“I Guarontee”: A Provider’s Take on Cajun Cuisine

“I Guarontee”: A Provider’s Take on Cajun Cuisine

Dr. Lemert

     Dr Marcantel and I are both creative and enthusiastic cooks. We enjoy making Louisiana cuisines (note the Fleur De Lis as the practice logo). We recently had a Chicken Gumbo Throwdown for the office that ended in a draw. There are no losers in cooking for friends and family if people are enjoying your food and leave full and happy. I am sharing a recipe I poached from Louisiana Cooking years ago and will suggest modifications to adjust to the availability of products and personal variation. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!

Robert F. Lemert, MD, FACOG

“I Guarontee” – Justin Wilson

 Crawfish Étouffée (Serves 6)

Ingredients: 

¼ C Butter

½ C Sweet Onion (chopped)

½ C Celery (chopped)

½ C Red Bell Pepper (chopped)

2 Garlic Cloves (minced)

3 T All-Purpose Flour (I leave this out. Flour can lighten the color of the roux but can burn and effect the flavor.)

½ C Dry Sherry

1 C Seafood Stock

2T Tomato Paste (concentrated)

2T Hot Sauce (optional)

2 Bay Leaves

1 tsp Kosher Salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1-Lb Crawfish Tail Meat (may substitute with Wild Caught Shrimp)

4 cups White Rice (I always add 2-3 bay leaves to my rice and then ½ a stick of butter at the end of the rice boil.)

Garnish: chopped green onion

 

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 1 minute. (May add green onions at this point) Add flour, stirring constantly until combined, about 2 minutes. (I usually do not add flour because I feel the tomato paste thickens the roux)
  2. Stir in sherry, and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add seafood stock, tomato paste, hot sauce, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture begins to thicken. Add crawfish then reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. Serve immediately with rice, and garnish with green onion, if desired. 

– I have a LA (Lower Alabama) version of this recipe where I add Conecuh sausage to the mix. I cook the sausage (1 lb.) in a separate pan. Then mix the sausage in at the #2 stage. The natural grease and sausage flavor add to the flavoring of the seafood.

 

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A Note of Thanks: 2020 Virtual Superhero Success

A Note of Thanks: 2020 Virtual Superhero Success

Kelly M. McCarthy, Co-Founder

M Family Foundation

As September comes to an end, we wanted to say thank you to everyone that participated in our 4th Annual Cancer Superhero Run. We considered canceling our event this year because of COVID-19. But when our honoree Michael Daniel Santana Carrion lost his battle with cancer in July, I knew that we could not just skip this year because we were facing adversity. Michael met adversity head on with faith, love, and hope.

This year, I felt our annual event was more important than ever before. We had a late start and did little marketing since the event would be virtual. By mid-September, we did not seem to have much traction. Then I started praying. I prayed for all the women and children facing ovarian and pediatric cancer. I prayed for all the families that are facing this news. I prayed for all that have lost a family member. I prayed that we could touch others with our mission. I prayed that somehow we could make this year’s event our best yet. I prayed that we could honor Michael with more Superheroes than ever before!

     My prayers were answered. Our goal was to beat our 300 registered racers last year, and we did just that. Then our goal was to get 500 registered racers, and we did! Then we decided to go for 600 registrations to double last year’s numbers. Not only did we get 600 registrations, we surpassed it! Thank you to our patients, co-workers, sponsors, vendors, neighbors, and friends!

Do not forget about ovarian cancer. Know the signs and see your doctor if you have any. Do not forget children and their families facing the diagnoses of cancer.  Pray for them, support them, and love them. Mark your calendars for next September!

 

For more information about the M Family Foundation and ways to get involved, head over to www.MFamilyFoundation.org! 

 

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