Saturday, November 17, 2018

GOT 2 GO GUMBO! And... A GIVEAWAY!!



By: Maggie Crozat
From: Mardi Gras Murder
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries, #4
Author: Ellen Byron

Hi there, y’all, I’m Tug Crozat. You’re probably more familiar with my daughter, Maggie, but I thought I’d drop by and fill you in on what all’s going on these days at Crozat Plantation B&B.

Mardi Gras is a huge deal in Louisiana. In addition to a parade, a pageant, parties, and Courir de Mardi Gras - Mardi Gras Runs - we have a gumbo contest that we guy have pretty much taken over. A lot of men in our village love to cook, and the only thing we like cooking better than jambalaya is gumbo. I always make mine a big old cast iron pot that’s so important to me I store it in our family safe between competitions. It’s been handed down to Crozat men from one generation to another. Nobody knows how old it is, but boy, do I love that baby. 
Maggie, who’s an only child, jokes that while some of her friends had to compete with a sibling for attention, she had to compete with a black pot. (That’s what we call them – black pots.)

I always spend the week before Mardi Gras fixing up batches of my gumbo, making sure I have the right ingredients handy, doing a little fine tuning of the recipe, which I also keep in the safe. Crozat men have won the Pelican Mardi Gras gumbo contest more times than I can count. I got my eye on the prize again for this year.

I can’t imagine anything going wrong. Can you?

Readers, have you ever entered a cooking contest or wanted to? True confession: I always dreamed of entering the Pillsbury Bake-Off!

Comment to be entered in my Season's Readings contest for an autographed trade paperback copy of A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING. (Kindle edition for Canada and other countries.) Perfect for the holidays! Contest runs from 11/17 through midnight, 11/20. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, 11/21.




54 comments:

  1. I have never entered a cooking or baking contest. I would buy the Pillsbury little cookbooks from the bake offs and I love the Great British Bake Off!
    I would love some gumbo and that cook off must smell amazing!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. I never have entered a contest but love watching The Great British Baking Show. I'm not nearly good enough to be in it but it looks so fun! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I gain weight just WATCHING cooking shows, LOL.

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  3. I have never entered a baking contest since my skills are not up to par but my grandmother could bake like a master and her creations were wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I have never entered a cooking or baking contest as I am ok in the kitchen but not in that category, but a friend excels at both and she should enter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I have not entered a cooking or baking contest (however, my grandmother made the most amazing cinnamon rolls from scratch! I did not inherit that gene!) rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)com

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  6. My sister and I both worked on Capitol Hill in D.C., and she entered the Congressional Chili cook-off for her Congressman. Her chili won the competition (I helped a little)! That's as close to a cooking competition as I have come, but it was a lot of fun. She had 2 kinds of chili -- regular chili and "wuss" chili ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Celia, that's awesome! To be honest, I'd opt for the wuss chili. I'm not a spicy gal.

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  7. I love to watch cooking contests on TV but never have thought of entering them.

    kkat.edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I love to cook, but cooking on demand (a contest or a restaurant) is not for me.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. No, I have not. I like watching those things, but not entering myself. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  10. I have never entered a cooking contest or even thought of entering. I do like watching the Food Channel and the contests are some of my favorite shows.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Never entered a cooking contest, but as a child and a member of the local 4-H club, my sister and I would enter baked goods at the local country fair, to compete against other 4-H kids in other clubs. The family gingersnap recipe always pulled in a blue ribbon, no matter which one of us baked them. kimmwrtr at yahoo dot com

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  12. Great comments, everyone. An honest sidebar: coming up with the recipes for my books is sometimes the hardest part!

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  13. Have never have even thought of entering a cooking contest. That would be out of my comfort zone. Thanks for a chance to win. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  14. I have dreamed of entering a cooking contest! My kids joke about sending me on Chopped! I love to cook and bake, but am less creative with baking. When I am cooking, nothing is ever done the same way twice! Thanks for this opportunity!
    wjcline@att.net

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  15. I love cooking, but I'd never have the nerve to try a contest---I'm too much of a chicken.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  16. I've never entered a cooking competition. I do enjoy watching the ones on Food Network.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  17. I've never entered a cooking contest. Would love to be a judge for one (especially cookies).
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I won first place in 4H at the county fair for chocolate chip cookies.

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  19. I have never entered a cooking contest. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I have never entered any cooking or baking contests. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I always wanted to enter one, but wanted to have a great recipe first, lol. I never follow one so who knows what it may have turned out like. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  22. No, I've never entered a cooking contest! I do love my cast iron pot and skillets.

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  23. I have never entered one but thought I would love to though. I think it would be great to win.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  24. I have never entered a cooking or baking contest. I can cook but I'm not that great at it.
    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I've entered recipe contests and won some prizes but never had to actually cook my recipe. I doubt I would do very well, especially on such TV Shows as Chopped. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  26. I've never entered a cooking contest and never honestly wanted to lol. Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  27. I have never entered or even thought of entering a cooking or baking contest. No talent here! But I would love for my Cajun husband to enter a cooking contest as, IMHO, he is a great cook!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  28. No, but I've been tempted. I have beat family with some baking though. Sort of an impromptu baking challenge.

