May 7, 2015

Congratulations to Betsy M. of Gulfport, MS --  her name was the first drawn for the weekend at the Hotel Monteleone and tickets to NOWFE over Memorial Day Weekend. The contest drew 2,213 entries from 45 states, the District of Columbia, the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario, and from France and Honduras! Thanks to all who participated. 

We're beginning to see the first of the summer vegetables at the farmers markets and produce stands -- my favorite time of the year. My dad planted a big garden each year and, as much as we hated the upkeep, picking, cleaning, and putting it all up, we surely did enjoy eating it. A couple of the recipes I've included below call for the early produce- green tomatoes, corn, and ripe tomatoes. I'm looking forward to my first Creole tomato; once they're in season, I'll eat them every day, sometimes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reminder: Mother's Day is May 10, this Sunday. We suggest a gift subscription to Louisiana Kitchen and Culture for all the moms on your list. We'll send out a gift card and a copy of the May/June issue. Click here to give Mom a gift subscription.

It's spring festival season and the weather is predicted to be perfect - see our list of what's happening around Louisiana below. 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.

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Goat cheese, cherry preserves, and bacon-slathered corn, anyone? Pictured below, Grilled Corn with various toppings from the May/June issue. Click here to subscribe and get your own copy delivered next week.

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Gulf Fish Beignets

Gulf Fish Beignets with Tomato-Corn Tartar Sauce

This recipe is adapted from an Emeril Lagasse cookbook and is three-in-one. The overall recipe, plus a great tartar sauce, plus Emeril's Creole seasoning mix. This will be a summer favorite.

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shrimp and scallops over fettuccini

Shrimp and Scallops Fettuccini with Feta

Shrimp and scallops are sautéd until just done; add a little garlic then deglaze the pan with wine. Add the tomatoes, some lemon, and finish with red pepper flakes and feta. Easy, and delicious.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

This simple recipe is a summer favorite, and is great alongside any grilled meat. Use them as a base for Eggs Benedict, serve your favorite étouffée over the top, with a tartar sauce, or just eat them hot out of the pan. For a little extra flavor, fry off a few strips of bacon, then cook them in the bacon grease. These will be on your table all summer.

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Apr 30, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Lake Charles: Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival

May 4, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Blanchard: Poke Salad Festival

May 7, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Baton Rouge: Louisiana International Film Festival

Mansura: Cochon de Lait Festival

May 7, 2015

Delcambre: Spring Holiday Market

May 8, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Larose: Bayou Cajun Festival

May 8, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Zwolle: Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival

May 9, 2015

Delcambre: Delcambre Boat Poker Run & BBQ Cook-off

Madisonville: New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival

New Iberia: Iberia Parish Library Book Sale

New Orleans: UNO Crawfish Mambo

May 13, 2015 to May 16, 2015

Violet: AgMagic On The River

May 14, 2015 to May 16, 2015

New Iberia: Cruisin Cajun Country Cruise In

St. Martinville: Creole Okra Festival

Starks: Starks Mayhaw Festival

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