Slightly across from our home’s side door is a small grove of bald cypress trees that we planted about thirteen years ago.   Along with the live oak trees, crepe myrtles, and Southern Magnolias we transplanted, and a few very old native pecans, our yard is taking on the appearance of a Louisiana themed arboretum.   In Continuing reading…

Don’t blame me if you were injured on the dance floor at Pat’s Atchafalaya Club last Sunday. You were warned several months ago that I am not the world’s best Cajun dancer. Last Sunday afternoon Dorsey and Laurin, Byron, Lucius Fontenot, Brandon Broussard, Mona Oglesby, Stephanie and I drove out to the levee inHenderson.  Lucius Continuing reading…

Arnaudville, March 17, 2010 – Acadiana’s Bayou Teche Brewing’s first beer, LA-31 Biere Pale was recently given glowing reviews by two of the world’s most respected beer experts in the April issue of All About Beer magazine. Said Bayou Teche’s brewmaster Karlos Knott, “The editors of the magazine noted that LA-31 is crafted to compliment traditional Louisiana cuisine such as red beans and rice, jambalaya, sauce piquant, shrimp Creole, chicken and sausage gumbo, fried seafood platters, crawfish bisque and ettouffe.” Knott was pleased that the magazine recognized this, saying “Brewing a beer that pairs with Cajun and Creole cuisine was our little brewery’s original intent.”

Arnaudville, January 20th, 2010 – South Louisiana is home to this country’s most complex, varied, well-seasoned and elegant food. The vast amount of dishes and the layers of flavors and spices that create them have always made it difficult to pair Cajun and Creole food with wine. Once, when shopping at a Lafayette wine store Bayou Teche Brewing’s brewmaster, Karlos Knott asked the proprietor what wine went best with a seafood gumbo he was cooking for the Christmas Eve. The owner emphatically told him “You don’t drink wine with gumbo, you drink beer!”