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    Lagniappe (lan-yap)
    This word is Cajun for “something extra,” like the extra donut in a baker’s dozen. An unexpected nice surprise.

    Laissez les bon temps rouler (lay-zay lay bon ton rule-ay )
    Let the good times roll!



    Maque Chou (mock-shoo)
    A dish made by scraping young corn off the cob and smothering the kernels in tomatoes, onion, and spices.

    Mardi Gras (mardi graw)
    Commonly known as Fat Tuesday, it is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Roman Catholic season of Lent.

    Mirliton {mel ee ton} a hard-shelled vegetable pear with edible innards, it is cooked like squash and stuffed with ham or shrimp and spicy dressing.

    A popular New Orleans French Quarter sandwich originating along Decatur Street near the Old French Market. Ham, salami and cheese are stacked with olive salad on a round loaf of Italian bread. It’s served hot

    Mojo {mo jo} Voodoo spell that brings bad luck.





    Oreilles De Cochon
    (Pigs Ear) A special treat in Cajun land is a crisp, sugary and light pastry. So called a pig’s ear because once it is dropped into deep hot fat, and you give a swift twist to the center with a long handled fork as soon as it hits the grease, the pastry forms the shape that looks like a pig’s ear.


    Parish- Political division similar to counties in other states. Louisiana is the only state which has parishes rather than counties. .

    Pain Perdu (pan-pear-doo)
    Means “lost bread”; a breakfast treat made by soaking stale bread in an egg batter, then frying and topping with cane syrup or powdered sugar.

    Pirogue (pee-row)
    A Cajun canoe.

    A sandwich extravaganza that began as a five-cent lunch for poor boys. Always made with French bread, po-boys can be stuffed with fried oysters, shrimp, fish, crawfish, meatballs, smoked susage and more.

    Cajun word for Fish. Popular eaten fish included as catfish, redfish, and garfish.

    Praline (praw-leen)
    The sweetest of sweets, this New Orleans tradition is a candy patty made of sugar, cream and pecans.

    Prayer Beads- garlic braids that hang in the French Market of New Orleans.

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