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In Lafayette, Crawfish, Alligator Bites…..and….Pasta?

Date: March 17, 2015 - categories: - 2 Comments

Crawfish, alligator bites, zydeco shrimp, gumbo, boudin balls, crab claws, po-boys and crawfish bisque. Ahhhhhh.
Louisiana has won me over – and that cajun goodness of southern Louisiana ranks for me as America’s top cuisine. Does it have any rivals? (Maybe the creole goodness of New Orleans that I’ll be testing during my stay here…)

Welcome to Cajun goodness

Welcome to Cajun goodness

Gumbo….ahhhhhhh!

Gumbo….ahhhhhhh!

Michelle and Sam introduce me to boudin balls and zydeco shrimp

Michelle and Sam introduce me to boudin balls and zydeco shrimp

Oysters on the grill

Oysters on the grill

 

Michelle and Sam, thanks for your warm and open-armed welcome to your home in Lafayette. So good to relive the memories of that year when you and daughter Maggie lived in Assisi – as we dined on cajun specialties my first night in Lafayette. Ah, that crawfish at Alligator Cove! Thanks for the lessons in how to eat crawfish, Sam. And for me, first time in a restaurant with a sink in the main dining room (for washing up after crawfish-feasting).

Michelle and I, ready for the cajun goodness at Alligator Cove

Michelle and I, ready for the cajun goodness at Alligator Cove

Crawfish feast at Alligator Cove with Sam and Michelle

Crawfish feast at Alligator Cove with Sam and Michelle

Cajun temptations

Cajun temptations

Checking out those cajun sauces

Checking out those cajun sauces

Sam teaches me how to eat crawfish

Sam teaches me how to eat crawfish

Our waiter, Jake (from the back!)

Our waiter, Jake (from the back!)

Sam with all those cajun sauces

Sam with all those cajun sauces

Waiter Jake with alligator bites

Waiter Jake with alligator bites

Young Jonah opts for smoked sausages with his crawfish

Young Jonah opts for smoked sausages with his crawfish

Washing up right in the dining room - after the crawfish feast

Sam Demonstrates

Washing up right in the dining room - after the crawfish feast

Washing up right in the dining room – after the crawfish feast

 

Loved cooking with you and your Lafayette friends on my second night and delighted all enjoyed the Umbrian rural cuisine we cooked up.
My only regret? That I couldn’t be feasting on cajun food that night, too! Oh, well, we “cajun-ed” it up a bit, adding hot red pepper to the squash pasta and the chicken dish. (Missed it in the peperonata, though!)

Our united Lafayette cooking group

Our united Lafayette cooking group

Our Siclian peppers dish - but missing the “cajun touch”

Our Siclian peppers dish – but missing the “cajun touch”

Sheila on our pasta with butternut squash - and we’ll add “cajun flare”

Sheila on our pasta with butternut squash – and we’ll add “cajun flare”

 

Mille grazie, Sam and Michelle, for every delicious moment of my stay, from alligator bites to crawfish feasting to dancing with “the locals” at the Breaux Bridge Zydeco brunch to the Jolie Bistro goodness to our superb tour in New Orleans upon arrival here. (I was sorry to miss Rockin’ Dopsie Jr.’s Zydeco in Lafayette: will have to catch him again in Perugia at Umbria Jazz in July!)

Cafe’ des Amis, Breaux Bridge: Zydeco brunch on Sundays

Cafe’ des Amis, Breaux Bridge: Zydeco brunch on Sundays

 

Connecting with “the locals” at the Zydeco brunch in Breaux Bridge

Connecting with “the locals” at the Zydeco brunch in Breaux Bridge

Dancing to Zydeco in Breaux Bridge, LA

Dancing to Zydeco in Breaux Bridge, LA

Zydeco dancing partners

Zydeco dancing partners

Zydeco brunch at the Cafe des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA

Zydeco brunch at the Cafe des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA

 

And thanks so much, Sam and Michelle, for the notes you wrote to me:
Such a fabulous evening! Delicious food, wine. Had a blast breaking bread with you again.” Michelle

“Annie, thank you so much for the re-connect! The food was fabulous, the experience was rich and the over-all fun was priceless. WE hope you enjoyed your first (and hopefully, not last) foray into Cajun country of south central Louisiiana. Can’t wait to see you again in Assisi.” Sam

Michelle and Sam, in their Italian aprons and ready to cook

Michelle and Sam, in their Italian aprons and ready to cook

 

Glad we linked up again over Umbrian flavors – as we did at the “First Courses” festival (and not only!) in Foligno – remember? And remember the festival linked to open house at the olive oil mills? And this time, Umbrian flavors linked me your delightful cooking gruppo. May we cook together again, everyone, here… or there!

Cynthia, Penny and Lynn, cooking trio

Cynthia, Penny and Lynn, cooking trio

Sissy and Janet on the tiramisu

Sissy and Janet on the tiramisu

Sissy, Janet and Cynthia team on the cooking

Sissy, Janet and Cynthia team on the cooking

Cynthia on the arugula chopping

Cynthia on the arugula chopping

Good times in the kitchen for Debbie, Sheila and Pam

Good times in the kitchen for Debbie, Sheila and Pam

Debbie, good job on the sage!

Debbie, good job on the sage!

Michelle with her cooking friends,  Sissy, Janet and Penny

Michelle with her cooking friends, Sissy, Janet and Penny

Hands united to dice tomatoes

Hands united to dice tomatoes

A cooking trio

A cooking trio

Lynn, good job on the parsley

Lynn, good job on the parsley

Penny and Lynn, cooking duo

Penny and Lynn, cooking duo

Bruschetta coming up

Bruschetta coming up

Yum!

Yum!

Tuna/brandy/cream/mushroom pate’ in-the-making

Tuna/brandy/cream/mushroom pate’ in-the-making

Sam and Michelle with their cooking crew

Sam and Michelle with their cooking crew

Sheila, more brandy!

Sheila, more brandy!

Umbrian chicken with a “cajun touch”

Umbrian chicken with a “cajun touch”

Lynn on the fennel detail for our salad

Lynn on the fennel detail for our salad

Jean and Joel team on the pasta service

Jean and Joel team on the pasta service

Joining Sheila and Cynthia at the burners

Joining Sheila and Cynthia at the burners

Pam and Penny, salad team

Pam and Penny, salad team

Sam oversees the pasta-cooking with Penny and John

Sam oversees the pasta-cooking with Penny and John

A tiramisu duo

A tiramisu duo

Hostess Michelle handles the black pepper on the pasta

Hostess Michelle handles the black pepper on the pasta

“O mamma mia!” Sam seems to say

“O mamma mia!” Sam seems to say

Sheila and Pam on the squash

Sheila and Pam on the squash

Sheila at the burners

Sheila at the burners

Sheila handles the squash

Sheila handles the squash

2 Comments

  • Jane Duncan says:

    what fun in Lafayette!!
    Enjoyed being with you in New Orlean

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Thanks so much for guiding me around the New Orleans wonders, Jane..and may we connect again soon..here in Italy!

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