Tag Archives | New Orleans

Fat Tuesday: Beignets & Cafe au lait

This time of year, when Mardi Gras is in full swing and Fat Tuesday upon us,  I long for all things Creole, Cajun and well, downright bad for me like king cakes and hurricanes.   Beignets are the easiest of the Creole treats to craft – simply yeast-leavened fried dough. This particular beignet recipe can be prepared ahead […]

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Fried catfish & remoulade sauce

Catfish may not be the classiest fish in the sea, but it sure is Southern, and it’s definitely sustainable.  Like striped bass (last week’s featured fishy) it is mostly farmed in the United States.  And when it’s dredged in cornmeal and fried, it’s just plain delicious. Now my dad is by no means a supercook, […]

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Red beans and rice & Wash day

Memories of my maternal great-grandmother are few, as she left us when I was very young. But the one fuzzy vision I do have is her baking in her quaint kitchen in New Orleans – chocolate chip cookies, of all things.  I can still see her experienced hands gently caressing the freshly baked cookies off […]

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Mardi Gras King Cake, a long way from home

It arrived via overnight shipping late last night in an unassuming package. By the time the New York sun allowed for photographs, it was almost half gone thanks to myself, and one other person (I will not incriminate this person for their own protection). It, a cloying cinnamon roll cake hugged by sweet, succulent royal […]

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