cook cajun food

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Cooking in the heart of Cajun country is an art form. There really isn't much science behind this particular form of cooking, and it involves more than lagniappe in the pantry or spice cabinet. Cajun cuisine is often imitated across the country and the world, but rarely replicated exactly.

One of the fascinating things about Cajun cooking is that there are few exact recipes. Most, if not all, authentic Cajun cuisine is prepared to taste rather than custom. What is even more amazing is that one can cook the same dish over and over again day after day and it will most likely taste a little different each time. The main reason for this is that Cajun food is not only an art form in its own right, but is often made more delicious or mysterious depending on the mood of the cook.

I'm sure many of you have seen Emeril Lagasse prepare a special concoction and yell "Bam!" When it comes to Cajun cuisine, there's a lot. There are some things that go far beyond the ingredients of a recipe and reach deep into the heart of a chef. It's not for nothing that many Southern dishes are called soul food, and let's not forget that New Orleans is in the heart of the Deep South.

Perhaps the most difficult part of preparing delicious Cajun food outside of the New Orleans area is finding the right ingredients. Outside the heart of the Old South, it's nearly impossible to find the fresh spices and seasonings essential to most Cajun cuisine. Not only that, but fresh crawfish and Andouille sausage are a little tough in the heart of Michigan's winter.

If you're dying to learn how to make Cajun food yourself, the first thing you need to do is find the ingredients. A specialty store or a store that does special orders is probably your best bet. Some grocers carry limited quantities of Cajun spices in their international grocery stores. Remember, these sources are very limited. Once you have all your materials ready, it's time to blast some jazz from the speakers to set the mood. Most of the best Cajun dishes require a significant amount of time to cook, and this should be taken into account. Cajun food shouldn't be rushed -- like the citizens of the Big Easy. The food will be ready on time, and as the person who cooks the food, you have to learn to accept Cajun food. It has an almost mythical way of letting you know when it's done until you experience it for yourself.

Cooking Cajun food will test your patience, test your talent, and in some cases drain your energy, as it is an emotional process for many. On the other hand, however, Cajun food is one of the richest and tastiest foods in the world. Once you master the art of cooking this delicious treat, you'll be a slave to its flavor for years.

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