Pasta, Peppers and Sausage


  • 1 package fettuccine
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 1/2 oz can) diced tomatoes in juice
  • grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚. In 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish, toss peppers, onion and basil in olive oil and spread in even layer. Add sausage pieces.
  2. Bake 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring once or twice.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and juice and bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Cook pasta. Drain.
  5. Remove sausage, cut into thin slices, and return to pepper mixture.
  6. Combine pasta and pepper mixture, toss, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Lima Beans & Shrimp

Shrimp and Beans


  • 1 lb. lima beans, soaked overnight
  • 3 lbs. head-on medium shrimp
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 6 cups chicken stock water
  • ½ lb. pork (or turkey) tasso, diced
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery
  • ¼ cup green onion
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • thyme, to tase
  • Joe’s, Tony’s (creaole seasoning)


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup flour


  1. In big stock pot, cover ham hock with chicken stock water, simmer on low for 1 hour.
  2. Peel shrimp, reserving ½ shells and heads. Dash shrimp with creole seasoning and place in fridge. Place shells and heads in pot with 6 cups water, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Skim impurities that rise to surface.
  3. Make a medium dark brown roux in heavy stock pot or dutch oven. After roux has reached proper brownicity, fold in onion, bell pepper, celery, green onion, jalapeño, garlic, and thyme. Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Turn up the heat on the roux mixture and add beans, meat. Slowly cover with strained shrimp stock and ham hock stock. Add hock ad-hoc. Bam!
  5. Simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hrs, skimming impurities that rise to surface.
  6. Add shrimp and simmer for 20 more minutes, or until pink.

Serve over rice, and top with parsley before serving. Whip up some cornbread, too. You won’t regret it.

Red Beans and Rice

Finally documented my go-to read beans recipe today in the kitchen. It’s cooking now, so we’ll see if there’s any need for adjustment to the below in a few hours. I usually get the beans going to a boil as I’m prepping the rest of the veggies.



  • 1 lb dark red kidney beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • 1 large onion, chopped (3 cups)
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped (2 cups)
  • 4-5 ribs celery, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 lb. andouille sausage, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb. ham, cubed into 1/4 pieces (ham hock, ham steak, something smoked and w/ a bone is best)
  • Gumbo filé
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Optional Extras

  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2-3 slices bacon, raw


  1. Soak beans in water overnight. Drain, rinse and place in stock pot with water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add everything except parsley.
  3. Simmer uncovered for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add parsley just before serving in a bowl under white rice. Add filé to taste. Cornbread and hot sauce is also encouraged.

Makes 12 servings.

Sweet Potato and Andouille Soup


  • 5 lbs Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter
  • 1 lb. Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 cup Celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 12 cups Chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • Kosher salt and White pepper to taste


  1. Place the whole unpeeled sweet potatoes in a baking pan and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until easily pierced with a knife.  Let cool, peel and chop the potatoes.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepot and add the sausage. Cook until the sausage is brown. Add the celery and onion and sauté for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Add the sweet potatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Purée the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor. Stir in molasses, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through.

Recipe from the Palace Café’s Chef Darin Nesbit.

Oyster Andouille Pie


  • Pre made refrigerated pie crust
  • 2/3 cup fine chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup fine chopped vadilla onions
  • heaping tablespoon flour and same amount of oil for roux
  • 1 link smoked andouille sausage chopped fine
  • 1 pint fresh oysters  drained reserve water
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • couple dashes worcestershire and hot sauce


  1. Let pie crust get room temp them line bottom of 9″ pan. Make roux the color of until brown paper bag.
  2. Saute onions and celery until soft. Mix in roux, oysters and green onions. If too dry add a little oyster water…go easy not much. Pour into pie shell. Cover with pie crust top. Slit top about 12 cuts.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hr until brown. Let cool slightly before cutting to serve.

Cotton Country Oyster Dressing

This is a variation on a recipe from the Cotton Country Collection cookbook credited to Mrs. J.M. deBen from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her version originally called for 6 dozen oysters, no sausage, and bacon drippings as opposed to the sausage drippings used here. Aunt Annie claims that 2 pints of oysters is plenty, and if this anything like the version she used on Christmas day, 2009, I’d say she’s right. It was delicious.


