July 23, 2015

I am looking forward to some great food this week. I started yesterday with lunch at Quebedeaux's Boudin and Cracklins in Alexandria, then went on to Janohn's in Boyce for a photo shoot and tasting. I spent the night at Loyd Hall and Plantation and enjoyed a lovely breakfast this morning; I'm heading out to have lunch in historic Crowley, location to be determined.

Later today I'll head west to Regatta in Lake Arthur, then check in to L'auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, where we'll enjoy a progressive supper at Restaurant Calla and Mazen's Mediterranean Restaurant. Friday we'll start with a Boudin Breakfast at Sausage Link Specialty Meats, check out several points along the Creole Nature Trail, then head to Seafood Palace for lunch. Friday evening our group will head to the Marshland Festival to hear Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band and sample various Cajun delicacies.

Saturday morning we'll recover, then reconvene for lunch at Asia to sample some Louisiana- and Texas-inspired sushi. Next up, Rabideaux's Sausage Kitchen and a tour of Louisiana Spirits, distillers of my favorite, Bayou Rum. Saturday evening we'll enjoy a five-course dinner, complete with wine pairings, at La Truffe Sauvage, exquisite fine dining in Lake Charles. The trip winds up with a Whiskey Jazz Brunch at Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill. Sunday afternoon I'll waddle back to New Orleans, and yes, there will be an ice chest full of boudin and other delicacies in the car with me.

See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend, even if it's just staying cool. Whatever you decide, enjoy the recipes this week, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind.

Susan Ford

Susan Ford, Publisher

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Flank Steak with Parsley Sauce

Flank Steak with Parsley Sauce

This is one of my summer favorites. I love the flavorful flank steak, and the classic parsley sauce that accompanies this one is hard to beat. If you're like me, you'll find lots of other uses for it and make it often.

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Emeril's Seafood Paella

Emeril's Seafood Paella

Paella is thought to be the precursor to our beloved jambalaya; here is Emeril's take on the classic Spanish dish. It's loaded with succulent Gulf shrimp and mussels, and of course tons of flavor. Make it this weekend!

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Potato Ham Croquetas

Potato and Ham Croquetas

You can start with whole potatoes as the recipe instructs, or simply start with leftover mashed potatoes and ham. Whichever way you go, stuff these addictive little bites with ham and cheese. Watch them fly off the table.

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Jul 23, 2015 to Jul 25, 2015

Grand Isle: Grand Isle International Tarpon Festival

Jul 24, 2015 to Jul 25, 2015

Farmerville: Louisiana Watermelon Festival

Lake Charles: Marshland Festival

Jul 24, 2015 to Jul 26, 2015

Lafayette: Louisiana Outdoor Expo

Jul 25, 2015

Abbeville: Cake and Ice Cream Festival

Jul 25, 2015 to Jul 26, 2015

Minden: The Heart of the Pines Film Festival

Jul 26, 2015

Baton Rouge: Italian Heritage Festa

Jul 27, 2015

Covington: West St. Tammany Red Beans 'n Rice Cook-off

Jul 30, 2015 to Aug 2, 2015

New Orleans: Satchmo SummerFest

Jul 30, 2015 to Aug 1, 2015

Springhill: Springhill Rodeo and Parade

Aug 1, 2015

Breaux Bridge: Petite Tour du Teche IV

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