Well folks, the holiday season is slapping us in the face and the one topic of conversation I keep hearing here is NOLA is,
what ‘cha cooking?
I’m not planning anything fancy…just the regular stuff like,
Gumbo,Baked Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Bell Peppers,Candied Yams,Potato Salad,Turkey,Dirty Rice,Veggies, a few cakes and of course,
Again, nothing fancy…just my regular holiday cooking.
A few friends of mine and I were discussing what we put in our gumbo.
One of my friends puts everything but the kitchen sink in hers…gizzards,turkey wings,and all sort of other meats.
My other friend mentioned a lot of stuff as well but, the one thing I noticed that they both did not mention was,
Where’s the heat!?!
I know a lot folks who make their gumbo without heat but, my mom was a creole-cooking, heat seeking woman and I was raised on gumbo with some serious heat to it.
My mom would always get her hot sausage from Bachemin’s Meat Market….Home of the Original Creole Hot Sausage.
Located next Circle Food Store on St. Bernard Ave., it was in the perfect location.
Folks would flock to Circle Food Store (you never said you were going to THE Circle Food Store) to purchase their staples and then, go next door to Bachemin’s (or Mule’s depending on how old you are…I grew up calling it Mule’s.)
Kevin Bachemin is a third-generation butcher. His grandfather purchased the meat market in 1969. Bachemin’s Meat Market had some of the best creole hot sausage around….tasty with some serious heat. Kevin was running the very lucrative business and holding down the family recipe when Katrina hit, wiping out their 40-year old business.
Bachemin’s did not reopen but, Kev still cranks out hot sausage for those of us who just refuse to eat anything else.
Every holiday season, NavySeal and I give him a call and put the order in for our hot sausage hook up.
Ya can’t blame us for it…you can see the heat in it,
Talk about taking your gumbo up a notch…put some heat in it!
So this Thanksgiving, I’d like to say thank you to Kevin.
Thanks for crankin’ out some hot sausage for those of us in NOLA who know what it means to miss