Wednesday, December 16, 2015

May the Brent be with you

Brent is back for STAR WARS day at KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with John Williams' Christmas album, the entire saga (so far) on home video, the Star Wars cookbook and more!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Brent's Picks December 10

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for holiday gift giving on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Train and Coldplay, new videos including Ant-Man and Hannibal, new books from Kevin Costner, Hell's Kitchen and more!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brent's Picks November 18 2015


Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with a new holiday album from Pentatonix - the spy adventure "The Man From UNCLE" - new books from Leah Remini, David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich and more!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brent's Picks I'll Be Back Edition


Brent is back from the future with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday November 12 in the year 2015 - with new movies including Terminator Genisys - new music including Leann Rimes Christmas album - new books including Sammy Hagar's cookbook - and more!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Brent's Picks November 4 Edition



Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with Sam Smith's new 007 theme "Writing's On The Wall" and Brian Setzer's holiday album "Rockin' Rudolph - Pixar's "Inside Out" and the next installment in the Family "Vacation" series - Stephen King's short story collection, another "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" and more!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Brent's Picks Halloween Edition

Brent wears the black hat as he brings the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday October 29 - chatting about FOX's popular series "Gotham" and a special "Bones" meets "Sleepy Hollow" crossover - a new novel based on the eclectic radio show "Welcome To Night Vale" - a prequel to "Game of Thrones," a companion novel to "Alice in Wonderland" and a sequel to "The Walking Dead"!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Brent's Picks - Oct 15 Edition

Brent brings the best of this week's new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Oct. 15 - with new music from Janet Jackson and Selena Gomez, movies including
San Andreas and Tomorrowland, new books including the latest from Nicholas Sparks and more!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brent's Picks Special Edition Edition

Brent is back with the beard and the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with cool tunes from Tony Bennett and Herb Albert - The Avengers Age of Ultron on home video - special editions of Harry Potter and Twilight - and more!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brent's Picks Top Secret Edition

Brent is back with the beard and the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with new music from Don Henley and New Order, Spy movies featuring James Bond, Jason Statham ... and Melissa McCarthy, new books from Philippa Gregory and more!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brent's Picks Sept 23

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from Keith Richards and Chris Cornell, new videos including The Flash and Pitch Perfect 2, new books including Bill O'Reilly's Killing Reagan and more.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Brent's Picks Sept. 17

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 17 - with new CDs including Duran Duran's Paper Gods and Gary Clark Jr.'s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim - new videos including Furious 7 and Empire - new books including Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me? and more!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Brent's Picks 9/3

Brent is back with the latest in new releases and personal picks starting at 3 p.m. today on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - with releases of classic concerts from Jimi Hendrix and Simon and Garfunkel, DVDs including Mad Max Fury Road and Hot Pursuit, new books including The Girl in the Spider Web and more!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Brent's Picks 8/20

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. Thursday August 20 - with new CDs including "Now That's What I Call New Wave 80s" and the remastered re-release of Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door" - new DVDs including Lindsey Sterling's "Live From London" and "Halt And Catch Fire" season one - new books including Felicia Day's "You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)" and more!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 30 Brent's Picks Dr. Seuss Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday July 30 - with new animation from "Home" and "Justice League - Gods and Monsters - the newer than new book from Dr. Seuss "What Pet Should I Get?" - Marvel Comic's new graphic novel "S.H.I.E.L.D." - J.R. Ward's new novel "The Bourbon Kings" and more!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Facebook Workaround

For whatever reason my Toshiba has decided that it won't work with Facebook anymore - is Mr. Robot trying to tell me something? - The Toshiba likes Twitter, Gmail and YouTube - but Facebook and Netflix not so much. Mr. Robot has opinions on social media and streaming. - So anyway Facebook friends - the Toshiba won't let me post, like, or reply to anything on Facebook for some reason - I can only share Tweets or Gblogs - This is an interesting way to communicate, this workaround for the Book of Face ...

https://twitter.com/brent_a_snyder

https://twitter.com/brent_a_snyder

Brent's Picks Pop Cultured Weekend

Brent gets Pop Cultured and brings the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - we're talking about Fan-Girl Friday, Vinyl Saturday and James Patterson Sunday at Barnes & Noble - and new releases include the Twinkies Cookbook, the new Chemical Brothers album, a kids book about the live of Steve Jobs and more!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brent's Picks Get Pop Cultured

