Creole for the Soul epitomizes why community cookbooks are culinary gems. It has simple yet whimsical illustrations and 208 pages full of home cooking recipes that make you exclaim, “Oh! Let’s try that!” Each chapter has a fun “Cooking up Fun with Kids” section to entice you to kick the fun-factor up a notch in the kitchen by letting the young ones participate.
Waffles are a favorite breakfast endeavor, but the recipe for Gingerbread Waffles, which calls for molasses and buttermilk, might be my new Sunday morning ritual. The Fabulous Crawfish Frittata with Leeks and Fresh Herbs is an authentic Creole recipe that sounds complex but only calls for eight ingredients, one of which is Tabasco.
As the holidays are here, this book’s extensive appetizer selection makes it a great host’s guide. Serve up some Mud Bug Corn Fritters, which are fried balls of cornmeal, corn, chiles, three types of cheese, and crawfish, and declare your role as ‘host of the year.’ The Pepper Jack Baked Crab Dip sounds insanely amazing as well.
With the economy woes, I find it’s a money-saver to make a pot of soup on Sundays and freeze half for the rest of the week. I can’t wait to try the White Bean Chicken Chili and Tangy Tomato Bisque. Other great weeknight recipes are Spicy Grits with Shrimp, Stuffed Whole Cabbage, and the “Nu-awlins” Chicken and Dumplings.
It’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t look delicious in this cute little cookbook. Knowing that proceeds will go to structural improvements at Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, located on Creole Street, will make every dish and dessert taste that much better.
Creole for the Soul (ISBN 978-0-615-19745-6; $24.95) is available by contacting OLQHS representatives at 337-477-7349. It was edited, designed, and produced by Community Classics, an imprint of FRP Books, Inc.
Since 1961, Favorite Recipes Press, the original FRP Books, Inc. imprint, has specialized in editing, designing, producing, distributing, and marketing award-winning cookbooks for community groups and non-profits across the country. Learn more at www.frpbooks.com.