Creole/cajun inspired

Cajun bulgur salad with kidney beans

May 30, 2011
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On this Memorial Day, we continue our mini-theme of grain-based salads, those wonders that can double as a meal yet are also perfect for potlucks. I served this cajun-inspired salad last Sunday at the NOLA Veggie Fest, so for those of you I met who asked me for this recipe, I’m happy to share it [...]

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Things are heating up – Smokin’ hot black-eyed peas and collards

March 28, 2011
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In New Orleans, spring is definitely here. Do trees shed when warmer weather arrives? My front yard has been blanketed nearly every morning lately as the huge oak tree that towers over the yard appears to be shedding its old dry leaves like mad, even more so than usual. You’d think it was fall, but [...]

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Vegan andouille sausage

March 9, 2011
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I’m excited to share with you how I made the vegan andouille-style sausage that I included in the jambalaya I made earlier this week. Yes – homemade vegan sausage! The sausage is what made the jambalaya extra special, so it’s really worth making it for that. But you could use the sausage for anything you’d [...]

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Jambalaya

March 7, 2011
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The Mardi Gras celebrations are in high gear and it’s as festive as it gets here in New Orleans. Before I moved here a year and a half ago, I was never particularly interested in this holiday, thinking that it was just about boozing and debauchery. That may be true for some, but mostly it’s [...]

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Southern comfort: Grits, black-eyed peas, collards, and special squash

November 15, 2010
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I’m happy to be sharing this fall comfort meal with you. The hominess of the grits, the melt-in-your-mouth black-eyed peas and collards, and roasted squashy goodness combine to make me love this meal. I called them “grits” for fun, because that’s how they do it here in New Orleans where I live. However, since I’m [...]

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