Get Pop Cultured with Brent as he brings the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with The Minions soundtrack on CD, X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut on DVD, Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman," the new Star Wars novel and more!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Brent's Picks Comic-Con Edition

Brent brings Barnes & Nobles "Get Pop Cultured" event to KBTV Fox 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. today - with some freebies from DC Comics, info on some fun activities this weekend, a sneak peek of some big news next week - oh yeah and some new releases including the last "Dexter" novel and more!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DC Comics Days July 8-12 Cosplay Encouraged for Get Pop Cultured at Barnes & Noble

I'll be cosplaying as Gotham City Police Detective Harvey Bullock for Barnes & Noble's "DC Comics Days" (July 8-12) portion of the month-long "Get Pop Cultured" event. On Friday July 10 we'll have an "DC Heroes Mashup" event for kids at 11 a.m. and a "DC Heroes & Villains" all-ages cosplay event at 7 p.m. that night. You don't have to be a professional cosplayer to attend - just show up and have a good time! Yours truly will be running the evening cosplay extravaganza - so show up in force you guys! The location is 4155 Dowlen Road in Beaumont, TX. Phone is (409) 898-1111.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To Kill A Mockingbird Read-A-Thon

Barnes & Noble is hosting a "To Kill A Mockingbird" read-a-thon on Monday July 13 at all stores nationwide, including our local store (near Parkdale Mall in Beaumont TX). We will be reading from Harper Lee's classic novel during regular store hours - 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. And we are recruiting local newscasters, artists, musicians and celebrities to act as readers! Interested? Please call the store at 409-898-1111.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Brent's Picks July 1st

Brent brings in the month of July with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday July 1 - with new music from Kacey Musgraves and Hilary Duff - new comedies including While We're Young and Get Hard - new books from comedians Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari and more!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Brent's Picks June 25

Brent's back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Giorgio Moroder and Adam Lambert - new movies including Chappie and Kingsman: The Secret Service - as well as new books from James Patterson, Janet Evanovich and more!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Brent's Picks June 11

Can't get enough of Brent? Get your fix on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today where be brings the best in new releases and personal picks. New music includes Muse's concept album "Drones" and Pete Townshend's "Classic Quadrophenia" - new movies include the sci-fi thrillers "Jupiter Ascending" and "Project Almanac" and new books include the latest from Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella and more!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Brent's Picks May 28

Brent braves the roadways in order to bring the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today with Mariah Carey's "#1 To Infinity," "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued," the original Mad Max trilogy on Blu-Ray, Chuck Palahniuk's new short-story collection "Make Something Up," Nick Offerman's "Gumption" and more!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lafayette native honors first ‘King of Zydeco’ Clifton Chenier by writing book about the originator of Zydeco

Chere Coen writes in The Advocate of Todd Mouton's new book “Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop Music.” Chenier, credited as the originator of zydeco music, won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2014. The book, to be published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press in October, contains interviews with musicians who knew Chenier and whose music influenced their styles. Chenier was born in St. Landry Parish and began recording music in 1954. One of the many albums he made was “Louisiana Blues and Zydeco” in 1965 in Houston, a recording of 18 songs that Mouton believes was the definitive moment for zydeco as a musical form. “One of the biggest questions is: Did he invent zydeco?” Mouton posed. “If he did invent it, when and where did that happen? In my opinion, that happened in 1965 in Houston. It’s not about who used the word first but who put it on wax. And Clifton Chenier did. The question is when does a hybrid become a new variety, that special moment of combustion. I think the black and white musicians were forever changed after that.” Read the full feature at http://theadvocate.com/news/12423852-123/lafayette-native-honors-first-king

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Louisiana Germans - The Forgotten Creoles

