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, President
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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
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
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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