Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez: 4 Mardi Gras Worthy Recipes

Crawfish Boil

New Orleans. Boy, does it have a feeling and a vibe like nowhere else in the world. A few years ago, my husband and I packed up and flew to the Big Easy. We stayed in a fantastic hotel near the French Quarter called The Saint, and for four days we ate and drank everything in sight. Cajun food can feel a bit out of reach for the home cook. Mastering a decadent roux and the perfect depth of flavor can be nerve-racking for anyone. Of course we all know that one person who has a recipe straight from New Orleans, passed down from someone’s Cajun grandmother. No one wants to compete with that. But let’s do just that. Let’s tackle the amazing food of New Orleans, and bring it home to family and friends. Whether you try your hand at a festive crawfish boil or a savory slow-cooked shrimp, chicken and sausage gumbo, there’s no need to be intimidated by these incredible foods. Invite some friends over and get cooking.

Special thanks to Central Market for providing the food and to Shuck and Jive for providing the crawfish. For more on Beth Maya, please visit