Let me tell you about our good friends Lily and Gilbert. These two love good food, and they love gathering people together. Two traits that are a match made in heaven. Last fall for their anniversary they threw a big party at their house and invited all of their friends and neighbors to come celebrate with them. Gilbert spent the entire day cooking a whole pig in their backyard. When it was done they laid the pig out on the kitchen counter, and everyone was free to slice off which ever parts and pieces they wanted. It was pretty great.
So, earlier this year, Lily and Gilbert decided that it would be fun to round up a whole bunch of us and have a Sunday night dinner together once a month. We all thought that was a fantastic idea, of course. We’re calling it supper club, and it’s been so much fun! Each dinner usually revolves around some theme, we all bring a dish or two to contribute, and we just hang out together and eat some good food. Really, it has been SO good. There are some highly skilled cooks in our bunch. This month we went with a cajun theme. We had a big pot of jambalaya, some corn bread, hush puppies, grits, sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on. I don’t usually think of pie when I think of cajun food, but I found this recipe for New Orleans Creole Coconut pie, and it had to be made. The recipe was originally published in the New Orleans newspaper, the Picayune, in 1900. Can’t get much more authentic than that.
Just a warning: This recipe calls for a generous amount of nutmeg. 1 tablespoon is kind of a lot, so adjust it according to your taste.