Learn to cook like a Cajun and develop your own style with help from south Louisiana cook and humorist, Jacques Gaspard, who's been cooking great Cajun foods for nearly 50 years. Learn how to prepare the best gumbos, seafood, jambalaya, stews, salads and deserts – the way they were originally prepared – pure and simple. Besides great original recipes you will discover a hodgepodge of stories, recordings, music, videos and humorous anecdotes to entertain. So enjoy! ... Ahheee!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tough Love Bean Stew


Anonymous wrote: "Can you teach me how to prepare a high-energy Cajun meal which will give my grown-up kid the courage to get off his lazy butt and find a job?"

Answer: Yes, Anonymous, I can. Serve the following simple Cajun seasoned bean stew only once a day for a week. That should certainly give your kid an incentive to look around for something else to eat. It's a good start.

  • 1 small can pork & beans, (generic brand)
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 glass of lukewarm water (for drinking)

Note: Best served straight out of the can at room temperature. May be eaten with a plastic spoon or fork preferably outside with the doors locked.

Be careful, tho. The toes you step on today may be connected to the butt you're gonna have to kiss tomorrow. Ahheee!! Lache pas la patate!
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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Cajun Dirty Rice (Rice Dressing)

Cajun Dirty Rice (Rice Dressing) is not dirty at all as you will discover once you make some.This meal is so easy to prepare and the taste is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 lbs. ground meat (half pork and half beef)
  •  2 Tbs. oil* 
  •  1 small bell pepper, chopped
  •  1 stalk celery, chopped
  •  1/2 cup green onion tops, chopped
  •  a few sprigs of fresh parsley, chopped
  •  (1) 10.5 oz can of Campbell's beef broth
  •  1 1/2 cup cooked rice
  •  1 package beefy onion soup mix
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Brown the ground meats. Add onions, bell pepper and celery (optional) and cook until tender. Next, add 1 can of Campbell's beef broth, the package of beefy onion soup mix and seasonings. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Finally, add the meat mixture and chopped green onions to the cooked rice; stir and mix well.

This simple dish can become an entire meal in itself.

Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Boudreaux and the Snake (Cajun humor)

Upon arriving at the edge of the bayou to do a little fishing, T-Boy Boudreaux soon realized he had forgotten to bring any bait.

Just then he happened to see a little garter snake passing by with a worm in its mouth.

Boudreaux snatched up the little snake and robbed him of his worm.

Feeling sorry for the little snake with no lunch, T-Boy snatched him up again and poured a little Bud Light down his throat. Then he went about his fishing.

An hour or so later he felt a tug at his pant leg. Looking down, T-boy saw the same snake with three more worms in his mouth.

So, I guess the moral of the story is "Where there's life--there's Budweiser".

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fried Catfish Nuggets

These spicy fried catfish nuggets are absolutely delicious! There's no doubt your friends will beg you for this recipe, but don't give it to 'em. Just send them over to Real Cajun Cooking - Pure and Simple so they can discover how to make this and other tasty dishes, too.


Ingredients

  • 12 catfish fillets cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbs. Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 oz. fresh beer
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 quart peanut oil

In a bowl add the egg whites, Tony Chachere’s seasoning, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, salt, Tabasco sauce, baking powder and beer together and thoroughly mix. Next, dissolve 2 tsp. of cornstarch in a small amount of cold water and add it to the solution. Again, blend all of the ingredients together then add a handful of nuggets at a time to the batter and coat them well.

In a separate bowl, with a lid,  mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of yellow corn meal together. Add the fish nuggets, close the lid, and shake until they are well coated on all sides.

Heat peanut oil to 365°F. and fry the fish nuggets for about 7 minutes or until they float to the top. Don’t attempt to fry too many nuggets at one time.

Peanut oil can be used several times before it is discarded. Bon Appetite! ... Ahheee!!
KT
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Monday, April 06, 2015

Braised Beef Short Ribs and Mushrooms

Braised Beef Short Ribs and MushroomsYouTube Video
Background music entitled "Jole Blon" by Harry Choates 1946 -- Rayne, Louisiana.

When it came to cooking (during my growing-up years on the farm) my grandma kept everything fairly simple. Since we raised all of our own foods, including beef, mutton, pork, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and loads of fresh vegetables from the garden, everything she needed to prepare some mighty fine meals was at hand.

She knew exactly what to do to get the tougher cuts of meat tender. I especially enjoyed the taste of the braised beef short ribs which she cooked to perfection -- without all the exotic add-ins which you might find in today's recipes.

After browning the ribs on all sides she would then slow cook them in a cast iron Dutch oven pot on medium heat for a couple hours or so. The dark gravy it produced was great over long grain white rice. This recipe makes 6 - 8 servings. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. beef short ribs, boneless
  • 2 Tbs. peanut oil
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 packet Lipton's Beefy Onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. generously salt and pepper the beef short ribs
  2. add the oil in a skillet
  3. brown the ribs on medium-high heat on all sides then remove from skillet and set aside
  4. next, add 2 cups of broth, vegetables, Worcestershire sauce and boil until reduced to half
  5. strain the liquid through a colander, discard the vegetables then return the liquid to the skillet
  6. add one packet of Lipton's Beefy Onion soup mix and stir in well
  7. reintroduce the ribs to the skillet
  8. cover and slow cook on medium heat until the ribs become tender
  9. add the sliced mushrooms and continue cooking for about 10 - 15 minutes
  10. serve over cooked long grain white rice
Note: Add the remaining third cup of beef broth 1/4 cup at the time as needed to replace the liquid which will evaporate during the cooking process. Enjoy!
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