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Thank you for visiting my pages! I once asked people to sign my web site guestbook (a quaint relic of web design, circa 1995), letting me know what they thought of the site, and where they were, but due to massive, horrendous abuse by spammers I was forced to close the guestbook after 11 years. Spammers ruin everything.

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Formerly from the Southern U.S. with lots of visits to N.O. & have settled here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where they still talk about the deportation of 1755 with resentment. Am treating my Acadienne neighbors to some of my favorite cajun dishes - with difficulty in finding traditional ingredients so I'm substituting wherever possible. I'll have to buy "red beans" and sausage next time I'm in the states tho - no decent substitutes here. Tomorrow I'm serving gumbo with I may say, the best roux I've ever made - managed some crab meat and will try some "cod cheeks" as well - had to settle for hot italian sausage tho. we'll see how they like it.
aileen kilfeather <>
St. Peters, Nova Scotia Canada - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 12:21:37 (PDT)

Do you have an easy roux to total pot size guideline? Something like " for every quart use 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup oil"?
Steve <>
FL USA - Friday, October 13, 2006 at 11:51:46 (PDT)

This is a fabulous website for people like me who are really interested in Cajun style cooking!!! I am also in culinary school so this will be a big help for my final project!!!
Kristin Morrow <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 20:35:26 (PDT)

ORLANDO, FL USA - Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 21:35:08 (PDT)

need recpie for gumbo
kevin jones <coach>
fort washington, maryland USA - Sunday, October 08, 2006 at 07:28:30 (PDT)

I just found this web site. I just want to say that im glad that you are spending the ward about the good food of La. i still think that if the good lord would eat food like us he would eat Cajun food that is why i say that it is the Food Of The GODS thank you for your web sight Allen R. Bott
Allen Bott <>
Oshkosh, wi USA - Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:07:46 (PDT)

I love this web site. I lived in Lake Charles LA for five years and I miss the food so much and the people to (the heat I can live without). Thanks for the wonderful recpies
Bruce Springer <>
Grand Rapids, Michigan USA - Friday, September 22, 2006 at 16:40:06 (PDT)

Lucky to be cajun and enjoy the best food anywhere. God bless Louisiana. Thanks for the tips. I enjoy cooking cajun food and my family also enjoy the seafood and wildgame we hunt,fish,shrimp ourselves. Thanks again.
Randy Collins
Chauvin, La/ USA - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 04:23:59 (PDT)

Hi there I`m chef and I`ve been worked many years in local hospitaly kichen, making food for patients and staff too. But it was very dull job, so I left it. Now I`m working in a vegetarian restaurant (mostly Indian and Asian food with Finish flavour). I`m very interested in Cajun-, and Lousiana Food. That`s why I visited Your Gumbo Pages. GREAT PAGES !! Bye and Have a nice Day
Arska Savela
Tampere, FINLAND - Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 02:53:18 (PDT)

I LOVE Cajun cooking, and would like to find a recipe for Bourbon Chicken Marinade. Please assist if you can. Regards, Chris Barrell
Chris Barrell <>
Grand Cayman, NWP Cayman Islands - Saturday, September 02, 2006 at 03:27:14 (PDT)

I am trying to find a recipe for Bourbon Chicken Marinade. Please assist if you can. Regards, Chris Barrell
Chris Barrell <>
Grand Cayman, NWP Cayman Islands - Saturday, September 02, 2006 at 03:20:27 (PDT)

Thanks for all your great recipes! I am from the northestern part of Italy, Friuli. Here people proudly speak a minor language (Friulian) and drink excellent white wines... Ciao Fabiano
Fabiano Miceli <>
Udine, UD Italy - Saturday, September 02, 2006 at 02:20:28 (PDT)

Great web page and recipes !
Richard Berichon <rberichon@shaw ca>
Surrey, B.C. Canada - Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 12:25:08 (PDT)

I was born and raised iN New Iberia, La. and moved to Florida with a two week ol baby and a husband, had been transferred with Southern Bell, Now Bell South. I miss my Gumbo File, and my crawfdads...danced many a two step, My grandma played the accordion and went on the Frog and Alligator Train from town to town to play
Jeanette Provost <JPro558056@aol.colm>
Palm Beach County, Florida USA - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 16:13:35 (PDT)

You have no idea what a wonderful link to New Orleans your site is for me. I actually ran into you at JF this past April (my 9th consecutive Fest). You gave me some great tips on acts to Little Queenie Harris, for one. Ordered the 4 CD box set a year ago (what an absolute treasure!!)...listening now on this anniversary-8/29, and am getting ready to order it for a dear friend. Lots of others I've told have bought it as well. Thanks for all of your political insights and most of all for keeping me in touch with New Orleans though here I sit in MD. My heart is there, especially today!! -Gloria
Gloria Friedman <>
Ellicott City, MD USA - Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 08:46:15 (PDT)

hey i am straight up cajun and am so glad to stumble across you. iam from port arther but have lived in gb for 20 yrs.they really get a kick out me in this town. i do cook for parties and get togethers for other people quiet often so i will be studing your collection.thanks
bonnie <>
granbury, texas USA - Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 18:25:05 (PDT)

Love the site, keeps me in touch with the city I love. Went to Loyola......graduated in 95.
Harper Carroll
North Palm Beach, FL USA - Friday, August 25, 2006 at 12:17:39 (PDT)

chuck love your site..,.my mom was born in i was raised in tx.. love cajun food palace cafe in santa barbra is not to shabby,.. if you ever up in isleton ,ca try the del rio hotel and try the crawfish stuffed baked potatoe......cccccccccccchhherrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee mike
mike waldie <>
Modesto, ca USA - Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 17:58:44 (PDT)

I just returned from my first trip to LA yesterday. I ate so many delicious foods while in your beautiful state I was bummed out about coming home. Luckily I found your website, now I can try to make some of these yummy dishes myself!!
Wellston , OH USA - Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 11:21:22 (PDT)

GREAT site!! Awesome recipes. thanks! might want to delete the porn ads down there...ech.
Carthage, TX USA - Friday, August 18, 2006 at 11:15:09 (PDT)

I'm really pleased that I stumbled across your site as I like to cook and always am very fond of trying out new recipes. Thanks a lot and keep going.
Robert Mayerhofer <>
Vienna, Ausria Austria - Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 11:40:56 (PDT)

Thank you for letting me see your recipe's
Patricia Thomas <>
Moscow, Pa. USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 20:31:55 (PDT)

Sir: You email is not working, the chef at I am really upset now! Fix it!
Dr. Marre
Chile - Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 17:12:02 (PDT)

I have tried several of the recipes in here and they are great. I got hooked on Cajun food when I won a trip to New Orleans while I was recruting for the military. We stopped in Shrevport and I had ?touff?e for the first time. The food in New Orleans was great too, once you got off the beaten path and asked the locals where to eat. I've been back 2 times since then. Thank You.
Joshua Hoke <>
Lawrence, Ks USA - Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 09:34:14 (PDT)

I was born in the wrong part of the USA as I love Creole and Cajun food, especially gumbos and etouffe. I want to learn more on how to make a good roux and other foods from your area. Thanks so much for having such a informative site. Have a great day.....Alice
Alice Gebhart <>
Evanston, Wyoming USA - Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 22:56:32 (PDT)

Cool site!
mn USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 08:24:10 (PDT)

HI there Mr. Chuck, I sent you an email about a new IMAX film we are premiering here at the Science Center. It is called "Hurricane on the Bayou" and follows four world-class New Orleans musicians (allen Toussaint, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw and Chubby Carrier) and their interest in preserving and rejuvenating the quickly eroding wetlands of the Louisiana Bayou. Please read my email for a much better synopsis and I look forward to hearing from you - perhaps we could have a conversation about a mutually beneficial promotion opportunity. This is a very important environmental film and we would love to get the word out there! Thanks!
Kim Sadler <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 11:39:39 (PDT)

For the past 6 years, my husband and I have had a "6 months to Mardi Gras" party for our friends. The first year we had 15 people, this year, we are up to 55. Your recipies and cooking hints have been a major staple in my food preparation. Thanks for your wonderful recipies. Lori
Lori <>
Verona, NJ USA - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 07:28:46 (PDT)

I love your recipes. I lived in Lafayette for awhile and LOVED the food. It was nice to find a recipe that someone wrote down.Thank you!
Melissa Politte <>
Port Richey, fl USA - Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 10:44:23 (PDT)

I am origianlly from Monroe Louisiana.And I just really miss home.The recipies are some of my favorites and ai miss them .I am cooking some Gumbo tonight with some spicy chicken corn muffin;s . See yall later Tammy Barborek
Tammy Barborek <>
Cape Girardeau, Mo USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 10:42:07 (PDT)

Looking for spicy non-fattening recipes
Liz Heath <>
London, UK - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 00:32:49 (PDT)

Hi Chuck, happened upon the site will searching for cajun food in SOCAL. I grew up in New Roads, LA on beautiful False River and noticed an entry by someone from Morganza, right up the road from home. It's a small world, huh? Now work in La Mirada and live in Corona. Really enjoyed the site and realized that I should be trying to share some of that wonderful food with CA friends, so thanks for the inspiration.
Ric Welch <>
Corona, CA USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 14:12:34 (PDT)

i have always wanted to try gumbo and jambalaya.and decided now was the time to do it. love the site and can't wait to try these recipes plus more i am adding this site to my favorite files so i can get to it quicker.
Alberta Stewart <>
Pawlet, Vermont USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 06:06:38 (PDT)

Super site I'll be back ! Gonna prepare my first Jambalaya this weekend over a wood fire in the garden for family & friends. Thanks
Ben Hanson
Southampton, UK - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 15:45:29 (PDT)

it was many years ago that justin wilson turned me on to cooking cajun/creole. only thing i could do before that was on the grill. now i've got emeril's cookbooks too. don't get crawdads here in no. ga, but mostly use shrimp instead. i make my own sausage too.
todd mahone
mt. airy, ga USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 06:19:01 (PDT)

I love this site, I have always liked Cajun and Creole food( even if I am a "durn yanky") and have wanted to learn how to cook in this style.
Mark Anthony Smith <>
Central Square, New York USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 14:24:32 (PDT)

I last visited your site several years ago. Boy it seems like you've been very busy adding great content. As always I found your recipes very usful. Just last weekend I cooked oysters gumbo.
West Bend, Wisconsin USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 10:30:34 (PDT)

hey guys, i think the site is awesome, has given me many an idea for when i open my own creole restaurant here in New zealand! and as im training as a chef at present, im even thinking of coming over to either work or study, so thanks agen for allowing me to sample the flavour of creole without being in creole!!!!
Palmerston north, New Zeland - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 01:21:09 (PDT)

