This is my blog dedicated to New Orleans & Louisiana cooking! I'll give links to great Creole & Cajun recipes and sites, as well as some of my own recipes. I love talkin' New Orleans, food and otherwise! Incidentally, I'm from Detroit. Go Figure. Lets just say I figured out "what it means, to miss New Orleans" and this site helps ease the pain.
I was at the grocery store a little while ago, and I noticed that Emeril Lagasse is now selling Wild-Caught Louisiana Fresh Frozen Shrimp. Damn that's good to see! The Fisherman are finally getting a little help due to new Mandatory Country of Origin labeling, which will definately increase distribution of American Shrimp. Tony Chachere's is also onboard with a new line, among others mentioned in this article. Few people know how hard of a time the Louisiana fisherman are having these days, mostly due to the continuing loss of Louisiana wetlands, here is an article about it if you're interested. There is also a great book that I'm reading right now on the subject called, Bayou Farewell - The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell. Essentially what is happening, is the land is sinking, mostly due to the leveed Mississippi. The Mississippi doesn't flood the wetlands anymore, due to the levees, therefore land is no longer created; it just diminishes. It's really a major, man-made problem that has effected the fisherman most of all, due to the mess it has created in the ecosystem. It made me feel good to see Louisiana Shrimp in mass quantities at my grocery store, it's a step in the right direction. Not to mention, the Shrimp is of better quality than the mostly farm-raised varieties from over seas. Few of us, before now, really had an idea where the shrimp we were buying was coming from. Now that I know that it's Louisiana or just American Wild-Caught, that is what I will buy. Also check out the Louisiana Seafood website.