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.
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.
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.
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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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.
PATOUTVILLE — Family and holidays seem to conjure up memories that often transpire into a few sweet treats to fill the cookie jar.
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.
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.
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.
JEANERETTE — A freshly baked cake is one of those sweet rewards of life that can bring a smile to anyone’s face.
If you’re stuck in a vegetable rut and want to eat more greens, add a little variety with tatsoi.
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.
CENTERVILLE — Put a bit of sunshine into your day and sweeten it up with a little honey — nature’s own nectar.
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.
It’s gumbo time in South Louisiana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a quick lunch or a light evening meal, a soup and salad duo can create quite a stir at the family table.
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.
It’s time to enjoy the distinctive sweetness of plump ripe Louisiana figs — one of the South’s sweetest treasurers of the summer.
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.
Celebrate Independence Day with dazzling patriotic desserts
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.
Nothing says summer better than a bright red, vine-ripened tomato.
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.
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.
Carlas Hill-Brooks enjoys collecting and sharing recipes just as much as she loves to cook.
It’s time to start planning outdoor summer adventures and nothing brings family and friends together better than a summertime picnic.
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.
Many of Fiesta Vallian’s family memories are centered on the food her parents cooked.
ERATH — Liven up spring with a homemade dessert for mom on her special day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Minvielle likes to bring something different to the table when she is preparing a meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.