Jeff Davis
Friday, September 14, 2012   

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Last week I inadvertently placed Regatta restaurant in Port Arthur, which is in Texas, rather than Lake Arthur, in Jeff Davis Parish. Many of you tartly informed me that Texas should be so lucky as to have a restaurant like that; my apologies to all. At least I know you're paying attention!

I'm a day late publishing this week because I was traveling and got behind on my to-do list. Many thanks to Frankie Bertrand, CEO and President of the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce, for inviting me to judge the 2012 Soiree Royale, and for putting us up in a very comfortable suite at Evangeline Downs Hotel. We had a good time, saw some old friends, met some interesting people, and came home with great ideas.

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Football season is in full swing, the kids are back in school, and the long, slow pace of summer is a distant memory. This week's recipes were selected with all that in mind; there's a simple but tasty grilled shrimp and bacon appetizer for football parties, and a chili and jambalaya recipe that both require relatively little hands-on time. They both feed a crowd, making them a good choice for either a party, or tasty leftovers for later in the week.

We've also put together a list of recipes to choose from for tailgating. Post your own favorites in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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  Cheesy Shrimp in Bacon  
Cheesy Badon Shrimp

This is one of those finger foods guests will gobble up by the platter. Get some large Louisiana shrimp, butterfly them almost through, season them, stuff them with cheese, wrap them in bacon, grill them off to perfection. Allow guests to worship you.

  McIlhenny's Chili  
McIlhenny's Chili

No doubt arguments will always be waged about the proper way to make chili. This recipe, excerpted from the Tabasco Brand Cookbook, eschews tomatoes and beans and instructs you to start with lean chuck, cut into 1" cubes. Garlic, cumin, chili powder, and, of course Tabasco season the pot. 

McIlhenny's Chili Recipe here


Much like chili, there are myriad ways to make jambalaya. Evolved from the Spanish dish paella, the dish is always based on rice, seasonings, and your protein(s) of choice. This version contains pork, ham, and smoked sausage. It calls for cooking the rice in beef broth, which is going to produce a deep, rich flavor. It will feed a hungry crowd.

Jambalaya Recipe Here

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