Wednesday, February 01, 2006
and hot, hot!
This time it is tobasco sauce. I had never eaten Tabasco Sauce until the other day. Mrs. Jim made some white beans and ham. My mother used to make navy beans and ham. There never was very much ham, just a little flavor and some odd pieces and a few bones. Mom's was really good.
Mrs. Jim didn't use to make this kind of beans and ham. Her specialty was and is red beans and rice. The beans were made with pieces of ham and andouille sausage. She puts just the right kinds of spices in the beans to make them wonderfully Cajun. Then they are served over rice.
Until I met Mrs. Jim I wouldn't think of eating beans and rice together. Red beans and rice is a Louisiana staple. All the Cajuns eat them regularly, the transplants eat them just about as well.
After eating her red beans and rice these white beans without rice seemed very bland. The trouble is we are about forty-five minutes round trip from the grocery store. So she made do with the white beans.
Right away Mrs. Jim added some Tabasco Sauce to her dish. Since things were so bland I decided I would try it that way too.
Viola! Instant improvement.
So that is how I came to eat Tabasco Sauce at such an old age, for the first time.
p.s. You can read up on Tabasco Sauce (link) here. Most all of it is made in Louisiana. There are several brands, but the most famous is Trappy's. More also can be found from Linda Stradley, and to the web site What's Cooking America, and/or her cookbook I'll Have What They're Having - Legendary Local Cuisine.
But I love almost ANY kind of beans and rice.
Bring 'em on!
B loves Tabasco. I like hot stuff, but for some reason it just doesn't do it for me.
Both are similar, but better in flavor (IMO). Crystal is a bit milder...excellent on Red Beans and Rice.
In my house, I have to make two batches of everything. One for Billy who can't handle hot, spicy or spices and one for me!!!
I love going to get hot wings and they go to give him the 'three mile island' and instead those are for me while he has terryaki!!!
Give me a call next time Mrs Jim makes red beans and rice. You can't be more than a 14 -16 hour drive away.
my hubby loves cajun but i haven't taken time to find out what those secret spices are yet...so shame on me, eh?
have a wonderful and blessed day!
I have several creole/cajun recipes on my site if you're interested in cooking some. Jambalaya and Etouffee, for starters.
I keep meaning to post my Gumbo recipe and will eventually get around to doing it at some point.
I like hot sauce on fried eggs.
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