Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

Sautéing aromatics, like onions, garlic, and spices, goes a long way towards deepening the flavor of slow cooker meals.  While some slow cookers allow you to sauté right in the cooker, others do not.  It might mean dirtying a skillet, but it goes a long way towards developing a richer flavor.  I would argue that…

Cajun Black-Eyed Pea Soup

The first time I went to New Orleans, it was summer time.  It was the 1990’s.  Street performers were on every corner.  A little kid tap danced his heart out.   A man played his saxophone for anyone who would listen.  And while the French Quarter was positively beautiful, the thing I remember most was the…