Cocktail Crackers

My friend Carol introduced me to these gluten-free, practically carb-free home made crackers, or as she calls them “burned cheese cookies”. They may sound odd but they are absolutely perfect for cocktail hour. Gin & Tonic cocktails to be precise. Something about that crisp refreshing gin, sweet medicinal tonic, then paired with these salty, semi-charred…

Lucky Black-Eyed Peas

Bonne Année, mes Cheres!  In New Orleans — and, I’m told, much of the South — we eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for luck in the coming year. This purportedly dates to the end of the Civil War, when Confederate soldiers and those remaining Southern citizens had little to eat, and felt pretty…

Poor Man’s Lobster

I’ve always looked suspiciously at menus with seafood items called “Krab Sticks” and “Imitation Lobster” knowing how incredibly processed and artificial the “seafood” must be. But then I came across this simple recipe that is very natural, totally unprocessed and absolutely delicious. So I took a successful stab at turning cod into lobster. Now if…

Maque Choux

  This is a great side dish with so many things.  With the corn, beans, and vegetables it’s all you need with a piece of meat.  Leftovers make a great dip with corn chips, or the base and dressing for a wonderful full-meal salad (tune in next week for BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad underway).  Best…