The more research I do on German immigrants to the south the more fascinating facts I find - for instance, some people don't think that German immigrants to Louisiana are "true Creoles." Some folks think that only Louisiana French, Spanish, Native Americans and Africans are worthy of being deemed Creole. To which I call bullshit. Germans came to Louisiana in 1721, preceding both the Spanish and the Cajuns, and founded the city of Des Allemands. Other German speakers from the Rhine Valley, Switzerland and Belgium also followed the same path to form the "German Coast", now the parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James. The Louisianan Creole Germans founded farms that supplied food to New Orleans and the rest of the Louisiana Colony. Among German Creoles contributions to Louisiana Creole culture: Boudain. Andouille Sausage. Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. Sausage in Red Beans & Rice. Potato Salad with Gumbo. French Bread (baked by Louisiana German Creoles and sold in the French Market, hence the name). French Fried Potatoes (cooked by Louisiana German Creoles and sold in the French Market, hence the name). Creole Potato Chips. Creole Mustard (spicy brown mustard). And - accordions - which would forever change Cajun music and help inspire the creation of Creole Zydeco! All of those things the Germans brought to the Louisiana Colony - I can't imagine not having any of those today. Suggested reading: "The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent" by John Hanno Deiler.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Also reading "Louisiana's Creole French People: Our Language, Food & Culture: 500 Years Of Culture" - says writer John LaFluer II: "This unique historic, but forgotten culture existed prior to the arrival of the Acadians, and its cultural and linguistic traditions resulted in Louisiana’s historic "Creole” culture. This multi-ethnic culture's food ways, language and social traditions were hijacked ... and then relabeled "Cajun" with no regard for the pre-existant and dominant history ..." - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/louisianas-creole-french-people-john-lafleur-ii/1119877510?ean=9783736820555

Facts vs Fiction - The Cajunization Of Creole Culture

Reading "Louisiana's French Creole Culinary & Linguistic Traditions - Facts vs Fiction Before and Since Cajunization" - says writer John LaFluer II: "For the last four decades, Louisiana has promoted its 500 year old French Colonial Creole culture as "Cajun" implying that this culture had its origin in Acadian Canada. Nothing could be farthest from the truth." - "Louisiana's historic multi-ethnic Creole culture would change to a weird stereotyping of only white French-speakers as "Cajun" and only black French-speakers as "Creole" - regardless of the facts of history, genealogy, geography and reality. Today, the meaning of "Cajun" has once again changed into something which seeks to encompass a so-called "regional identity" which again, ignores its own past and historical meaning." - http://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-john-lafleur-ii-brian-costelle-w-introduction-by-dr-ina-fandrich-louisiana-039-s-french-creole-culin/

Brent's Picks For The 20th Of May

Brent brings the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dog - new movies including American Sniper and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - new books by James Patterson, Neal Stephenson and more!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Brent's Picks 4 May's Lucky 13

Bringing more new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4'a "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 - with new music from Emmy Lou Harris & Rodney Crowell and the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack - and new books including Harry Potter Magical Places From The Films, The Gospel of Loki, Richard Rawlings of "Fast N' Loud" "Blood Sweat and Beers," Tom Brokaw's "Lucky Life Interrupted" and more!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Debut Novel Explores Texas Creole Culture

Bobby Booker of the Philadelphia Tribune has written a piece on Houston native Marcus J. Guillory’s debut novel, "Red Now and Laters" (Atria Books; $15) which explores the little-written-about Texas Creole culture. While (too) many people mistakenly think that only Cajuns populated Louisiana and moved west to Texas, the diverse Creole culture preceded the Cajuns by nearly a century. Guillory describes the new book as "a coming-of-age" tale, "that tells the story of several generations of southwestern Louisiana Creole men that have a gift — in Louisiana we call them ‘traiteur’; you may consider them faith healers — each of them has a gift and each one of them chooses to use the gift differently, starting from the 1830s through 1991. So, you get to see them coming of age, trying to negotiate the environment around them, the changing times and dealing with spirituality." Guillory has worked as a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and producer for more than a decade. He also recently teamed up with LA radio star Garth Trinidad (89.9 KCRW) for the spoken literature/house music mash-up "Lit House." His next project will the spoken literature album, "Postcards From Strangers" on house music artist's Osunlade’s Yoruba Records. Check out the full article at: http://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/a-debut-noval-explores-s-texan-creole-culture/article_7695de7b-1f7e-5836-be41-72fb999e0b44.html

