Tag Archives: Mardi Gras

Candied Orange Fritters

Tweet Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale, pulsing with seductive revelry. Magicians and mimes mingle with masquerade attendees dressed in elaborate costumes and ornate masks. Carnevale, which comes from the Latin carnem […]

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Muffuletta Salad

Tweet The quintessential New Orleans sandwich, the muffuletta, is rarely found anywhere outside of the Crescent City. Pronounced “moo-foo-LET-ta,” this deli meat and cheese hero piled with a tangy olive salad is a New Orleans specialty but is pure Sicilian. Since the Super Bowl is being played in New Orleans this Sunday and I need […]

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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Tweet When you don’t have time to make the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and need an easy alternative, these festive little cakes are the solution. However, this is not a brioche-type pastry like the iconic Twelfth Night Cake (King Cake) but it is similar in flavor. I use the same sparkling sugars for decoration, […]

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Carnevale di Venezia

Tweet   Life is a theater! This is especially true during Carnivale in Venice, when “a Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (anything goes at Carnevale). During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Italian cities had a long tradition of mask-wearing among the nobility. This allowed them to engage in, shall I say, questionable behavior, such as […]

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Cheese Grits Souffle

Tweet Grits are made from corn grown across the south and for hundred’s of years have been the center of the Southern diet and culture. Historically,  the port cities that were settled by Europeans (Charleston, Wilmington, Savannah and New Orleans) preferred white corn. Moving inland, yellow corn was the choice. Grits for breakfast, grits for […]

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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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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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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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