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July 17, 2014        

We're astounded that it's likely to be a chilly 65°F in the early hours tomorrow; it's mid-July. North Dakota subscriber Jay called to renew today and asked about the weather (he also has a place in Abbeville) and laughed at our consternation; he said it was 39° when he got up yesterday. I'll take hot over cold any day.

We're finishing up photo shoots this week for our September/October issue, and it's going to be an Acadiana blockbuster. Cajun Comfort Food we shot at a subscriber's house in Breaux Bridge, a visit to Ville Platte turned into a two-day house party, and Chef Mark Falgoust of Grand Isle Restaurant took us to his family home in Pierre Part where he cooked up some local favorites. All very much Acadiana, all very different, albeit in sometimes subtle ways. 

I thoroughly enjoyed eating my way through that part of the state, and I think our print subscribers will thoroughly enjoy reading about it (and cooking the recipes!) Hint: if you don't subscribe to our print magazine, now is a good time to start.

Speaking of print, the cover pictured on the right is in the mail; subscribers closest to our printer in Little Rock, AR are reporting receipt of copies. I think it's one of the best issues we've produced, and has recipes that will be favorites for a long time to come. If you've received your copy yet, let me know what you think: drop me an email

Earlier this week I had business on the Northshore and had lunch with some of my friends from the St. Tammany Parish tourism group; we went to Jubilee in Mandeville. The food was fantastic, but I'd expect nothing less from Chef Tory Stewart.

In town this week is Emma, a young lady I've known -- and have fed at my table often -- since she was just  two years old; I'm cooking dinner for her tonight. Not sure what yet, but I'm leaning toward BBQ Shrimp. Also in town is my friend Charlie; she was born in Hattiesburg, MS, me in neighboring town Laurel, and only a couple of years apart. We met, however, at a bar in San Francisco -- it's a small world. Emma and Charlie now both live in New York, so I'm looking forward to an update on what's happening in that part of the world.

Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind

Susan Ford

Susan Ford, President

Our Kitchen & Culture, LLC

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

Summer simplicity! Grill chicken off in your favorite method, toss with a great seasoned sauce, and add your favorite garnishes and a seasoned sour cream. If you've got one person grilling and one person seasoning the condiments, 20 minutes tops, start to table.

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Grilled Beef Kebabs

Grilled Beef Kebabs

Another great summer grilling dinner- the beef needs to marinate about an hour or up to 24, so you can do that in advance. A little bit of work to prep the vegetables, make a salad, and grill for 12 - 15 minutes or so, and done. Fresh and tasty.

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Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake

My husband has the sweet tooth of the family; he claims we don't publish enough desserts here, and picked this recipe out. Serve it hot with some home made vanilla icecream.

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