Friday, May 8, 2015

German Creoles Represent

The German-Creoles contributed many things (including food and music) to Louisiana and Texas life, but rarely get any mention in discussions of regional culture. An interesting read on German-Creoles of Louisiana and Texas, called by some "the forgotten Creoles" - David Cheramie of MyNewOrleans.Com writes: "German speakers from the Rhine Valley, Switzerland and Belgium (formed) the (Louisiana) German Coast, now the parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James. Without the produce supplied by their farms in the 1730s, New Orleans would probably have collapsed from famine. It is difficult to imagine that one could starve in Louisiana, but the threat was always there in the beginning. Despite several families who claim "Cajun" roots with names like Waguespack, Zaunbrecher, Schexnayder or Zeringue, we do not often take into account the importance of German immigration in our history and their contribution to our cultural gumbo." - For more check out his essay at: http://www.myneworleans.com/Acadiana-Profile/October-November-2014/The-Germans-Those-Forgotten-Creoles/

Zydeco: Creole Music And Culture In Rural Louisiana

Spanish-Creole Influence On Italian-Creole Cooking

Writer Terry Thompson-Anderson devoted a chapter of her book, "Cajun/Creole Cooking" to Italian-Creole cuisine. Here's an excerpt on the Spanish-Creole influence found in Italian-Creole cooking: "Conversely, the Spanish roots of the Creole cuisine had a profound impact on Sicilian-American foods. An entire sub-cuisine evolved within the Creole cooking of New Orleans. Today some of New Orleans' finest restaurants are owned by descendants of these Creole-Italians. They serve excitingly different food that started out many years ago as robust Sicilian fare but that, through the years of Creole influence, developed its current piquant patina - due largely to the Spanish love of ground chilies. After you've eaten two or three bites and a warm, titillating glow has developed at the back of your throat, you realize that this is no ordinary spaghetti sauce!"

Italian-Creole Red Gravy

Writer Terry Thompson-Anderson devoted a chapter of her book, "Cajun/Creole Cooking" to Italian-Creole cuisine. Here's an excerpt on one of my most favorite things to cook, Italian-Creole Red Gravy: "The most unique feature of the cuisine is its tomato sauce, commonly referred to as "red gravy" or "tomato gravy." This rich sauce, used over meats and pasta, has dozens of variations from family to family. Some red gravies are based on a brown roux. Some contain eggplant. Others contain anchovies, whole boiled eggs, or meat. Two consistent threads in red gravy are the addition of sugar and the frying of tomato paste! When I learned the secret of frying tomato paste, everything I cooked for a week contained fried tomato paste! The procedure produces a specific taste without which you simply do not have authentic Creole-Italian tomato gravy. After the vegetables are sautéed in olive oil, tomato paste is added and, literally, fried before the liquids are added." - Coming up next, more on the Spanish influence on Italian-Creole cooking.

History of Creole Italian Cooking

It's no secret that two of my most favorite cooking styles are Italian-Creole and Sicilian-Creole, but I am still waiting for a cookbook devoted to them. To be honest, there's not a lot written about the history of the Sicilian immigrants who settled in Louisiana. InMamasKitchen.Com writes: "Once in bayou country, the food traditions they brought with them from Italy encountered established Creole cooking, and their adaptations formed a sub-cuisine" - which helps dispel the myth that Louisiana is solely "Cajun Country." Writer Terry Thompson-Anderson devoted a chapter of her book, Cajun-Creole Cooking to Creole-Italian dishes. Here are a few excerpts: "In the late 1800's, large numbers of immigrants from Sicily began to settle in South Louisiana. Many stayed in New Orleans to establish businesses. With the arrival of the Italians, a new dimension was added to Creole food. Like the many other earlier influences, Italian cuisine contributed subtle nuances of taste. From the Italians the Creoles cultivated a love of garlic." - "The most unique feature of the cuisine is its tomato sauce, commonly referred to as "red gravy" or "tomato gravy." - "Creole-Italians incorporate local fish and shellfish in their cooking with delicious results in dishes such as Crawfish Fettuccine, Crabmeat in Garlic-Cream Sauce, and many more." - Coming up next, more on Italian-Creole red gravy.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Don't Know Much About History - Texas Creole Zydeco Event Labeled Cajun By Local Museum