  • 3 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 pints oysters
  • 1 lb rolled pork sausage (raw breakfast sausage)
  • 1 loaf stale french bread
  • 2 -3 eggs


  1. Crumble sausage into pan and brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Sauté onions, bell pepper, green onions and celery in sausage drippings (or butter) until tender. Add garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, sugar and simmer until wilted.
  2. In a separate pan, heat oysters in their juice and let simmer until their edges curl. Remove and cut into pieces. Break the bread into small pieces and soak them in the hot oyster liquid. Squeeze out the excess liquid. Add to the vegetable mixture. Stir in the chopped oysters. Add the eggs, starting with 2, and mix well. Check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Bake at 350º in a casserole until brown and crusty, about 45 minutes.

Stewed Black Eyed Peas


  • Two 6-ounce ham hocks, or one large (or salt pork)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 pound Homemade Tasso or other ham or sausage, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 quarts Chicken Stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. With a sharp knife, score the fat on the ham hocks with 1/4-inch-deep slashes.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the tasso and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the ham hocks, garlic, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the black-eyed peas and chicken stock. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour, skimming off any foam that forms on the surface.
  4. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Cut the meat from the ham hocks, discarding the skin and bones. Return the meat to the pot. Stir in the parsley.

Serve hot with rice and corn bread.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Meat Loaf


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Meat from 3 hot Italian sausages (squeezed from casings)
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary or ground marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Peel of 1 lemon, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients with your scrupulously clean hands. Arrange in a standard 9 1/4 by 5 1/4 by 2 3/4-inch loaf pan lined with oiled aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake 30 minutes longer, basting with water as necessary. The meat loaf is done when an attractive brown crust has formed on top and the juices run clear.
  4. Let the meat loaf stand for 10 minutes. Then grasp the top of the aluminum foil at both ends of the loaf and pull it out of the pan and onto a serving platter. Raise the loaf off the foil with a spatula and slip out the foil.
  5. Serve with ketchup and/or the hot sauce or chutney of your choice. Like all meat loaves, this one is excellent eaten at room temperature.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water ( or stock if you cooked your own chicken, shrimp, etc…)
  • 1 pound boneless chicken meat, cut into 1-inch chunks (rotisserie chicken works good)
  • 1 teaspoon Tony’s, Joe’s Stuff, or equivalent. .. (cajun seasoning mix: cayenne, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon filé powder (ground sassafras)


  1. Combine the oil and flour in a large cast-iron or enameled cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Stirring slowly and constantly for 30 to 40 minutes, make a dark brown roux, the color of chocolate.  Get a beer or two, because this takes forever, but it’s well worth the patience.
  2. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and continue to stir for 4 to 5 minutes, or until wilted. Add the sausage, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Continue to stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the water 1 cup at a time, stirring in between. Stir until the roux mixture and water are well combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  3. Season the chicken with the Tony’s and add to the pot. Simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface. Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley, green onions, and file powder.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and serve in deep bowls.

Yield: 4 servings

NOTE: If you want to replace the chicken for seafood, make the roux a little less dark, more of a caramel color.




NOTE: 2 cans cannellini beans can be substituted for the below preparation.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 lb white navy beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 thin pork chops, cut in half (4-5 oz each)
  • 1 lb smoked sausage (andouille, kilbasaa) cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb roasted duck or chicken meat, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Rustic Rub or(Joe’s, etc.)


  • 3/4 cup dried fine bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp Rustic Rub
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Preparation For Beans

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over high heat and sauté the onions and celery for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly wildted. Add the beans, salt, cayenne, water, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the beans are tender and most of the water is absorbed, about 2 hours. If beans are prepared ahead of time, refrigerate until ready to use.

Preparation For Meat

  1. Combine the flour and oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Stirring constantly and slowly, make a medium-brown roux, the color of peanut butter. Add the onions, celery, bell pepper, carrot, salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes or until slightly wilted.
  2. Lay pork chops on top of roux and vegetable mixture and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Add the sausage and cook for 2 more minutes, turning several times. Add the broth and stir until the roux and broth are combined and the mixture thickens. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen any browned bits. Bring to a boil.
  3. Season the duck/chicken pieces with the rub. Add the fowl and the cooked beans to the vegetable and meat mixture. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450℉. Make the gratin.

Preparation for Gratin

  1. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, rub, and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. When the bean and meat mixture is cooked, spoon the gratin mixture evenly over the top and bake for about 10 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Serve immediately