It’s Pass the Cook Book Club time! With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I picked recipes from Cooking Up a Storm, an amazing cook book that with help from local paper, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, gathered and collected cherished recipes lost when Hurricane Katrina struck. This book is priceless in my opinion for that alone. There is something about those tidbits of paper, scratched and stained recipes and notes handed down that matter more than stuff. There is comfort to be had in food, around the table, with good company.
Every recipe begins with a short intro about where it came from and how it was asked for. These aren’t all high class fancy restaurant recipes. These are recipes from a local paper submitted by normal residents of the city. Mom food, restaurant food, quality cocktails, and most certainly some old fashioned down home recipes. It’s just a Cajun cook book, or a Creole cook book, it’s a collection of memories.
As for the recipes, the three I chose this month were geared towards a Cajun flair. I wanted recipes that made me think of New Orleans. Club members picked from Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Crawfish in a Saffron Cream Sauce, and a Bananas Foster Pie. No lie, I was really excited about all three (and the 42 other recipes I tabbed while flipping through the book again). Check out the Creole bread pudding and meaty gumbo I have posted about before from Cooking Up a Storm.
Interested in joining? Click to read more about the Pass the Cook Book Club. To join the club, click for our facebook group here. (Please message me to let me know you are a real human, as we have been getting some spam lately ><) Remember, you don’t need a blog – you just need to want to cook!