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New Orleans Gumbo

New Orleans Gumbo

“We think every good blogger could use a roux spoon to help when a ladle just is not enough!” – Lyn Hallaron and Rachel Avery from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Being from the Midwest I can’t say I know a whole lot about Cajun and Creole Cuisine, but after receiving The Cajun Roux Spoon as a gift from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, I knew it was about time I got my hands dirty in some southern cooking!

Making roux was actually one of the first techniques I had learned in school. Since roux is foundation of most French sauces, the basic technique was required to be mastered in the first few weeks. It’s simply a combination of fat and flour in a heavy pot, stirring constantly until it hits the level of color you prefer! Little did I know, that there was an amazing tool called a Roux Spoon! The flat edge allows you to scrape evenly along the bottom and into the corners of the pan, preventing any of the mixture from burning. Read more

Spicy Chinese Pork Belly

Chinese Pork Belly

The idea of pairing food and beer is a satisfying echo. Tasting spiciness in the sip of a beer should evoke a similar spiciness in the bite. The lingering zesty sweetness of Spicy Chinese Pork Belly for example, pairs perfectly with Goose Island’s Matilda because of the beers peppery notes. There is also an opposite approach that suggests that using contrasting flavors can also make for a fantastic pairing. This can be discovered in the recipe below with the fattiness of the pork belly that is perfectly cut by the crisp citrusy finish of a sip of Matilda. Read more

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