Monday, November 17, 2014

Blackened Catfish Tacos + A Cajun Waltz

Here's a Cajun favorite that is so quick and easy for those busy days. Scrumptious blackened catfish,  wrapped up in a soft taco with all the trimmings. When I tell you that they're delicious, then you know that I mean it, cher! Cest bon, cher! And stay tuned for some Cajun Thanksgiving faves.



4 catfish fillets
Blackened seasoning (recipe below)
1 stick of butter

Shredded lettuce
Tomatoes, chopped
Red onions, sliced
8 soft tacos
Remoulade sauce

Blackened Seasoning

1 tbs. paprika
1 tbs. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Mix seasoning in a large shallow bowl. Dredge fish in spice mixture.

Heat butter over medium heat, in a large skillet. Place fish in pan and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove and drain on paper towels. Cut each catfish into bite sized pieces and place evenly on soft tacos. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and top with remoulade sauce. (recipe below) Fab!

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. yellow mustard 

1 tsp. Creole or Dijon mustard
1 tsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp.'s. prepared horseradish
2 tbs.'s white onions, minced

1 tbs. fresh parsley, minced
1/2 tsp. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. lemon juice
Salt  to taste

Few drops Tabasco 
  
Combine all ingredients in bowl and blend thoroughly. Chill for 1 hour, before serving. Out of this world and great with any seafood.


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A Cajun Waltz

We had an absolute blast recently at the 40th anniversary of Festival Acadiens in Lafayette. It was hot and humid, but no one seemed to mind and it surely didn't stop this bunch of Cajuns from dancing to the more than 50 bands that performed throughout the 3 day event. Here's a little clip that I took of Wayne Toups, jammin' with the Pineleaf Boys,  and playing a Cajun waltz on the Sunday afternoon. Hope you all are having a fun and happy week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Cajun Fourth of July Preview

 Here are a few of the delectable recipes that we'll be preparing for the 4th. Sure to please your family and guests and totally worth the calories, cher! Bon Appetit!

Cajun Muffaletta Dip










Spicy Cajun Crab Dip







Cajun Grilled Chicken Wings




Cajun BBQ Chicken w/ Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Chicken breasts, thighs, legs,
or 1 whole cut-up chicken 
Cajun rub, (recipe below)
Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce
   
Rub spice mixture into chicken, then shake on Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce on both sides and cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat grill and grill  on medium heat,  for about 30 to 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Baste often with BBQ sauce. Scrumptious!
 
Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cane syrup
2 tbs.'s Creole or Dijon mustard
1 tbs. Liquid Smoke
1 tbs. or more, chipotle sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs.'s onion, minced
Salt and Tabasco to taste
Combine bourbon and sugar in saucepan and heat and stir on medium heat, until sugar melts.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a little water, if needed. Use as a basting sauce and make extra for dipping. Finger lickin' good!

Cajun Rub
2 tsb.'s salt
1 tbs. cayenne pepper
1 tbs. black pepper
2 tbs.'s smoky paprika
2 tbs.'s garlic powder
2 tbs.'s onion powder
1 tbs. dried parsley
1 tbs. dried thyme

Combine all in food processor and pulse until well blended. Store any remaining rub in an airtight container.



 Cajun Rice Dressing









Loaded Baked Potato Salad



Spicy Saints Burgers









Creole Summer Salad











Cajun Grilled Corn on the Cob









Happy 4th ya'll! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sinful Summer Desserts + Bayou Boogie

With summer in full swing in Cajun country, I am making a few of my favorite summer desserts. I just love to cool down after a dip in the pool with a luscious cold treat. Think cool, think yummy, and think sinfully delicious! Guaranteed to please your family and guests, and just perfect for your Father's Day celebration! Bon appetit!

Banana Pudding Squares

Crust

2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1/4 cup sugar
4 to 5 tbs.'s butter, melted

Combine and press evenly into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish and bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely and evenly place a layer of bananas on top of crust and set aside. Make filling.

