Category Archives: Back in the Bayou

Recipe: Light & Easy Seafood Chowder

Goodness sake,  it’s April 19th and it still doesn’t feel like Spring yet!  I’m still in “warm and filling” mode, for my weekly soup creations.

When I was deciding what to make this week, an old favorite came to mind:  this intensely flavorful chowder that gets all steamy and fragrant, but that’s super easy to make. If that’s not enough, it’s a LOT lighter than most chowders — no butter, flour or cream.

Fish Chowder cropped

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Recipe: Spicy Grilled Cod

You’ve heard that fish can be a valuable part of a healthy diet. It’s naturally low-fat, high in protein, and easy on the calories (depending on how you prepare it). The health benefits read like an alphabet: fish can help to prevent asthma, fuel your brain, stave off some cancers, lower your risk of dementia, and more.

Grilled fish

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Recipe: Cajun Shrimp

I learned most of what I know about Cajun cooking from three great chefs:   Justin Wilson (red suspenders), Paul Prudhomme (white beret), and Emeril Lagasse (“Bam!”).

When it came to creating my own Cajun-style seasoning, though,  I needed a little more personal advice than these television chefs. I was so lucky to have two friends with strong ties to Louisiana — Aurora and Judy. Both of them jumped into action when I told them that I was working on a Cajun blend;  Aurora reached out to generations of family members back home, asking them for guidance, which led to her passing on comments like:

Here in town, it [gumbo]  is typically served with a side of potato salad and maybe some buttered french bread that’s been toasted

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You can have heat but you got to have those flavors that come together just right“. Read the rest of this entry

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