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* For fantastic regional cooking, it is hard to beat the food of New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana counties. Whether it's the cooking methods or the spices that go into the distinctive Creole and Cajun dishes that make it so distinctive and downright delectable doesn't matter--just the taste does, and that's mouthwateringly great! Like most regional dishes, this sort of cooking doesn't seem to travel well and is nearly impossible to duplicate--unless you turn to Tony Chachere's Creole Foods, Opelousas, La.

With a vast inventory of spices and mixes, the company can start you on your way towards being a bayou master chef, ready to turn out culinary marvels from the recipes in Tony Chachere's various Louisiana recipe books. However, as far as we're concerned, the best way to start is with a pair of cleverly contrived boxed sets: the Creole Cooking Kit and Creole Frying Kit.

The Cooking Kit ($69.95) consists of a seven-quart cast-iron covered Dutch oven; boxes of Creole Jambalaya, Louisiana Dirty Rice, New Orleans Red Beans and Rice, and Creole Gumbo mixes; and containers of Chachere's Original Seasoning, Instant Roux, and Instant White and Brown Gravy mixes. The Frying Kit ($39.95) provides a two-and-a-half-quart cast-iron fryer with a wire fry basket and thermometer; Seasoned Fish Fry, Crispy Creole Hush Puppy, and Crispy Creole Fish Fry mixes; Shredded Coconut Batter; and Original Creole Seasoning. Both kits come with a cookbook, "The Basics of Creole Cooking?to get you off to a rousing start.

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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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