Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cajun Corn and Crab Soup + Bayou Boogie

After a week of temps in the 80's, we woke up to to near freezing temps this morning,  here in Cajun country. Thankfully, it's only going to last a day or two.  So I wanted to make a big pot of soup to warm up. Here's a Cajun favorite that is out of this world and just wonderful on a chilly day. It's rich and creamy flavors combine to make this dish sinfully delicious and will have you going back for more! Cest bon, cher! And so easy, too! Enjoy! Bon appetit!

Cajun Corn and Crab Soup
1 lb. lump crab meat, picked over
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
1 stick butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 or 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can cream style corn
2 cans cream of mushroom, with roasted garlic, soup
1 soup can milk
1 pint half and half
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
Few good shakes of Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup dry sherry
Salt to taste
In large pot, saute onion, bell pepper, celery, and ham, in butter for about 10 minutes. Add soups and corn and stir and heat on low, until bubbly. Add the half and half, milk, crab, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, parsley, and sherry. Stir to mix well.  Cover and simmer for 15 to 20  minutes, stirring occasionally. And don't skimp on the hot sauce! 
Serves 8  Serve with a big tossed salad and hot crusty rolls for a delightful meal!

Bayou Boogie

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is dancing off all the calories to a little bayou boogie. Here are a few pics that I took at the Blue Moon Saloon and Guest House, one of my favorite haunts. 

The Blue Moon is well known as a live music and dance venue and is where visitors and locals alike, love to go to pass a good time. It is also a guest house and has rooms available to rent.

The dance floor is on the back porch, which they closed in, due to noise complaints from the neighbors. It is a rustic sort of place, (no air conditioning), with many interesting and vintage signs.

The restrooms are small, one person at a time, types, and the sink to wash your hands is unisex and located on the side. But you meet the nicest people in the long line.

Ryan Brunet and Les Malfacteurs were rockin' the crowd and there was a whole lotta dancing going on! I took this little clip and would like to dedicate it to all of  mon cher amis.  This one's for ya'll Let the good times roll! Oh, the life of a Cajun is so much fun!

Ryan Brunet and Les Malfacteurs

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a fun and fabulous weekend!
Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Velva said...

We woke up here to those same cold temps-which means this is a great soup to warm-up. It's another great recipe.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

My impression of your life is a constant feast fest, music, and let the good times roll. Love it. Good for you, putting out this kind of vibration. I'm now hungry again!!

Cloudia said...

Makes me wanna dance

and EAT!

Aloha from Waikiki, Mon Ami

Comfort Spiral


Warren Baldwin said...

Fixed a Korean dish this past week (as a surprise to my wife). May try this one this week. You have some great looking recipes! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

alison said...

fabulous soup !

Fuat Gencal said...

Hayırlı pazarlar, ellerinize sağlık, çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.


Eddie Bluelights said...
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Eddie Bluelights said...

Hey Marguerite! Had duifficulty commenting so I'll try to slip by blogger whilst he is not looking!! LOL
The weather is absolutely dreadful here so I could do with a litlle cheering up because I am a sunshine boy. Could do with that fabulous soup, a shrimp and a little cuddle from my blogging buddy gal from across the pond LOL.
Glads to see the Thanksgiving celebrations went well ~ Eddie

John said...

I'm stealing your recipe. Freezing over here for a few days now, heavy snow in the north of UK. Worst early snow for 20 years.
I like the photos of the heartbreak hotel.

ellen abbott said...

Love that bayou boogie!

Linda Starr said...

No dope peddling, ha. That photo of the soup looks so good I don't need a cookbook, I can just come here. It was chilly this morning for here 47, starting to be soup weather for sure.

Drick said...

yep, know I would go back for seconds, and thirds on this one, as corn and crab is one of my favorites - don't see too many folks throwing in ham but I just know from my own meddling it makes for a fine base - ya really got a good bowl of soup going on here Marguerite... now you are just going have to stop with all these fine recipes - I am suppose to be cooking my own recipes, not yours, but I see this one in the near much for posting something new, heh cher

edie & ella said...

Hi there ... I happened upon your blog looking for recipes for Thanksgiving. I am a California transplant from Morgan City, LA ....
I ended up making your Rice Dressing, Cornbread Dressing, and Jalapeno Hashbrown Casserole minus the jalapeno's to make it kid friendly AND borrowed the praline topping portion of that recipe for my sweet potatoes!!!
Everything was awesome ...... loved putting cayenne in my cornbread mix. Everything was super ... thanks for the recipes!!!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Marguerite, Wow, what a great Thanksgiving boogie! Sounds fun! Definitely a great way to dance away the calories! I have a couple of awards for you over at my blog. Please do stop by to collect when you can. Have a lovely day!

Laura said...

Hi Marguerite-
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving dear friend, but I know you did!
I am going to try this soup-
it sounds delicious.