Filling

4 eggs
2 large cans Pet milk
1 cup sugar
2 medium bananas, sliced

Heat milk in medium saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour the eggs into the milk and return to low heat and add sugar. Continue cooking on low, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and pour
over prepared crust.
Cover and chill for 2 hours and top with whipped cream. (recipe below)

 Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the whipping cream and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir in the powdered sugar and mix on low, with an electric hand mixer until peaks form. ( about 3 to 4 minutes) Spread filling evenly on top of bananas and chill for 2 hours.



Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with chopped pecans and cherries if desired. Divine!

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And here are a few more family faves that are just heavenly on a hot day.

Lemon Icebox Pie












Chocolate Eclair Cake



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Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip that I took of the fabulous The Pine Leaf Boys band, playing at Festival International 14'. Grab a cold one and crank it up for this one cher! Cheers!



Hope ya'll have a fun and fab weekend! Merci beaucoup for passing by!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cajun Memorial Day Faves


With Memorial Day coming right up, I've been going through my summer recipes and trying to decide what this year's menu will include. I usually just ask my family what they would like and go from there. We'll be firing up the grill for a "kick off to summer bash" and here are a few of the many recipes that are on this year's "must have" list for our family holiday cook out. Enjoy!


Creole Bloody Marys (for starters)

1 cup vodka
4 cups tomato juice, chilled
2 tbs.'s lemon juice
2 tbs.'s Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs.'s horseradish
Tabasco to taste
Few shakes of celery salt
Celery sticks for garnish

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until well combined. Serve over ice and garnish with celery sticks. Cheers, cher!

 Creamy Crawfish Dip

 



 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.

 

Spicy Cajun Grilled Chicken

Mardi Gras Slaw











 Bayou Bourbon Beans










Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cane syrup
2 tbs.'s Creole or Dijon mustard
1 tbs. Liquid Smoke
1 tbs. or more, chipotle sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs.'s onion, minced
Salt and Tabasco to taste

Combine bourbon and sugar in saucepan and heat and stir on medium heat, until sugar melts.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a little water, if needed. Use as a basting sauce and make extra for dipping.


 

Blueberry Bread Pudding w/ Lemon Sauce



And who knows what else! Wishing all of you a fun-filled holiday weekend and a safe and Happy Memorial Day! Merci beaucoup for passing by!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cajun Mother's Day Brunch

It's almost time for one of my favorite holidays and for someone else to do the cooking. My dear son is planning a Mother's Day Brunch for me and family members and friends and this is what he has so far. He's including my faves and a few surprises, too and I can't wait to see what he might come up with. And add on top of all of this, he'll be boiling some Spicy Cajun Boiled Shrimp and Crawfish. Cest bon, cher!

 Bon appetit!

Mother's Day Mimosas
 
3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1 ounce triple sec
4 ounces dry champagne

Combine in a champagne flute and garnish with fresh strawberries.  Heavenly!
Cheers, cher!






And a big batch of these cool, frozen Pina Coladas.













Cajun Crawfish Bread










Cajun Crab Dip (my fave)





Cajun Eggs Benedict Casserole

2 to 3 links Andouille sausage, or 12 ounces Canadian bacon, diced 
1 16. oz loaf French bread
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp. or more Cajun seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
 
         
Tear bread into bite sized pieces and place in a buttered 9x13 inch casserole dish. Brown sausage  in skillet and drain excess oil. Place half of the sausage on top of the bread pieces. Whisk eggs, milk, and seasonings in bowl and pour over sausage layer. Top with remaining sausage, parsley, and green onions.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for 15 more minutes or until set. Let rest for 10 minutes and top with Spicy Hollandaise Sauce. (recipe below)

Spicy Hollandaise Sauce

3 large egg yolks
1 tbs. cold water
1 stick of butter cut into pieces
1 tbs. Creole or Dijon mustard
Few shakes of Tabasco
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Set a heatproof bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Whisk egg yolks with water until thickened. (about 5 minutes). Whisk in butter gradually until melted. Season with Cajun seasoning and keep warm until ready to serve. Stir in lemon juice, Tabasco, and Creole mustard.

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 Fresh Fruit Platter w/ Pina Colada Dip




Fresh Veggie Platter w/ Smoky Blue Cheese Dip

1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
4 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 and serve with fresh veggies or crackers.





