Archive for » September, 2012 «

Finger Food Friday: Chicken and Andouille Cocktail Meatballs

  I’ve been under the weather this week and yearning for a big bowl of warm, soothing and spicy gumbo. I just couldn’t find the time or energy to pull it together. So yesterday morning the thought came to me to prepare a knock off of my Chicken and Andouille Gumbo in finger food form. And here it is! What do you think? Okay. Not a fair question since you haven’t tasted it yet. But let me say, these meatballs rock. They’re light and flavorful and perfectly seasoned, especially when partnered up with the gravy (or sauce or whatever you want [ ... ]

Stuffed Crabs

  Have you ever tried to jot down a recipe while standing over the shoulder of a relative who was whipping things up at the stove? Or better yet, have you ever attempted to decode your grandmother’s shorthand from a stack of decades-old, splattered and stained recipe cards?  If so, kudos to you because I know that means you’ve at least attempted to preserve a family recipe that meant something to you. Well, that’s what I do with all my spare time. I work tirelessly collecting, organizing, testing, writing, photographing and posting family recipes. It’s the easiest and most [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Cheesy Favorites and a Mixed Berry and Cabernet Granita

  I’m mixing things up today.  Instead of focusing on the food, I’m bringing the adult beverage–the item that rounds out every Finger Food Friday–front and center.  But first, have I ever told you that I used to love wine?  Yes.  Believe it or not, this craft-beer-loving hophead was once a fan of wine–especially big California reds.  Then I had kids and I couldn’t drink it anymore.  My tastes just changed.  Don’t know why.  And it doesn’t make any sense, especially considering most women drink more wine after they have kids.  Anyway, over the years I’ve tried to reacquire a taste [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Crispy Catfish Nuggets with Creole Tartar Sauce

  A couple of years back, I started a fun little tradition with the hubby and our three children called “Fry Nights.”  Fry Nights are dinners composed of an entire meal that is … are you sitting down?  Deep fried.  That’s right.  A plate full of delectably crispy and crunchy foods that have been totally immersed in a “hot frying medium.”  Oh yeah!  About three or four times a year, this party of five throws caution to the wind, our waistlines and our heart health by eating a supper prepared entirely in a vat of peanut oil.  Best part is, there’s [ ... ]

Tangy Pulled Pork

  If you’re a Raised on a Roux Facebook fan, you know that I spent most of last week “cooking up a storm” in case my family decided to head this way to escape the wrath of ugly Hurricane Isaac.  It was part of my hurricane preparedness plan.  Even though I currently live 500 miles from New Orleans and am finally outside any hurricane zone, I still plan. The plan is just different now.  Instead of gassing up my car, collecting memorabilia, stuffing important documents into waterproof containers, filling the bathtub with water, duck-taping windows and tying down everything not [ ... ]
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