I stayed up in Farraday years ago, and I loved the cooking. Hot rice and a dollop of peanut butter. MMMMM MMMMMM!!!!!
Mark H. Hesson <>
Lancaster, CA. USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 23:18:56 (PDT)

Sorry for being so late to say thank you. I just doublechecked my printout from the first recipes we downloaded - it's from 1995. Since then, Cajun kitchen is a fix element in our meal plan and especially used to suprise guests, who have never tasted these delicious dishes. In 1995 Cajun kitchen was nearly unknown in Germany. Suprise is seldom nowadays, because over the years some Cajuns and some cajun kitchen addicts settled in and around Hamburg and opened restaurants. Just the Gumbo du Monde seems to scare everyone. Even I do it only once a year. So thank you very much for your engaement and for all the wonderful recipes. Regards, Monika
Monika <>
Hamburg, Germany - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 14:30:09 (PDT)

I thought that Gumbo Pages was very enlighting. I have been wanting to try some different dishes and I was impressed with the recipes and all of the other sites that you offered in regard to mail ordering. I will continue to check out your website! Thanks and God Bless!
Keva Carrethers <>
Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA - Monday, July 03, 2006 at 19:37:27 (PDT)

I was in new orleans two years ago but couldn't find a good recipe book. As i live in France there are many products I don't have access to Thanks to you i'll be able to make a roux and fix gumbos. I love your site.....
maryse davis <>
toulouse, france - Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 07:58:48 (PDT)

It all sounds Good!!
Sean Cotten
Humble, Texas USA - Friday, June 30, 2006 at 19:00:36 (PDT)

This website is absolutely WONDERFUL! My absolute favourite... Being an Aussie, I love that you have a temperature and measurements conversion page, too... This makes for happy cooking for all! I can't tell you how much I love this site; there just aren't enough good words in the world! I hope that one day, I will be experienced-enough at cookery to make ALL the dishes here!! ;-D
Nadia Stanger <>
Adelaide, South Australia Australia - Friday, June 30, 2006 at 03:50:43 (PDT)

Greetings from a displaced son of the south! I found your site lookin for good LA recipes and I have to say yours is the absolute best on the net. Thanks for having it at all!
Dave Hearnes <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 11:16:15 (PDT)

Miss New orleans SO much. Born in Metairie, 1966 (father in No Phil. clarinet) - now, I am concert cellist -- teach chamber music at Juilliard along with performing schedule. Was in NO in May '06 -- will retire there. xo
Jennifer Combs <>
New Britain, CT USA - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 19:04:34 (PDT)

I am having a hard time finding words to express my deepest sadness for New Orleans. I was looking at your pictures and my heart is aching with sorrow for everyone there. I will be coming to visit N.O. on Sat. which will make it my 7th trip. I LOVE New Orleans. I have lived in Balt. for over 10 years, but I feel more at home in N.O. in five minutes than I ever have here. I can't wait to come back and hopefully help the city that has given me so very much.
Heather Haggstrom <>
Baltimore, Maryland USA - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 09:46:40 (PDT)

I just recently got into Gumbo or Jumbalya, and love it.Regular Sunday dinner
John Griffin <>
Liberty, NC USA - Monday, June 19, 2006 at 07:50:41 (PDT)

Originally from southwest Louisiana and I sure do miss the good food that is only found in that area. Yankees just don't know what good cajun food is.
Suzette Hargis
Bensalem, PA USA - Friday, June 16, 2006 at 10:05:16 (PDT)

Found your page looking for cajun recipes. Enjoy trying different culture's cuisine, so will try some recipes. Last big mess I made actually tasted pretty good.
Pat <>
Montreal, Quebec Canada - Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 17:17:19 (PDT)

Love the recipes! I'm gonna try some of them this week. Thank you!
Laura <>
Wiggins, MS USA - Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 15:33:35 (PDT)

I just found your web site so I am excited about looking into some of your recipes.
Tana <>
Homer, Louisiana USA - Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 13:01:07 (PDT)

Living out here in "da Country" i do know what it means to miss New Orleans.
Lori McGee- Dorsey <>
New Iberia , La USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 15:45:49 (PDT)

I was looking for a catfish courtboullion recipe to make for a Cajun potluck lunch we are having at work next week (U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, VA) and came across yours. It sounds great, so I'll try it and let you know how it turns out. I will probably have to use farmed catfish, though, because that's the only kind available here, although we are surrounded by water (Chesapeake Bay, James River, Atlantic Ocean--but no bayous). By the way, there are 2 LSU graduates in my office, myself and a guy whose mother is from north La., though he only lived in the state while attending LSU. I am a real Cajun and was born in Opelousas to parents who were from Arnaudville and Krotz Springs. After college graduation, I joined the Army and left the state for many years, but I still have family in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. My husband, who I met in the Army, is from Oregon but has adopted the Cajun people, culture and food. We have a home in New Mexico, but I am temporarily working in Va. Can't wait to pass through La. on my way back out West! Thanks for an interesting website and free recipes!
Wanda Arceneaux Gammell <>
Hampton, VA USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 10:48:21 (PDT)

We are long-time visitors to New Orleans and were delighted to discover your website (by accident). Am slowly cruising through recipes. Keep up the good work.
Joan Feuer <>
Broomall, PA USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 08:01:57 (PDT)

Chuck -- Thanks for the great recipes. I've tried two so far: the Tujague's Pecan Pie, and your grannie's brownies. Both were terrific and the brownies especially were out of this world. My wife's relatives settled in the Irish Channel area, and many moons ago, lived on Mazant Street, so who knows, they may have shared a pot of red beans with your grandma along the way. Thanks again -- and keep cooking!
Greg Gauthier
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 13:36:21 (PDT)

Greetings! You were a link from a link, and being a lover of great food I had to bookmark your recipes page. Some of the best food I ever had a friend from La. mother made in Tacoma,Wa. My wife makes a really good Creloe(?), so I'll have to do something to impress her. Spread unexpected PEACE, Rev. Bill
Reverend William W. Wardell Sr. <>
The Great Frozen North(Exeland), Wisconsin USA - Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 08:16:40 (PDT)

I love the recipes....there's some things on here that my momma definitely didn't make for us growing up.
Morganza, LA USA - Friday, June 09, 2006 at 15:19:58 (PDT)

I LOVE this site! The recipes are great!
Helen Madden <>
Lubbock, TX USA - Friday, June 02, 2006 at 10:14:58 (PDT)

grew up in SE texas
andy deahl <>
bristol, ct USA - Friday, June 02, 2006 at 07:15:55 (PDT)

all the recipes work enjoyed them all thanks
george gill <>
myrtle beach, sc USA - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 11:25:16 (PDT)

Excellent site
William J Byerly III <>
Hilliard, FL USA - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 03:23:54 (PDT)

I'm going to give your gumbo recipe a try for a dart tourny we are having at our local K of C. Been cooking there for years and I sometimes try out new things on the crowd. Haven't made any gumbo since I was a wee Navy lad stationed in Mobile. Haven't had a good bowl since '94 in Thibidoux D
Darin <>
Ashland, Ky USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:58:31 (PDT)

Awesome web site! I was born and raised in Texas not to far from the La. line sure do miss the food and the spirit of the Cajuns.
garry hicks <>
Soldotna, Alaska USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 13:01:13 (PDT)

I love to cook, my favourite is Cajun. The blend of spices is very fine. I like to search the web for recepies. A happy cooking for everyone.
Manuel Coumans <>
Weert 6001XM, Netherlands - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 05:54:53 (PDT)

kove your book
tallulah, la USA - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:35:01 (PDT)

I was born and raised in New Orleans for 19 years, before leaving for the U.S.Navy in 1983.I have traveled extensivily around the world, and never have my palate tingled with joy over good cajun cooking. Homemade, not commercial, restaurant food. All I ask is that you update your page with more authentic recipes. Thank You and God Bless
Arlington, Va. USA - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 15:01:59 (PDT)

Found your site, and its extremely interesting. My husband is from Mississippi (i'm scottish)and adores cajun food. I have tried a few recipes from various sources in the past but now I'm going to try yours. We are heading your way in June and I will be stocking up on ingredients. Once again great site and thank you.
Heather Breland
Cairo, Egypt - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 05:25:05 (PDT)

Tr?s jolie... may I borrow some of this fantastic recipes for my own place? Bon appetit!!! Tantissimi saluti.
Stefano Romelli <>
Mendrisio, Switzerland - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:31:40 (PDT)

I love to cook, Cajun food is my favoite to cook and eat. I will use some of the recipes and get back to you. Thanks.........
David Pelletier <>
Howards Grove, Wiconsin USA - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:22:52 (PDT)

Just found these pages and i wish i hadnt because theres so much here to learn , but a challenge is a challenge and my mouth is watering already.
Birmingham, Midlands England - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 14:05:29 (PDT)

Just loved your recipies!!! This site is wonderful!!
La Shunda Massey <>
El Dorado, AR USA - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 14:54:17 (PDT)

SHREVEPORT, LA USA - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 08:22:41 (PDT)

It was wonderful to stumble upon your site! My husband and I travel to new orleans every year for 3 days just for the food. Now I can try to make some in my own home. Thank you Thank you Thank you!
Tampa, FL USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 07:01:53 (PDT)

I'm so glad i found you!!!! Cant't wait to get in the kitchen!!!!!
BORAS - Sweden, Sweden - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 04:57:26 (PDT)

WOnderful website-I was tyring to find the origin of the word cocktail, came about the Sazerac cocktail thing, googled that and found your site. Wish we had you in Akron writing for our magazine, Akron Life & Leisure -- I read the whole thing about the cocktail, recipe and all - then the creole cuisine thing, the ice tea and started on the gumbo part before realizing that I needed to get back to actually working (I'm the Associate Editor!). Anyway, I hope that you and yours and all those wonderful places and experiences are at least still alive. I hate to think of the end of such a rich and exquisite culture being (very bad grammar here) gotten the best of by Mother Nature and her dangerously bumbling cohorts, those people in charge. Thanks for all the info and the style.
Merle McGrath <>
Akron, OH USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 13:23:08 (PDT)

Your site is the best! Thank you!!
Tacoma, WA USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 15:31:21 (PDT)

Love it, thanks Jim
Jim Bigham <>
Springfield, Oregon USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 10:44:55 (PDT)

I?ve been looking for decent cajun/creole recipies for a long while. especially one for HOT BOUDIN`s. Just reading your recipies makes my mouth water. Love your Site Thank you Thank you Thank you
Bernhard <>
Vienna, Vienna AUSTRIA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 01:21:41 (PDT)

Great food!!!
Eric Torguson <>
Diamondhead , MS USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 14:11:34 (PDT)