Roger Wood, author of the excellent book "Texas Zydeco," will be speaking today at a lecture entitled “Lone Star Lala: Texas and Zydeco Music” at 6:30 p.m. today at The McFaddin-Ward House, located at 1906 Calder Avenue at Third St. in Beaumont, Texas. Unfortunately, the local historical museum does not seem to know that Creole and Cajun are actually two different things - and Zydeco was created by Creoles, not Cajuns. Not letting historical fact stand in the way, the museum has promoted the event by describing Zydeco as "Cajun" even going so far as to promising "Cajun dishes" at the reception and hiring a local Cajun Music band (who say they play "Cajun Music The Cajun Way" on their website - and admit that they only play "a little Zydeco" on their Facebook page). When I pointed out to the museum via social media that Zydeco was in fact created by Creoles, not Cajuns - and the fact that Creoles and Cajuns are different cultures and Zydeco and Cajun Music are two different genres - the museum replied "Looks like we've all got a lot to learn tomorrow!" - (Facepalm) - I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. - (Update - the museum also responded that the Cajun Music band booked for the event is "aware that this is a zydeco lecture and have promised to bring plenty of zydeco flavor to their songs tonight.")

Brent's Picks - May 7 Crazy Pills Edition

Brent is back and feeling like he's taking crazy pills bringing the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music including Mumford & Sons electric Wilder Mind and the second volume to Jon Favreau's diverse Chef soundtrack - new DVDs including Selma and Annie Lennox's Nostalgia tour - new books by James Patterson, Willie Nelson and more!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SETX, Lies and BBQ

A recent article in the local (Beaumont) newspaper is so full of shit - for one, it treats the best barbecue restaurant in Southeast Texas, JB's in Orange, as a footnote, and it claims that BBQ fans can't find good smoked BBQ in Southeast Texas, which is completely untrue. These so-called BBQ "expert"s say - “You’re not gonna get a lot of smoke" in SETX barbecue. "In Central Texas, it’s all about the smoke" "If you want Central Texas ’cue, go to Central Texas" - First of all, JB's in Orange has been smoking BBQ for more than 40 years. Secondly, believe it or not, Orange is still considered part of Southeast Texas, so we don't have to go anywhere else. And finally, who the hell calls BBQ "cue" anyway?

Creole Coffee

How to make Creole Coffee: 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream, 1/2 oz. Rittenhouse rye 100 proof, 1/2 oz. grain alcohol, Hot or cold coffee, Brandied whipped cream, Orange peel. - Using the back of a bar spoon, gently layer the liquor into a shot glass – Kahlua first, then Baileys, Rittenhouse rye and, finally, the grain alcohol. Apply a flame to the surface of the layered alcohol and let flame for one minute. Smother the flame, twist the orange peel over the glass. Fill a thick-walled glass with hot (or chilled coffee) and quickly pour the liquors into the coffee. Stir with a long spoon, top with brandied whipped cream and garnish with the orange peel. Where to get Creole Coffee: Ethel's Creole Kitchen, 1615 Sulgrave Ave., Mount Washington 410-664-2971 ethelscreolekitchen.com

Because of racism, some people will call themselves "Cajun" when they are actually Creole.

"Cajunism operates on a Canadian and French identity; many Louisianians who have no Canadian ancestry will dig hard to find one to validate their Cajunité, too. When the genealogy proves unsuccessful, they parade around claiming to be “culturally” Cajun, anything to avoid being Creole. In their minds, Canada and France are where Whites live and come from, which makes Cajun an implicitly white ethno-racial identity." - "That leaves the remaining “Francophones” in Louisiana to continue identifying as Creoles (or, French Creoles, Spanish Creoles, or Black Creoles), making Creole, therefore, an explicitly black/mixed/other ethnic identity. Still, some Whites, in disgust, will whisper to you: "We used to call ourselves Creoles before this Cajun stuff” - or “They call themselves Cajuns, but they're all Creoles." - Christophe Landry -
http://christophelandry.com/2011/07/19/cajun-or-creole-whats-in-a-name/

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang Part 3

Finally, the first "Cajuns" left Eastern Canada and came down to Louisiana in 1764. By that time the Creole people, culture, food and customs were well established. The "Cajuns," who were farmers, settled in the area west of New Orleans that would become Lafayette. And the rural Creoles of Southwest Louisiana taught the "Cajuns" how to hunt and fish in the bayous, and how to make Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and everything else in between. Additional note: Following the Haitian Revolution of 1791, people from Haiti, the West Indies, Jamaica and the Caribbean also came to New Orleans, bringing even more diverse influences to Creole food and customs. Additional note: Part of the problem is that way too many people - including cooks and restaurant owners - identify themselves as "Cajun" when many times their families are actually descended from Creoles. And that's a whole 'nuther rant.

