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.
Susan Ford, President
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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
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
Gibsland: The Jonquil Jubilee
Madisonville: Madisonville Garden Club Show
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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