Cajun food

Beads, Berries And Besh: Why This February Is The Time To Hit New Orleans

Right now is the best time to visit the Big Easy
Feb 13, 2015 2:00 pm

For fans of Hurricanes and po' boys, any month is a good month to head down to New Orleans, but there's just something about February that makes the Crescent City shine. The temperature starts climbing back toward the 70s, Gulf seafood is in full effect and there's a tiny little festival called Mardi Gras that's supposed to be a good time — assuming you're into things like “fun” and “delicious food.” But there are more reasons why February is the best time to visit the Big Easy.

5 Places To Eat Excellent Boudin In And Around Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sausage is serious business in the Pelican State
Dec 3, 2014 11:00 am

Think of boudin as the down-home Cajun style of sausage. Though once looked down upon as a poor man's food, this rice-and-pork tubesteak has seen its stock rise in recent years. These days, there's a thriving network of mom-and-pop joints in Lake Charles and beyond specializing in this homegrown product, each with a slightly different recipe. Jenny Miller dishes up five essential pit stops for getting your boudin fix in Cajun country.

18 Places To Eat And Drink Incredibly Well In New Orleans

Bars, boudin, beignets, fried chicken. Flavor!
Feb 11, 2014 1:00 pm

From the local chef bringing modern culinary techniques to classic Creole cooking to the dives and cocktail joints that make up what is easily the country’s coolest bar scene, New Orleans is an incredibly dynamic place that — like any great food city — is constantly evolving. Whether you’re in town for the Super Bowl, an insurance convention or just planning to head down (and go H*A*M) in the Big Easy, we’ve got the right move for you. Here are 18 of our favorite places to eat and drink incredibly well — and not feel like a complete tourist.

Spicy Cajun Crab Rangoon Recipe

Spicy fried crab dumplings with melty cream cheese
Jan 29, 2014 2:00 pm
spicy crab rangoon recipe
Photo: Gabi Porter

Molly Quirk is chef/owner of Sips 'n Bites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you haven't had a thoughtfully handcrafted sandwich in a while, there's no better place to get your fix. She's generously donating a few of her tailgate food recipes to our cause: feeding you during football season. If you're in the mood to put the crab in crab rangoon, this is the spicy fried bite for you. 

Where To Eat And Drink In Acadiana, The Beating Heart Of Cajun Country

Shrimp done 40 ways, and so much more
Dec 3, 2013 9:00 am

Sure, you’re familiar with Nashville and Atlanta. But what about the smaller Southern cities packing just as much flavor? In The Hidden South, Chris Chamberlain takes a look at a region of the South that is most certainly worth traveling to for the food. Up next, the Acadiana section of Louisiana.

I Learned The Name For This Thing I've Been Doing: Paneéd Chicken

Cheesy fried chicken cutlets hail from New Orleans
Jun 26, 2013 10:31 am

I guarantee there is not one of you who, when breading something, hasn't either thought to or actually gone through with adding cheese to breadcrumbs. How could it be a bad idea? It couldn't be, and truth be told, I do a ratio of about 1/3 cheese to 2/3 breadcrumbs, with an extra yolk in the egg wash to hold it together. I call it "the ultimate cheesy breading before I deep-fry" technique. But it turns out the actual name for is paneéing. Hey, I'm paneéing right now.

Classic Turtle Soup Recipe

Haven't you heard? Turtle makes excellent soup.
Dec 4, 2012 2:01 pm

Ever wondered what turtle soup tastes like (and don't say chicken)? Brennan's in Houston has been serving it for 40-plus years. Here, chef Danny Trace shares the recipe.

FR Thanksgiving Interview: Susan Spicer

Wishing you a very Cajun Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 7, 2012 1:01 pm
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New Orleans chef Susan Spicer has sure received a lot of recognition over the years, including winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The co-owner of Bayona stopped by the Food Republic Test Kitchen last month to talk about all things Thanksgiving. Just remember, it’s always helpful to have a good partner to clean up after you in the kitchen.

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