Your guestbook may be a quaint relic of the past, but as I've been using your recipes since 1997, I may be as well. I love the food, I love the fact that your recipes come from award winning chefs as well as your family and friends. When I cook from your pages I am always complimented. Fabulous food Chuck. Thanks for putting the site together.
Martin Hicks <>
Newcastle, NSW Australia - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 01:51:10 (PDT)

This site (or cite), makes me feel real happy about being born and rasied in New Orleans, LA even after Katrina.
New Orleans, LA USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 12:39:45 (PDT)

Great web site. I love to cook and this site gives me some great recipes. I also enjoy the history and this is part of the joy of creating great dishes.. really good stuff
Bob Halvorson <>
Irvine, CA USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 11:03:16 (PDT)

I miss home so much. Raised in Metairie, now a Kentucky transplant. I just can't express how much your site has left me longing for the city and culture I love. Thanks for the memories!
April Francingues-Shepperd <>
Columbia, KY USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 07:50:18 (PDT)

My husband and I really enjoy your site! His family comes from New Orleans, but he missed out on being taught a lot of the cooking traditions - he's trying to make up for it now and we've come to consider your site the authority on how to do it right. We really appreciate you keeping these things alive!
Tara <>
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 18:14:16 (PDT)

thanks for the info
mick leighton
newcastle, nsw australia - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 22:18:06 (PDT)

Love this site and have already taken on app. half of the recipes and loved them thanks
Jason <>
baltimore, md USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 08:44:47 (PDT)

I love the site. I love the city. I just wanted to say thanks.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 23:28:41 (PDT)

I'm so excited to try your gumbo recipe and entertain my northern relatives. I'm engaged to a cajun and I can't wait to move down to Lafayette!
Wheaton & Steubenville, MN & OH USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 09:24:49 (PDT)

Thanks for an incredible site, Chuck. I spent some time in Acadiana (mainly around New Iberia) in Feb. - food-wise, thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Linguistically, like coming home - Cajun French is VERY similar to Canadian French, (which, considering it originated in Acadia, on our east coast, would seem logical). Again, many thanks - keep up the good work. Cheers, Chris
Chris Stonehouse <>
Brampton, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 12:29:04 (PDT)

Nice site, love everything cajun/creole formarly a chef in hawaii serving cajun now seeing if i can impress hungarians with this spectacular cuisine
James M. <>
Budapest, Hungary - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 11:01:11 (PDT)

Raised in NOLA. Have been going down about every 3 years for carnival (Mardi Gras). Was back March 20 thru 26 during volunteer work. Am going back in May and June. All those that can need to respond to the effort. Go if you can. Love this page. It has been awhile since I heve been here. Tried to locate the old music you had here at one time ('99 I think)
Sonny Blyn <>
Wichita, Kansas USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 17:28:32 (PDT)

I want to make gumbo for my neighbors who have never had some.
Eric Thie
Kennewick, Wa USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 18:54:52 (PDT)

My Guy loves gumbo. They have a unlimited bowl deal at Red Lobster. It get's a bit embarassing!! I thought it might be a good idea to try and make my own.
Judith Jones <>
Newark, Ohio USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 15:27:48 (PDT)

yo yo yo waz crackin'
kayla <>
Findlay, Ohio UnitedStatesofAmerica - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 13:58:13 (PDT)

I spent 5 nights, 4 days in the French Quarter almost 9 years ago when my husband proposed to me. One of the best things was the FOOD! I just made your beignet recipe this past weekend for breakfast. It was incredible!!! Even my 7 year old ate 9 of them! Thank you so very much for your site, and I will be coming back and trying other recipes out.
Heidi Coleman <>
Pikeville, KY USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 13:12:26 (PDT)

I'm originally from Pineville, La and have loved cajun all my life. Some of the recipes I have never heard of. Your site has helped me grealty and I will be back.
Carla Miller <>
Barksdale AFB, La USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 21:10:48 (PDT)

Terrific website. I am just getting into creole/cajun cooking and this site has been extremely helpful and informative. I have had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans once and have been in love with the cuisine since.
Siegfried O. Beyer <>
Hackettstown, New Jersey USA - Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 16:53:15 (PST)

just starting to get interested in southern cooking,this site is very helpful but i have to mix the spices myself.
harry helling <>
sydney, nsw australia - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 15:43:39 (PST)

Great site, i have modified some of the recipes to add my own flavor and originality. hope to see some additions in the future!
Keith Williams
Pearl River, LA USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 09:27:02 (PST)

I am always searching for very tasty recipes especially Louisiana dishes. Bland food is not for me, any guidance on this would be appreciated. Thank you.
Geoffrey Shaw <>
Norwich, Norfolk UK - Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 05:26:40 (PST)

Been reading your site for a while now. Excellent commentary and extremely funny cooments. Keep up the great job!
Chef Bud Randolph <>
Enterprise, Al USA - Monday, March 27, 2006 at 06:07:38 (PST)

Great site. Nice recipes
Jan Hone
Cartagena, Spain - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 00:17:57 (PST)

Great Site. Especially loved the recipes. Came over to NO for Mardis Gras 2006 post Katrina and am looking forward to sharing our experiences with our friends on a "Mardis Gras Night". Please forgive us if we do make King Cake in April but we are British.
Alexis Cowie <>
Barnt Green, Worcestershire England - Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 05:40:34 (PST)

Fantastique!! Je suis allemand, mais nee en Cote d'Ivoire/Afrique de l'ouest. J'aime beaucoup la culture acadienne, specialement la musique cadienne et zydeco. Un grand MERCI pour laisser participer le monde a cette culture merveilleuse!!!!
Andi Bieger <>
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 13:09:20 (PST)

Since my granny's death in 1975 I haven't had some of the wonderful meals she use to make for our very large family . I do get gumbo from my step mom (the way Granny taught her to fix it ), but that's the limit . Now I can prepare some my favorites from my childhood . Thank you soooo much for this wonderful site ! Cathi
Cathi Hatlestad <>
Yucaipa, CA USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 17:31:05 (PST)

I'm from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and after Hurricane Katrina I moved to Tennessee with my husband, and he's from down in Lauisiana, so when I found your site, it was like a little piece of heaven, I already loved to cook, but now I can cook some of his favorite things!!! THANKS A MILLION!! jp
Julie Parker <>
Cleveland, TN USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 14:06:21 (PST)

i was looking for gumbo awsome website thank you joann
jo ann bessette <>
portland, or USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 08:01:09 (PST)

My wife and I were in New Orleans Feb.2005 and I fell in love with dish called Jambalaya.Today looking for reciepe for Jambalaya lead me to your site.I will try this one this week.
Reg Noble <>
Erin, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 12:43:08 (PST)

Great site. Thanks so much.
Peg Jacobson <>
Cheyenne, Wyoming USA - Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 16:40:19 (PST)

What an awsome website! I can't stop browsing around. So full of useful information and great recipes. Your site makes me wanna cook all day and all night. Thank you so much for a job well done!
D Force <>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 16:41:16 (PST)

Great pages that take me back to my 1991 & 1997 Mardi Gras days. If these pages didn't exist I couldn't have attempted Gumbo. Although the ingredients are hard to get in England I use Chorizo sausage to supplement the Andouille. God blees you all after Katrina, and I hope a chap I met called Aaron , who worked in Captain Al's in 1991 is alive and well, thanks for the tours and memories. Spence
Spencer Richards <>
England - Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 12:36:29 (PST)

MODESTO, CA 95354 USA - Monday, March 13, 2006 at 20:18:10 (PST)

First time visit
George Romero <>
Clayton , NC USA - Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 06:59:10 (PST)

I had the priveledge of visiting Baton Rouge and some surrounding areas in Oct while there helping out with the Red Cross and found it quite charming and so friendly. I miss the eats and am glad I ran across your site. I am going to be sharing some recipes with my family and friends. Sincerely, TC Chicago
TC Chicago <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 15:35:41 (PST)

Hi! again. Just to mention that I am so happy to find your page. I graduated from Warren Easton Boys High and was raised in New Orleans since I was 7 years old.I went to school with Pete Fountain and was raised on Cajun and Creole Food.I still need a Gumbo Recipe to feed 125 Floridians who are craving your recipes.Thanks Chuck
Paul Schultz <>
Clearwater, Florida USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 08:32:59 (PST)

comment cest vay. I have commited myself to feed 125 people a real Cajun or Creole Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.I lost the recipe that was given to me many years ago at the French Market while growing up in New Orleans.My family "made groceries" at the Market on Saturdays
Paul Schultz <>
Clearwater, Florida USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 08:18:59 (PST)

Great site with many helpful links. I've been using this site to prepare for my yearly jazzfest trips since 1996!
Jeff Isaacs <>
Santa Barbara, Ca USA - Monday, March 06, 2006 at 13:10:26 (PST)

Nice site - made me nostalgic for nawlins where I spent my bumming around days. I lived all over the city so watching the news last summer hit home. Worked a lot of different places - Brown's Velvet Dairy; Tortilla Flats (used to be a popular place across from the Old Mint); some others. Also worked with the old Food Coop in the quarter - doubt it still exists. Thanks for being here.
John Connor <>
Washington, DC USA - Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 20:26:56 (PST)

My husband was born and raised in New Orleans and we lived there a few years and now live in Oklahoma City (where I was born and raised) and I've told all my friends about Doberge cakes and how we always had those for birthdays. Anyway, I was so glad to find your recipe. Everyone loved it. I would love to make a lemon one too. Have a recipe for that? Shelley
Shelley Degelos <>
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 19:58:39 (PST)

Today being Fat Tuesday makes one a little homesick (Shreveport) after looking at your site. This is the best I've seen since I left home. Thanks to you I can have a piece of home whenever I want to.
Macon C. Patterson
Novato, CA USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 15:18:01 (PST)

Just trawling the internet for real cajun/creole food - hard to find recipes in the UK. Your site is a labour of love!
Anita <>
Corby, Northants England - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 12:05:49 (PST)

Your website is the next best thing to being there. It was amazing how close your chicken/sausage gumbo recipe was to mine. What do they say about great minds? Keep up the good work. HLS
Horace Spinks <>
Austin, Tx USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 21:08:33 (PST)

floyd shields <>
abilene, tx USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 17:55:48 (PST)

spent 2 wondrous years in La. love the food,love the comrodery. its always a party in louisiana.
gene roland <>
louisville, kentucky USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 15:13:39 (PST)

Love all your pages. Brings memories of growing up in Metairie! Will use a lot of your recepies
Bill Bankston <>
Layton, UT USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 16:21:41 (PST)

Brenda Chauvin <>
Greensboro, NC USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 12:43:12 (PST)

