Spotlight On: Monroe Housing Authority

Growing up in Monroe, Louisiana, has not always been easy for me. My sister and I were raised by a single mother, and living in income-based housing helped relieve some of our financial burdens. It also helped guide us toward our successes today. My family and I are one of thousands of individuals that have been positively impacted by our …

How Crawfish Became a Louisiana Staple

Louisiana is world famous for its deliciously unique cuisine–but the one food that is most strongly identified with the state is crawfish. Crawfish have always been abundant in Louisiana and actually live on every continent except Antarctica. Native Americans who lived in what would eventually become Louisiana were known to eat crawfish by catching them using reeds baited with deer …

How to Make the Most of Leftover Boiled Crawfish (Shells and All)

Crawfish boils are one of Louisiana’s most cherished culinary traditions. You sit down with family and friends and dive into a huge mound of spicy mudbugs with all the fixins–potatoes, corn on the cob, mushrooms, and more. But when you’re done eating, you look down and realize you’ve got tons of crawfish and fixings left over. What to do? Here …

Make Your Kids Money Smart

Skills to Make Your Kid Money Smart

It’s extremely important to get children started on the path to financial success when they’re younger! This helps make a positive impact on how children view their finances now and in the future. A question I hear a lot is, “What can I do to help teach my kids/nieces/grandchildren how to save and the importance of saving their money?” If …

Crawfish, corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts from a Louisiana crawfish boil

Weird (and Wonderful) Add-ins to Crawfish Boils

Crawfish boils are one of the most famous, popular, and delicious traditions in Louisiana. A traditional crawfish boil includes a number of added ingredients such as small red potatoes, whole onions, whole garlic bulbs, and mini corn-on-the-cob, all thrown into the pot to cook alongside the mudbugs themselves. The result is an array of scrumptious side dishes that absorb the …

Opelousas – Lee’s Cajun Cuisine

Where to Get the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Gumbo is a staple of the south and we treat it as such. Every region of Louisiana has something different to offer with their gumbo flavor, roux, and ingredients. We asked Pelican team members to search for the best gumbo in their communities and they delivered! Make sure to stop by these local spots when you’re wanting something that feels …