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Cornmeal-Crusted Oyster and Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas or 1 (14-ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 onion stuck with 2 cloves (for dried peas only)
  • 1 dried bay leaf (for dried peas only)
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 4 scallions, finely sliced
  • Jalapeno Dressing
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • Canola or peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 pint (about 24) shucked oysters
  • 1 cup Cornmeal Coating
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, cleaned and thinly sliced
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Sazerac

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Sazerac

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Absinthe, Bitters, Cocktails, Whiskey
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Absinthe
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey, preferably Sazerac rye or Old Overholt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan's Simple Syrup
  • 4 to 5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon twist, white pith removed, for garnish
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Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp
  • 8 ounces turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, cored and seeded, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 pound okra, cut widthwise into quarters
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon gumbo file
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 cup Dark Roux
  • 6 cups Shrimp Stock
  • 3/4 cup chopped canned peeled tomatoes
  • 6 blue crabs, (6 to 8 ounces each), optional
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Dirty Rice
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Cajun Popcorn

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 24 cups plain popped popcorn (from 1 cup kernels or 4 microwave packages)
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Blackened Catfish Po'boy with Light Tartar Sauce

Time:20 mins
Ingredients
  • 4 catfish fillets (1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 baguette or French bread loaf, cut into 4 pieces and split
  • Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce, for serving
  • Dill pickle slices, for serving
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Light Tartar Sauce, for serving
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Slow-Cooker Cajun Stew

Time:4 hours 15 mins
Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound andouille or kielbasa, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups frozen cut okra (from an 8-ounce package), thawed
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Frozen Bloody Marys

Ingredients
  • 4 cups frozen cherry tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds), plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup chilled vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Celery stalks, for garnish
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Fish Po' Boys

Time:30 mins
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Sazerac

Ingredients
  • Small lump sugar
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • Dash of Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 shot Rye whiskey, such as Jack Daniel's, about 1 1/2 ounces
  • Crushed ice
  • Herbsaint
  • Lemon peel
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