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Da Cajn Critter Cookbook Review

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Posted by Rita A

I love cookbooks. I have collected many over the years. Sometimes I will sit and read a cookbook more than a novel. I love learning about new ways to cook and different regions of culinary tastes. I was recently introduced to a Cajun cookbook call da cajn critter by Pamela D. Lyles. What an absolute joy to read. The colors of the book are very inviting. A bright yellow cover with the cutest Chef crawfish critter. This book is written with a lot of love. Pamela grew up in New Orleans and has been cooking since she was a little girl. Her collection of 185 recipes is gathered from many family and heirloom recipes and a love of good southern foods.

There are 3 rules every Critter lives by:

Rule #1
The first rule of cooking with Da Cajn Critter is that there are no rules. It’s all about having fun and enjoying whatever you are making.

You will have to read the book to find out about the other 2 rules.

I enjoyed da cajn critter cover to cover. I have many recipes bookmarked to make. The categories are so much fun. Let's Get This Party Started is appetizers. Rise and Shine with Da Critter is Breads, Breakfasts and Brunches. The Main Events is Meats, Fowl and more. They Saved the Best for Last is Desserts. The book is filled with a wonderful southern charm feel. It made me want to pull up a chair in Pamela's kitchen and watch her cook her magic. The recipes are mouthwatering. All with a southern touch. I can't wait to make Cool Crab Meat on Artichokes. Yum. Mardi Gras Jello shots anyone? I simply must make Aunt Norma's Coffee Cake. It is an heirloom recipe from Pamela's family. How nice to share it with us. From soups to desserts this cookbook brings the cajun meal to everyone. Spicy, rich, scrumptious southern eats done perfectly by da cajn critter.

Here is the Thanksgiving Menu from da cajn critter:

Da Cajn Critter’s
Thanksgiving Menu

Linda & Kathryn’s Famous Pesto Brie (Pg 17)
Mama Bea’s Cheese Cookies (Pg 11)
Mama Bea’s Salted Pecans (Pg 21)
Served with Chardonnay Wine

Pomegranate Salad (Pg 53)
Baked Turkey (Pg 94)
Cajun Fried Turkey (Pg 95)
Dirty Rice Dressing (Pg 127)
Sweet Potato Casserole (Pg 126)
Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole (Pg 121)
Oyster Dressing (Pg 103)
Served with Viognier or Pinot Noir Wine

Mom’s Pecan Pie (Pg 164)
Mama Bea’s& Dorothy’s Cherry Pie (Pg 163)
Whipped Cream Topping (Pg 166)
Coffee & Tea
Served with Champagne

If you have turkey leftovers, make
Uncle Alan’s After -Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo (Pg 84)

Yum. Sounds delicious to me and all the recipes are in the cookbook.

You can order your copy of da cajn critter from for $24.95 per book. It is also available at Amazon. This is a wonderful collection of recipes sure to please any chef. This cookbook would make a useful holiday gift.

Cravin Cajun? Got the hots for Gumbo? Crawfish Boil? da cajn critter brings you the best southern flavors. Whoooo Eeeee! That's some good eatins.

Many thanks to Perri and da cajn critter, Pamela, for providing the review copy.

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.