add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes. Add sausage, okra, and tomatoes,  and stir and cook for 5 more minutes. Add shrimp, and creole seasoning, and stir for 5 more minutes. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat, add rice, stir and cover, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with my , Cajun Hush Puppies, (recipe below),  and a big tossed salad. Cest bon, cher!

Cajun Jalapeno Hush Puppies

1 (1/2) cups yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp.'s baking powder
2 eggs
1  jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup milk
Oil for frying

Mix cornmeal, sugar, seasonings, baking powder, and flour in large bowl.
Add the eggs, first, then the milk, and chopped jalapenos and mix well.
With a melon scoop, drop by scoopfuls into hot oil, in a cast iron
skillet. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

I also like to fry up a big batch of crispy catfish strips,  (link below) and serve them with my Creole Tartar Sauce. Enjoy!

Spicy Cajun Catfish Strips

Bayou Boogie

Some call having a king cake party, a Mardi Gras tradition, while others call it an obsession.  Here's a little clip of this year's king cake party at Jerry Spanger's place in Breaux Bridge. Crank it up for this one and dance that king cake off, cher! Merci for passing by!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

King Cake Bread Pudding + More Mardi Gras Faves

It's time for some serious Mardi Grawin', ya'll, and I've been tweaking my menu for a little "after the parade" party that I'm having on Lundi Gras. Of course, I'll be serving a lot of traditional Mardi Gras dishes, but will also be adding a decadent new dessert. This King Cake Bread Pudding is just heavenly and is a perfect blend of decadent King Cake, and a "to die for" Bourbon-Cream Cheese Frosting. (recipe below) Sinfully delicious. cher! Bon Appetit!

King Cake Bread Pudding

1  small "day old" King Cake, cubed
2 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp.'s cinnamon
1 tsp. almond extract
Purple, green, and yellow, sugar crystals

Place the cake cubes in a lightly greased, 13x9 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, half and half, milk, sugars, and almond extract. Whisk until well blended and spoon mixture evenly over cake cubes and press down to evenly coat.

Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Cool and then frost with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting. (recipe below) Sprinkle with colored sugars. Fab!

Bourbon - Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
4 tbs.'s butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 shot bourbon 

Combine cream cheese and butter in mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Stir in bourbon and beat in sugar until well combined. Divine!

For more of my Mardi Gras desserts, click here.

For my Mardi Gras Menu, click here.

For my Mardi Gras drinks, click here.

Wishing you all a safe,  fun filled, and HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!! Have a blast, cher! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cajun Super Bowl Menu + Mardi Gras Fun

It's almost time for Super Bowl 50 and I wanted to share some of my favorite party recipes that I will be preparing for my family and guests. They are all out of this world and are guaranteed to please at your Game Day gathering or your Mardi Gras celebration. Cest bon, cher! And for starters, why not try one of these Cajun Beer-Garitas. Cheers!

Cajun Beer-Garita

2 tbs.'s coarse salt
1 lime wedge
3 oz.'s white tequilla
1 oz. triple sec
2 oz.'s fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. green Tabasco sauce
1  bottle of beer, chilled

Place salt on saucer. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip glass in salt to coat rim. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, Tabasco, and crushed ice into blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Pour into half of a Margarita glass and turn a beer upside down into the glass.

Cajun Super Bowl Menu

Smoky Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip

1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
3 strips smoked bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1/2 cup light mayo
4 tbs.'s low fat buttermilk
4 tbs.'s light sour cream
1/4 cup green onions, chopped fine
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Salt and Tabasco to taste

Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk until well blended. Chill for 1 hour. Serve with fresh veggies or crackers.

 Also great with my Bayou Buffalo Wings.

Mini Muffalettas

Kahlua Fudge Cupcakes

Mardi Gras Fun

Mardi Gras season is in full swing in Cajun country and parades are rolling and there are parties galore, with lots of fun and great food everywhere you go. Here are a few pics from the Krewe de Cheins parade, (aka the doggie parade) that rolled through downtown Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day.

(click on photos to enlarge)

Stay tuned for lots of fabulous Mardi Gras eats and videos. Merci beaucoup for passing by!