Rapid River, MI Farmers Market

Cajun French: le boulanger (lu boo-lon-jā) – baker

Michigan is amazingly very rural. Because of this there are great number of farmers, or people who live on lots of land and raise large gardens. The makes for great Farmers Markets and our last market to shop in Delta County was Rapid River Farmers Market. The market is on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Rapid River. For a small community, the market offered a good variety of items along with entertainment. Continue reading “Rapid River, MI Farmers Market”

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Farmers Market – Iron Mountain MI

Cajun French: le sirop (lu see-rō) – syrup

After enjoying breakfast at B’s Cafe, we headed over to the farmers market. This Saturday was sunny with cool weather; our first escape from southern heat and perfect shopping weather. The market is held in a parking lot downtown and is good size, offering a large variety of items. With basket in tow we began our shopping adventure. Continue reading “Farmers Market – Iron Mountain MI”

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Fish en Papillote

Cajun French:  le poisson (lu poo-a-son) – fish

 

While traveling we are not always able to buy fresh fish and we had been fresh fish deprived for a while. Heading back to south Mississippi, we knew fresh fish was waiting. Laurie enjoys fish en papillote and had not had it for some time. John’s creative juices started flowing and below is the result.

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Chicken Pasta Salad

Cajun French:  le poulet farci (lu poo-lā far-see) – baked chicken


There are numerous, too many to count, of chicken pasta salad recipes. Why another one? We saw the basics of this recipe on Facebook and decided to make it our own. We gave ours a Mediterranean flair with a kick of Cajun and wow, it worked!

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Apple Tart

Cajun French: la pomme (la pom) – apple

 

ReadyBringing dessert to a dinner party and looking for something different – why not an apple tart. Not just any apple tart; one made in a cast iron griddle. It is easy, quick, and makes a great presentation. We added a Cajun flair by using a blood orange marmalade glaze.

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Let’s Eat Cake – Boudin King Cake

Cajun French: pétrir (pā-treer) – knead

 

IMG_6803Cajuns are an adaptable people. We take what the area offers and make it our own. So we wonder why it took not only a non-Cajun, but also a non-native Louisianan to develop the Boudin King Cake. Granted Dr. Boudin (Bob Carriker) has been living in the Lafayette area since 1997; he is not native. He calls Louisiana home and has come to embrace our culture and food. In honor of Dr. Boudin and his Boudin King Cake, we have made our own, adapting it to our tastes.

One bread recipe will make a very large king cake. We made ours in our Dutch oven so we adjusted for the size of our pot.

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End of the Season

ApplesSouth Louisiana’s climate allows growing seasons all year long. No matter the time of year there is always something being harvested. The farmers markets in the area offer an array of vegetables and fruits on a regular basis. As we travel north, the farmers markets we find are generally seasonal.  In our travels this is one aspect we have to continually remember as we search for local produce. Continue reading “End of the Season”

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Vegetable Curry

Cajun French: le cachet (lu ka-sha) – squash

 

CurryVisiting different farmers markets as we travel not only affords us various and unique vegetables but also opportunities to meet chefs, bakers, farmers, and other shoppers. The Independence, Iowa farmers market was no different. We were fortunate to visit with Chef Michael Murray-John and enjoy his vegetable curry. Michael who now lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and daughter, Lola, was previously the chef/owner of two restaurants in Wabasha, MN. We purchased his curry spice packet, which made fixing the curry very easy. Along with the packet we received the spice recipe needed to duplicate the dish. We added our own touch – onion and garlic. It is well worth the numerous spices needed…

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