Last month Jyl and I were invited to hear author Jessica Harris interview the legendary Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Born January 6, 1923 in Madisonville, Louisiana, she moved in with relatives in New Orleans when she was a young teenager to go to school. "My father was more Catholic than the Pope," said Mrs. Chase "and he insisted that his children be educated.
I love to host Thanksgiving dinner. Most years you'll find a mixture of family, friends, and stragglers — always an eclectic group — around my table. Over the years, I've refined my turkey roasting technique to the point that I don't even think too much about it.
Jyl and I are hitching a ride with LSPMBer Ashley Roth to Biloxi, Mississippi tomorrow; I'm going to judge the Mississippi Seafood Cookoff. The winner will advance to the Great American Seafood Cookoff to compete for the title of King or Queen of American Seafood.
It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Stay tuned for pics and commentary tomorrow night. We've done road trips together before, and interesting things always happen.
One of my favorite parts of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is the Louisiana Seafood Cookoff that takes place on final afternoon of the show. Chefs gather from all over the state to vie for the title of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood, and competition is always fierce.