March 12, 2015   

A Call for Recipes! We've had a last-minute change of plans for our upcoming May/June issue and are looking for outstanding Louisiana-style dishes to take to pot lucks; there are all kinds of family gatherings coming up over the next few months.

I need you to send me your best dish. If we publish your recipe, I'll send you a little gift (you have to be a paid subscriber to the print magazine for consideration).

Click here to email me; please include your contact information, list of ingredients, method, and approximate number of servings or yield. Bonus- a history of the recipe, family anecdote about it, etc. We're looking for starters, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts appropriate for summer gatherings. We'll review and choose early next week.

A big congratulations to my friend and LK&C contributor George Graham; his blog, Acadiana Table, is a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Best Food Blog Award. It's well deserved; he does a great job of representing Louisiana's Cajun and Creole foodways.

Saturday, I am going to the World's Slowest Secondline. As I've mentioned here before, Brennan's in the French Quarter underwent massive renovations and reopened last fall. Part of the renovation included a complete revamp of the fountain in the courtyard, which displaced the resident turtles to temporary shelter in the back yard of executive chef Haley Bitterman.

Called "the Mothas and the Othas", five of the turtles are named after the "Mother" sauces: Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Tomate, and Velouté; The "Othas" are named Remoulade, Ravigote, Bordelaise, Mignonette, and Cocktail (the lone male of the bale), also classic sauces in our cuisine. They are returning home to Brennan's, in style, of course, with a parade; everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Each turtle has its own float, decorated by Brennan's staff and their children, to tell the history of its name. Ralph Brennan himself will lead the parade, and I am assured that turtle soup, delicious as it is, will not be part of the morning's menu. Bagpipes, a police motorcade, and sabering off the top of a bottle of champagne will round out the spectacle. The parade convenes at 10:15 at 550 Bienville; proceeds down Chartres, turns left on St. Peter, and left on Royal to finish in front of Brennan's. The turtles will be escorted down the green carpet to their newly-rennovated luxurious accommodations in the courtyard. Only in Louisiana...

Many of my magazine subscribers received their March/April issue in the last few days; I've heard from many expressing delight at the crawfish recipes, and the technique presented on how to roast various cuts of meat. Drop me a note and let me know what you liked best about the issue. 

There are St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities all over the state. Whatever you do this weekend, 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

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Guinness Beef Pot Pie

Guinness Beef Pot Pie

The filling for this pot pie is a hearty beef stew that's braised for almost three hours in Guinness, in the oven. Interestingly enough, the stew is finished off with cheddar cheese. It is then portioned out into individual-sized baking dishes, topped with pie crust, and baked for another half an hour. The time invested is mainly hands-off, a good choice for a lazy afternoon.

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Irish Stew

Irish Stew

If your St. Patrick's Day parade throws includes cabbages, potatoes, onions, and carrots, you'll want to make a nice Irish stew. This recipe has you making a stock from lamb bones; that's certainly the tastiest route, but feel free to substitute a good boxed beef broth, and even swap the lamb for some beef it you'd like. Just be sure to have some good bread on hand to soak up the tasty stock.

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Crawfish Macque Choux over Fried Eggplant

Crawfish Macque Choux over Fried Eggplant

Chef Danny Trace of Brennan's in Houston declared it crawfish season earlier this week - Danny, this one's for you. This recipe first appeared in the Premiere edition of the magazine, which means it was cooked and photographed right about this time three years ago. One reader declared it one of the best things she'd ever prepared, and it's certainly a favorite of mine. Give it a try, and let me know what you think. Just make sure you go for authentic Louisiana crawfish tails.

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Mar 12, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015

Gonzales: Louisiana Sportsman's Show

Mar 13, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015

Independence: The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

Lake Charles: Black Heritage Festival

Monroe: Junior League of Monroe Spring Market

New Orleans: New Orleans Home & Garden Show

Thibodaux: Choctaw Firemen's Fair

Mar 14, 2015

Covington: Acadian Swamp Pop Fest

Donaldsonville: Bayou Lafourche Clean Up

Hammond: Spring Garden Day

Henderson: Heartstrings & Angel Wings Gumbo Cookoff

West Monroe: St. Paddy's Bicycle Parade & Festival

Mar 14, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015

Baton Rouge: Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-Off

Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show

New Iberia: SugaSheaux

Mar 15, 2015

Covington: Chef Soiree

Metairie: Metairie St. Patricks Day Parade

Shreveport: Zocolo St. Patrick's Day Party

Slidell: Slidell's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mar 17, 2015 to Mar 20, 2015

Lafayette: Saint Joseph's Altar

Mar 20, 2015

Amite: Laurie B. Richardson-Conway Lebleu Memorial Chili Cook-Off

Lake Charles: Volunteers of America's Beats & Eats

Mar 20, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

Amite: Amite Oyster Festival

Thibodaux: Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival

Mar 20, 2015 to Mar 21, 2015

Covington: Northshore Garden Show

Iowa: Iowa Rabbit Festival

Mar 21, 2015

Arnaudville: 7 Mile Yard Sale

Bogalusa: Cassidy Park Cook-Off BBQ

Natchitoches: Bloomin' On The Bricks

New Iberia: Festival of Live Oaks

Mar 21, 2015

Shreveport: Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators

Mar 21, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

New Orleans: Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

Mar 22, 2015

Metairie: Irish-Italian Parade

Slidell: Slidell's Bayou Jam Concert

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