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Comment by Sentient Biped on March 6, 2014 at 2:20pm

Pat, is there a Northern Cajun cuisine? Obviously would not be like Louisiana, I would think.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 6, 2014 at 2:05pm

Is Rella just slang for Mozarella?

I googled on Farmer John cheese. From that, it looked like it's a brand name, and could be any of a number of types of cheese.

Comment by Michael Penn on March 6, 2014 at 1:31pm

I hate those recipes that call for Farmer John cheese or lots of Rella cheese. I can never find those in the stores.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 1:07pm

Pat, inquiring minds want to know.........what does one have to do to be thrown out of Canada? 

Comment by Pat on March 6, 2014 at 12:41pm

I always referred to myself as 1/2 Irish, and 1/2 northern Cajun. Mother's side of the family was originally from Acadia in Canada, and after getting thrown out, settled in northern Ilinois. I lived with my French Canadian grandparents for the 1st 8 years of my life. They always spoke French when inside the house, until they figured out my brothers and I were starting to learn the language. They immediately stopped, because they wanted us to be 100% American. One my of my childhood regrets

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 9:41am

Joan, Jeff Smith (or his attorneys) settled the charges against him out of court, and as far as I know, the records were sealed. So now, no one will ever know what really happened, or didn't happen.

Pat, I used to watch Justin Wilson, too.  Not often, because cooking outdoors (and eating those little "bugs"...crawdads) holds no attraction for me, but I did love to hear him speak. Cajuns, or Acadians, were originally French Canadians, I believe.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2014 at 9:20am

Joan, thank you for your take on America's Test Kitchen.

Comment by Pat on March 6, 2014 at 5:43am

I recall watching Justin Wilson, the host of the PBS show 'Louisiana Cookin'. When he spoke, his accent always pleasantly reminded me of my Canadian French grandfather, Euclid. "I Garontee." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2014 at 11:51pm

Carl, I agree, Jeff Smith was a great cook and instructor. His program did go off air overnight, and I don't know if anyone brought charges against him or not, nor do I know what he is doing now. 

My fear is people took advantage of homophobia and used it to defame him. If, however, he did abuse boys, then I would like to have the evidence proved in court. It is suspicious that no one went to court. 

Jeff Smith, 1939 - 2004: "Frugal Gourmet" was popular on PBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2014 at 11:15pm

Spud, my favorite cooking program was America's Test Kitchen because it did the science of cooking. Whenever I have a question, I use their books for references. I would guess a library has their book, or many of their basic instructions are on video:

They have excellent equipment reviews and have found them to be trustworthy. There also are TV shows.  

I hated Martha Stewart's program, she was too obsessive compulsive. Her cookbooks are outstanding. I have never had a failure using her guidance. 

Ina Garten, "Barefoot Contessa" uses great techniques and her recipes have easy instructions as well as great flavor combinations. My family love her Mac and Cheese, and her roasted chicken. 

I haven't had a TV for a lot of years so know nothing about those. 


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