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Thursday 01/29/2015
Black pot cooking
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 8:00 am

Thanks to today’s technical advancements in the home such as robot vacuum cleaners, refrigerators installed with television screens and kitchen ranges offering steam ovens, induction ovens and warming drawers, families seem to have a much easier time than their ancestors.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
So sweet!
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 9:00 am

New to cooking with sugar cane syrup? To start the New Year off with a different twist on some traditional and nontraditional dishes, try a few recipes featuring the dark rich syrup that are favorites of some of the innovative cooks who have won top awards in previous Cajun Sugar Co-op and The Daily Iberian Cajun / Creole Cookbook cookoffs.

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Friday 01/02/2015
New Year’s favorites
Posted: January 02, 2015 - 9:21 am

As Teche Area cooks plan their New Year’s Day menu, they aren’t leaving the upcoming year entirely up to fate. There is sure to be a dish or two featuring black-eyed peas, leafy greens and pork — all with the certainty that it will increase their family’s prosperity, luck and good health.

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Friday 12/26/2014
Nibbles to impress
Posted: December 26, 2014 - 11:18 am

It’s the season for celebrating. Invite family and friends over for cocktails and hors d’ouevres and ring in the New Year with a celebration.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Deck the halls with ugly sweaters
true: December 22, 2014 - 10:10 am

By Family Features

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Pecans’ goodness all in a nutshell
Posted: December 11, 2014 - 8:00 am

DELCAMBRE — It’s the time of the year when Teche Area residents can be seen with bags and buckets in hand searching for Louisiana pecans that have fallen to the ground.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Baking memories
Posted: December 04, 2014 - 8:23 am

PATOUTVILLE — Family and holidays seem to conjure up memories that often transpire into a few sweet treats to fill the cookie jar.

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Thursday 11/27/2014
What to do with all the leftovers?
Posted: November 27, 2014 - 6:00 am

The big day is here. Family and friends will be gathering today to reflect on their many blessings and tables will be filled with traditional Thanksgiving Day family favorites.

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Giving thanks for holiday indulgences
Posted: November 27, 2014 - 6:00 am

Somehow it seems that if President Franklin D. Roosevelt had not signed in 1941 a joint resolution of Congress fixing the date of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November, we who call Acadiana our home would have created our own variation of this holiday.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Turkey day!
true: November 20, 2014 - 9:38 am

A house full of friends and family and the aroma of a turkey browning in the oven is a true sign the Thanksgiving Day celebration will soon be getting underway.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Delectable cakes
true: November 13, 2014 - 1:48 pm

JEANERETTE — A freshly baked cake is one of those sweet rewards of life that can bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Eat your greens
true: November 06, 2014 - 8:30 am

If you’re stuck in a vegetable rut and want to eat more greens, add a little variety with tatsoi.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Have a ball...
true: October 30, 2014 - 10:00 am

It’s that ghoulish time of the year when goblins, monsters, vampires and even little princesses and fairies will be knocking on doors for treats and looking for fistfuls of candy and goodies of all kinds.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Sweet moments
true: October 23, 2014 - 10:06 am

CENTERVILLE — Put a bit of sunshine into your day and sweeten it up with a little honey — nature’s own nectar.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
Fall tailgating
true: October 16, 2014 - 10:16 am

Football season in Louisiana is as much about the camaraderie and the tailgating activities on game day as it is about the football game itself.

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Friday 10/10/2014
It’s gumbo time!
Posted: October 10, 2014 - 11:10 am

It’s gumbo time in South Louisiana.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Can, can for kids
true: October 03, 2014 - 9:58 am

By Family Features

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Eat right
Posted: September 11, 2014 - 8:22 am

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be tasteless or time consuming to prepare — that was the message BestLife Iberia Chef Patrick Mould was promoting Saturday at the grand opening of the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market at Bayou Carlin Cove, the new dock, pier and pavilion in Delcambre.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Sweet success
true: September 04, 2014 - 9:16 am

LYDIA — Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth better than baked cookies right from the oven or a slice of freshly baked cake with a tall glass of milk, especially if the sweets are made with the glistening sugar that comes from Louisiana sugar cane fields.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Southern specialty
true: August 21, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Okra is at its peak of the season, so now is the time to enjoy the tender green pods of flavor and stock up the freezer in anticipation of the long winter months ahead.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Passing food safety test
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 9:30 am

It’s the end of the lazy summer days and the start of a new school year. As Teche Area students return to schooltime routines, this means a hectic morning schedule for many parents and little time for packing school lunches.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Yummy treats
Posted: August 07, 2014 - 11:08 am

Those leisurely summer days will soon be replaced with hectic mornings and busy afternoon schedules as the start of the school year begins, leaving little time for planning healthy and satisfying snacks.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Quick fixes
Posted: July 31, 2014 - 9:15 am

For a quick lunch or a light evening meal, a soup and salad duo can create quite a stir at the family table.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
In the kitchen
Posted: July 24, 2014 - 9:38 am

Salsa, pita chips, pasta salad, banana jungle pops, lasagna roll-ups and peanut butter granola were among the many healthy and nutritious recipes that received a “kid approved” rating at the Iberia Parish 4-H Kid Chef Cooking Camp this summer.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Fig favorites
Posted: July 17, 2014 - 9:06 am

It’s time to enjoy the distinctive sweetness of plump ripe Louisiana figs — one of the South’s sweetest treasurers of the summer.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Costa Rican cuisine
Posted: July 10, 2014 - 8:36 am

