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When you think of Cajun food, you might think that all Cajun food is spicy hot. Not true! True Cajun food is a blend of ingredients that could include garlic, onions, bell peppers, celery and parsley to name a few. It is a marriage of ingredients, slowly cooked. Some Cajuns, and you can too, add more seasonings to taste and make it as spicy hot as you wish.

Many Cajun recipes have a base of roux. Roux is made by combining equal parts of lard and flour, cooked over medium heat and stirred constantly for about an hour until it becomes a red-chocolate color. Making roux takes time and it can burn easily and if it does burn, all you can do is to throw it out and start over again.

Bruce Foods has a roux substitute, called Cajun King Oil-Less Roux. Unlike making roux first, Cajun King is added last as a thickener. Cajun King roux is made with flour, onion and garlic powders, salt and white pepper. While the end result will not taste quite the same, it does save cooking time and saves lots of fat calories. If you prefer to make roux, melt 1-cup lard and stir in 1-cup flour over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 1 hour. Delete all fats and Cajun King roux from the recipe and cook vegetables in the finished roux.

There are many Cajun sauces and seasonings that can save you time in the kitchen. A friend introduced to me one of the most popular Cajun sauces. It is Cajun Power Garlic Sauce made with fresh squeezed garlic in a base of vinegar and 83 other ingredients. This sauce tenderizes the meat while making beautiful brown gravy. Cajun Power Sauce Manufacturing makes a variety of sauces. At least a half dozen of them are found in most Cajun kitchens. Cajun Chef Caro Thomas created these sauces. He studied Cajun recipes dating back to the 1850s. For ten years Chef Caro used these ideas in his restaurant as he created dozens of sauces.

Cajun Food Sources

Cajun cooking requires many ingredients found only in Louisiana. Cajun cuisine is gaining in popularly, and many supermarkets and gourmet grocery stores are stocking many of these products.

If you like Cajun cuisine, or would like to experience Cajun style of cooking, try the following recipes. Also take a look at It's So Good!, a cookbook that uses Cajun Power Sauce products. If you prefer Cajun food spicy hot, double the seasoning suggestions.

The CajunGrocer

The CajunGrocer has a great section of quality authentic Cajun and Creole food products. Overnight delivery is available. All perishables are shipped by ground to all parts of the United States and will be delivered in 5 to 9 days packed in dry ice. The CajunGrocer also sells cookbooks, swamp pop, and Zydeco music.

For ordering information and recipes contact: www.CajunGrocer.com or phone 1-888-272-9347.

The following companies have more Cajun recipes:
Cajun Power Sauce Mfg. Inc.
10218 LA Hwy 82
Abbeville, LA 70510
(877) 876-8748
www.cajunpowersauce.com
Calhoun Bend Mill, Inc.
3615 Fourth Street
Jonesville, LA 71343
(800) 519-6455
www.calhounbendmill.com
Konriko Rice/Conrad Rice Mill, Inc.
P.O. Box 10640
New Iberia, LA 70562
(800) 551-3245
www.conradricemill.com
The C.S. Steen Syrup Mill, Inc.
P.O. Box 339
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-1654
www.steensyrup.com
Bruce Foods Corp.
P.O. Drawer 1030
New Iberia, LA 70562-1030
(800) 299-9082
www.brucefoods.com