Archive | February, 2012

Mardi Gras King Cake

Tweet King Cakes are a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions throughout the south. Also known as Twelfth Night Cake, you will find this brioche-type pastry in bakeries from January 6th (Twelfth Night) to Ash Wednesday. This cake was used to celebrate the coming of the three wise men bearing gifts twelve days after Christmas. In […]

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Grillades with Grits and Creole Sauce

Tweet Grillades, (pronounced GREE-yads), are thin scallops of veal, beef or pork and are typically served for brunch. It is my understanding that the dish originated when the country butchers of Southern Louisiana were preparing the boucherie. (A boucherie is a communal butchering of an animal that ensures fresh meat for the entire community). Thinly […]

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Pralines

Tweet During the 17th century, a French Diplomat named Cesar De Plessis-Praslin, had his personal chef create a candy as a calling card to give to the women he was courting. The sweet nuts were put into little parcels bearing his name which is why people started calling the candy after him. It was delightfully […]

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New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Tweet Born in New Orleans in 1901, Louis Armstrong, considered to be the founding father of jazz, loved Red Beans and Rice. He adored this dish so much that he signed all of his letters “Am red beans and ricely yours” Almost every restaurant in New Orleans serves a version of this comforting icon. I […]

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Muffuletta

Tweet The last time I took a BIG bite of a Muffuletta, I was with my sister, Theresa. We left the kids and hubby’s at home for some sister-to-sister time and to satisfy our hunger for a taste of New Orleans. It was Mardi Gras season with people visiting from all parts of the globe. […]

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Bananas Foster Pancakes

Tweet The famous French Creole flambeed dessert, Bananas Foster, was my inspiration for this breakfast treat. Chef Paul Blange created the dessert which includes rum and is served over ice-cream, at Brennan’s in the early 1950’s. I have fond memories of sitting with my Aunt Mary (who lived just off of Canal Street) in this […]

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Jambalaya

Tweet The Holy Trinity, in culinary terms, is the trio of aromatics that is the foundation of flavor in many regional cuisines. New Orleans is no exception. Onions, bell peppers and celery, lovingly referred to as the Creole Trinity, are essential ingredients to countless stews, soups and roasts. The French call it Mirepoix, consisting of […]

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Mardi Gras (Carnevale)

Tweet Carnevale is celebrated in many places around the world and in cities throughout Italy, with Venice being the most well known. The coming of the wisemen bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. This Feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night as it is referred to, heralds the start […]

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