January 29, 2015   

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John Folse's Favorite Po'Boy

Chef John Folse's Sicilian Meatball Po'boy

Chef Folse said he discovered this meatball on a trip to Calabria about ten years ago, and that it's his favorite for meatball po'boys. It's easy to make, feeds a hungry crowd, and is perfect for Superbowl Sunday. Keep the meatballs hot in a crockpot and let guests help themselves as they're hungry.

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Spicy Boiled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Spicy Boiled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

In my opinion, there is nothing in the world better than a perfectly boiled, chilled shrimp with a spicy cocktail sauce. Lots of things as good, but none better. This one fits the bill; it's from Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood cookbook. And no, you don't have to cook them with the head on, but the heads sure do add a lot of flavor. Make a batch of these for your Superbowl party and watch them disappear (set aside some for you!)

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Flank Steak with Parsley Sauce

Flank Steak with Parsley Sauce

I'm a long-time fan of the Lee Brothers, and this recipe is a classic example of why. The parsley sauce is the super-star of the recipe; its fresh flavor brightens up any cut of steak, but it also doubles as a great salad dressing, a marinade for chicken or shrimp, or as a spread on a roast beef, chicken, or turkey sandwich.

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Jan 17, 2015 to Jan 30, 2015

Baton Rouge: CACRC's Free Recycling Event

Jan 31, 2015

Shreveport: Robert Burns Supper

Amite: Tangipahoa 4-H Livestock Show

Gonzales: St. Elizabeth Family Fest

Houma: Terrebonne Livestock Association Rodeo-Winter Series

Opelousas: Opelousas Gumbo Cook-off

Feb 5, 2015 to Feb 7, 2015

Lake Charles: Southwest Louisiana Livestock Show & Western Heritage Days

Feb 6, 2015 to Feb 8, 2015

Metairie: Family Gras

Feb 7, 2015 to Feb 8, 2015

Gonzales: Giving Quilt Exhibit

Feb 7, 2015

Monroe: Downtown River Jam

Vinton: Vinton Gumbo Cook-off

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