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Calling All Chefs: You are invited to participate in a Girl Scout Cookie competition: create a dish and/or an alcoholic beverage in which a Girl Scout Cookie is a key ingredient. There is room for just 12 competitors; for details call Kevin Shipp at 504-355-5888 or email him at Guest and celebrity judges will evaluate and select winners at an event on February 21, 2015, in the Theatre at Harrahs New Orleans.

Domino Foods is providing free admission to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Saturdays through the end of March. All you need is a Louisiana driver's license; this weekend, they're providing a hands-on sugar cookie decorating demo from 11:00 - 1:00. Click here for more details.

Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind

Susan Ford

Susan Ford, President

Our Kitchen & Culture, LLC

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Brigtsen's SOS Grilled Oysters

Brigtsen's SOS Grilled Oysters

Chef Frank Brigtsen discovered Sonny Schwing's stainless steel, reusable oyster shells about a year ago and went to work creating recipes to make in them. This originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of the magazine; I invited myself along to the photo shoot and of course had to taste to be sure these oysters were good enough for my readers. I assure you they are! See what I do for you all...

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Virginia Willis' Seafood and Chicken Jambalaya

Virginia Willis' Seafood and Chicken Jambalaya

LK&C Culinary Media Director David Gallent toured the Lodge Manufacturing facility in Tennessee last week, and brought home a copy of the Lodge Cast Iron Nation cookbook (exceptional, by the way). It includes this seafood and chicken jambalaya, a Creole take on the dish because it contains tomatoes. My friends over in the Southwestern portion of the state will shake their heads and say, "that's not how we do it..." 

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Cheese Onion and Bacon Paves

Cheddar, Bacon & Onion Pavés

For years I have avoided learning to bake, mainly because I love bread so much I'd have a hard time not eating every scrap I pulled out of the oven. Global Baker Dean Brettschneider's new book, simply titled "Bread", encouraged me to get out the yeast and flour and give it a go. This recipe was the first one I tried from the book, and it was delicious. If you already know all the basics, some of the photo spreads won't be for you, but I learned a lot from the step by step photos on how to mix and knead, and what the dough should look like along the way. This book would be a great gift for anyone interested in learning to bake.

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Too Many Christmas Parades to Include; click here for a list.

Nov 15, 2014 to Jan 5, 2015

Minden: Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights

DeQuincy: Christmas at the Railroad Museum

Dec 12, 2014 to Dec 13, 2014

Cottonport: Cottonport Christmas on the Bayou Festival

Dec 12, 2014 to Dec 14, 2014

Lutcher: Festival of the Bonfires

Dec 13, 2014

Lafayette: Old Time Christmas Celebration

Lake Arthur: Lake Arthur Christmas Festival and Parade

Vermilionville: Old Time Christmas Celebration

Dec 14, 2014

Mandeville: Winter on the Water

Plaquemine: Children's Christmas Festival & Parade

Dec 18, 2014 to Dec 24, 2014

Slidell: Slidell's Bayou Christmas

Dec 20, 2014zzz

Minden: Ham Fest by the Minden Amateur Radio Association

Plaquemine: Holly Jolly Christmas

Zwolle: Zwolle Christmas Festival & parade

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