February 1, 2018


It's my birthday week! I hear there are parades all over the state in my honor. Ahem.

Seriously, Mardi Gras parades are rolling all weekend in many towns and cities around Louisiana. If you're heading to an unfamiliar city to catch some of the action, take some time to read up on local customs, and study the parade routes. It is no fun at all to get stuck for hours on the wrong side of the route, or get trapped in a neighborhood surrounded by parades. See our complete Mardi Gras Parade List

If you're going to be relying on public transportation, see if hours and routes are different than normal; for example, the St. Charles Avenue street cars here in New Orleans are replaced by bus service, but buses won't cross the parade route.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism has put together a handy list of ten things you should know about Mardi Gras, should you want to study up.

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Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind. Please remember that food banks struggle this time of year; pick up a few extra items of non-perishable food items and make a donation to your local food bank.

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Susan Ford

Susan Ford, Publisher

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BRQ Burnt Ends Sloppy Joes

BRQ Burnt Ends Sloppy Joes

Chef Justin Ferguson (BRQ Baton Rouge) shared this recipe for sloppy joes; if you don't have the patience to mind a smoker for 12 to 14 hours, bake this in the oven instead. If you want some smoke, add smoked paprika to taste. It's divine!

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Spicy Tempura Shrimp

Spicy Tempura Shrimp

The keys to crispy, non-greasy tempura: lighten up the flour with corn starch, make the batter with ice water, don't overwork the batter, and maintain your cooking oil at 360F. Crispy-Crunchy-Delicious!

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Muffuletta Sandwich

This New Orleans classic is sure to be a hit at any Mardi Gras gathering. It gets better with age, so put some together the day before you plan to serve them; cold for the purists, hot and crunchy for those of us who like melted cheese.

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Ham Steak with Smothered Collards

Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings

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