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!


tappingflamingo said...

oh wow, ya going to make me choose? decisions, decisions. I want to try them all. well, except for the alcoholic, but maybe could make it non alcoholic.

Cloudia said...


ALOHA from Honolulu

Linda Starr said...

the gator makes my day, have a good one, the all look so fabulous especially the blueberry bread pudding; I could eat it for breakfast. Ha.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh that all looks delicious - I agree, I would find it difficult to choose so I would have to tuck into everything!
Enjoy the weekend Vheers, Eddie xo

Unknown said...

It all looks sooo yummy!

Susanna Powers said...

hi Marguerite, I made the parmesan spinach bread yesterday, and it came out great! this will become another favorite. thanks & best wishes to you, sp

Linda Starr said...

last night we went to Neon Leon's for dinner and had jambalaya and they passed out mardi gras beads and they had live zydeco music and I was thinking of you the whole time; there wasn't a dance floor but they needed one.