Kat said...

oooooh, that soup looks so goo! I could use some right now, been down with a cold over the holidays, but that did not damper my Thankful spirit. As always I love your posts.

Marguerite said...

Velva- Thanks, so glad you like it and hope you give it a try!! Perfect for a cold day!

Trish- Thanks, that pretty much sums it up! It's a fun lifestyle, for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Warren- How sweet of you to cook a surprise for your wife! Hope you make the soup, I'm sure she would love it. Thanks, hope yours was, too!

alison- Thanks, it is divinely delicious and I hope that you try it! So glad you stopped by!

Fuat- So nice to hear from you! Thanks, it is so delicious and easy too. Thanks for coming by!

Eddie- Oh you poor dear! lol Just make a big pot of this soup, and it will cheer you up and make you feel better. lol Cheers and hugs, cher!

Arlee Bird said...

I could use some of that soup here of late. It's been a bit chilly here in Los Angeles.

That band in the vid clip is darn good. They rock!

Tossing It Out

A Kitchen Witch said...

Mmmm, this soup looks scrumptious. I must try this, too. I tried your chicken and beer rice ,and the creole spaghetti and about good eatin'! I had plenty of meatballs left over so made some homemade tomato soup and dropped those in-delish. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I got my grandaddy's creole spaghetti recipe-his has a meat sauce. I'll post it soon since I'm making it this week. We can compare notes ; ) The recipes seem very similar~

Marguerite said...

John- Thanks, so glad you want to try it! Glad you liked the pics, too! Stay warm!

ellen- So glad you enjoyed it! This is a fun band! Thanks for coming by!

Linda- lol, Thanks for the nice compliment, cher! The weather has been crazy, 77 degrees, today!

Drick- Merci beaucoup for the sweet comment, cher! I consider that quite a compliment, coming from such a fine chef as yourself!

edie and ella- Hi and welcome! It's always so nice to meet another Cajun blogger! Wow, thanks so much for trying all of these recipes and for your lovely comment! So glad ya'll enjoyed it! Cheers!

kf- It was so much fun and after eating so much more than usual, I had to go dancing! Thanks so much for the awards! It was so nice of you to think of me. Cheers!

Talli Roland said...

Yum yum yum! I could do with some of that soup right now. It's freezing in London these days.

Nancy said...

This soup looks sinfully delicious. I love the looks of The Blue Moon - my kinda place!

lakeviewer said...

I'm swooning, no, grooving down to your bayou, to dance away. Love the crab/corn soup.

Kittie Howard said...

Cher, it looks like you had a rockin' good Thanksgiving. Going to the grocery tomorrow...soup's up tomorrow nite, yum! You've got the greatest, never fail recipes!

The Blue Moon looks like my kinda place. Ye gads but I miss all that! *sighs*

Moogie said...

Dance the night away..... enjoy

Pooch Purple Reign said...

ive been on a mission here in PEI to find the best seafood chowder on the island. so far it is one that my neighbour made. clams, haddock, lobster and scallops. amazing. your recipe here looks gorgeous. i look forward to trying it out.
~laura xx

Angie Ledbetter said...

Note to Self: (And it's not the first time I've reminded myself of this)~~ Do NOT stop by here when you are hungry!!!

Oooo, girl, delicious! Hope you gobbled til you wobbled for Thanksgiving. :D hugs

Jeni said...

Gosh but that soup sure does look -and sound -so very tasty and inviting. Unfortunately, corn is the one vegetable I have had to pass up these days -thanks to intestinal problems that it tends to create for me with blockages that are very unwanted. Got any suggestions for another veggie that would go well with the crab and ham flavors?


oh, cajunlady!!! you just keep going and going and going just like that little pink bunny, with all your sinfully good stuff over here - food and drink and dance!!! and wonderful images and sounds - thank you SO MUCH!!! :)

and first time i hit that area, the blue moon will be my first stop!!!

Marguerite said...

Laura- Thanks, it is so delicious and I'm so glad you want to give it a try! Thanks for coming by, cher!

Kat- So good to hear from you! Thanks for your sweet comment, cher! Hope you're feeling better, by now!

Lee- Thanks, you should make a big pot of it, cher! This band is fab! So glad you enjoyed it! Cheers!

kw- Merci beaucoup for trying the recipes, cher! I'm so happy ya'll enjoyed them! Can't wait to see your Granddaddy's recipe!

Talli- Thanks,it's perfect for cold weather and I hope that you try it!
Stay warm and good luck with your book! I'm cheering for you!

Nancy- Thanks, that's a perfect description of this soup! The Blue Moon is so much fun and I know you would love it! Wish you were here!

Warren Baldwin said...

I cooked one of your recipes and had a good response to it. Have a pic of it posted and a link back to your blog on Family Fountain.

Magic of Spice said...

Perfect soup for cool or cold weather...comfort in a bowl! What a grand time I have coming here :)
Have a wonderful weekend, and take video ;)

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