its happened again. Weve been dreaming about those
days in New Orleams and all that Creole cuisine! Spicy sauces,
shrimp and gumbos are all on our International menu this month.
Think Creole and my mind starts wandering
through the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Images of brightly colored costumes, music that floats through
the air, changing tempo as you move from block to block. And
.aromas of spicy sausages, the best shrimp in
the world, jambalayas, gumbos, and did I mention shrimp?
Ingredients for traditional Creole or Cajun
cooking are distinctive but can be found in other parts of
the country. Cajun seasoning is a mixture of cayenne pepper,
paprika, garlic and or onion powder and salt. This seasoning
or variations of it are used generously in many recipes. Other
traditional ingredients are:
Andouille sausage: spicy smoked sausage
that is stuffed with chunks of ham. If you cant find
gluten-free andouille sausage, or cannot confirm ingredients,
visit our recipe archives for a recipe for Andouille
Cayenne pepper: Authentic and pure
cayenne is ground red pepper. The grocery store varieties
are usually a combination a ground peppers, not all of them
Crab boil: A mixture of dried pickling
spices and peppers used to season a pot of boiling water used
to cook shellfish.
File: Powdered sassafras leaves used
to season and thicken gumbos.
Cane vinegar: Made from sugarcane,
if unavailable, you can substitute balsamic vinegar.
Creole cooking is largely naturally gluten-free.
The exception would be breaded fried everything.
This month we bring you the tastes of Creole
with a delicious collection of gluten-free recipes. Put some
New Orleans jazz or soul searching blues on the CD player,
turn it up and have yourself a Creole style feast!
Orleans Chicken Jambalaya
Beans & Rice
Steak w/Cajun Rub
Spicy Fish Wraps
& Shrimp Gumbo