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The Mad Musings of a Cajun in the Kitchen

Good ole southern cooking can be healthy too! 
 
Sep. 30, 2012 6:46 pm 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 1:52 pm
I love okra. LOVE it. I don't know how else to make my point without using caps on that. I grew up on my Maw Maw's shrimp okra gumbo, fried okra, boiled okra, and basically anything okra. I also grew up on good ole Cajun cooking, which cannot be very healthy. So when as part of the Allrecipe Brand Ambassador program asked us to use Al Fresco chicken sausage in our own custom dish, I had something Cajun (and okra) in mind. 

At first I thought I should add it to my chicken sausage gumbo, but I had a whole bunch of fresh okra in the fridge screaming at me to be cooked. My husband does not like okra added to his gumbo, but I was dying for my okra fix so I decided to make 2 main dishes. Plus I've been trying to eat healthier too since having my baby 4 months ago. I need to lose this stubborn baby fat still clinging to my poor body. Okra + Al Fresco smoked andouille = a healthier version of my Maw Maw's smothered okra. 

I prepped this dish and after an hour of slow simmering on the stove I was in heaven! It was soooooo good! (I copied down this recipe for inquiring minds here http://tempuri.org?link=new) I just wanted to thank Al Fresco for a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. 

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Sep. 30, 2012 7:24 pm
Looks good all except the Okra, Yuck (F.Y.I.: I don't like Okra).
 
Sep. 30, 2012 8:13 pm
Hi Lindsey, great blog. That recipe looks so good it might get me to like okra! : ) I'm curious. Were you able to find the Al Fresco brand in your area or did you have to substitute another brand? I could not find it until I went to Trader Joe's.
 
Oct. 1, 2012 5:39 am
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Oct. 31, 2012 1:52 pm
I wasn't able to get it in my area, but you can special order it offline. Also, KingSparta, I LOVE okra! Lol. I was raised on it, so maybe loving it comes natural?
 
 
 
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I am from deep south Louisiana and I am Cajun. Growing up in a huge family that loves to cook I have been helping in the kitchen since a toddler. I love cooking and have traveled around to get new recipes. I even lived in Mexico for 2 years and picked up authentic Mexican recipes. I love baking and southern dishes. I excel in homemade pies and southern classics. I am always trying new recipes and something new. My motto is you should always try something twice because nothing ever tastes exactly the same.
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I love and I mean LOVE pies. I have a few people addicted to my Lemon Meringue and No bake cherry cheesecake pies. I am constently baking and making desert. I also love to cook southern dishes and simple, easy and tasty things for my kids.
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Every Sunday after church my family would get together at my grandmothers house and cook a huge southern supper. Now with my grandmother too old and ill to cook and myself moved away, I love to cook almost every night for my family.
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It took me a couple of times to get my lemon meringue pie perfect.... but it was so worth it.
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I cannot eat something unless it is seasoned perfectly and I gave my mom a recipe and she under seasoned it. I felt I mislead her. Lol.
 
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