Simple Combinations – Sweet Potatoes & Zapp’s Potato Chips

Cajun French: la patate douce (la pa-tat doos) – sweet potato

 

Sweet, brings a smile, and then the pepper pops, a larger smile and finally ends with a salty kiss.

Sweet and savory gives all sorts of flavors to your mouth. This recipe does just that. Wanting to use Zapp’s Potato Chips as a topping, just did not know on what. Deciding to bake sweet potatoes we realized Zapp’s would be great with the sweetness of the potatoes. There are so many flavors of Zapp’s that it could be hard to decide which to use. Our decision was easy since we had Cajun Crawtators in the pantry. With Zapp’s the option are limitless, kick imagination in and enjoy!

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Stuffed Trumpets

Cajun French: trompette – trumpet

 

What would “swamp pop” music be without trumpets? The horns add a quality that make “swamp pop” a distinctive music. On Saturday night in south Louisiana “swamp pop” music can be found in dance halls and juke joints in most cities and towns.

The oyster mushrooms we purchased at the Red Stick Farmers Market reminded us of trumpets and “swamp pop” music. Wanting to make the mushrooms as distinctive as “swamp pop” we decided to stuff the trumpets. They were served with grilled salmon and grilled asparagus. John said the salmon and asparagus were the accompaniment that the main player was the mushrooms.

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Kumquats and Greens

Cajun French:  le fruit (lu frū-ee) – fruit

 

South Louisiana has wonderful citrus.  In fact, many yards have at least one fruit tree and winter is citrus time.  Our neighbor has a kumquat tree and he does not eat the fruit, so we are beneficiaries of his harvest.   This time of year we always search for new ways to incorporate kumquats with what is fresh at our farmers market.  Remember from a previous post that we have carrot tops that we want to use and some kohlrabi and radish greens.  Not knowing how it would turn out, we decided to cook the greens and throw in some kumquats.  Wow!  The greens had a most wonderful citrus flavor.

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Mujadarrah

Cajun French: le riz (lu ree) – rice

 

Rice is a staple in Cajun diets. There are many Cajuns who think rice should be served at every meal in some form, mainly rice and gravy. Rice is also important in many other cultures and Mujadarrah, lentils and rice, is one example. There are numerous recipes for this dish and for ours we added cayenne pepper and garlic, the Cajun influence.

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Locavore Roasted Corn and Sweet Potato Galette

Cajun French: saler (sa-lā) — salt

 

Choosing to be Locavores makes us very aware of food seasons. Each season has its specialties and none more so than Fall in South Louisiana. Last week we purchased sweet potatoes, garlic, and ears of corn. One morning we had eggs with mushroom and corn. While enjoying breakfast, John stated tomorrow we would fix sweet potato galettes. The recipe below is the new and improved version 2.0, as one of our food testers (Matt, twitter.com/@othermattreed) named it.

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Alliance, NE Pinto Beans

Cajun French:  la feve (la fev) – bean

 

 

In a truck stop in Alliance, NE we saw a five pound sack of dried Pinto Beans.  Looking closer, we realized the beans were processed and packaged in Alliance.  Always on the lookout for local items, we couldn’t resist.  Beans are a staple in our diet; we cook them once a week on average.  They are versatile food which can be used as an entrée, vegetable, or snack.

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Fresh Purple Hull Peas

Cajun French:  la feve (la fev)  –  pea

 

A farmer gave us a piece of cooking advice some time back; do a first boil with fresh peas and beans.  He said it would take the starch out and they would taste better.  Skimming the starch helps but rinsing the peas or beans is even better.  Never having done a first boil we decided to try his method.  It does give a better taste and we have been cooking our fresh peas and beans that way ever since. 

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Fig Vinaigrette

Cajun French:  la figue (la feeg)  –  fig

 

We have been experimenting with vinaigrettes lately and enjoying the results.  Finding a few figs left from our farmers market purchase we decided to try a vinaigrette using the fresh figs as well as fig infused balsamic vinegar.   

We tried it on our Corn Pudding and the vinaigrette gave the pudding an extra shot of flavor!  

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Corn Pudding

Cajun French:   la poutine (la poo-teen)  –  pudding

 

Any leftover or stale bread we have is frozen for later use as breadcrumbs or pudding.  Having accumulated various types of bread we decided to make pudding.  After sorting the bread which included whole wheat, French corn bread, cranberry and walnut, and sundried tomato and garlic, we realized it was not suitable to cook with fruit.  Wanting to use all the bread we decided to make a vegetable pudding.  It is great as a side dish or with eggs for breakfast.

This is not the usual corn pudding recipe.  Give it a try for something different with corn.

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Crawfish Boil Potato Salad

The roar of the propane burner, the pungent aroma of crab boil and pepper, and the taste of ice cold beer – it’s a crawfish boil. What’s more natural in South Louisiana than a crawfish boil with relatives and friends? Now, several days later, let’s use those leftover boiled potatoes and crawfish for a salad.

If you have not been to a crawfish boil, you can boil the potatoes in crab boil and purchase fresh Louisiana crawfish. When the potatoes are done, drop the crawfish in the water and let sit for ten minutes. Drain and you are ready to prepare the salad.

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