JEANERETTE — When Oscar Vargas and his father, Deiver Vargas, spend some quality time together, they can often be found in the kitchen of their Jeanerette home cooking some of their favorite Costa Rican cuisine from their native country.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Delicious explosion
Posted: July 08, 2014 - 9:07 am

Celebrate Independence Day with dazzling patriotic desserts

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Thursday 06/26/2014
All ears
Posted: June 26, 2014 - 8:50 am

It’s time to take advantage of the seasonal plump ears of corn that can be found in Teche Area fields or piled high in bushels at farmers markets and produce sections of supermarkets.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
Off the vine
Posted: June 19, 2014 - 9:00 am

Nothing says summer better than a bright red, vine-ripened tomato.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Preserving summer
Posted: June 12, 2014 - 11:30 am

Summer fruit is flourishing in June and there is no better way to enjoy the season’s bounty all year long than with jams, jellies, preserves and marmalades.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
From trash to art
Posted: June 10, 2014 - 8:32 am

ST. MARTINVILLE — Art teacher Sharyn Dayton collects juice jugs, football helmet padding, paint rollers, magazine holders and a variety of other things that would have ended up in anyone else’s trash bin.

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Friday 06/06/2014
From generation to generation
Posted: June 06, 2014 - 8:26 am

Carlas Hill-Brooks enjoys collecting and sharing recipes just as much as she loves to cook.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Summer fun
Posted: May 29, 2014 - 8:36 am

It’s time to start planning outdoor summer adventures and nothing brings family and friends together better than a summertime picnic.

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Thursday 05/22/2014
Fresh is best
Posted: May 22, 2014 - 9:35 am

CHARENTON — Ask Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel executive chef Scott McCue for some cooking advice and he will gladly share a few culinary tips, but don’t ask what dish he will be featuring in the upcoming Louisiana Seafood Cook-off. That’s a well kept secret he won’t reveal.

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Friday 05/16/2014
Southern classics
Posted: May 16, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Many of Fiesta Vallian’s family memories are centered on the food her parents cooked.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Sweet endings
Posted: May 08, 2014 - 8:58 am

ERATH — Liven up spring with a homemade dessert for mom on her special day.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Fowl for a crowd
Posted: April 24, 2014 - 12:31 pm

There’s always place at the family dinner table for chicken, but don’t forget about the versatile fowl for an impressive way to entertain large crowds without breaking the food budget.

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Monday 04/21/2014
Favorite sippers
true: April 21, 2014 - 11:20 am

An adult beverage laced with liquor or a fruity and refreshing non-alcoholic punch can provide a tasty beginning for any brunch, afternoon club or bridge gathering or a laid-back evening party for friends and co-workers.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Hog wild
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 3:06 pm

The aroma of sizzling bacon is more than just a signal of the start to a day. The beloved breakfast meat remains a favorite in countless time-honored recipes, but it also has found its way into many unconventional recipes by creative cooks.

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Fire up
Posted: March 20, 2014 - 9:39 am

By Karma Champagne

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Thursday 03/13/2014
Green surprise
Posted: March 13, 2014 - 8:59 am

Go green this St. Patrick’s Day by baking a few lucky sweet treats to bring cheer on a holiday that focuses on food, drink and festivities.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Meatless meals
Posted: March 06, 2014 - 10:09 am

Michelle Minvielle likes to bring something different to the table when she is preparing a meal.

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Thursday 02/27/2014
California wines
Posted: February 27, 2014 - 9:40 am

JEANERETTE — Pairing wine with the right food can be complicated, but taking a little time to learn more about wine characteristics, fundamental traits and the proper tasting methods can make the pairing task easier.

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Thursday 02/20/2014
Celebrate the season
true: February 20, 2014 - 9:22 am

Mardi Gras celebrations are in full swing in the Teche Area. The season is filled with Mardi Gras krewe parties, balls, parades, costume contests and dances — all in anticipation of “Fat Tuesday,” the day preceding the start of the Lenten season.

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Thursday 02/06/2014
SPAM pleasers
Posted: February 06, 2014 - 9:24 am

Pull out a can of SPAM from the pantry and have a little fun creating some new recipes. That’s what members of the Iberia Performing Arts League plan to do for their Broadway, Bites and Bubblies fundraiser event Saturday night.

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Friday 01/31/2014
Deep Fried Venison Backstrap
Posted: January 31, 2014 - 9:09 am

Venison backstrap

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Game day
Posted: January 31, 2014 - 8:46 am

Make a winning game plan for Super Bowl XLVIII. An assortment of snacks ranging from sweet to savory will add points to any hostess’ game scoreboard. Include a variety of beverages and Super Bowl entertaining will be a sure win.

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Thursday 01/23/2014
Southern tradition
Posted: January 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm

A bumper crop of winter greens means it is time to serve up a “mess o’ greens” and a generous portion of cracklin’ cornbread for a hearty meal that has long been a time-honored tradition in many Southern kitchens.

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Thursday 01/16/2014
Filipino taste buds
Posted: January 16, 2014 - 9:34 am

A calamansi fruit tree towering more than 15 feet over the front yard of Linda Hale’s New Iberia home is not just for ornamental purposes. The fruit, indigenous and widely cultivated in the Philippines, reflects much of Hale’s cultural cuisine.

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Thursday 12/19/2013
Sweet finales
Posted: December 19, 2013 - 10:42 am

It’s the season for family gatherings and casual get-togethers with friends, co-workers and club members. It’s the time of the year set aside to remember friends and shut-ins and there is no better way to do it than with a festive cake that can set the holiday mood as brightly as a gala decorated tree.

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