Friend of Jim Galloway (*sax player) from Toronto. This is a great site. Thanks
Paul Dulmage
Collingwood, Ontario Canada - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 16:24:19 (PST)

marianne <>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 16:41:21 (PST)

Hello Chuck. Initially, when I first clicked on your web site, I was only looking for a good, authentic Jambalaya recipe. Well, 2 hrs. later, I have one--I actually have 4! Who knew that there was such a thing as "brown" or "red" Jambalaya? I learned so much from you. You shared knowledge and information I could never have gotten by just downloading a recipe!! I really enjoyed reading the "history" that you provided with each recipe. I cannot, repeat CANNOT WAIT to make your Mom's Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce and Banana-Rum Sauce! I'm just a home cook, but I know this: when I read a recipe, I immediately know by the ingredient list, by the preparation method, and sometimes even by how old the recipe is, whether it's a great recipe or not. So, for someone who was just looking for a Jambalaya recipe, thank you for all the great recipes! I'll be making the Jambalaya this weekend. No stale bread in the house or any ripe bananas either, so the BFBP will be made next weekend. Thank you for an informative, well thought out and designed web site (that just happens to have great recipes).
Leslie Gutierrez <>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 09:26:46 (PST)

My whole family except myself are La transplants, i'm the only one born in Texas, but ask me who's the best at Lousiana cookin' that's right if you love to cook truly GOOD food, you love cookin' Lousiana style. Thanks a million for all the wonderful recipes and explaination of the high falutin' french cooking terms. This site is great thanks,
Lisa Stanton
Dallas, Texas USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 11:57:02 (PST)

Great reciepes cant wait to try them
Jim Wills <>
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 18:15:49 (PST)

SAN ANTONIO, TX USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 09:35:49 (PST)

Howdy! 4 of us "boys" are getting together this Sunday for a Mardi Gras. My sig. other and I are from Galveston and miss access to Cajun Cuisine. Got your recipe for simple c and s gumbo. Any other recommendations (can't make king cake) and some ingredients may be a problem in this "no sisters land" of doom and despair.
John W. <>
Reno, NV USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 15:39:32 (PST)

I have opened a small little cajun to go restaurant in my town. Your web site has helped a lot with trying different recipes.
Jon Marder <>
Media, Pa USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 13:03:18 (PST)

Great site! I am catering for 800 very hungry Englisg school boys and will be serving some great gumbo on the 28th along woth some very english pancakes!
ian hutchinson
Guildford, Surrey UK - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 04:18:35 (PST)

Wouldn't want to take my first whack at cookin' up some etouffe without finding the kind of inspiration you offer - merci boucoup!
Sarah Savage
Ames, IA USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 14:24:22 (PST)

I am a native of New Orleans who has lived in Georgia since marrying my husband in 1996. I get home when I can, but not since the hurricane. I still have family there who are fairing the best they can. I miss the atmosphere and food but cook cajun often here. My friends and co-workers are constantly asking me to cook a gumbo, jambalaya, or dirty rice whenever I can. Thanks for your website.
Barbara Ripple <>
Buena Vista, GA USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 13:51:25 (PST)

I traveled to your wonderful city many years ago and had the most amazing culinary experience of my life! My favorite dessert was the white-chocolate bread pudding served at the Palace Cafe. They even shared the recipe with me! Unfortunately I lost it over the years and decided to do a recipe search on the internet.... it lead me straight to you! Thank you for having it posted! Cheryl Ray
Cheryl Ray
Carrollton, VA USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 17:00:55 (PST)

I found your site before I made my first trip to Louisiana. I come back to reference your great recipes! This is my second winter down here. Katrina may have damaged the buildings, but the great people, culture and FOOD will always remain. Soon I hope to have my "coonass cookin' badge" (they tell me thats a good thing)
Peter Reid <>
Ontario Canada - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 14:11:34 (PST)

Wonderful site thanks so much
karen Meyer <>
reno, nv USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 09:51:11 (PST)

Kathy Meninger <>
Worcester, Vermont USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 15:11:21 (PST)

Fine ass Website. Enjoyed it a lot. Good pics and particulary better culinary interest and reports. Famous chef Tony Bourdain was right: Creole gumbo and all that jazz rules.
Carlos Eduardo Vargas Tagle
Lima, Lima Peru - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 12:41:34 (PST)

Enjoyed your web site and will be back often. Got hooked on Cajun while living in St.Pete, FL going to the Cajun Cafe. Excellant food there. Thanks Much.
Rodney Crandall <rodneyj @>
Cogan Station, PA USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 17:43:39 (PST)

I've been looking for some good gumbo recipes, and think I've found a couple on your website. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!
Kenny Kennedy
Decatur , Il USA - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 22:34:14 (PST)

I absolutly enjoyed stumbling across your web page and reading all the articles. Thanks so much gayle lee
gayle lee <>
pascagoula, ms USA - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 07:46:51 (PST)

I love to cook cajun food , always looking for good eats and down to earth recipes.
Melissa Sturgeon
Amarillo, Texas USA - Monday, February 06, 2006 at 08:31:16 (PST)

Most awesome Turkey Gumbo recipe. Tried it with left over Turducken and nearly fell over with awe. Dig the gourmand editorial. Lived in LA (laffayette, uptown new orleans) for ~9 years ...this is a good dose of what I miss.
Aksel QB
Sugar Land, Texas USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 21:11:30 (PST)

I am a Canadian that now lives in Australia, I love cajun/creole cooking and since seeing this website have been inspired to try my hand at it and introduce it to my husband and son. Slowly turning the heat up somethings don't taste good unless it has a bit of heat. Can't find some ingredients here however, we shall try making some of the sausages from scratch see how we go. Love your web site
Tammy Bush <>
Cranbourne, Victoria Australia - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 22:17:31 (PST)

Your website has been an inspiration: I miss my home...
C.C. Haydel, III <>
White Plains, NY USA - Wednesday, February 01, 2006 at 18:56:41 (PST)

Love your way of writing, your sense of humour and I thank you for the time you take to do it all for us. I'm not much of a cook but always wondered what gumbo was... now I know. Keep up the great work and can I give you the name of my favourite blog... Crazy Aunt Purl.. She is a legend and I reckon you would appreciate her style.... Thanks and good luck in your life....
Dell <>
Sarina, Queensland Australia - Wednesday, February 01, 2006 at 14:29:24 (PST)

I love this site!Thanks ever so much for all the great recipes.I am originally from Mobile ,Al but have lived in the Atlanta area for 22 years.I go home for Mardi every year and love taking new recipes with me to share. Regards,Dianne
Dianne Clark <>
Woodstock, ga USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 14:57:45 (PST)

I love your web site. I relocated to Alaska in 2004, but grew up in north La and moved to south La as a teenager speeding over 20 yrs between Grnad Isle, Morgan City and Harvey, La. I lost many recipes in 1993 due to a divorce (the ex held my cook-books hostage, lol) and have been slowely recovering them ever since. This site helps alot.
Tamara Simms <>
Anchorage, Alaska USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 12:55:28 (PST)

I am New Orleans homegrown. I lost my home due to floods of Katrina which included all my recipies and books. Great site! I am currently living in Florida and found your site looking for Doberge cake. Thanks for all the links to suppliers.
Laurie Bergeron <>
Valparaiso, FL USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 19:32:57 (PST)

thanks for the Gumbo hints
Teresa M. Walls <>
Cushing, ok USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 11:19:11 (PST)

I lived nine years on the "Westbank", Lots of wonderful friends,enjoyed lots of good food. I get homesick real easy. Gumbo seems to help. Good luck on the re-build. The water is gone, the Mayor should too. L.N.Hill Shawnee, Ok
L.N.Hill <>
Shawnee, Ok USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 21:40:46 (PST)

Hello, Chuck - I was looking for a garlic soup recipe and just happened to find your site. I am getting ready to move from WA to NV and I'm divesting myself of a lot of STUFF. I have two radios you may be interested in. One is a wooden radio which my parents purchased before they were married (pre-1937). (It was wowrking at the time I stored it several years ago.) I'm not sure of the brand - I'd have to dig it out to see. The other is an Admiral 'portable' - given to me by my parents in early 1950s. It's not in as good condition as the older one... Let me know if you'd like pictures... I know I'm going to have to let them both go... Susan McFarland
Susan McFarland <>
Poulsbo, WA USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:36:24 (PST)

i realy want to learn more about cajun cooking i am a retired baker and love to cook new things
trenton, ontario canada - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 09:31:12 (PST)

Just returned from New Orleans and returning our daughter to Tulane. Those parts of the city dealing with visitors are ready: the Quarter looks grand; Canal Street is improving; the Garden District has issues, but the park, zoo and Tulane are fine. NOLA needs visitors. Go and enjoy! Just don't do what our local paper suggested and take tours of the Ninth Ward! Instead, write your Congressman and tell him or her to kick start the relief effort and quit stalling.
Chuck Perego
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 04:14:37 (PST)

Made your gumbo on New Years Eve Day as a surprise for the daughters boyfriend who grew up in Orange Texas. the electricty went out in a major snowstorm at our mountain lake cabin so we made gumbo stock all day on the woodstove in between little jaunts out on the snowmobiles! From the look of the young man's face and his "thank you" it was some of the best he had tasted. We all liked it!
Tonasket, WA USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 23:42:28 (PST)

Flora Holland
Sm, TN USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 07:58:06 (PST)

Oh yeah, last February we played Steel Drums on a float in both the Endymion and Orpheus Parades at Mardi Gras. What a great experience, and something to truly savor the rest of my life considering the hurricane.
Ron Winchester <>
Charlevoix, MI USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 06:34:03 (PST)

This is the second time I've used the recipes from this site. They're excellent. Our good friends are originally from New Orleans (one's actually a Florida Cracker) and they claim "my" crawfish bisque Is the best they'd ever had! And they aren't the type of folks who offer platitudes. I have to admit it WAS GREAT thanks to your recipe,(but what a pain in the ars to make), also excellent was the gumbo, jambalaya, crab cakes, remoulade, ect. I've since started making my roux in the oven, which requires less attention. THANK YOU!!!
Ron Winchester <>
Charlevoix, MI USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 06:26:59 (PST)

HI am new to cooking and want to learn all about cajun cookin
Josh <>
FPO, AP USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 22:26:36 (PST)

Hey - love your site. I was raised in NO and have been stuck in CA for 6 years. All my family is in NO, LaPlace, Covington. I go home as much as I can, a few times a year. Came at Christmas time, things are gettin better but it's gonna take time. I went to Arch. Blenk, graduated in 78, westbank girl, then went to LSU, my husband trained at LSU eye center and Charity, he's an MD, misses NO too. Going to order a king cake and cry in it. Just miss New Orleans! Thanks for the website!
Cheryl Duzman <>
Irvine, CA USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:14:42 (PST)

