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The Mad Musings of a Cajun in the Kitchen

Nov. 24, 2012 1:01 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2012 5:15 pm
Boy do I love this time of year! I can almost sense the good spirit in the air. After surviving Halloween, it was now time to enjoy my Thanksgiving with my family back home in Louisiana. 

So what did we make for Thanksgiving this year (or more like what did I make seeing how my dad is not at his best and my step mom is recovering from foot surgery)? Well we had a delicious southern menu set up that's for sure! 

First off we had our turkey, deep fried in hog lard and seasoned with a Cajun injectable marinade beforehand. It tasted like cracklins, and if you've never had cracklins I suggest you look it up and special order some asap! Of course we also had to have a honey glazed ham, just in case. 

Now for our sides we had my favorite Campbell's green bean casserole (I could eat the whole tray by myself), sweet tater casserole with a pecan crumble on top, green rice (broccoli and cheese rice--my dad's request), a tossed salad with my step mom's special and most requested dressing, dirty rice, and home made dinner rolls. 

Now for dessert I made 2 of my favorite fall pie recipes off of here--sweet tater pie and pumpkin pie. Both turned out excellent. My dad contributed with a store bought apple pie, but we won't go there. Lol. It was still good, but I'm on this home made kick. 

Anyway, after stuffing my face and spending two wonderful days back home with family, it was time to come back home and leave my family (and all that food!!) behind. I still have some ingredients here at the house though, so I might just make a second Thanksgiving for my household. Just don't tell anybody. :)
Louisiana Deep Fried Turkey
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The kids stealing turkey as it was being cut
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Nov. 24, 2012 1:30 pm
I really liked fried turkey, but we've never fried it in hog lard. Where did you get that from?
Dec. 3, 2012 5:15 pm
We got the hog lard from a local butcher in town. He uses it to make cracklins. :)
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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.
My favorite things to cook
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.
My favorite family cooking traditions
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.
My cooking triumphs
It took me a couple of times to get my lemon meringue pie perfect.... but it was so worth it.
My cooking tragedies
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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