Cajun Cooking is hard to put
a definition to today. Cajun Recipes and
Creole Recipes have become similar in some
respects but years ago you could really say
they were city and country cooking. Creole
cooking was city and Cajun cooking was
Cajun and Creole Cooking is not only knowing how to re-create the
really great traditional dishes of South Louisiana (or anywhere for that matter), but
it is an art form by which the experienced cook can be
creative. Never fear the urge to be creative!
Louisiana cooking today has its own special taste. Mostly because
we have a well blended mix of Cajun and Creole styles along with
Spanish, German and Irish influences to name a few. What's the
difference in Cajun and Creole? Read on...
We also have
chefs that can take the "already delicious" dishes and
make them better. Louisiana cooks however don't forget the basics
that brought them to what our food is today. Many of us home cooks
sometimes try a little something different with the basic dishes and
often wind up going back to the original recipe that Maw-Maw gave us.
Some things just aren't broken so why try to fix em'? Although we
love the great Louisiana chefs, this web site is devoted to the
"home cook", the real source of our wonderful food.
As stated earlier, creativity is what drives the home cook or chef
to develop new dishes and bring different twists to the old
The fact that there are so many different recipes for the same dish
proves that point. But then again, some recipes are just bad
renditions of the originals. How can you tell the difference? The inexperienced
cook can't really do that, and, if the new cook uses a recipe that
is inferior for the first time he/she must be aware that the poor
outcome is not necessarily their fault. The recipes I post on this
site are either tried and true, or, come from a source that I feel
is trustworthy. They are not copied from other web sites,
anybody can do that.
Good food is the glue that sticks us together as family and
friends. That's why food is usually the centerpiece of South
gatherings. Food preparation is an act of love and is thought of as
a gift by many cooks. We thank God for giving us the food (a gift) and we
show our appreciation by preparing it so all will enjoy it (passing
the gift) . The cook tries desperately to make a dish that all will
enjoy and so the pot is also seasoned with love.
The new cook puts as much love in the dish as any other person,
so if the dish isn't quite right don't beat them up over it. This is
a sure-fire way to discourage anyone from continuing to learn to
Now, one more point, people are different so if you are a
beginner you will sometimes receive praise for a dish that is only
"so-so". The taster usually knows you are just starting so be
ready for different reactions from your clients. Take the time to
ask your clients what they think you could have done different to
make it better. Asking one person's opinion can be misleading, get a
Cooking should be fun so don't do it if you just don't like to
do it. If you do like or love it and want to know more I truly hope
this site helps you, in some way, gather something new, and, continue to
experience the love and fun of cooking..