Never had gumbo but I'm a seafood type of fello so if you got anty suggestions how to make the easiest way to make this dish that the peapla from down south eat Thank you Danny
Danny Mclaughlin <danny_mclaughlin_825>
Phoenix, Az USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10:15:07 (PST)

Never had gumbo but I'm a seafood type of fello so if you got anty suggestions how to make the easiest way to make this dish that the peapla from down south eat Thank you Danny
Danny Mclaughlin <danny_mclaughlin_825>
Phoenix, Az USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10:15:04 (PST)

I am very excited to have found this site. I am looking forward to many great recipes and learning the art of cooking this type of food.
Shirley Putnam <>
Afton, Wyoming USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 09:56:45 (PST)

I love it! I've been looking all over for Cajun recipes and stumbled upon your site. Very interesting and entertaining.
Jacomien <>
pretoria, south africa - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 05:59:56 (PST)

This is a great site!! well... it's hard to miss when you're dealing with such an awesome culture isn't it. I have been on my own and cooking since I was about 10 years old (I am now 47). I have gone to great extents to create authentic cusine!! You name it, I cook it, and my friends and family (5 kids) are the ones I do it for - They're pretty lucky. Anyway CAJUN is beauty! Increadible Food, culture and people driven with a unique passion. I share that passion and my dream is to some day make the trek down and become a true part of it all.
Edward Blake <>
Johnstown, NY USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 06:36:02 (PST)

Chuck, Pet de Kat Krewe told me about your site, and The Big Ol Box of New Orleans!! Absolutely incredible! You are a talented and compassionate person with impeccable taste. ( especially for food! ) THANK YOU for this wonderful much for so little....I look forward to logging on every night to go to the Gumbo Pages!! I also am a cook myself, and lived in New Orleans for over 25 years, so this is a great way to always have authentic versions of recipes of LA. have brought so much CULTCHAH DAWLIN, to my life!
Cindy Chen
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 21:34:46 (PST)

good authentic recioes are hard to find...thanks!!! i was raised on Lou'sian food.
lynn boutwell
panama city, FL United States - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 15:39:28 (PST)

I was extremely pleased to find and enjoy the wonderful recipies at this web site. I currently plan a to host a "cajun" flavour evening with some good friends of mine, with whom I visited the fantastic New Orleans a few years ago. Surf & search of Internet recipe sources took me to your web site. Best regards, /BengtF
Bengt Fernholm <>
Gothenburg, Sweden - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 12:14:53 (PST)

Andrea <>
Madison, Wisconsin USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 12:15:29 (PST)

What a fabulous site chock full of recipes and so on!! My church youth group is doing a Dinner/Silent Auction in March to help fund our mission trips to the Gulf this summer. We want to theme the evening with the foods and music of the region, and I must say, this site has it all!!! Thank you!
Pam Wheeler <>
Greensboro, NC USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 17:56:30 (PST)

My family used to live in LA and I always loved the food. Nice to find a place where the recipes seem easy enough!! Except for that stock! Thanks
Sandy <>
Braymer, MO USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 19:29:40 (PST)

Born in NO, lived in Metairie until I was 17. Ate Red Beans and Rice every Monday. Remember my Mother sending me to the corner store for "pickle meat". Until I found this site I thought this was something she made up, like calling every refigerator we ever had the Frigidere. Thanks for letting me know there is such thing as pickle meat. Now if you could only teach me how to make a good roast beef Po Boy.
Rene Taillac
Auburn, Ca USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 15:26:19 (PST)

I got started on cajun food a few years back when I was in the Army in San Antonio (there's a place in the rivercenter mall) When I got out last June and came home to San Diego, I had access to a kitchen and started looking for recipes. The food this site has helped me make made me realize that the place in SA can in no way compare to homemade versions. Thanks Chuck Best Wishes this Holiday Season.
Shawn <>
San Diego, Ca USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 01:30:50 (PST)

Great web site. My family and I have enjoyed our trips to New Orleans. Always feels like going home to me even though I lived in KY all my the people, food and the atmosphere. Now hopefully my attempts at cajun cooking can get alittle better.. Thanks Chuck!
LeAnn Brown <>
Dry Ridge, KY USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 13:36:57 (PST)

Just tried the "Simple Chicken and Sausage Gumbo" at a New Years Party. It was simply delicious and liked by all. We'll have to try more recipies from this site.
Kevin <>
Denver, co USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 07:41:51 (PST)

Happy New Year! Working through your recipes was a lot more enjoyable than watching Times Square.
Victoria D.
Dallas, Tx USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 22:55:42 (PST)

Your site was great. I found it when searching for recipes from Louisana for a school project adn they were delicious. Do you think you could add some more non alcohol drinks? Other than that the site is good
Clackamas, OR USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 18:35:41 (PST)

Each time I check the site, reading your recipes and stories are like a "vitual" trip back to Lousianna. I can smell, taste and hear the beauty of our visits there, and smile at so many wonderful memories for my family and I. Thank you for 2 years of great meals and history lessons! P.I.
Patricia Ison
Castro Valley, California USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 12:17:51 (PST)

thanks for agreat receipt
Denny Bucher
Ft. Mitchell, Ky USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 09:28:45 (PST)

Thanks for a good resource. I used to live in New Orleans, and I played in bands there 1984-89. I learned to cook a few dishes, but never tried gumbo. I knew some great chefs so I just ate their cooking! But I moved away, to Tejas--and alas, who knows when we can go back! My husband and I had our first date going to Mardi Gras from Austin, and thought maybe someday we'd live there (again). So I decided for this New year's eve to treat family to a gumbo. Wish me luck! Happy New Year Thibodaux,La till I was 26. Joined the Navy and somehow wound up in this God forsaked desert. People around here think Papadeaux's is real cajun food(what a joke), and I would KILL for some fresh seafood. Great site. Keep up the good work.
Rory M. Willis
Phoenix, Az USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 10:33:14 (PST)

Hey! Lost Cajun here, came to philadelphia to go to grad school 35 years ago and never left. Grew up in Baton Rouge. My daddy was from Houma and always insisted on the French pronunciation of our name (which I still do, although many think I'm puttin' on airs) Love your site. Great job!!
Neal Belanger <>
Philadelphia, PA 19147 USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 06:37:59 (PST)

Greetings from the frozen north. I was looking for a good red beans and rice recipe and found your site. I love New Orleans, I've been doing Jazz Fest for years and love the food and culture.
David "Bubba" Alley <>
Fish Creek, WI USA - Monday, November 14, 2005 at 12:27:32 (PST)

Hey! I was born in Baton Rouge and lived in Gonzales until I was 7. Mama's from New Orleans and Dad's from Melville, near Opelousas. We moved away and I never got all the family recipes. This site is the closest thing I've found to being home. Thanks and Geaux Tigers this Sat. against AL.!!!!!!
j mouille'
fort mill, SC USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 13:49:33 (PST)

Born, bread n buttered in N'awlin's. Family roots in Erath, LA. Katrina wiped out my collection of cookbooks and family recipes. Do you have a killer recipe for Cajun Chow-chow? Merci boogalee...
H. Boudreaux <>
Gulfport, MS USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 12:40:17 (PST)

Read an article in the Sun Herald and saw your website. Decided to chect it out. Great receipes. Plan to try a few.
Wiggins, MS USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 05:56:48 (PST)

Best Gumbo i have ever made or "et". thanks
B.J. Dempsey <>
Soltodna, Alaska USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 05:49:59 (PST)

I am originally from Boston, Ma. I love Cajun Cooking and am very interested in learning how. I met a new orleans evacuee up here and we plan on sharing recipes.
Bob Ortendahl <>
Springfield, MO USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 01:20:36 (PST)

Hi Chuck! Perhaps you`ll be surprised to hear from a woman of another country!(other side of the world...near colone)I`m very interested of your food and your way of life... your page is very good... i hope my english-writing isn`t so bad!;-) I hope to visit your country in my life, maybe... it`s a dream for me. Greetings from Germany
Stephanie Koch <>
M?lheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 12:38:00 (PST)

I loved reading this whole site, information and recipes. It was very educational. Now I know a true Gumbo and can make delicious Stocks and Gumbos. I have called my friends and told them it is all about the Ruex. No Ruex, no Gumbo whatever they may say about the Gumbos they boast about! They boil vegetables in water and add okra and think that's it. I now know the history and difference between the Creole and Cajuns. Thank you Chuck
R?ya Doucette <>
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 06:40:10 (PST)

I loved reading this whole site, information and recipes. It was very educational. Now I know a true Gumbo and can make delicious Stocks and Gumbos. I have called my friends and told them it is all about the Ruex. No Ruex, no Gumbo whatever they may say about the Gumbos they boast about! Thank you Chuck
R?ya Doucette <>
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 06:36:37 (PST)

I enjoyed, I was looking for recipes to cook for two weddings next year......
tommye tonneson <>
Monroe, Louisiana USA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 16:38:30 (PST)

great recipes
Shel Wilhelm
Cheyenne, WY USA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 15:07:38 (PST)

Came upon your site looking up gumbo recipes. Great site! Wishing you'all the best in your recovery efforts. regards, Javier.
Javier Cano <>
Miami, Florida USA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 11:40:40 (PST)

My family absoutely adore the 'Simple Chicken and Sausage Gumbo' and Jambalaya... Infact its become a ritual now for me to cook a BIG pot of it and the family all get together to sit round and endulge.. Many thanks from us across the pond !
Paul Hammock <>
Ferndown, Dorset UK - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 07:24:20 (PST)

Thanks for the resource. I recently moved here and need all the help I can get when it comes to creating that "just right" flavor. It is much appreciated.
Nathan <>
Covington, LA USA - Friday, November 04, 2005 at 12:27:44 (PST)

Great website! It is among the best I have seen. As you know we here in East Texas have sort of an "over-lap" of cajun/creole cooking (in fact the state line is just down the road. I make jambalaya much the way one of one of your listings. Except instead of putting in tomatos, I add a touch of Texas to the jambalaya by putting in a can of Rotel.
Marc Allen <>
Texas USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 17:14:19 (PST)

Just passin thru
Florida USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 15:04:00 (PST)

Chuck: Great Website! With my wife being from Baton Rouge and my favorite cuisine to cook being Cajun, I love your site. I frequent it often to get ideas on what to make or learn how to do it. Still waiting on a good French Bread recipe (Folse has a good one in his Encyclopedia cookbook). A couple more good po-boy places (in Baton Rouge) - Sammy's for the best grilled shrimp po-boy and George's Southside for the best fried shrimp po-boy.
Barry Willett <>
Frisco, TX USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 08:38:28 (PST)

i am trying to find a great recipe and all that i have tried are just ok i want to wow my guests so i found your site and am going to try a recipe here goes thank you
mary j burns <>
choctaw, ms USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 07:56:30 (PST)

great site. have been to your city, was lucky enough to be there for the mardi graz (a long time ago.) Really enjoyed the food and now with your recipes will see if i can cook a few of the recipes myself.
hilton jones <>
durban, kzn south africa - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 02:59:52 (PST)

