March 31, 2012
Welcome to Louisiana Kitchen
We have had our noses to the grindstone this week—no time for fun, and not really any time for cooking. But so worth it! Our first print edition is done, and it looks fantastic.
If you missed my note earlier this week, we've posted a gallery of some of the pages on our website, and the feedback we're getting from readers is exciting. I can't wait to get a copy in my hot little hands. Many, many thanks to those of you who have subscribed. If you've not signed up yet, subscription information is here.
This coming week is one of my favorites of the year. I let the golf dork in me out, and immerse myself in the Masters. I don't have time to play nearly as much golf as I used to, but this tournament gets my full attention. I'll probably even make the traditional pimiento-cheese spread for sandwiches. I've already admitted to dorkiness; why not?
For this week's recipes I've selected two main dishes perfectly suited for Easter dinner; ham or lamb, depending on your preference. Finish off your meal with a coconut cake with an unexpected ambrosia filling
John Besh's lamb recipe below calls for fresh rosemary. It's one of those herbs that, if you manage to fail at growing it, give up horticulture; I have a huge shrub of the stuff and it thrives with zero attention from me. Rosemary has camphor notes to it, which is why it stands up so well to hearty roasted meats such as poultry and lamb, and it's also great in a pan of white beans, garlic, and roasted red peppers.
Enjoy, and let us know what's on your mind.
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Rocking on the River
After having been locked up in my office for weeks I am looking forward to getting out and rejoining society this weekend. And, while I really do not care at all about the NCAA Men's Final Four, other than that the presence of the games is a HUGE coup for New Orleans, I am very excited about the Big Dance Party on the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park, even if the line-up is weird and all over the place.
|Roast Fresh Ham with Cracklings|
|Whole Roast Gulf Coast Lamb|
|Coconut Layer Cake with Ambrosia Filling|
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Mar 30, 2012 to Apr 1, 2012
Larose: Family Fun Festival
Monroe: Junior League Spring Market
Terrytown: Terrytown Spring Festival
Thibodaux: Choctaw Firemen's Fair
Mar 30, 2012 to Mar 31, 2012
Natchitoches: Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival
Plaquemine: 15th Annual Relay for Life of Iberville
Mar 31, 2012
Bogalusa: Cassidy Park Cook-Off BBQ
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Port Allen: Kite Fest Louisiane'
Apr 1, 2012
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Apr 6, 2012
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