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What is "taree"?

Re: Taree
From: Brian
Date: 2/6/2022, 9:30 AM

On 2/5/2022 6:23 PM, Brian wrote:

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
In a cookbook that I own entitled “Talk About Good” the word taree is used
in the directions for making a margarine roux. The cookbook is a product of 
the Junior League of Lafayette, Inc.,  Lafayette, Louisiana.  My research, 
both online and by asking people with Cajun ancestry, has not been successful.  
Can you explain what the word means?  Thank you very much,

Hi Brian,

Excellent. I was able to find it in another recipe from that same cookbook. It means "simmer".

Look here: Crawfish Pie Filling
To wit:
Melt margarine. Add flour, brown lightly. Add garlic, onions, shallots (bottoms), green pepper, celery and tomato sauce. Cover and fry about 1 hour.
Stir frequently to keep from sticking. Add 3 cups water – “taree” (simmer) for several hours. If mixture thickens too much, add more water.

I grew up 90 miles from New Orleans, but I had never heard that term before.


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