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Creole Spices

Tweet The flavor of Creole cooking in a jar, this mixture of spices makes it easy and convenient to prepare your favorite New Orleans dishes (Pasta Milanese). Depending on where you live in the country, you could purchase a ready-made spice blend (like Emeril’s Essence) or you can make your own. The spices below should […]

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Saint Joseph’s “Sawdust”

Tweet San Giuseppe, (Saint Joseph) was the husband of Mary, the Mother of God and is the patron saint of the family. On March 19, in celebration of the Feast of San Giuseppe, elaborate altars will be filled with food all over Sicily and New Orleans. This tradition commemorates the relief Saint Joseph provided during […]

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Pasta Milanese with Saint Joseph’s “Sawdust”

Tweet This pasta dish is a classic for New Orleanians of Sicilian descent. It is the ritual meal (a cena di San Giuseppe) that is traditionally served on March 19th for Saint Joseph’s Day (San Giuseppe). This version is adapted slightly from John Besh’s recipe in his cookbook, My New Orleans.     Ingredients: 1/4 […]

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Sweet Potato & Andouille Hash

Tweet Hash became notably popular during and after World War II, due to the rationing of fresh meat and for many, it came in a can (Hormel corned beef hash). When I was growing up, we never wasted food and leftovers on one night could easily find their way into breakfast the next morning. Hash […]

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Southern Greens

Tweet For generations, the American South has cooked up some mighty fine eating, but it’s more than fried foods and decadent desserts. Greens became a staple food when slaves utilized the tops of beets and turnips, discarded after harvest. Simmered in a pot of water with a piece of pork (ham hock or salt pork) […]

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Okra Gumbo

Tweet Okra, also known as “gumbo” or “lady fingers,” is a highly nutritious edible green pod vegetable. It’s available fresh just about year-round in the South and from May-October in other areas. Fresh is best for breaded and fried but you can usually find it frozen in the market, which works fine in soups, gumbos […]

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Candied Sweet Potato Tart

Tweet The art of making desserts is a great source of pride for the Southern hostess. Armed with heirloom recipes and an intuitive sense that company may be dropping by, she always has something sweet to offer her guests. Baking and entertaining, a creative outlet for many ladies, translates into tender luscious layer cakes, tarts […]

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Grits vs Polenta

Tweet Is it grits or is it polenta? They both are dried corn, so what’s the difference? Yes, grits and polenta are both made from corn, but to answer that question, we need to understand the difference between hominy grits and plain old grits. Hominy is made from field corn, that’s dried on the cob. […]

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Southern Comfort Brisket

Tweet It’s smart to plan ahead if you’re thinking about making this slightly sweet brisket. Although it takes 2 hours to cook, it basically cooks itself as it makes it’s own sauce. All you have to do is combine theĀ  ingredients, pour over the brisket and shove it in the oven. Perfect for a potluck […]

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Tweet The last time I made sweet potato cupcakes, I didn’t have any ingredients to make an icing. But I did have large campfire marshmallows leftover from a camping trip. These marshmallows were huge. After the cupcakes cooled, I placed a marshmallow on each and stuck them under the broiler … a bit too close […]

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