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Cuisine - Cajun/Creole

Danielle Dimovski, known in barbeque circles as Diva Q, is a bright star of ‘Que from the frozen white north.

A gumbo is a Cajun soup that has a roux as a base and uses file (sassafras leaves) and/or okra as a thickening agent. This dish probably has African origins, as the Bantu word for okra is gumbo! Often served as a main dish, this "soup" may contain chicken, meat, or ham in addition to vegetables, tomatoes, and spices. Serve with potato salad, sourdough bread and blackbottom pie for dessert. Note: Gumbo can be prepared ahead of time. Prepare the gumbo up to the point to where the fish is added. Refrigerate until ready to heat and serve.
This is my version of a recipe that originally appeared in Mary Land’s 
Louisiana Cookery (1954). I have spiced it up a bit. Okay, more than a
bit, and added a few other spices. This sauce is served with grilled
seafood and chicken, but if you wanted to sneak it onto some steamed
shrimp or crawdads, I wouldn’t turn you in to the food police. It will
keep in the refrigerator for a week and freezes nicely.
Rick Browne, Ph.B., host of the PBS show “Barbecue America” and the author of The Best Barbecue on Earth and nine other books, is supplying articles and recipes to the Fiery Foods& Barbecue SuperSite.
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This sauce is seriously hot! Recipe by Mike Stines, Ph.B.

In Papiamentu, the Creole dialect, musik di zumbi is "spirit music," a combination of African rhythms, reggae, and South American music. This cocktail will get you into the spirit, alright!

Here is your basic Cajun side dish, elevated to entree status with the addition of the sausage. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.

Connecticut barbequer and KCBS member Dave Conti likes his food spicy, on or off the grill. He shared his jambalaya recipe with Hartford’s WSFT-TV and with his friends at KCBS for this book. Chef Paul has tweaked it a bit and suggested other products in case you can’t find the ones in the recipe in your area. If you can’t get Luzianne Cajun Spice, you could mix 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cayenne, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried).

This is a classic Louisiana recipe with French roots. It’s traditionally 
made with mayonnaise, but mine is a more heart-healthy version. This
sauce is great with shrimp, over sliced tomatoes, with pasta, over
vegetables and cold meats, in chicken or potato salad, or as an
ingredient in deviled eggs.

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