Dehydrated Beef Jerky


Were Using the Dehydrator today to make Jerky-  If you are not a fan of eating it – Your Pets will love you for it. Makes great healthy treats.  Lisa


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Beef Jerky ( with soy)

Chuck Tender steak ( cut on the bias ) into pieces

Marinated over night in-

Shosin wine, Dark Soy Sauce & Sweet Soy Sauce

Sprinkled with Seasoning & Spice

Dehydrated  4 to 6 hours. (until done)

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Blackberry Picking Time

It’s that time of the Year in Louisiana- Blackberry time. They grow wild here along the road and leave  but becauses of clearing and spraying of pesticide  there’s lots less.  These sweet berries when i was a child was plentiful – but now you might have to hunt around for them. Make sure you dress appropriately -because some times these wild berries are in hard to reach spots. There brambling nature make the job tough but the reward is so sweet.    Lisa



  • If not on public land make sure you ask before picking also.


So go grab you bucket and fill it up with this sweet berry. But be care of the thorns. But when you come home-




Mom’s Blackberry Cobbler

1 lb blackberries/ cleaned ,rinsed.

1/4 c soft butter

1/2 c sugar

1 c shifted flour

2 tsp. Baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2/3c milk

1/4 c sugar ( can be adjusted )

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter & sugar,Add in dry ingredients alternating with milk. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into casserole dish . Spoon fruit over batter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 45 minutes


Food Craze- Edible Flowers

Good Morning !  Thursday

Today let’s Chat about Edible  flower s – yes those flowers in your yard. Have you tried it?  Most are in salads or decorations but are safe to eat. . This is one of the newest food craze – but be careful what you Eat. Lots of markets  already sell them cleaned and packed for consumption but  if you want to eat your own be careful .Take a look at these articles before eating. Lisa

Here’s some Links From the Garden Channel

What’s Cooking America      Edible Flower Chart


Here  my arden list –


Roses- used in jams, jelly all types are edible.



Dandelions –  blooms can be used raw or stewed. Green stems in salad .


Daylilies – petals used in salads.




Gladiolus – (antlers removed) – can be used in salads.


And lets not forget  those – johnny jump ups,pansy,violas,carnations and impatiens. Lisa

  • Please make sure they are cleaned and not sprayed by pesticide free. Please don’t take any chance – know what you are eating. The link are filled with great information.

Ready to Try it –  Cooking With Flowers

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Crawfish Time in the Country

Thursday – is usually my Food Post. But this week I’am changing it up for you.

Tomorrow is Good Friday and my family does it’s annual Crawfish Boil in the Country and Easter Egg Hunt.  I thought I would share that Live tomorrow to Celebrate!

But today I’am cooking my desert (Yes -I will share)  and give you a little background on


are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related; taxonomically, they are members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea. They breathe through feather-like gills. Some species are found in brooks and streams where there is running fresh water, while others thrive in swamps, ditches, and rice paddies. ( from Wikipedia)


This is the 13th annual events for friends and family to come together and enjoy family, fun and good foods. Everyone brings extras and deserts and they cook massive amount of crawfish.

How to Cook them-

Cajun Crawfish Website


Let’s Eat

Start with a large one to learn on.

Hold the head in one hand and the tail in the other.

Twist the head from the Tail. ( Sucking the fat from the Head

is optional )

Take the tail and carefully peel off the top two rings.

Then Pinch the end of the tail and pull the Tail from the shell.

  • The tail meat is not very large so sit and have fun while doing this most people can eat about 5lb of crawfish and it takes a while to peel. Usually Potatoes and Corn is in the Crawfish Pot to help fill you up.  Enjoy    Lisa


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Louisiana Boudin

Boudin – what is it ? Have you heard of it? Have you tried it?

I’m lucky to be from southern Louisiana where this item  is made. It’s history dates back the the Acadians that settled in Louisiana as a way to use up slaughtered pig parts. These days it can be found all over South Louisiana and each place  seems to have there own family recipe . If you are ever in the area and want to explore  here a link to the

St Landry Boudin Trail


Boudin (boo-dahn) is a wonderfully scrumptious Cajun dish made with meat, rice, and seasonings. Boudin sausage is normally stuffed with pork and rice, but you can add shrimp, crawfish, or alligator meat.”

A great article about boudin and its History–  Check it out for more information.


Cannatella Grocery was kind enough to show us how it’s made

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Our You Tube Video      Showing the process.



Basic recipe is you want to try it.

Put your meat mix into a large bowl and add the cooked rice, parsley and green onions. Mix well, and add up to 4 cups of the reserved cooking liquid. Mix this for 3 to 5 minutes so you make a more cohesive mixture to stuff into a casing. You now have boudin.

But if that does’t make you hungry how about this?


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Thursday – Cannatella Grocery

Thursday – tour of My Little Town brings us too. Cannatella Grocery .


421 Landrum St.
Melville, LA 71353

Cannatella GroceryThis fourth generation grocery/hardware store has been serving the people of Melville since 1923. If you haven’t already gathered from their name, the Cannatella are Italian immigrants, and have brought with them to St. Landry Parish authentic Italian sausage . Also great muffalettas and homemade boudin. If that doesn’t make you hungry there daily plate lunch will. So if you are in the area drop bye and say Hi !

Monday-Friday 7am-6pm |Saturday 7am-7pm | Sunday 9am-3pm

Pictures of the Old Hardware store with Pam Cannatella

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