Category Archives: Ces’t si Bon!

A primer on how to cook authentically Cajun, and anything else.

** SALE **

We have one pound packs of crawfish tail meat for sale, straight from our farm here in Louisiana. No Chinese crawfish, fresh Louisiana pond tail meat!

These are one pound packs, costing ONLY $10.00 per pound. Please contact us at 337-200-1236 if you are interested in buying some.  Even WalMart cannot sell one pound packs this low.

I am also taking orders on fresh chicken eggs, both brown and white. Brown eggs are larger, white are smaller. You will get a mix of both per dozen. I’m only asking $2.25 a dozen. Let me know how many you are wanting.

 

Spicy Salsa…As spicy as you want it!

Ball’s current “Blue Book” ( I say current because I snapped a picture of the one at Wal-Mart) has a recipe for Spicy Tomato Salsa in it. This salsa is delicious by my way of doing it. I altered the recipe slightly out of necessity. You will see the necessities in parenthesis as I type it out. So give it a try if you have tomatoes this winter or even next Spring.

  • 6 pounds of tomatoes (I used twelve, period. )
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 9 dried hot chili peppers (I used three fresh hot, red peppers, not habanero but the other fresh red ones, and NOT bell pepper)
  • 3 cups diced red onion ( I used one large red onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro (I used a whole “bunch”)
  • 15 cloves garlic, minced ( mine: two to three heaping teaspoons of already minced garlic from the jar)
  • 3/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (just add what looks like a teaspoon)
  • 3/4 c. red wine vinegar ( I used straight vinegar with Cabernet Sauvignon  wine to top it off. On the second batch I used Scaia wine, which is a corvina grape and can be purchased at Marcello’s in Lafayette LA) : I didn’t have red wine vinegar so I made my own!

Now there are complete instructions with the Ball guide, but this is how I did it.

Chop all ingredients, and do not blanch or remove skins from tomatoes. Throw all ingredients into a good size pot. (The older generations didn’t measure things or go to such long lengths of removing the skins from their tomatoes (except for sauces), they were happy to get it done and happier to have it to eat!)

Bring this mixture to a boil and then simmer for ten minutes. Fill your pint jars, add lids, process in a hot water bath (boiling water) for 15 minutes.  I will say it is important to cover the jars with at least one inch of water in the hot water bath. That part I don’t mix up.

Then listen to the little pops as the jars seal once removed from the hot water bath! Enjoy now, or later! It really is just right, not too much heat and nothing else overpowered.

Why not give it a try!

“Got Tails?” We do and YOU can too!

Fruge’ Farms have fresh, frozen crawfish tail meat in one pound packs for sale, at $10.00 a pound! That is a deal even Wal-Mart can’t beat crawfish tail meat that low. And yes, this is true Louisiana Crawfish, straight from our farm; You can’t get any more Cajun than this.

If you would like to place an order for tail meat, which will be an awesome addition to your Thanksgiving meal just call us at 337-200-1236 and tell us how many packs you need.  Don’t forget to pass this sale news on to your friends too! You can also buy our tail meat at the Oberlin Farmers Market each Wednesday.

Hints for Thanksgiving recipes:

Crawfish cornbread, crawfish cheesecake (yep I can get you the recipe), crawfish pie, crawfish turnovers,  and even Margarita Seafood Salad with Tequila (that recipe is in my collection too). That should wow your guests, huh! Of course, there is always the trusty etouffee recipes and don’t forget crawfish bisque.

 

Persimmon Bread Pudding, Paleo Style

I could not find a recipe for persimmon bread pudding using coconut flour,  so I decided  to research equivalents. Coconut flour is gluten free, high in fiber, takes less baking time and coconut flour is very thirsty. So it takes less coconut flour than a grain flour, and more eggs than a grain recipe. (Typically one egg per ounce of coconut flour)

Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

 

  • 4 eggs room temperature (another benefit of having chickens, the eggs you pick in the morning are room temperature!)
  • 1 1/3 c. coconut sugar
  • 1 TBSP. real vanilla
  • 3 c. persimmon puree
  • 10 Tbsp. butter melted (I used salted butter)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. coconut flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare two loaf pans

Remove the tops of the persimmons with a butter knife, they are easy to pop off. Curt into quarters and puree in the blender.

Mix eggs, sugar and vanilla, then add the melted butter and puree.