Not finding any good Cajun/Creole restaurants in Pa, and being a lover of spicy foods, your website was quite the find. Recipes you can find almost anywhere, but the cultural history, cooking techniques, and providing knowledge of ingredients, puts you way ahead of other sites. My wife and I were so intrigued, that we traveled to New Orleans on vacation this year, 3 weeks prior to Katrina. Our trip was fantastic, especially all the food. Our prayers and wishes is for New Orleans and for all displaced by the huricane, is to rebiuld and to continue to be the cultural melting pot that we have all grown to love. Mike and Donna Witman
Mike Witman <>
Wernersville, pa USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 10:53:18 (PST)

Thanks for a great site
Jynell Romero <>
Manvel, Tx USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 15:04:55 (PDT)

I lived in New Orleans for 10 years before Katrina/Rita. I have evacuated to my hometown in Kentucky. I miss New Orleans very much but after all that it's nice to be with family and relax safe and sound (finally). I cooked gumbo your gumbo (du monde) for the first time (ever) to cure some of the homesickness and it was the best, I swear, I ever had! I followed your directions exactly and it turned out perfect first time out.. I didn't even screw up the roux! I took it to a gathering of neighbors along with red beans and rice and cornbread and they LOVED it. They are still talking about it. It made me feel all creole, lol. Thank you so much. Carrie
Carrie Spanton <>
New Orleans, LA USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 14:49:22 (PDT)

I found this web age while I was doing a school project on Cajun foods! We have to cook the food, research it, and bring it in for the class to eat! I am going to try to cook something frm this website!!! Thanks so much for making this site!!!!!!
Callie Fowler
Athens , Georgia USA - Friday, October 28, 2005 at 15:19:26 (PDT)

I found this web age while I was doing a school project on Cajun foods! We have to cook the food, research it, and bring it in for the class to eat! I am going to try to cook something frm this website!!! Thanx sooooooo much 4 making this site!!!!!!
Callie Fowler
Athens , Georgia USA - Friday, October 28, 2005 at 15:18:44 (PDT)

I love this web-site, thanks good job
katherinesayeraymond <>
marksville, la USA - Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 18:31:00 (PDT)

I was interested to know if Gumbo is a soup or a stew. Thanks Ann.
Ann McKelvey <>
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 17:17:33 (PDT)

LOPEZ ISLAND, WA USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 15:54:25 (PDT)

LOPEZ ISLAND, WA USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 15:53:40 (PDT)

i just found this site because i was looking for jambalaya. looks like a great site.
shara runyon <>
ironton, ohio USA - Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 10:27:37 (PDT)

Love your recipes thanks so much. I'm a former Louisianian and if you want good food when you aren't in Louisiana you have to make it yourself!
Denver, CO USA - Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 20:12:15 (PDT)

I would like to receibe all recipies you can send about cajun foods
Maturin, Monagas Venezuela - Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 10:26:04 (PDT)

I'm researching cajun & creole for a presentation to 55 sales people next week. A great web site which stayed within my "lay mans terms" I will even try out some of the ideas for our home cooking - thanks again. Regards Bob.
Bob Harrison
Cochrane, Alberta Canada - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 08:31:33 (PDT)

Hi! Thanks so much for this wonderful page! I am about to attempt my first pot of red beans and rice. Some of the ingredients will have to be substituted as we live in a very rural area, but I am certain that it will be delicious! Thanks again for the web page. It's very informative and the recipes are so easy to follow. I will definately be back for more! Mimi
Axson, GA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 02:22:09 (PDT)

Brilliant website and information, and will only be as good as the attention, quality and detail put into it, essentially hard work!!! A credit to you all. Visited New Orleans several years ago and loved the music, friendship and food - my God I miss the food. Soon we will be having a party and will try a recipe from your website. Many thanks for such an informative website. Good luck with the recovery of New Orleans, may it return to its former glory speedily. Such a fascinating place to be. Yours sincerely, Geoff
Geoff Lewis
Templeton, Wales UK - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 03:28:56 (PDT)

I went on a "Nawlins"-Holiday a few years ago and now -skimming through your site- I find myself with an heavy outbreak of nostalgia... Yout did a great job here! Respect to all the work you put into it und thanks a lot for the reviving of my fond memories (although I was and always will be just a tourist. *wink*). Best wishes from Germany.
Germany - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 05:40:12 (PDT)

Hey, just wanted to thank you for your site. My girlfriend and her family are from Ville Platte, and I'm falling in love with the girl, and the food. Just looking for some good recipes for her birthday. Yes, little yankee boy is going to attempt to cook some cajun food. I might not have the genes, but hopefully your recipies can help me out. Hey, thanks for keeping the culture alive in the food! Thanks from a Hoosier, red-headed, yankee, Matt Randall
Matt Randall <>
Indianapolis, Indiana USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 14:03:22 (PDT)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 ______________________________________________________________________________ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ericca Reynolds, Public Relations Coordinator Phone: 318-240-6318 E-mail: Fax: 866-560-0303 Zydeco Returns To Paragon MARKSVILLE, LA?The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Paragon Casino Resort will soon bring the Creole sounds of Zydeco music to local residents on Saturday, October 29, 2005. Keith Frank will headline the Zydeco Festival with Preston Frank and The Frank Family Band opening the show. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at Paragon Gifts or any Ticketmaster outlet. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. The Frank Family, from the small rural community of Soileau in Allen Parish, is one of the great Creole musical families. Preston Frank, father of Keith Frank, can trace his musical lineage at least as far back as his great-grandfather, Joseph Frank Jr., an accordion player, and his great-great-grandfather, Joseph Frank Sr., who played fiddle. Neither ever recorded. His great-uncle Carlton Frank, one of the few Creole fiddlers still playing, performs with the family band. The band was formed about 1977, recording for the Arhoolie and Lanor labels. When Keith Frank began to gain a wide audience with his own nouveau Zydeco band, Preston Frank began playing only occasionally at festivals and other special events. Whether it's the joy of "Hippy Ti Yo" or the heartache of "La Valse de Meche," Preston Frank's vocals, as well as his accordion, powerfully convey the emotions of the music and the lyrics. Other songs include "Tante Na Na Waltz," "Amedie Two-Step," "My Ch?re 'Tit Fille," "Bye, Bye Rosa" (with a segue from "Joe Pitre a deux femmes"), "Two-Step de Tante Na Na," "My Jeune Cousine," and "Zydeco Party." "Two-Step de Vieux Temps Soileau" and "The Soileau Hot-Step" are instrumentals. Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band are still one of the most durable acts traveling the Zydeco road between Louisiana and Texas. Frank continues to abuse the keys of his triple row accordion in order to deliver his signature Creole-Zydeco sound that keeps his audiences out on the dance floors of the local club scene in Lawtell, Opelousas, Lafayette and New Orleans. Frank is a Zydeco musician who has been able to encompass the traditional sounds of his Creole ancestors and blend them seamlessy with the contemporary sounds of today. The sonic gumbo that is created is a music that is energetic, highly danceable, and has been making crowds move at trail rides, festivals, and nightclubs across southwest Louisiana, southeast Texas, nationwide, and internationally for 15 years. Frank has blazed a trail in Zydeco music that bridges the gaps between young and old, black and white, Creole and Cajun. Whether it is from his acclaimed CD recordings to his renowned live performances, Keith Frank has continued "On A Mission" to bring his brand of Zydeco to the masses. And as those who have caught that "Soulwood Train" can attest, from the moment he plays those first few notes of "Keith Frank is in the House" until the last dancer can't dance anymore, Keith Frank is an ultimate Zydeco showman with a perfect feel for his audience. Mari Center entertainment headliners to come are as follows: The Admiral of Jazz Maynard Ferguson, October 30-$15 Fats Domino, November 5-$60 Ricky Van Shelton, November 11-$25 Joe Diffie, November 12-$25 Cheap Trick, December 10-$35 Neal McCoy, December 16-$30 Opened on June 3, 1994, Paragon Casino Resort is located on Highway 1 in Marksville, LA. It is a land-based facility with a 354-room hotel, a 72,120 square foot gaming floor offering approximately over 2,000 slot machines, 43 table games and an 11-table poker room. Among the resort?s other features include a 1,600-seat entertainment complex, six restaurants, a full-service RV resort, Kids Quest childcare activity center and a professional golf course. Paragon Casino Resort is owned and managed by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. For press kits, interview information or media passes, please contact Ericca Reynolds, Public Relations Coordinator, at 318-240-6318/318-481-2002 or at For all the latest and up-to-date information, please visit -30-
Ericca Reynolds
USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 13:59:48 (PDT)

I'm from a fairly small village in the County of Berkshire in England. I belong to a social group, part of which has a Diners Club. We are hosting the dinner this saturday night and we chose the theme of Creole. Each of the people coming to the dinner will bring along a contribution to the evenings meal. God knows why we chose the theme of Creole - we didn't really know anything about it. Thank goodness we found your site! I must say that the variety of food is impressive - but there are quite a few things I've never heard of. Also, some of the measures are not familiar in England. What is a stick of butter? Anyway, I will direct our guests to this site and see what they come up with! Will let you know how it went. All the best from the UK
Angela <>
Twyford, Berkshire England - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 11:53:23 (PDT)

Fantastic web site. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing.
Lynn Leathers <>
Waynesburg, PA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 08:20:04 (PDT)

wonderful food ideas,great site,i visit often.
richard greener-simon <>
leatherhead, surrey england - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 06:50:29 (PDT)

I love this site. I've been a big(and getting bigger - pork fat rules) fan of N.O/La food for about 20 years. I have a Prudhomme Family cookbook(much thumbed and stained) and some recipes from a Safeway of hearty soups and stews that serve me well in the compliment department. Your site has added an extra dimension to my culinary repitoire. In the entire U.S the only place I would really like to visit is the Crescent City. The food and music are an irresistable draw. I wish all those on the Gulf Coast a speedy recovery. New Orleans will rise again, bouyed by the determination and spirit of the people. Along with some jazz to heal the spirit and red beans and rice to soothe and fortifiy the soul. Keep up the good work? If we don't see you in the future, we'll see you in the pasture,,Brent
Brent Wagner <>
Coronach, SK Canada - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 17:58:46 (PDT)

