Growing up in Australia, chef Curtis Stone was obsessed with French cuisine.
But after shooting a few television shows in New Orleans, the celebrity cook started to love experimenting with Cajun and Creole foods.
“The food and the style are so unique and delicious,” Stone said. “I love tinkering around with those flavors for sure.”
For Thanksgiving, Stone is sharing recipes for a Cajun-spiced turkey along with a few holiday sides through his partnership with Winn-Dixie grocery stores.
These “meal inspiration” recipes, originally called “Cooking with Curtis for Under $10,” provide easy-to-follow directions for nutritious meals that have just a handful of ingredients. Winn-Dixie lowered prices of the ingredients to help bring the cost of feeding a family of four to around 10 bucks.
Encouraging family meals was important to Stone.
“For me, every time somebody cooks for their family, it’s a good day,” he said. “When you think about all those family values you have around the table, cooperation and appreciation and communication in the way of dinner time conversation.”
Stone’s Thanksgiving meal will cost more than $10 because of the price of a turkey, he said, but home cooks should see some savings from the entire meal, which includes cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and pecan pie. His Cajun turkey includes a dry rub of cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika and other spices.
All of Stone’s recipes are available at WinnDixie.com.