Feb 232012

Lily’s Little Cajun Cookbook
by Eric Wilde

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 127 KB
Publisher: Gondwana Press (10/17/10)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B0047O2D4G

Take a trip to the bayou with author Eric Wilder. Hear some of his favorite family stories and try twenty recipes from possibly the greatest Cajun-Creole cook on earth: his former mother-in-law.

Reading and food, what could be better? Well, I got this book free for my Kindle at Amazon, that’s pretty cool! This is not only a great little cookbook, it’s also a look at the life of the author, his ex-wife and her family. His ex-mother in law is Lily, the best Cajun cook he’s ever known.

I loved all the stories about the family, they sure are an interesting bunch! I don’t know if I loved the stories or the recipes the most. It’s a close race! There were lots of recipes that sounded really good, and most sounded simple to make. I’d definitely recommend this book everyone who likes this type of book.

Lily’s Chalmette Meatloaf
2 bay leaves, whole
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
12 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup catsup
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 cup bread crumbs

1. Combine the seasoning mix ( first 5 ingredients) and set aside.
2. Melt the butter in 1 quart saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add the onions, celery, bell pepper, green onions, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire and seasoning mix.
4. Sauté about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, scraping the pan bottom well.
5. Stir in the milk and ½ cup catsup.
6. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Remove from the heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
8. Place the ground beef and pork in an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
9. Remove the bay leaves, add the eggs, the cooked vegetable mixture and the bread crumbs.
10.Mix by hand until thoroughly combined in the center of the pan.
11. Shape the mixture into a loaf that is about 1 ½ inches high x 6 inches wide and 12 inches long.
12. Bake uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes, then raise heat to 400 and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer.

I downloaded this book for FREE on Amazon.com

  15 Responses to “Lily’s Little Cajun Cookbook by Eric Wilde w/Lily’s Chalmette Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. My favorite types of cookbooks — I love it when the stories are as good as the recipes. What a great freebie! And that meatloaf? Looks fantastic! (I have a weakness for cumin.)

  2. Hey! I've been to Chalmette by Lake Ponchetrain (I could not possibly have spelled that right…) . My third son went to school sorta near there. I will have to make this (especially since I just hit a HUGE hamburger sale). I bet this freezes well…

  3. My family generally doesn't like meatloaf, but it might be a different story with these spices.

  4. These are one of my favourite types of books to read, combining cooking with a story.

  5. Me too — love recipes that come with stories. That meatloaf recipe sounds good. I need to step up my game in that area, so will give it a try :).

  6. The meatloaf sounds good. I'm going to give it a try for my husband who loves both meatloaf and all those spices. Now I 'm off to the Kindle store. Thanks.

  7. I do not make a great meatloaf..I should try this one.

  8. I've never used cumin in meatloaf, a great idea. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. The meatloaf sounds fantastic, my husband loves meatloaf. I'd like a book like this, food and stories, thanks for the recommendation, adding it to the ever-growing list!

  10. A book with stories that accompany wonderful recipes = the best 🙂 It just adds another dimension to a recipe.

    I've never had meatloaf before actually, perhaps it's not really a Dutch (European?) thing? Not a Chinese thing either, although the Chinese love their meat 🙂

    And now I may just have to try my hand at a veggie version, because I am very intrigued by the notion of meatloaf! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. So many ways to make meatloaf how can you ever be bored with it. This one sounds very good! Here's mine

  12. That sounds like an excellent meat loaf — such interesting spices!

  13. I"m always nervous about free Kindle books, thanks for reviewing one and making it sound good!

  14. That sounds wonderfully flavorful! I just made meatloaf for dinner one night last week–for the first time in maybe three years! It sure is fantastic when you haven't had it in a long time. Maybe I'll try to make it again sooner than three years from now and try this recipe. 🙂

  15. With an ingredient list like that how could this meatloaf not have a TON of flavor? Sounds absolutely amazing. We have a few good cajun restaurants in Dallas (transplants from LA) but I'm sure they're nothing like the real deal.

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