Heapin' Helping - The Cajun Country Rice Blog

Andouille (ahn-DOO-ee) – Andouille is a type of smoked sausage made with pork, garlic, pepper, onions, wine and seasonings. Boucherie (boo-sher-EE) – A boucherie is a communal neighborhood hog-butchering party that usually results in boudin, cracklins and hogshead cheese. Boudin (boo-DAHN) – Boudin is a type of Cajun sausage made of pork, rice, onions and... (Read more)

16 Signs You’re a Proud Cajun Mama 1. Cajun music is the soundtrack for cooking your gumbo. 2. You tell your children the Rougarou will come to get them when they misbehave. 3. You save the dishes — and don’t ask “from what?” 4. Your children request crawfish étouffée or rice and gravy instead of... (Read more)

Acadians

IMPORTANT DATES IN CAJUN HISTORY Throughout history, the people known as “Acadians” have faced many trials. While in Canada, the British demanded they swear allegiance to the British flag, then expelled them when they refused. Almost 200 years later, the Acadians thought they found a safe home in Louisiana- then were shamed and punished for... (Read more)

Top 5 Reasons to Incorporate Rice into Your Diet The USA Rice Federation identified many reasons to incorporate the grain into your diet, but we’ve chosen the top 5 and done a little extra research on why they matter. 1. Rice is sodium and cholesterol-free. Why should I limit sodium? Too much sodium in your system... (Read more)

Match Made in Cajun Country Exploring and experimenting with different flavor combinations is the key to crafting memorable meals. But did you know that when it comes to rice, the variation you choose could add a whole new dimension to your dish? Each variation of Cajun Country Rice has dishes that are a perfect match.... (Read more)

It might be the Acadian-style home in the background, the moss hanging from a cypress tree or the accordion — no matter what gives it away, it’s easy to see that this boy is in Cajun Country. But what’s the story behind the Cajun Country Rice logo? Randy Falcon and his wife Connie, along with... (Read more)

A Time for Giving ‘Tis the season to give back. Here’s a list of ideas to spark your charitable spirit. Give a Meal Local food banks like FoodNet and Second Harvest Food Bank are always looking for donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items, especially during the holidays. When you buy groceries for... (Read more)

Celebrate What You Love Every so often something is deemed so integral to Louisiana culture that it merits a celebration. Rice has been a staple of Louisiana agriculture since the eighteenth century, and has been celebrated in Crowley, Louisiana with the International Rice Festival for the past 78 years. Crowley has even been called “The... (Read more)

Sounds Like Home People often talk about certain smells or sights that remind them of home. For me? It’s a sound. The slow in-and-out of a melancholy waltz, the upbeat pulse of a two-step… accordions have always provided the soundtrack for our home. My uncle Randy Falcon is well known for his hand-crafted accordions, the... (Read more)

10 Facts About Rice Rice is one of the oldest known foods consumed by humans, and there are a lot of interesting facts out there about its history, use and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite facts about rice. Humans have been eating rice for over 5,000 years. Rice farming on... (Read more)