January 19, 2017


Yesterday I had lunch at Gregory in the spectacularly renovated Watermark Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge earlier this week. The building was originally the headquarters of the Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank; the restaurant is located in the lobby and provides beautiful views of the restored murals that adorn the walls. The prix fixe lunch selection was just under $15, and included your choice between two soups, two salads, three entrées, and the dessert of the day, which happened to be a dark chocolate brownie. Lagniappe-- a bucket of perfectly fried and seasoned chips. A bargain, particularly when combined with attentive service. Stop in the next time you're in the area.

Coming up: the Jam & Jazz Chef's Brunch is next Saturday, February 4, at the Rennaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. Featuring Chef John Besh, proceeds go to support the Catholic Radio Network. Tickets on sale now, yours truly will be in attendance.

The following weekend, I'm  judging the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's 17th Annual Got Gumbo? Cookoff. If you like gumbo, you'll want to put this one on your calendar. It's February 10th at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. Tasty. I learned many years ago, no matter how good the gumbo, taste and move on, because there are many more bowls coming.

Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind. Also, keep in mind that food banks struggle this time of year; consider making a donation if at all possible.


Susan Ford

Susan Ford, Publisher

Louisiana Kitchen & Culture


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Ham- and Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops

Ham- and Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops

From Katie Button's cookbook Cúrate, this is presented as the most popular, kid-friendly meal in Spain. Inexpensive, very easy, and tasty -- I can certainly see why it might be!

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Shrimp Pan Roast

Shrimp Pan Roast

From My Two Souths, by Asha Gomez, this recipe combines America's favorite crustacean with a south Louisiana delicacy -- dried shrimp, also a staple in Asian and Latin American dishes -- with flavors from her Kerala home. Dried shrimp are readily available for purchase over the internet if you can't find them in your grocery store or local specialty market; they add a unique flavor worth checking out if you're not familiar.

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Artichoke Shrimp Crab Seafood Dip

Artichoke Seafood Dip

Put this one on the list for Superbowl Sunday. Serve it with plenty of toasted French bread triangles -- you might want to double the recipe! It's that good.

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