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang Part 2

The first Africans, both slaves and freemen, came to New Orleans in 1720. From African cooks we get the co-creation and name of the classic Creole dish known as GUMBO - early 19th century: from the Angolan word kingombo "okra." In other words, Creoles invented Gumbo, not "Cajuns." African cooks also contributed new ideas to French dishes such as Etouffee, resulting in the Creole classics Shrimp Etouffee and Crawfish Etouffee. Other Europeans, including Germans, Italians, Swiss, English, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and so on, began arriving in New Orleans in 1722. From the Germans, we got potato salad as a side for Gumbo, French/German collaborations on Andouille sausage, French/German collaborations on Boudain and the creation of fried potatoes sold in the French Market that became known as "French Fried Potatoes" and "Creole Potato Chips." From the English, we got battered/fried fish and bread pudding. From the Italians we got loaves of bread sold in the French Market that became known as "French Bread" (German bakers did the same) - as well as the creation of the classic Muffuletta sandwich. And more. All of that is Creole, not "Cajun." The first Spanish came to New Orleans in 1763, bringing more culinary influences, including a popular culinary French/Spanish collaboration called Jambalaya. Again, Creole, not "Cajun."

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang Part 1

Another local newspaper article about regional food/customs and another local newspaper writer misidentifying Creole as "Cajun." It's enough to make me spit-take my Cafe Du Monde Coffee with Chicory. Quick history lesson for foodies: France established the French Colony of Louisiana in 1682. The term "Creole" (meaning from the colony) was first used by French settlers to distinguish between anyone born in Louisiana and someone born "from away." Therefore, everyone born in the French colony (whether they were originally from France or not) would become known as Creole. Meanwhile, the "Cajuns" were the French-speaking farmers who settled in Acadia, Eastern Canada in and around the same time period. In short, Creole means Louisiana while "Cajun" means CANADA.

The Media's On-Going Cajun-Instead-Of-Creole Problem

Just shot off an e-mail to the Chicago Tribune after reading its article on the "secret African roots of Cajun cuisine" ... sigh - while the headline used the phrase Creole cuisine, which is correct, the story itself used "Cajun" in place of Creole, which of course if wrong, which I pointed out in my e-mail - explaining to them that Creole and "Cajun" are not the same thing. Funny how so many people talk about "Cajun" cuisine but rarely ever talk about the kinds of things that "Cajuns" actually cooked up in Acadia - whole pigs roasted with vegetables and whole chickens boiled in pots with vegetables. They didn't cook crawfish, gumbo, etouffee, or jambalaya until they came down South and met the Louisiana Creoles. And lot of people call Boudain (Boudin) "Cajun" when in fact Boudain comes from a lot of other cultures too including French, Belgian, German, Austrian and of course, Louisiana Creole. Same goes for Andouille sausage, which is French/German in origin, not Acadian. Even dirty rice was originally a Louisiana Creole creation before it was "Cajun."

Brent's Picks KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live April 29 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Josh Groban and Eric Clapton, new DVDs include Paddington and Inherent Vice, and new books from Beaumont's own Jamie Brickhouse and more!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If You Love Crawfish, Thank A Creole

If You Love Crawfish, Thank A Creole This month's edition of Louisiana Life points out a fun little historical fact about our ever-popular regional culinary delight, the crawfish - that contrary to popular belief, Creoles started the mudbug tradition, not the Cajuns. (Like I've been saying). In "The Versatile Crawfish," Stanley Dry writes that the crawfish has a long and storied history in French cuisine, and early French Creole settlers brought their taste for the crustacean with them to Louisiana. "Crawfish bisque, in particular, became a prominent feature of the Creole cuisine that evolved in New Orleans," Dry says. "But it was a harder sell for the Acadian (Cajun) refugees who settled in south Louisiana. They had no tradition of eating crawfish." In fact, according to "Stir The Pot: The History Of Cajun Cuisine," by Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl Brasseaux and Ryan Brasseaux, crawfish did not play a role in the Cajun diet until the mid-20th century. That's the 1950s folks.
So the next time someday talks about eatin' crawfish as "Cajun," don't believe the hype. It's Creole.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brent's Picks KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live April 23 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday April 22 - with recently discovered musical treasures from the Buena Vista Social Club, arresting 80's influenced modern pop/rock from the Night Terrors Of 1927, Liam Neeson's Fugitive-style actioner "Tak3n," the re-release of the original "Star Wars" trilogy on disc and digital formats, world-famous Austin-based Franklin Barbecue's first-ever cookbook, Anne Rice's return to the erotic re-telling of Sleeping Beauty and more!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brent's Picks KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live Tax Day Edition

