Frozen cherries can be substituted for cranberries if cranberries are not available.). This week’s recipe, a strawberry soup, is a little different. Recently read a quote giving this reflection, “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas.” It is unlikely that we’ll stop with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, because it comes from our desire to show our love for others. Life has just taken us in different directions over the past few months…and away from the blog. They are commonly found and probably hanging around on your shelf in the way! from Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen published by the Service League of Natchitoches, Inc. and submitted by Sheila Stocks. Bake at 375 degrees approximately 10 minutes. …. Posted by Barbara and Robin for the Service League of Natchitoches. A Louisiana Delicacy! Should be plenty of menus with Natchitoches Meat Pies, tamales, cheese balls, pralines, Christmas cookies! They’ve been working diligently at reprinting our first cookbook, Cane River Cuisine. Submit a Recipe Cane River pecans is a chef’s best friend. A bag of fritos and a bowl of shredded cheese along side and one of my all time favorites – Frito Pie! Need a quick fix …Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen has a recipe, Le Anne’s Easy Chili, contributed by LeAnne Code, (page 133) with four different ingredients is a healthy choice with an option for ground turkey instead of beef. They brought the recipes to Ms. Thomas, who served as editor, and she composed the book. This is the quintessential Australian beef pie, flavoured with beer and Vegemite. As you know, from the last two books,  it took many months of testing. It can also be topped with sour cream and/or guacamole. They’re usually made bigger, more of a hand pie, but I like them as an Hors d’oeurve for holiday parties. * This website manufactured in a facility containing nuts. Cane River native, Janet Caldwell, offers one of the oldest lasting preservations of creole, culinary, culture through her delicious meat pies. Every sustainer and active took part. It’s crawfish time and what fun all the big and little kids have! These were not your quick and easy recipes. The recipe: Natchitoches Meat Pies Recipe For the Filling 1/2 It was because of Pat’s ability and hard work the cookbook is such a wonderful success. Not only does it make a beautiful presentation, it is absolutely delicious. and add to your cart! It was a tremendous success! One of my favorites is chili. Key, uses crackers to thicken the chili that is loaded with chopped onions, celery, and bell pepper. Celebrating Crawfish SeasonPosted by Barbara Jackson and Robin Miley on March 3, 2012. Each of the cookbook venders hosted a section of the cookbook with food for their customers to sample. Pudding should be ¼ to ½ inch thick. Ms. Marilyn Taylor typed a lot of the recipes, including the complete index! We asked for comments to go along with the recipe. Combine this mixture with the cornmeal mixture and mix well. After lots of hard work and long hours, Cane River Cuisine made its début in November 1974. Photo added by Mary Kelley 1/30/2013. 3 cups diced apples with peels (approximately 3 large apples), 3 cups fresh or frozen (1 bag) cranberries, 3 packages instance cinnamon and spice oatmeal, Toss together apples, cranberries, flour, and sugar. These recipes found on pages 50 – 51 are from some of the best cooks in Louisiana so check them out! From our award winning cookbook to virgin pecan oil to hand-graded all-natural pecan pieces, we offer a variety of kitchen-ready options. After baking, allow the cake halves to cool in the pans for 15 minutes. Cake is best when served cold. It is SCRUMPTIOUS! They’re making a list and checking it twice in hopes of making everyone in their family happy on Christmas morning. | Help | About Us Pudding should be ¼ to ½ inch thick. Submitted by: M.L. Store any remaining cake in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. That was the easy part. Ensure the cake layer is covered with pudding. Homemade Meat Pies I wanted our book to stand out on the book shelves in the book stores and gift shops. Laughter and sharing of memories could be heard from active League members and sustainers, and once again the public saw the beautiful golden cookbook on store shelves. B. The Cane River Cooks blog is our way of sharing a little bit of what makes Natchitoches and the Cane River area special, namely, our culinary heritage. Bringing this cookbook back has been a labor of love  for the women of the Service League of Natchitoches just as it was a labor of love for our predecessors who created the book and in doing so secured the legacy of the Service League of Natchitoches. In those days, Ms. Fay Norman was President of the League while league members, and some of their husbands, were heavily involved in testing recipes. Cane River Cuisine’s food styling on location became a trend in community cookbooks. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top in a decorative pattern. Dot Daray selected the over 800 recipes. Jacob Proctor eyes the mudbugs! Try this recipe and let us know what you think. I paid $2 extra for the crawfish meat pie. Serves 6 (Apples can be Gala or Granny Smith or a mix of both. Beat egg and add to mixture. I make this recipe all of the time and have served it cut into small bites as an appetizer, as a bread and as the main course. Ms. Thomas served as cookbook chairman overseeing the marketing and publicizing. If you would like to purchase Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen, you can order online at or! Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. The smell of cranberries and apples will put anyone in the holiday spirit! Chili Time! Place covered pudding in the refrigerator until completely cooled. We asked Mrs. Vickie Murchison, one of the originators of Cane River Cuisine to share with us some of her memories and a favorite recipe. Because of its popularity, several years have passed since Cane River Cuisine has been available. Baking the cornbread in muffin tins and pouring crawfish etouffee over the top makes a delicious main dish. Ms. Mary Mims was president of the League at that time. Cane River pecans is a chef's best friend. Mix and bake the spice cake mix as indicated on the box. It can be served as a soup course or as a dessert. Mary’s Chili, contributed by the great cook, Mrs. Charles E. Cloutier, serves a larger crowd and includes perhaps a little more kick. Janet Jones Caldwell's meat pie recipe has been passed down from one generation to another on the Cane River, right outside of Natchitoches, La. It was done in the brown tones and we thought it would look like an old book. Pour into a greased 12×14 inch baking dish. Try this out and let us know what you think. If you don’t own a copy of Cane River Cuisine, you need to get one. Peruse our cookbooks, Cane River Cuisine, Louisiana Living and Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen, and you will find crawfish recipes in virtually every section of the cookbooks, excluding desserts, of course. I helped with a few of the shots but the labor of love was all Pat. * This website manufactured in a facility containing nuts. Spread four to six tablespoons of the cooled vanilla pudding on top. But those of you that know us, know we love a party and the more the merrier. And if you happen to miss it for Christmas morning, have it to start your New Year’s Day. Read I served these tonight with a Creole Mustard Aioli for dipping. Well Robin and I have been coerced (Robin says “inspired”) whatever… to begin blogging about our wonderful organization and its fabulous cookbooks. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. Once the cake layers are completely cooled, take each layer of the cooked cake and cut in half the long way. Would love to hear from others as to recipes, especially the names of the recipes, contributors, and pages from our cookbooks, that are Christmas Festival traditions! Cane River Cuisine, our classic cookbook that belongs in everyone’s kitchen, has FOUR great recipes for chili. In preparing for this family time, we remembered a recipe that Ms. Sarah Katherine Ahrens shared for Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen. On a separate cake plate, assemble the other half of the cake in the same manner as above. Please remember that some recipes are copyrighted, including the ones from our cookbook, and reprints must be with formal permission! Award Winning Cane River Cuisine Cookbook, Posted by Guest Blogger, Vickie Murchison for the Service League of Natchitoches. Experience A Taste of Natchitoches with the brand new Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen which has joined the ranks of Cane River Cuisine and Louisiana Living cookbooks.