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back_to_topISSUE : JANUARY 31, 2013

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Susan Arcement
Kaye Constant 


 Cajun Daughters


Super Bowl this weekend!  That means chips and dips, king cake and other food luxuries we'll be giving up soon enough for Lent!  Below you'll find Tori's yummy Crab Dip that is super quick and easy to make for your Super Bowl party.


And if you want to fill your bar, why don't you try the new rum and vodka selections from our own new distillery in Thibodaux?  Donner-Peltier Distillers makes their spirits with Louisiana grown products.  You can read more about them below.


Mardi Gras is in full swing.  Check out Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler for the parade list.


Congratulations to Mona Talbot Hernandez for winning last week's Facebook contest at our Facebook page, What's Cooking on the Cajun Coast!  Mona wins a gift card for a Rouse's filled king cake.


We'll be having more contests coming up this year so good luck!


Always Cooking It Up,



*For contest rules, click here.
heading1The Cajun Way
Tori's crab dip


Tori's Crab Dip


Submitted by Tori Rayne

1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 lb. crab meat

Melt butter and cream cheese in double boiler.  Fold in crab meat. Add sauces.

Note:  I added a little green onion for color.





heading2Cajun Coast Travel      

Donner Peltier Distillers

Making of the Rougaroux


By Sarah Baudoin 


Surrounded by the fields of sugarcane from which their product springs, you'll find Donner-Peltier Distillers.


When stepping into the modern bar-like atmosphere of the gift shop, there are so many different things to see . . . and taste. Samples of the products produced in-house are offered, and t-shirts, wine glasses, flasks and various gift sets are for sale.


There are three products Donner-Peltier distills currently including Oryza Vodka, Rougaroux Sugarshine and Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum.


The Oryza Vodka is made with locally grown Louisiana rice. John Couchot, Master Distiller for Donner-Peltier, explained that the rice comes from a non-commercial mill. This insures that the rice is of good quality and the distillers know what is going into their vodka. 


The rice is ground into grits. Yeast and water are added and the mixture is allowed to ferment. Added enzymes help to process the rice. 


Couchot said that in the final run of the vodka, it goes through 17 plates twice. This affects the alcohol content of the final product, which is then tested by touch with the final product ranging from wet to silky to greasy.


Rougaroux Rum is made with a mixture of raw sugar and molasses, and allowed to ferment just as the vodka.


There are numerous stories of the Rougaroux. Some people think of it as a way of acting in a crazy or exaggerated manner. Others think of the Rougaroux as a monster. One story John Couchot says he heard was that if one did not go to church over the time of Lent, then that person was cursed by the Rougaroux for 101 days. Similarly, the Rougaroux Sugarshine is 101 proof.


A new product being released next month is a praline rum which uses locally produced cane syrup. Couchot said that the company believes in local products. What he likes about local cane syrup is that it has a distinct flavor, and the syrup producer still uses the traditional way of processing the syrup.


Couchot has been distilling for over a decade in the Pacific Northwest, but when asked to move to Louisiana by vice president, Jennifer Peltier, he jumped at the chance.


Founders and owners of the distillery are Dr. Tom Donner, a local neurosurgeon, and Dr. Henry Peltier, a local pediatrician.


Tours are given of the distillery Monday through Saturday at 4 p.m. Special tours can be given on Sundays if a large enough group is booked.


Contact the office at (985) 446-0002 for more information on products and tours.  


Donner-Peltier Distillers

1635 St Patrick St  

Thibodaux, Louisiana


What Cajun Daughters love about Donner-Peltier Distillers:

The distillery utilizes local products which is important today. Using locally grown rice and sugarcane helps to keep local business alive and well.



heading3Hey Boudreaux! 


Boudreaux was at his favorite watering hole and overheard three very hefty women talking at the bar. Their accent appeared to be Scottish, so he approached the ladies and asked, "Bonjour, are you three lassies from Scotland?" 


One of them angrily screeched, "It's Wales, Wales you bloody idiot!"


So Boudreaux apologized and replied, "I am so sorry. Are you three whales from Scotland?" 


Boudreaux is currently recuperating at the Thibodaux Hospital. 


heading4Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

February 1
Krewe of Andalusia
New Iberia
Krewe of Hercules


February 2


Cajun Ground Hog Day

New Iberia


Carencro Mardi Gras Parade



Krewe of Tee Caillou



Annual Mardi Gras Run 



Krewe of Aquarius



Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs



Krewe of Carnivale en Rio



Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Parade

Lake Arthur


Le Krewe Des T-Cajun



Rotary Club Mardi Gras Ball

St. Martinville


Krewe of Ambrosia



Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration



February 3


Krewe of Hyacinthians



Krewe of Titans



Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette 



Krewe of Versailles



Scott Mardi Gras Parade




Events are subject to change without notice.  It is best to confirm dates before making travel plans.



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