You’re a dyed in the wool old school cook who makes scratch stocks at least once a week. You would never consider using mere tap water for any of your gumbos, soups or stews but are you making master stock?

Once you do you will never use plain old stock again.

Our master stock turned two years old a couple days ago, and it’s richer and more nuanced than ever. Of course many households and restaurants in China hold master stocks that are over a hundred years old.

Master stock vs regular stock

A Recipe For Crawfish Étouffée With The Holy Trinity

The World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook-Off was started in 1986 in Eunice, the ‘Prairie Cajun Capitol of Louisiana’. That first year none other than Dewey Balfa provided entertainment to the 107 cooking teams, and hungry assembled Cajuns.

Then-mayor Curtis Joubert courted controversy by banning electric rice cookers stating: “…rice cookers are not Cajun, and only black pots are in.” Continue Reading

Etta Cox, Lilly Taylor, Nellie Sullivan. My Great Aunts and My Grandma

Nellie Sullivan grew big vegetable gardens in the Cumberland Highlands of Eastern Kentucky.

Green beans, sweet corn, Irish potatoes, cabbage, squash, tomatoes, sweet onions, and peppers were just some of the vegetables she grew from seed and put up in Mason jars to get her family through the long, cold winters of Appalachia. Continue Reading

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

“We were rooting around in the freezer awhile back trying to ward off starvation and seeing which frozen meat packets we’d spirited in from Acadiana still held promise.

We found a log of Andouille from St John The Baptist Parish, a few smoked chicken wings and a sandwich bag filled with Hatch chiles. The peppers mark the end of the case we bought in Texas in September and roasted before trundling them home to New Orleans.

Time to hit the test kitchen.” A Recipe For Smoked Chicken Jambalaya With Andouille Sausage And Roasted Hatch Chiles

Zephyr Wright’s Chili Con Queso Recipe

This November will mark four years since we threw our famous “Let Us Now Praise Texas Women” restaurant pop up. We celebrated the women folk of Lone Star by cooking recipes authored by Lisa Fain, Helen Corbitt, Sylvia Casares, Lady Bird Johnson, Mary Faulk Koock and LBJ’s cook Zephyr Wright. Continue Reading

A Recipe For Pressure Cooker Red Snapper Stock

Red Snapper season opened here in Louisiana on February 1st. Since then we’ve seen these beautiful fish at all the local seafood markets as well as on any self-respecting restaurant’s menus. Snapper are delicious, bountiful, and in the hands of the right cook, one of the best tasting things you’ll ever put in your mouth. Continue Reading