I have been visiting your web site since 1997 and I usually go straight to the recipe pages but today I thought I would scroll down a bit. I am signing in to say Hi and thanks so much for my favorite salad dressing recipe- the Creole vinagrette. This is absolutely the place to go for Cajun recipes!
Regina Belli <>
Plant City, Fl USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 15:30:25 (PDT)

Love your webpage. We are making this a Creole weekend with food and drink. New Orleans will rise again.
David and Diane <>
Melbourne , Florida USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 06:32:12 (PDT)

love the new orleans food
randy kleckler <>
wickliffe, oh. USA - Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 05:45:39 (PDT)

Just checking out Gumbo
James Luce <>
Tonkawa, OK USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 17:47:42 (PDT)

I have enjoyed your site and look forward to making some of these dishes. I have fell in love with cajon food when driving OTR and being in cajun country. No one up here can cook like that!
David Diacontonas <>
North Canton , Ohio USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 00:10:26 (PDT)

Meredith <>
Hamilton, Ohio USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 11:59:31 (PDT)

My whole family was in New Orleans in August of 2002. We loved it, heat, humidity and all!! Such a beautiful city! We were grateful to have been there pre-Katrina. I could not tear myself from Fox & MSNBC and the horror of all the people not getting help for days after. Shame on our government! Our hope is New Orleans will be back to its wonderful self soon. Those that can, please help, in what ever way you can. Love your website. It's on my favorites now and am doing red beans and rice with pickle meat this week. Brings back good memories for us. Our prayers are with all our neighbors affected by the hurricanes this year. Savanna_FL
Savanna <>
Cocoa Beach, FL USA - Monday, October 03, 2005 at 21:58:36 (PDT)

I've been relocated here in Richmond,KY because of Hurricane Katrina. This Website has been an huge help in making me feel at home at Eastern Kentucky University. The only thing that would make it better is news about our LSU Fightin' Tigers! GEAUX TIGERS!!!
Warren Guillot <>
Richmond, KY USA - Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 12:54:14 (PDT)

I am from the UK but am loving the sound of Beignets & want a recipe.
Julie Neale <>
Leeds, England UK - Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 06:43:41 (PDT)

Stayin up in Boston due to hurricane Katrina, i am a New Orelans native and jus wanted to try to bring a little down home to these Yankee boys!
new orleans, la USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 09:18:03 (PDT)

YUKON, OK USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 07:32:40 (PDT)

Thanks for sharing this site. I wil be attemptingt to make something cajun for these swedes at my workplace.
connie lee clark
Stockholm, Sweden - Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 23:20:05 (PDT)

Thank you John for sharing this site with me....I love it and you for being so helpful.
NH USA - Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 21:02:45 (PDT)

Hi- we are hospitality management students at Est Carolina Universtiy, here in Greenville, NC. We are in a class where you have to plan, from scratch a 3 course menu to serve 50 people. In late October our luncheon will be held on campus, if you have any words of advice, since our luncheon theme is A Salute to Louisianna, a tribute to the Creoles, and our menu is based solely on recipes found at this site, it would be great to have feedback from others who have made some of the dishes we are going to be serving!
blaire <>
greenville, nc USA - Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 20:41:40 (PDT)

I just found your website & I'm in heaven! The recipes look divine & easy to cook, my family will love the new dishes I will be making. Keep up the unique & fantastic website!
Olivia Z <>
Williamstown, NJ USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 23:55:32 (PDT)

PHOENIX, AZ USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 09:46:09 (PDT)

I visited New Orleans a couple of summers ago and fell inlove. It has a different feel to it; a vibe all its own. Creole food is my favorite I am so glad I found this webisite.
Tina Nelson <>
Red Bluff, ca USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 09:14:54 (PDT)

I've been cooking gumbo with okra for years, but my kids would never eat it. I went with your Simple Chicken & Sausage recipe, and even the three year old loved it. Thanks!
Brian "Bubba" McNamara
charlotte, nc USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 08:42:41 (PDT)

just looking for some good recipes.
joe pecchia <>
johnston, r.i. USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 11:46:36 (PDT)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 17:01:53 (PDT)

Being a Louisiana native, I have found this website to be just about perfect. The recipes come out like mom's cooking. I'm glad I found this web site!!
Lane Gunnels <>
Richland, WA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 11:53:47 (PDT)

Being a Louisiana native, I have found this website to be just about perfect. The recipes come out like mom's cooking. I'm glad I found this web site!!
Lane Gunnels <>
Richland, WA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 11:53:36 (PDT)

I am by way of Beaumont, Texas (border to LA). Just looking at these recipes makes me long for home - gumbo, shrimp creole, jambalaya, boudin and last not forget pralines! Wow! My tastes buds are waterin' Thanks for the recipes and tips!!!
Crystal Ford <>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 09:55:03 (PDT)

This has been the most tragic, yes tragic, 3 weeks of my life. I was born and raised on the west bank of jefferson parish. i moved to minnesota 3 years ago and let me tell you about culture shock. i never realized how truly unique new orleans is until i lived elsewhere. i love new orleans dearly. even the heat, humidity and stinking crime. all the good of the city and its people far outweigh the bad. it is the best city in the world and we will rebuild. I am planning a 3 week visit in december. love the site. i especially like the language section. i never noticed how i truly pronounced words til i read it there. hilarious!
C. Boudreaux
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 08:41:54 (PDT)

Was supposed to go to New Orleans for the 1st time in my life...then Katrina hit. What a bummer! But, at least I found this website to try some of the recipes. Thanks!
Judy T
Cleveland, OH USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 08:33:46 (PDT)

'Lived in Lafayette or four years and miss the food muchly! - this brought it all home Thank you
Joan Carmouche Hairston <>
Okinawa, Japan - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 01:25:02 (PDT)

Fab site. Lots of ideas for a themed evening party we are having
Grantham, Lincs England - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 10:58:01 (PDT)

Hey - my Momma was raised in Louisianna (just west of Natchitoches). I love all things Cajun and have Gumbo in my blood. What a great site. I love the 'old' New Orleans. We'll see how the new one turns out. Take care
Mike Boyd <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 07:53:45 (PDT)

heard so much about this thing called gumbo just had to try it
mick cartmer <>
brisbane, queensland australia - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 17:10:23 (PDT)

This is a wonderful website. Thank you
Amanda Crotwell <>
Denham Springs, Louisiana USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 11:03:38 (PDT)

My husband loves cajun food and he loves gumbo even more. I have never cooked either one so after 34 years of marriage, I thought I'd try to make something he likes. Thanks!
Vicki Carter
Knoxville, TN USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 08:04:32 (PDT)

I was stationed in Ms. I so dearly miss the food of the South. Everything up here in Pa is baked, and very plain to taste. I just need some heat and taste of the south! We might of won the battel but you got all the good cooks! I hope I can find a recipe to take me back down south.
Jason Bubb
Dover, Pa USA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 14:27:48 (PDT)

Am looking for a mufaletta recipe. My husband and I particularly enjoyed eating it. Enjoyed reading your webpage. All the best of luck to you.
Barbara Barron <>
East Otis, MA USA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 06:04:18 (PDT)

I was just looking up the history of cajun cooking in New Orleans and I found so many interesting receipes
Mahogany Praylor
Dickinson, Texas USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 at 10:56:41 (PDT)

Iwas just looking up the history of cajun cooking in New Orleans and I found so many interesting receipes
Mahogany Praylor
Dickinson, Texas USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 at 10:56:29 (PDT)

Iwas just looking up the hidtory of cajun cooking in New Orleans and I found so mant instesting receipes
Mahogany Praylor
Dickinson, Texas USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 at 10:55:00 (PDT)

Beth Dalzell (aka AUNT B) <>
Wasaga Beach, Ontario Canada - Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 11:37:48 (PDT)

Just looking for some good Gumbo recipes for my fiance, he is making me a special birthday dinner with fresh crab we caught. Thanks for the recipes.
Tracy McDougall <>
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 17:37:18 (PDT)

Great site!
Evanston, wy USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 07:22:21 (PDT)

Great site, love the food. thanks!
kathryn Scott <>
Marietta, georgia USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 06:09:00 (PDT)

Conas ata tu ? Loved reading your web site .. and am now going to try to cook some of that delicious sounding food... Went to see Christy Moore at the Marquee in Cork City July this year .. I have no words to describe the music experience. You would have had to be there to know what I am talking about ... LET THE MUSIC KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH... Carmel
Carmel <>
CORK, Ireland - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 16:06:43 (PDT)

This is a great site. Thanks for the cooking tips and the funny stuff!
Rick Jessop <>
Phoenix, Arizona USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 14:16:30 (PDT)

I enjoyed this site. I will return. I need to make some gumbo.
Angela Bonaparte <>
Rock Hill, SC USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 14:15:48 (PDT)

Always on the lookout for the perfect Olive Salad recipe.
Atlanta, Georgia USA - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 22:02:25 (PDT)

I have cooked your Gumbo Du Monde as per the recipe and I have to say it is sensational! Many Thanks.
Rich Dziewulski <>
Leicester, Leicestershire UK - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 10:16:56 (PDT)

Was in New Orleans 1982. Always planned to go back and spend more time... New Orleans is a historical city as important as DC or NY or Amsterdam or London... It is damaged badly, and many people die, but there are still many New Orleans natives around... All the talks about evacuaees would not return -- that is understandable since everyone in their right mind understand the recovery will take years .. but Once all the clean-up is done in the next few months, people will return. Perhaps not all, but many will. Cindy
The Netherlands - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 05:55:27 (PDT)

I bought Big Ole Box of New Orleans on my last trip there in April (at Louisiana Music Factory, of course) and found your radio show after I heard you on Weekend All Things Considered. Your current weblog describing Katrina and the aftermath have been invaluable to me, especially when I heard OZ broadcasting again online Saturday night. You and your love of New Orleans are really buoying (no bad joke intended) this New Orleanian in exile during this great tragedy.
Debby Glupczynski <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 21:01:40 (PDT)

To all the folks hurt by Katrina: We love you and are sending our support both financially and in our thoughts and prayers. When Hurricane Floyd wiped me out, (NC coast, 1999), the music from 'Cajun Country' and N.O. jazz and blues kept me going. I owe you, big time. To Chuck: Hope you and yours are okay! You have been an inspiration for many years. I never would've dared to try to cook these fabulous meals if it hadn't been for your site. God bless and please email me if you need help! I mean it!
Henrietta "Tree" McDaniel <>
Graham(lil town tween Durham & Greensboro), NC USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 15:01:59 (PDT)

USe to live in Louisiana,and miss all the Cajun food.Thanks for the help.
Dawnnae Carpenter <>
Blue Springs, Mo USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 12:52:23 (PDT)

