Crawfish and Pumpkin Bisque
Acadiana Table | Soup
by George Graham
5M ago
This hearty Crawfish and Pumpkin Bisque defines the holiday season in Acadiana for me and represents the best of rural farm-to-table sourcing.  Combining the sweet tail meat of crawfish and fresh seasonal corn cut from the cob, it is certainly a winning combination.  But, when you introduce pumpkin along with curry powder and cane molasses, it takes on an even more pronounced flavor.  Sweet, spicy, and warming on a cool and crisp winter’s day. Crawfish and Pumpkin Bisque is a perfect seasonal soup built on a down-home Cajun recipe.. (All photos credit: George Graham) A few yea ..read more
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Heirloom Tomato Soup
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by George Graham
1y ago
You say tomato, I say soup.  It goes without saying that a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food. You know exactly what I mean–it feels warm and cozy just like that old pair of fur-lined slippers you refuse to throw out (c’mon, admit it). Tomato soup is quite good right out of the can. But it’s even better, when you make it yourself and pour your heart and soul–along with fresh tomatoes and herbs–into a bowl. Heirloom tomatoes and sweet red peppers come together in the perfect bowl of tomato soup. (All photos credit: George Graham) The stack of locally grown heir ..read more
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The Long, Hot Simmer: Soulful Chicken Soup
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by George Graham
1y ago
Most every food culture takes pride in their version of chicken soup. It is as basic and fundamental a recipe as cooking gets. But, most folks haven’t a clue to how exceptionally delicious–no, heavenly–this dish can be. To learn the skill of making a rich, sublime soup of nothing more than chicken, vegetables, and water is a goal worth pursuing. But, it takes an obsessive adherence to a few time-tested methods. Now, if you are on board, it’s time to take stock.  Let’s make Soulful Chicken Soup. A rich dark stock is the key to this Cajun recipe for my Soulful Chicken Soup. (All photos cre ..read more
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How To Make A Dark Cajun Roux: The Story of Rox’s Roux
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by George Graham
1y ago
If you ask me, a dark Cajun roux is the secret ingredient that is the single most important building block of Cajun cooking.  So important, that for your convenience, we developed a jarred product we call Rox’s Roux–the deepest, darkest, and richest commercially available roux. This product will add consistency and quality to any Cajun roux-based recipe. Roxanne Graham and her Rox’s Roux. (All photos credit: George Graham) So, what’s all the fuss about a Cajun roux?  To find out, we urge you to make a roux from scratch and discover the lost art of roux-making, a roots cooking techn ..read more
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Speckled Butter Bean, Okra, and Lamb Soup
Acadiana Table | Soup
by George Graham
1y ago
This warm and hearty Speckled Butter Bean, Okra, Lamb Soup delivers on Southern flavors, and when topped with a wedge of rosemary cornbread, it is a filling dish. And it showcases lamb, an ingredient not often seen on Southern tables. Speckled Butter Bean, Okra, Lamb Soup becomes a Southern classic in this hearty recipe combination. (All photos credit: George Graham) For far too long, Cajuns have been missing out.  Beef, pork and chicken have been on the grocery list, but lamb has always come up short in the meat category. I’m out to change that with this Speckled Butter Bean, Okra, Lam ..read more
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Cream of Cauliflower, Garlic and Fennel Soup with Goat Cheese Crouton
Acadiana Table | Soup
by George Graham
2y ago
These days, home cooks are moving toward freshly prepared, light, and healthy dishes.  However, Louisiana cooks don’t always follow conventional wisdom. This time of year, you are just as likely to see a hearty etouffée or a platter of steak, rice, and gravy on the dinner table.  But with my Cream of Cauliflower Soup, you can have it all. Cauliflower is the new potato in this healthy Cream of Cauliflower Soup. (All photos credit: George Graham) My wife is an advocate of healthy eating.  The brilliance of her natural, whole foods lifestyle is in substituting ingredients th ..read more
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Gumbo Z’herbes
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by George Graham
2y ago
The heady aroma of fresh greens (collards, spinach, chard, and kale, to name a few) simmering on a stovetop is heavenly. And with just one bowl of this roux-infused Gumbo Z’herbes, you’re praying for a second helping. A steaming bowl of Gumbo Z’herbes (All photos credit: George Graham) As in most culinary cultures, religion has an impact on the dishes of South Louisiana with gumbo z’herbes being an example. In the predominantly Catholic region of Acadiana, meat is consumed sparingly during the Lenten season leading up to Easter and this “gumbo of herbs” has become an alternative usually serv ..read more
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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Acadiana Table | Soup
by George Graham
2y ago
Just last week I was telling a good friend that I had plans to make Shrimp and Okra Gumbo for the weekend.  Without hesitation, she asked, “Cajun gumbo or Creole gumbo?”  Oh, here I go again.  After a 10-minute explanation, I could see my friend regretted even asking the question.  But, it is a difficult subject, and one that has engaged the highest level of scholarly study.  If you have a bit shy of ten minutes, pour another cup of coffee and hear me out. Shrimp and Okra Gumbo blends the best of Cajun cooking and Creole cooking in one delicious bowl. (All photos cred ..read more
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Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo
Acadiana Table | Soup
by George Graham
2y ago
It’s Fat Monday, ya’ll!  Lundi Gras (French for Fat Monday) ramps up the Mardi Gras holiday with a full schedule of parades, balls, and of course, the Courir de Mardi Gras—the rural Cajun celebration before the beginning of Lent. Chicken and smoked sausage gumbo worth begging for. (All photos credit: George Graham) Break out your capuchon (a cone-shaped ceremonial hat), don a colorful mask, tank up with your favorite beverage—it’s time to start begging. Explanation needed? The Courir is my favorite of all the Mardi Gras customs seen throughout Acadiana. Colorfully dressed Mardi Gras re ..read more
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Red Bean, Mustard Green, and Green Onion Sausage Soup
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by George Graham
2y ago
Beans and greens mean winter to me.  And this hearty soup filled with creamy red beans, bitter mustard greens, and acidic tomatoes can only be elevated with Cajun green onion pork sausage.  I love the depth of flavor and spice in this Red Bean, Mustard Green, and Green Onion Sausage Soup. And I love the memories it brings back. Warm up to a bowl of Red Bean, Mustard Green, and Green Onion Sausage Soup. (All photos credit: George Graham) My momma grew up in Detroit, Michigan during the Depression years and was working there during WW II when she met my dad. In those days, the a ..read more
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