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Last week I went to the grand opening of the newly-renovated, iconic Brennan's on Royal Street here in New Orleans. The kitchen is headed up by Chef Slade Rushing, a Mississippi native with training and experience all over the U.S., although he has an innate love for the old restaurants of New Orleans. Our table tasted a good portion of the breakfast menu; Brennan's fans will be happy to see old favorites on the menu, interspersed with Rushing's interest in lightening things up without sacrificing flavor.

The restaurant opens for dinner on Friday, and expect happy hour specials to begin as Christmas, New Year, and Mardi Gras approach. Pastry Chef Brett Gauthier sent out tastings of the entire dessert menu, and of course we finished everything off with Bananas Foster.

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

I love finger sandwiches, always have. This is a great selection for a holiday brunch or tea, or finger food on a buffet for a cocktail party. They need to refrigerate for at least an hour, and up to 4 hours, so something to make ahead and put aside while you pull everything else together.

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Virginia Willis' Seafood and Chicken Jambalaya

Grilled Citrus-Marinated Chicken

The acid in citrus helps tenderize any cut of meat. The tougher the meat, the longer it should marinate; for a tender chicken breast, don't let it sit in an acid-based marinade for more that about 4 hours. This is a good option for a weeknight; total cooking time is less than 20 minutes. Serve with fluffy rice. 

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Cheese Onion and Bacon Paves

Caramelized Orange Custard

This is a great choice for finishing an elegant dinner party. The individual custards made the day before and left to chill, covered, in the refrigerator until just before serving. Citrus is fresh and in season, so enjoy.

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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

Dec 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

DeQuincy: Christmas at the Railroad Museum

Dec 4, 2014

Abbeville: Abbeville Annual Christmas stroll

Dec 5, 2014

Baton Rouge: North Boulevard Festival of Lights

Opelousas: Lighting of the Village

Ponchatoula: Ponchatoula Christmas Lighting Celebration & Ceremony

Dec 5, 2014 to Dec 7, 2014

Buras: Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival

Covington: Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo

St. Francisville: St. Francisville Christmas In The Country

Dec 5, 2014 to Dec 6, 2014

Grand Coteau: Christmas at Coteau

Sulphur: Sulphur’s Christmas Under the Oaks Festival

Dec 6, 2014

Alexandria: Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Arnaudville: Fire and Water Rural Arts Celebration

Bawcomville: Bawcomville Redneck Parade

Delcambre: Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off

Deridder: Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival

Jennings: Jennings Christmas Festival Gumbo Cook-off

Lake Charles: Light Up The Lake Christmas Celebration

Oil City: Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival

Dec 6, 2014

Sarepta: Sarepta Christmas Festival

Slaughter: Slaughter Christmas Parada & Craft Show

Vacherie: Oak Alley Plantation Christmas Bonfire Party

Vivian: Vivian Country Christmas Festival

Dec 6, 2014 to Dec 24, 2014

West Baton Rouge: Reflections of the Season

Dec 7, 2014

Grosse Tete: Christmas on Bayou Grosse Tete

Thibodaux: Thibodaux Christmas Fest

Dec 10, 2014

New Orleans: Fun Under The Frescoes

Dec 11, 2014

Luling: St. Charles Parish Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Patterson: Louisiana State Museum Christmas Tree Festival

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

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