Creole and Cajun Seasoning Mixes

Preservation Hall Jazz Band pose for a Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall Jazz Band pose for a Creole Christmas

What is the difference between Creole and Cajun?

If the recipe calls for tomatoes, it’s Creole.

Creole cooks lived in the city and had greater access to and money for out of season produce. The seasonings reflect that addition.

Cajun recipes almost always use the “Holy Trinity” of vegetable seasonings – sauteed onions, bell pepper, and celery.

Mix it up fresh or stir up enough seasoning to keep a little on hand. To make the larger amount, use the measurements indicated in parentheses. Then use 2 1/2 tablespoons or more of the mix for each recipe. Otherwise, use the smaller amount listed on the left hand side for one family sized recipe.

Both mixes are low salt. If you are used to more, add a little extra while cooking.

Instead of extra salt, how about seasoning the mixture with a little music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band! Read More

Is it a Chile or a Chili?

The Spoon Mage™ Explains the Difference Between Chile and Chili!

Chile Tree WM 500Chiles are peppers that grow on capsicum plants.

Chile flavors range from mild to very hot. Ancho and guajillo are two mild chiles. Chipotle and hot New Mexican are two very spicy chiles. Some chiles, like my favorite the Hatch Chile Pepper, come in both hot and mild! Tasty chiles can be used fresh or dried and ground. Use the Scoville Scale to help you select the right pepper for you. The higher the unit, the hotter the pepper! There are plenty of mild peppers to choose from, just look lower on the scale. Explore the varieties of peppers. They are not just about hot and mild. Each one brings its own special flavor to your mindful palate. Read More