By Arlene Coco
Chef Arlene Coco discovered Cajun cooking from the simplest cook dinner in Baton Rouge . . . her mama. Now she passes those classes on in an easy, easy-to-read type for the start in addition to the extra adventurous cook dinner. research the secrets and techniques of getting ready an ideal roux, serious in lots of of the vintage Cajun dishes. furthermore, the following and there one of the recipes are little stories of a time while lifestyles at the bayou was once candy and straightforward.
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Extra resources for Making It Easy: Cajun Cooking (Making It Easy)
Spice blends are used to add a special touch. " Kosher salt does not break down foods; this is especially good when preparing cold foods. Page 6 Roux 101 The very word roux can be confusing, let alone making it and adding it to something else. When I was very young I spent a lot of time with my mother because we lived in a rural area. I would watch her endlessly stir at the stove. Then after a while, I would smell that familiar nutty smell and I knew that meant something tasty for supper that night.
Page 41 Chef's secret: Substitute crawfish tail meat for crab or use a mixture of crab and shrimp. Shopping List all-purpose flour baking powder kosher salt vegetable oil milk large eggs crabmeat grated cheddar cheese red pepper garlic black pepper cayenne pepper thyme, oregano, basil, chervil oil for frying mayonnaise creole or brown mustard green onions Louisiana hot sauce Worcestershire sauce lime juice lime zest Pickapeppa sauce Page 42 Cheese Truffles with Chicken and Pecans Makes 24 balls Ingredients 1 cup cooked ground chicken 8 ounces soft cheese such as cream, Cherve, or blended mix of each ½ teaspoon curry powder 3 tablespoons hot pepper jelly ½ cup sliced green onions 1 teaspoon creole or brown mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup roasted pecans, finely chopped parsley for garnish Directions for roasting nuts on page 194.
The skin can then be removed easily. To clean pecan meats from the shell easily, freeze for three days and crack while frozen. Keep coffee in your freezer for better flavor. For a quick and healthy alternative thickener for soups, combine cooked vegetables such as potatoes, onions, and carrots in a blender; or in a pinch, use instant mashed potatoes. Store peeled garlic cloves in a jar filled with olive oil and herbs in the refrigerator; use the oil for cooking. For fresh flavor in orange juice, add the juice of a lime.
Making It Easy: Cajun Cooking (Making It Easy) by Arlene Coco