Add dry ingredients together, then gently fold into the wet mixture but when using coconut flour make sure to get the clumps out.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes fairly out clean.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for ten minutes, then remove from pan and continue cooling. This will be a moist loaf which makes it great as a bread pudding.

Cut into slices and drizzle the Spiced Rum Sauce over the top.  See Ces’t Si bon for rum sauce recipe.

Persimmon Bread Pudding with Spiced Rum sauce
Persimmon Bread Pudding with Spiced Rum sauce

Spiced Rum Sauce (for Persimmon Bread Pudding)

  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1 TBSP of flour or cornstarch

Whisk together.

  • 2 TBSP butter, melt in a small saucepan

Add the sugar/flour mixture when melted. Then add

  • 1 c. milk ( I used Almond Milk)

Bring to a boil then stir constantly with a whisk until thickened.

  • Add 3 TBPS of spiced rum to thickened mixture.

Top this rum sauce over your favorite bread pudding, peach cobbler or whatever you choose.

Geaux Tigers!!!

LSU vs. Wisconsin at Green Bay today so it’s time to get you game gear on and root for LSU!!!

Here is a little sample of our game day snack – Muffuletta Sliders and so easy to make!

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Take 2 jars of pickled vegetables and pulse in a food processor until chopped fine. Add 3/4 cup of chopped Spanish olives (with pimientos) and 2 tbsp of Newmans Own olive oil and vinegar salad dressing.

Place on each dinner roll cut in half (aka sliders) in this order: a tablespoon of salad mix, half slice of Swiss cheese, deli style ham slice, a slice of salami, and half slice of provolone cheese and the top of the roll. Wa la! Enjoy.

Top Ten Essential Herbs & Spices – The Thrifty Gourmand

This is a must read- SouthernPrairieGirl

 

I’ve discussed before about how important it is for the home cook to have a well-stocked spice cabinet. By having an array of seasonings on hand, any dish can become tastier, which allows you to re…

Source: Top Ten Essential Herbs & Spices – The Thrifty Gourmand

One of Five Recipes that use Zucchini: Just In Case You Have A Lot!Zucchini Pancakes Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network | Notes From The Tomato Lady

  Ingredients 2 medium zucchini (about 3/4 pound) 2 tablespoons grated red onion 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten 6 to 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kos…

Source: One of Five Recipes that use Zucchini: Just In Case You Have A Lot!Zucchini Pancakes Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network | Notes From The Tomato Lady

Paleo Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

So paleo is a term used frequently these days in dieting. Well, I’m not dieting, but I do try to limit processed and refined foods in my diet. I often search for paleo recipes when I want to bake. I’ve got one for zucchini bread using almond flour and one for chocolate chip cookies using the same. Flours made from natural fruits and nuts have a higher fiber content, lower carb value and are gluten free since they aren’t derived from wheat.

For this recipe you will use Coconut flour. Wal-Mart sells coconut flour, so don’t deter. You don’t need a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market to get coconut flour or almond flour.

Banana Bread Ingredients

Gather the ingredients:

3 ripe bananas smashed, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 c. almond butter (almond butter is also available at most grocers, but you can use peanut butter instead, though I don’t know if it will be paleo then), 2 eggs at room temperature, 1/2 c. coconut flour, 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and baking soda, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips ( I was out of dark  so I used semi-sweet)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray after you line it with parchment paper (or aluminum foil in my case)

Mash your banana’s

Mash banana's

Then add the vanilla and almond butter, mix until creamy and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time mixing on medium speed until each is combined. Then add the flour, baking powder and soda and cinnamon; again, mix only until combined.

Just barely mixed

Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top.

prepared batter

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  You will really like this recipe, and it is so much healthier for you.

Finished

I have adapted this from the http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com website.  Feel free to leave me a comment about this recipe, if you like it or not.

Okra & Tomatoes, Oh MY!

Okra plants can be rather pretty when you look at them from afar, or the top view only, but their beauty is deceived. This plant is the most prickly plant I’ve ever dealt with. After picking okra a few times and itching like crazy (think fiberglass in your skin) I finally smartened up and put on long sleeves and long pants along with rubber gloves. That was a long await life saver from itching.

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The view from above

Okra is a classic southern staple,  and if you don’t grow it, you buy it frozen already. Okra and Tomatoes is a true southerners’ dish in the summertime. Actually anytime. And I for one have found myself making it quite a lot this summer. The trick to cooking okra is not stirring it too much at all, lest you get slimy okra. Continue reading Okra & Tomatoes, Oh MY!