The Alligator and the Archbishop: A Lenten Tail?

The Alligator and the Archbishop

Did You Hear the One About the Alligator and the Archbishop? It all started on Ash Wednesday. Someone over at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery posted a picture of a 3 year old letter on the Insta-Gator Facebook page. The letter just happened to be from the Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans. And […]

How to Make Shrimp Étouffée

How To Make Shrimp Etouffee

Shrimp Étouffée: Quick, easy, and oh so delicious! Étouffée means “smothered.” “Smothered in what?” you may ask. Well, typically, smothered in onions, bell peppers and celery. But I’m not too keen on celery, so I tend to leave it out… even though those three do form the “holy trinity” of south Louisiana cooking. I propose […]

Simple Tomato, Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad

tomato, cucumber, onion salad

A Summer Favorite Creole tomatoes. Fresh, crisp cucumbers. And the sweet and mild perfection of Vidalia onions. There’s nothing like it. Creole Tomatoes Creoles are simply homegrown tomatoes from this region of south Louisiana. But their taste is so distinct, almost tangy. They are simply my favorite tomatoes. Unfortunately, they are not available all year […]

Easter Crawfish Coming Soon to!

Easter Crawfish Coming Soon To The Catholic Foodie

Easter Crawfish? What exactly do I mean by “Easter Crawfish?” Well, crawfish season and Easter coincide each year since the high point of crawfish season spans the months of March, April and May. And, by the way, Easter is not over. Nope, not at all! We are now in the Easter Season… Looking forward to […]

The Catholic Foodie on Catholic Weekend: A Little Food For Thought

The Catholic Foodie on Catholic Weekend

Since I am still recuperating from bronchitis, I decided to hijack an episode of SQPN’s Catholic Weekend (with permission, of course). I had the joy of joining the Catholic Weekend crew two weeks ago, and we talked about food, faith, Mardi Gras, King Cake, oysters, and more! Join us in the fun! I’ll be back […]

The Catholic Foodie’s Best Seafood Gumbo – #SundaySupper

ACME Oyster Seafood Gumbo

About this time last year I posted my recipe for Seafood Gumbo. Now, I love gumbo. And I make it quite often. Usually the chicken and andouille variety. Sometimes turkey and andouille. But, seafood gumbo is special. And expensive. So, I usually only make seafood gumbo two or three times a year. I made a […]

CF128 – Louisiana Oysters

Christopher loves oysters

This is Jeff Young, the Catholic Foodie at and you are listening to episode 128 of the Catholic Foodie: Louisiana Oysters. Welcome, Folks, to the Catholic Foodie, where food meets faith! I’m your host Jeff Young and today we are going to talk about oysters. You may love ‘em, you may hate ‘em, but […]

Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee

On episode 122 of the Catholic Foodie, I shared a recipe for Crawfish Etouffee. Our recipe is a variation of the one found in our favorite cookbook: Emeril Lagasse’s Louisiana Real & Rustic. I talked about this dish on the show, but I think it also deserves a post all its own. Please note: There are […]

The Catholic Foodie’s Seafood Gumbo

The Catholic Foodie_s Seafood Gumbo

INGREDIENTS 2 lbs shrimp (with heads attached), peeled, retain the heads & shells 4 yellow onions, 2 chopped, 2 quartered 4 ribs celery, 2 chopped, 2 quartered 2 green bell pepper, chopped 6-9 cloves garlic, minced 3 pounds tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped 1 pound okra, sliced (1/2-inch slices) 1 stick butter 1/2 cup all-purpose […]

Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Cathy LeBlanc of Catholic Mom in the Country. My husband and I discovered this Shrimp Creole recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, “The Basics of Creole Cooking”, which is put out by Tony Chachere’s.  You can buy it on their website for around $3.00, and it is definitely […]

The Catholic Foodie and Jambalaya = Good Eats!


Mmmmmm… Jambalaya. Oh, I can smell it now! I can’t tell you how many parties, family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, weekdays, weekends, lunches, dinners (and sometimes breakfasts) have included jambalaya. I think I have eaten jambalaya just about every where one can eat it. And everybody has their own variation on it. Some add one […]