Pandemic Pepper Jelly

When anyone asks how I’m doing with the self isolation these days, my come back is that I’m putting the 19 in COVID-19. Pounds that is! I have literally eaten more carbs in one month than I’ve eaten all year. Mainly due to my husband being under stress with his medical job, and me noticing…

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Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach, mustard, even dandelion. I…

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Lionfish Tacos

There has been so much talk about eating Lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. Many…

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Crab Stuffed Avocado aka Galatoire’s Crabmeat Maison

I’m sharing one of my favorite New Orleans recipes adapted from my Galatoire’s cookbook, which is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants. It’s called Crabmeat Maison. Galatoire’s is an iconic and James Beard Award winning restaurant nestled in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s cuisine is anchored in French Creole traditions, which reflect…

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Shrimp Remoulade

New Orleans has been on my mind quite a bit lately, especially with Mardi Gras on the calendar this month. There is always something exciting happening in The Big Easy! When recently invited to create a recipe for Stonewall Kitchen using one of their mustards, I chose the horseradish as I knew it would make…

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How To Boil Crawfish: The Complete Guide

  Crawfish. One of the food world’s blessings bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for whoever decided that it was a good idea to pull a creature from the mud, wash it off and eat it. Though called a crawfish or seafood boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the…

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My Famous Chili

Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but my famous chili is a flavor packed version with black beans for added fiber, and to create texture. Since our kids were little and heading out to trick or treat with my husband pulling…

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Southern Zipper Peas

Named Zipper Peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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Best Southern Cornbread

  If you are looking for a delicious and truly Southern cornbread recipe, this is it! I think it is the best cornbread you’ll ever eat. With no wheat, flour or sugar, baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet seasoned with bacon fat for that golden brown crust, it is truly a favorite, especially…

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Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Dip

  When I reminisce about  holiday food, cheesy hot jumbo lump crab dip comes to mind. Forget that “experts” say cheese does not go with seafood… they are wrong! Growing up in New Orleans, fresh Louisiana blue crab dip was a traditional appetizer served in most homes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, including…

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