Margarita Cake (my favorite)





Wishing all of you a very Happy Mother's Day ! Relax and enjoy your special day and have a fun and fabulous weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Boiled Crawfish Pasta Salad + Festival Preview

Tis the season for crawfish and here is a great recipe for those leftover crawfish from your crawfish boil. Spicy crawfish and pasta with a rich, creamy dressing that will melt in your mouth! Perfect for those backyard cook outs or anytime you want a delicious dish.

Bon appetit!

16  ounces bowtie or other pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
1 lb. peeled, boiled crawfish
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup each, bell pepper and onions, chopped
2 tbs.'s butter

Saute onions and bell pepper in butter until soft. Add crawfish, green onions, parsley, and Cajun seasoning, and saute and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Make sauce. (recipe below)

1 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. lemon juice
Few shakes of Tabasco
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix well. Place pasta and veggie mixture in a large bowl and stir until combined. Add sauce and toss until well coated. Chill until ready to serve.


Serve with a good loaf of French bread and a glass of wine. Bon Appetit!

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Festival Preview

It's that  time again for our biggest and best festival of the year. The 28th annual Festival International de Louisiane kicked off last night with a Fais Do Do in downtown Lafayette. Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie  were rockin' the huge crowd and there was a whole lotta nitty-gritty dancin' going on. The free 5 day festival will continue on until Sunday evening with 6 music stages and over 100 performances. Here's a little clip that I took of the crowd dancing to a favorite Cajun waltz. For a complete schedule, click here.

Happy Festival, Ya'll!  Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cajun Easter Menu + Bayou Boogie

Spring is finally here in Cajun country and with it comes beautiful weather, crawfish boils, grilling on the patio, and Spring time desserts. With Easter right around the corner, I've been going through my recipes and trying to decide which ones to prepare for my Easter Sunday Buffet. This is what I have so far and I'll be adding more as I go along. All sinfully delicious, cher, and worth the calories. Bon Appetit!

Cajun Easter Menu

 Spicy Creole Deviled Eggs


8 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing or mayo
2 green onions, including tops, chopped
1 tsp. Creole mustard
Salt to taste
1 tsp. Creole seasoning
Paprika for sprinkling


Peel eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop yolks out and place in mixing bowl and mash yolks with a fork. Combine Miracle Whip, mustard, onions, Creole seasoning,  and salt in separate bowl and add to the mashed yolks and mix well. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and sprinkle with paprika. Divine!   
   
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Spicy Cajun Crab Dip

 1 lb. lump crab meat
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 (8 oz.) pkg.'s cream cheese, softened
1/2 pint sour cream
4 tbs.'s mayo
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. Creole mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. or more, Cajun seasoning
Tabasco to taste

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, onion, lemon juice, mustard, and seasonings, in a large bowl. Mix well and fold in crab meat and cheddar cheese.


Place in a buttered 2 1/2 qt. casserole dish and bake @ 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with pastry shells, veggies, or crackers. Sinfully good!

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 Cajun Baked Ham w/ Bourbon Sugarcane Glaze

1 fully cooked ham, 6 to 8 lbs.

Glaze
1/2 cup pure cane syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup bourbon
1 tsp. creole mustard
Dash of ground cloves, cinnamon, and allspice

 

Place ham, fat side up in a large roasting pan. Place 1 inch of water in bottom of pan and add more periodically. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes per pound or until meat thermometer reads 148 degrees. About half way through, make the glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Remove foil and spread half of the glaze over the ham about 30 minutes before ham is done. Spread other half of glaze in the final 10 minutes. Scrumptious!

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Spicy Drunken Shrimp Kabobs

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails left on
1 bottle Mexican beer, (I used Corona)
1 onion, quartered, then halved
1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, quartered, then halved
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Zatarain's liquid crab and shrimp boil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs.'s fresh lime juice
Vegetable oil
8 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Season shrimp with Cajun seasoning in bowl and chop veggies and set aside. Place beer, crab and shrimp boil; garlic, thyme, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce in large ziploc bag. Add shrimp and veggies, seal, and place bag in fridge for 1 hour. Remove from bag and discard marinade. Brush shrimp with vegetable oil and add a little more seasoning, if desired. Place on skewers, alternating shrimp with veggies. Place skewers on medium-hot grill and grill for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Out of this world!