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  29. I love to watch all the cooking contests on tv and checking out the winners at the State Fair each year. I don’tthink I would ever enter a cooking contest. I am not a great cook so I know I wouldn’t win! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. I've never entered anything like that but I thought about entering the chili cook off here because I make excellent chili;).
    ashleylianeb@yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Not entering, I have the book!
    I have never entered a cooking contest but I did judge the New Year's Day Cooking Contest one Year. I judges the black-eyed pea and discovered that for most contestants HEAT is their trying to make their concoctions stand out!!! Some of those recipes were awful and some were hard to task because my tadte buds were burned out. Instead of cheese between entries we were eating Tums. :) The vote was unanimous; the entry that taste most like regular black-eyed peas won. NEVER again but it was fun once.
    Jeanie Whitmire Jackson

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  32. I did enter my Ozark Honey Oatmeal Cookies in the local, county and state fair this year. Didn't win the grand prize but did win first place in local and county and third in state. Since it was my first time entering, I didn't realize all that goes into it. Like a dummy I thought food contest was about the looks and taste of the baked item. However, when I saw the other entries at the state level hauling out chandeliers, china, and bud vases, I knew I wasn't going to win with just great looking, wonderful tasting cookies and my crystal serving dish. Seems it was as much about atmosphere as it was taste in that contest. My Momma always told me you can't eat atmosphere and it's the taste that will hook a man not looks. Guess I'm a chip off the old block! :) All in all a very fun experience and I can see me doing it again. Although not too sure on the state level just due to the fact that we live 2 hours away and it requires 3 trips to enter. I would love to compete on a more professional level and now that I've got a tiny bit of experience under my belt I would take my shaky knees, recipe in hand and go for it (albeit with more tricks in my bag this time).
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  33. I have never entered a cooking show but I think I have watched enough of them to offer my services as a judge!! egoehner(at)roadrunner(dot)com

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  34. I love watching Food Channel and the competitions but I get too anxious when I cook with time restraints and know if I ever entered one my entry would come out ruined. lol! robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. We've held cooking contests at my business, but I've never entered. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  36. I've never entered a cooking contest.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  37. I have not, but my husband has and won! He is definitely the better cook in the family.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(com)

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  38. I know better than to enter a cooking contest. I did however win a recipe contest that was put in a cookbook...it was for a South American slaw.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  39. I don't have that special touch that makes a great cook so when my granddaughter wanted to bake a Lady Baltimore cake to enter in a 4H baking contest I was very excited. She placed third which was a thrill for all of us in her family! When I cook though cast iron is my favorite. I have a Dutch oven that I use when I make gumbo. I learned years ago when we lived in Baton Rouge that cast iron is just the best for making great jambalaya, gumbo and other stews. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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  40. Over the years and awhile back, I entered many recipe contests. Some were that you submitted your recipes and those which were chosen to enter with the prepared recipe at an event location, were then judged by a jury of chefs and local "personalities" for final judging. Other contests were done differently but almost all we're judged by bringing your prepared items to be judged. I won many times but my most fun time was when a local TV station in RI had a contest and you could enter your recipes in one or more of the 5 categories. Two of my recipes were chosen by this chef and others and my "prize" was preparing my recipes on an actual tv segment of this show with the chef. I spent a few hours taping while Chef James and I prepared the two recipes for later tv airing. It was so exciting to prepare my recipes with a tv chef (who was also a culinary chef instructor of Johnson and Wales) and then actually seeing the shows on tv the nights they aired was so much fun.
    So I've never done a big time Chopped show but I'll never forget my 15 minutes (twice) of tv time cooking with a tv chef years ago.
    Cynthia
    If needed please contact me via Facebook at Cynthia Bayer Blain

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  41. I love to cook and to eat but I have never thought of entering a contest. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. In 4H I won a blue ribbon for chocolate chip cookies at the county fair.

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  43. I have never entered a cooking contest. I love to go to festivals that involve cooking completions. kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  44. I've never entered one, but I've always wanted to. I bet my egg custard pie could win! JL_Minter at hotmail dot com

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  45. I have wanted to enter a cooking/baking contest of some sort in the past. Truthfully I still do, I'm just not sure that I'm a good enough cook/baker to actually do very well. Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  46. As always, Ellen Byron’s books are a pleasure to read...the recipes are delicious... and no, I’ve never entered a cooking contest. I’m pleased when my relatives friends, and immediate family always want me to cook...LaFonRC(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  47. Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I wish I could gift you all with swag or books, but finances dictate otherwise, sigh. Through a number generated by Random.org, the giveaway winner is Dianne Casey. Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'll be doing some contests in the New Year through my newsletter to herald the arrival of Mardi Gras on March 5th, so feel to sign up for it at http://www.ellenbyron.com/.

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