Dear Chuck, As a New Orleans fan, I have been glued to the TV since the tragedy began to unfold. I hope you and your family are well. Thank you for the Gumbo Pages. They keep me going during the periods of my life when I cannot visit the Crescent City. God Bless all New Orleanians, Dean De Korth
Dean De Korth <>
Carmel, CA USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 21:06:43 (PDT)

Maintain your SPIRIT!! You New Orlean-eeans! I was planning my first trip to taste all the tremendous N.O. foods but now I will wait and in the meantime assist to rebuild. I am collecting the recipes of N.O. on my files so as to keep them from being lost. This culture most be saved to flourish and continue as the great treasure that it is. Now more than ever Americans will treasure all that is New Orleans especally the food and music which is most creative - and best of all it comes from the people - so we must help them all. If you have any great NO recipes send them and i will store.
Carol Caldara <>
NJ USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 13:13:53 (PDT)

I love Cajun food. Andouille, Boudin etc. but it is hard to get up here and now I have found the places to purchase all of the Cajun Food that I love so much.
Kenneth R. Goody <>
New Lenox, Illinois USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 11:03:35 (PDT)

Read that you took some photos in Vieux Carre. Good to know there is going to be a re-opening, re-abundance of the talent that is only in the French Quarter uinque. I lost my 100 plus home in an original Old Gold Mining town 1 year ago in August 2004. I have rebuilt. It takes time, but the old town is pulling together, it can be done. I really like you site.
MedusaX6 <>
French Gulch, California USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 17:35:51 (PDT)

Wishing my friends in NO the best. Please connect with me when you get the chance. Bless you all.
David Hodges <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 14:47:50 (PDT)

from lafayette, louisiana
birmingham, al USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 12:13:06 (PDT)

Remember, Through the Storm and the Sunshine, after the rain all things are with God always. God Bless all my Louisiana Chefs and cooking pals. Prayers are with you all big lucky
Will Getchell aka Big Lucky <>
Scottsdale , AZ USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 07:32:17 (PDT)

It is August 31, 2005. I am sure those of you in New Orleans won't read this for sometime due to Katrina, hurricane. Just wanted to let you all know you are in our thoughts and prayers up here in the Carolinas. Bless all of your hearts during this time!
Robin McKinney
Charlotte, NC USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 04:51:41 (PDT)

The date is August prayers are with all of you. May God protect you.
Peggy <>
Millbury, MA USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 18:58:06 (PDT)

I love Cajun and Creole food and want to go to New Orleans someday just for the food!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heather Ellyson
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 17:55:30 (PDT)

Being from N'awlins I'm glad I have your web site to get these people here to understand where I'm coming from when I start cooking, they don't believe anything here Thanks I enjoyed it and now I have the proof.
Joan Coffey-Moore <>
LaGrange, Ga USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 08:23:29 (PDT)

linda a brandon <>
largo, fl USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 07:31:53 (PDT)

great web site. love the foodddd
UK - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 04:54:59 (PDT)

I have made gumbo before but it never tastes like I think it should. I would appreciate a native cajun receipe from someone. Thanks, L
Lance Hopper <>
Cullman, Alabama USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 15:08:20 (PDT)

Sandi Lewis <>
Tempe, AZ USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 13:29:37 (PDT)

looking for creole recipes
joyce dyer
greenfield, ma USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 05:06:26 (PDT)

I am from Louisiana, and have seen my parents -both, bien sur- make everything on here, but needed a little instruction to make sure I didn't ruin my roux! Merci a Deux that you were there to help me prove my Louisiana heritage!
austin, texas USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:44:31 (PDT)

Great site for exactly what I needed to create a creol/cajun menu for my culinary class here in Western Australia. Now I'm gonna try it with kangaroo and emu and see what happens.
Joe Rooney <>
Perth, W Australia Australia - Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 20:20:27 (PDT)

great site! very informative
Anita Dotson <>
Bryan, tx USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 09:59:06 (PDT)

I love gumbo and other creole foods and have recently discovered the cajun cooking recipe site and love it. Found some old recipes I had lost the recipes to and can't wait to try them out again.
Barbara Capps <>
Winter Haven, FL USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 19:50:55 (PDT)

While going thru my recipe collection, I noticed that my favorite red beans & rice recipe came from this website, from way back in 1999. Good to see things are still happening here, besides the great food pages. Take care! Ciao, Christine
Christine Norris <>
Monterey Park, Calif. USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 15:26:07 (PDT)

I really like this website.
Jimmy Gerding <>
St. Paul, Minnesota USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 08:18:19 (PDT)

"if the last bite is as good as the first bite and the taste changes everytime in your mouth...that's Cajun..... Greetings from Belgium
Gaby Wuyts <>
Belgium - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:41:27 (PDT)

Great website Chuck! I was born and raised in Bucktown, and had to move to Maryland back in 1987. Man, do I ever miss R&O's. They have my all-time favorite roast beef. Anytime I come down for a visit I eat probably 10 of them. It's great to get some recipes that I never had before.
Joe P.
Beltsville, Md USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 10:19:55 (PDT)

being a displaced KAGON i like your pages and the receipes help keep home(Soul Food)cooking going in our abode keep up da good work dude
joel and kay magee <>
winter haven, florida USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 15:50:47 (PDT)

I'm soooo glad I found you!
toni lofton <>
Bunkie, la USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 11:15:54 (PDT)

WHOOO WEEEE! Man, I can't wait to get to the kitchen and start trying some of these out. Based on your description of the Cajun/Creole life revolving around food - it sounds like I should move to N'awlins. I thoroughly enjoy cooking and so many of these sound so MMMMM Good! Great site - with plenty of opportunities for side trips. Learned a lot.
Steve M
Sunset Beach, NC USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 09:38:32 (PDT)

Great the chef of the American Club and Embassy Cafeteria in Muscat, Oman (and a transplanted Texan/Alaskan) I use the internet frequently to retrieve recipes I didn't bring with me! Thanks.
Sandy McLelland <>
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 23:13:13 (PDT)

Good news travels, maybe not fast, but it gets there. I found your website while reading the Toronto Star online; they've included the link along with your gorgeous recipe for duck breast with blackcurrant sauce. It's a keeper! I'm glad to have access to so many great, authentic Cajun recipes - thanks for sharing. J'espere que vos confreres et familles de la Nouvelle Brunswick ont l'occasion a decouvrir cette connexion aussi. Felicitations pour votre 400ieme Anniversaire de l'Acadie!
T. J. McMahon
St. , Alberta Canada - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 21:32:24 (PDT)

Dear Chuck: First and foremost, thank you for sharing with incredible depth, clarity and honesty the history of 'absinthe' I have been curious about the potent for a while. However, a simple AOL 'search' typing in the proper word led me to you. The connection was of course the Big Easy, or as I have nicknamed it, 'The Big Sleazy' I visited there for the first time in 2000 and stumbled upon Jazzfest. I have returned four more times and have become totally hooked on the city. Recently, I finished reading The Last Madam and chuckled at the reference Amy Wallace made to the absinthe parties which she conducted. When I have time, I will read through your website to enjoy more of my favorite city. Secondly, if you don't have time to respond, that is okay. Or if you simply say hello some time down the road, I would love to communicate periodically to learn of your New Orleans roots. The city fascinates me to no end. Again, thank you for the information on absinthe. I will try to find through my Crescent City contacts the absinthe which you recommended. A few months ago, a friend of mine produced a 30 year old bottle of pernod which was the sweetest libation I ever had. We then bought a 'contemporary' bottle and it was bitter in comparison. Regards, Don from
Don Dunsky <>
Gloucester, ma USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 21:15:41 (PDT)

Greetings to the chef. I use your site to find independent radio stations.It has been so helpful. I write & record original music. Thanks to you I now have an outlet for it.Would love to send you some, don't know how.I'm at
John Alsop <Local library user>
Augusta, MO USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 11:20:26 (PDT)

You make me miss a city I've never been to.
Big Rapids, Michigan USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 08:23:28 (PDT)

Love the sight , wish I had more time to cook, was brought here lookin' for UT Son Volt Wilco, et al. Found Heaven on the web, outstanding, thanks for all your hard work. KB
Karl Blessing <>
Rocky Point, NY USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 09:56:41 (PDT)

hey thanks for the site and recipes...native louisiania for 40 years..transplanted to mississippi but still close enough to enjoy fine cajun foods.....
vicksburg, miss USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 10:55:39 (PDT)

I loved everything on ya'lls site! Can't wait to get in the kitchen!!!!!!
Fog Hendershot
Little Elm, Texas USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 09:42:44 (PDT)

Your's was one of my favorite sites to visit while I was planning my long dreamed of move to New Orleans 2 years ago. Alas, I have to move back to Atlanta for the same reason you left...I am going broke trying to make a living here. I will miss this magic and completely maddening place when I return to Atlanta and the 21st Century. (New Orleans is truly 20 years behind a good way!) I will have to make do with your website and WWOZ on the internet. I only hope to be able to return to live here again in the future. Thanks for you great website. A sad and dejected "Quarter Rat"
Rebecca <>
New Orleans, LA USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 12:02:31 (PDT)

Needed a good receipe for turtle soup. Got one now. I am homesick for Louisiana. This site helps
Cindy Kraemer Payne <>
Louisville, Kentucky USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 05:43:10 (PDT)

Just love your great sense of humour!!! And the recipes aren't too bad either... thanks for all your effort with the site. I'll be passing it on to friends to enjoy also. Just a query but only if you have time... What is Jumbalya? Is it a food or a drink? And. do you have your restaurant yet? Best of luck...
Dell. <>
Mackay, Queensland Australia - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 13:34:00 (PDT)

Great web-site. Thanks for a good variety of food dishes!
Mason Clark <>
West Columbia, SC USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 10:51:13 (PDT)

For me is the Cajun kitchen the only way of cooking. I just love the flavors and spices in a gumbo or a crawfish dish, The meat and seafood dishes. I have friends from New Orleans who lives in Sweden and we cook togheter, listen`s to cajunmusic and eats alot of fantastic Creole and Cajun food. Best regards and love from Sweden.
Stefan Wahlberg <>
Eskilstuna, M?lardalen Sweden - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 08:43:16 (PDT)

Tremendous site! I come back time and time again for all of your recipes and other interesting resources. thank you so much!
David Copenhaver <>
Andover, Minnesota USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 21:09:32 (PDT)

i love cajun food.
skipper <>
houston, tx USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 16:08:03 (PDT)

I'm sure that your Roast Beef Po-Boy recipe is WONDERFUL but if you want good eats with a lot less trouble--- but a roast in a crock-pot with one cup of water and salt and pepper cook for 12 hours[low] slice meat make gravy enjoy
Karen La Rue <>
Kansas City, Mo USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 16:02:24 (PDT)