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Cajun Crab and Corn Casserole

1 lb. lump crabmeat
1 tbs. minced garlic
1/4 lb. butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Salt to taste
2 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 (12 oz.) can Mexican corn, drained
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
3 ounces Romano cheese, grated



Melt the butter in a large saucepan on low heat. Add flour and stir until thickened. Continue cooking for 10 minutes and stir constantly until a blonde roux is formed. Add cheeses, whipping cream, milk, parsley, and seasonings. Cook until sauce thickens and cheese is melted. Add crabmeat and cook on low for 5 more minutes. Transfer mixture to a buttered casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Yum!

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 Cajun Crawfish Jambalaya

1 lb. peeled crawfish tails
4 tbs.'s butter
1 lb. tasso, or ham, diced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
2 tbs.'s minced garlic
1 (15 ounce) can diced Rotel tomatoes
3 cups chicken or seafood stock
2 to 3 bay leaves
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs.'s Cajun seasoning, divided
2 tsp.'s dried thyme
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Salt and Tabasco to taste
2 cups raw rice

Season crawfish with half of the Cajun seasoning and set aside. On medium heat, melt butter in large heavy pot or cast iron skillet . Saute tasso or ham until lightly browned, drain, and set aside.  Add onions to skillet and continue to saute about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add celery, bell peppers, and garlic, and saute and stir for 5 more minutes.

Stir in the crawfish tails, tomatoes, tasso or ham, and rice, and saute for 5 more minutes. Slowly add the stock,  then bay leaves, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and other half of the Cajun seasoning. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low, and simmer, without stirring for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Turn heat off when all of the liquid has been absorbed, adjust seasoning, and add green onions. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Cest bon!

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Nanny's Carrot Souffle w/ Praline Topping

2 tbs.'s butter
2 tbs.'s flour
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups mashed, cooked carrots
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 eggs, separated

Melt butter on low heat in heavy saucepan. Add flour and stir until well blended, but not browned. Add milk and stir and cook until thick. Remove from heat and add salt, sugar, and egg yolks. Beat egg whites until stiff in small bowl. Fold in carrots and egg whites and place in a buttered casserole dish. Top with praline topping. (recipe below) Set in a larger baking pan of 1 inch of water and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. So good!

Praline Topping

1/3 cup pecan pieces
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbs.'s butter, softened 


Combine in small bowl and mix well. 


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Spinach Madeleine

2 pkg.'s frozen chopped spinach
4 tbs.'s butter
2 tbs.'s flour
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup spinach liquid
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. each, celery salt and garlic salt
6 oz. Velveeta Mexican or Pepper Jack cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch cubes
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain and reserve liquid, and place spinach in a buttered casserole dish. In medium saucepan, on low heat, melt butter and saute onion until soft. Add flour, stirring until blended and smooth, but not brown. Slowly add half and half, spinach liquid, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick. Add seasonings, and cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Combine with spinach and top with seasoned breadcrumbs and dot with butter. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Delicious!


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And although it is an Easter tradition in my family for guests to bring a dessert, I just can't resist making this easy Banana Pudding Cake w/ Praline Icing. Fab!

Banana Pudding Cake w/ Praline Icing

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. instant banana pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup mashed bananas
2 tbs.'s rum, (optional)

In large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Add eggs, oil, and mashed bananas,  and beat with electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. 

Add almond extract and beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes. Pour into prepared muffin pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool cake before icing with Praline Icing. (recipe below)

Praline Icing

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter in small saucepan. Add milk and sugar and stir and cook until well combined. Bring to a boil and lower heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Heavenly!

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Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip of Louisiana Red,  a hot as Tabasco band, rockin' the crowd at this week's Rhythms on the River in River Ranch! Let the good times roll, cher!





Wishing ya'll a fabulous week and a very Happy Easter! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!