After Brent finishes filing his taxes, he'll bring the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from country icons Dwight Yoakam and Hank Williams III - new DVDs including Tim Burton's Big Eyes and the animated feature Batman Vs Robin - new books on heroes and heroines - and more!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Brent's Picks - KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live - April 9

Brent is back with the best of this week's new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from soul man Boz Scaggs and Disney's Princesses - new DVD releases include Wild and a special offer on Game Of Thrones - and new books include Bill O'Reilly's Legends & Lies The Real West, Disney's Before Tomorrowland and more!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brent's Picks - April Fool Edition

It's no joke - Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. TODAY - with new music from Ludacris, Ringo Starr and Darius Rucker - new DVD from action icon Jason Statham - new books from Trisha Yearwood, Sherrilyn Kenyon and more!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Brent's Picks March 26 2015

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Bjork and Van Morrison - new musical DVDs including Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour and Disney's Into The Woods - new books for kids, teens, gamers, rockers and more!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Southeast Texas Live Book Nook March 18 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday March 18 - with new DVDs including Chris Rock's Top Five and the Penguins Of Madagascar - a brand new Frozen book - Marvel Comics' Hawkeye vs Deadpool - and new books from James Patterson, Erik Larson, Jack Higgins and more!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Live Book Nook March 5 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with new music from Kelly Clarkson and the B-52's Kate Pierson - new DVDs including Outlander and Barbie Princess Power - the new Star Wars and Clive Cussler books and more!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Feb 25 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Kid Rock and the Sons Of Anarchy soundtrack - new DVDs including Oscar-winners Big Hero 6 and Whiplash - and new books from Jeffrey Archer, Nicholas Sparks and more!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Feb. 19 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases to co-host KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Feb. 19 - with new music from alt-country icons Steve Earle and the Mavericks, wacky DVDs including The Interview and Birdman, new books from James Patterson, Neil Gaiman and more!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Feb. 11 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases and co-hosting KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from Rhiannon Giddens and Diana Krall, a live concert DVD from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Disney re-releases "101 Dalmatians" from the vaults - Oprah's book club picks a new novel, political strategist David Axelrod releases his explosive memoir, Kid President pens a guide to being awesome and more!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE TEXAS MARDI GRAS 2015

- From http://www.orangetexaschamber.org/ - "Come join us on February 7, 2015 at 6:00p.m. for the 12th Annual Mardi Gras Krewe of Krewe’s Grande Parade as we celebrate “Mardi Gras Rocks”. A traditional Mardi Gras Parade with illuminated floats, decorated trailers and Krewe members tossing beads, cups and trinkets to enthusiastic spectators. Beginning at 7:30p.m. there will be a concert by Jamie Bergeron and the Kicking Cajuns at the City of Orange Boardwalk and Pavilion. Food and beverage vendors will be at the event. Parade applications are available at www.orangetexaschamber.org or (409) 883-3536."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Jan 22 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music including the return of '90s alternative icons Marilyn Manson and Sleater-Kinney, new DVDs including Scarlett Johansson's sci-fi action-adventure Lucy and the animated family romp The BoxTrolls - new books from David Baldacci, Seth Grahme-Smith and more!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SETX LIVE Book Nook Jan 14

Brent is back with the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with CDs including Meghan Trainor and Donny Osmond (!!!) - DVDs including Gone Girl and A Walk Among The Tombstones - new books including Dean Koontz's Saint Odd and more!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Jan 8 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live at 3 p.m. today - with soundtracks from Gone Girl and The Last Ship - DVD releases of Peter Pan and Black Sails - the new Rizzoli & Isles thriller and more!