February 26, 2015   

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Last weekend the promise of spring was in the air. Shorts and t-shirts weather, the tropicals that were killed back by the cold snap before Christmas were showing green, and a few of the trees around are starting to bud. Then Monday the temperature plumeted, and many of you have had snow and ice to deal with. It hasn't been that cold here in New Orleans, but it's still pretty damp miserable for my tropical blood. 

This week's recipes have that in mind. There's a seafood stew that, while best smoked over some hot coals, will be delicious in a Dutch oven on the stove top. A shrimp and corn stew, finished off with smokey bacon if you'd like, will tempt you with the promise of summer. And finally, Ms. Edna Lewis' foolproof method for making hot, fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are appropriate any time of the day or night.

Now that Mardi Gras is over, we are coming up on spring festival season. Louisiana has more festivals than there are days in the year - there's rarely a dearth of something to do, and this coming weekend is no exception. A blues festival in Shreveport, a gumbo cookoff on the Northshore, or, should you be more inclined to indoors, the Pontchartrain Home Show is this weekend in Kenner. See the calendar of events below for links to more details.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind

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Edna Lewis' Hot Crusty Buttermilk Biscuits

Edna Lewis' Hot Crusty Buttermilk Biscuits

Ms. Lewis says the secrets to a great biscuit are soft Southern flour such as White Lily; good, fres, very cold lard and buttermilk, and a very hot oven. I usually heat up my cast iron griddle with a little butter melted on it so the bottoms crisp up too; nothing says comfort food more, to me, than a hot biscuit. On cold nights like we're having right now my mom used to slip a chunk of a good sharp cheddar into the middle of a few before baking.

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Grilled Seafood Stew

Grilled Cast Iron Seafood Stew

From the Lodge Cast Iron Nation cookbook, Chef Ryan Prewitt instructs you to finish this dish off in a nest of hot coals, with wood chips added to give it some smokiness. Depending on where you live, it may be a little cold for that this weekend. but the smokiness does lend another level of flavor to the dish.

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Bacon

Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Bacon

Clearly, this chowder is better with fresh out of the field corn, but if, like me, you're more than ready for a taste of summer, frozen corn kernels will do, and tide you over for a few more weeks until we're bound to warm up some. Finish this with crumbled bacon if you'd like, and pass the hot sauce with plenty of toasted French bread.

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Feb 26, 2015

Larose: Wild Game Supper

Feb 26, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015

Morgan City: Eagle Expo

Feb 27, 2015 to Mar 1, 2015

Baton Rouge: Ramblin' Oldies of Denham Springs

Kenner: Pontchartrain Home Show

Feb 27, 2015

Ponchatoula: February Fun Fever

Feb 28, 2015

Bossier City: Shreveport Blues Festival

Gretna: Gretna Farmers' Market "Magic Ladle" Soup Cook-Off

Slidell: Northshore Gumbo Cook-off

Tickfaw: Italian Festival Ball

Mar 1, 2015

Opelousas: Here's the Beef Cookoff and Trail Ride

Mar 6, 2015 to Mar 8, 2015

Kenner: New Orleans RV And Camping Show

Monroe: Barak Shrine Circus

Ponchatoula: Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days, Art & Crafts Fair

Mar 7, 2015

Amite: South Louisiana Truck & Tractor Pull

Gibsland: The Jonquil Jubilee

Madisonville: Madisonville Garden Club Show

New Iberia: Shadows On The Tech Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

Pineville: Pineville Spring Arts & Crafts Show

Ponchatoula: Toy Model Train Show

Mar 7, 2015 to Mar 8, 2015

Garyville: San Francisco Plantation Frisco Fest

Gonzales: Repticon Reptile Show

St. Bernard: Los Islenos Fiesta

Mar 8, 2015

Henderson: Heartstrings & Angel Wings Gumbo Cookoff

Lafayette: Zydeco Marathon

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