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 December 16, 2011  _

Susan Ford

I have always enjoyed the holidays, and the foods tied into the season, but this year I'm struggling to get into the spirit. My mother passed two years ago this week and my husband and I have had a tough couple of years with family in general. That's what happens when we get older, I guess.


BUT—I found two index cards as I continued the ongoing task of sifting through my mother's paperwork last weekend; recipes in her impeccable handwriting for her sugar cookies and for ginger crinkles. I'm going to bake this weekend, and make some of my grandmother's favorite Christmas candies. Make sure you "like" us on Facebook; I'll post pictures and recipes as I go along. I am sure it will be more than good for my soul; kitchen time almost always is for me.


Meanwhile: Legendary Chef Rene Bajoux took over the kitchen at the Rib Room at the Omni Royal a few months ago, and we were treated to an incredible media luncheon there on Wednesday; he unveiled his new dessert menu, and we have a recipe below. While at the Rib Room, eat prime rib; I ate the whole thing.


Jazzmen Rice had us at their company tailgate/holiday party over the weekend, as did La Petite Grocery;  and we went back in to ROOT to sample the menu yet again. It remains amazing; pictures from a previous trip are here.


Chanukah starts next week, and our friend Chef Alon Shaya of Domenica has given us some family recipes for the season, and talks about the menu he has availble for the eight days at the restaurant. Give it all a look—it's delicious, and we really appreciate him.



Enjoy this week's recipes, and let us know what's on your mind. The treadmill looms come January 2; eat up!


My best regards,

Susan Ford, President
Kitchen and Culture Co.


P.S. Many of you have been reading my newsletter for quite some time. I'd love to hear from you over the holidays.


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Jyl on the Greasing of the Squeaky Wheel

Probably the result of a slip-up at the Ortho factory, I was born 17 years after my brother and 13 years after my sister. They flew the coop when I was very young, leaving me to a relatively boring, lonely childhood. I’ve always had a strong creative urge so when the crayons broke and the felt tips were bone dry I decided to try my hand at cooking when I was 5 or 6.  There was little supervision so I was free to really wreck havoc and churn out some true culinary disasters (think scrambled eggs with all manner of refrigerator detritus thrown in to make a “special” omelet).

Jyl's story of finally getting the gigantic kitchen hutch all of us dream of is here, along with several recipes from her childhood cookbooks.

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Poppy's weekly radio show on public radio: Listen to archived interviews here.  

  Grilled Gulf Shrimp with Black Bean Cake  
shrimp with black bean cake

Chef Susan Spicer's recipe threads shrimp seasoned with garlic, cumin, and coriander onto a skewer. They're grilled, then sauced with a concoction of shallots, orange, garlic, cilantro, butter, and more, then plated with a black bean cake that is a delicious combination of sweet, hot, and savory.



Gulf Shrimp and Black Bean Cake.
Watch video of this recipe here.

  Sizzling Gambas al Pil Pil  
gambas al pil pil


Chef Glen Hogh specilizes in Spanish small plates, or "tapas". This one is perfect for holiday entertaining; you can make the pastry shells AND the delishious filling in advance; heat them quickly at the last minute, serve, and bask in praise. Divine!

Sizzling Gambas al Pil Pil recipe here.
Watch video of this recipe here.

  Grand Marnier Creme Brulee  

Grand Marnier Creme Brûlée

Legendary Chef Rene Bajoux is now heading up the kitchen at the Rib Room at the Omni Royal in New Orleans. This recipe is meant for serving a crowd- if you've got 50 in, here's how to make it in advance, stash it in the refrigerator, and bake it off at the last minute. You'll be a culinary genious.

 The Creme Brulee recipe is here.

Calendar of Events
Published by Kitchen and Culture Co., Louisiana Kitchen magazine will launch in 2012. Our editorial mission is to provide a unique guide to authentic Louisiana cultural and culinary traditions—and of course, the recipes you'll need to create authentic Louisiana cuisine. Your friends and family will love you.

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Dec 14, 2011 to Jan 3, 2012

Holiday in the Park: Lights at Lafreniere, Metairie


Dec 16, 2011

Relax and Imagine plus Christmas Music, Leesville

Russtown Band Christmas, Ruston


Dec 17, 2011

Santa Claus, Abita Springs

Art Gumbo Market, Darrow

Terrebonne Christmas Boat Parade, Houma

Holly Jolly Christmas Festival, Plaquemine


Dec 17, 2011 to Dec 18, 2011

A Bayou Christmas, Larose

Holiday Pops with Twyla, Shreveport


Dec 18, 2011

Holiday Home Tour, New Orleans

Christmas Parade, Patterson


There's lots more going on; 50+ Events Listed Here


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