Thursday, July 26, 2012   

Welcome to Louisiana Kitchen

Susan Ford


This has been one of those weeks that has gone by in a blur. I cooked in my own kitchen Friday and Saturday in preparation for a Saturday afternoon photo-shoot; good stuff. There was a surprise birthday party for a friend Saturday night, and I sucked it up, threw my sweaty greasy self into casual clothes and went; my excuse of working all day was accepted, because these friends are entrepreneurs just as we are, and they understand what goes into making a great product: a lot of grunt work.


​My friend Jody celebrated a birthday this week, and since I'm too broke launching this magazine (along with partner Jyl Benson) to afford presents, I offered to throw a dinner party for her. I have always considered a well-thought-out meal a great gift, and both she and her friends were appreciative.


This week's recipes: Pulitzer prize-winning author Rick Bragg wrote an essay for our premiere issue, chronicling some of his favorite restaurant food he enjoyed during his stint at the New York Times while stationed here in New Orleans. We give you two of the recipes below from the issue.


LK culinary media director David Gallent and I stopped by Superior Seafood for a photo shoot with Chef Justin Ferguson Wednesday afternoon; as it turned out, their Lead Bartender Matthew Steinvorth was just awarded the Tales of the Cocktail Seal of the Sazerac for 2012, for his commitment to manning a high-volume bar carrying classic cocktails such as as the Sazerac. Congratulations to Matthew.


He sent out a few cocktails that are on the summer specials menu at the restaurant right now  for us to sample while we finished the shoot; the blueberry mojito was my favorite. Enjoy the recipe below, and stop by to sample if you're in the area. Tell them we sent you.


We do what is called "supplemental mailings" every few weeks to new subscribers, so you can still order a subscription via our website and get the July/August issue. We are running low on the premiere issue, so you'll have to call to check availability if you want to collect every issue: 504-208-9959. Next mailing goes out on Friday of this week, so act quickly.

 Enjoy this week's recipes, and as always, let us know what's on your mind.



Susan Ford, President
Our Kitchen & Culture, LLC.  



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  Cornbread with Spiced Sautéed Shrimp  
Cornbread with Spiced Sauteed Shrimp

From the classic uptown New Orleans restaurant The Upperline, this recipe can be divided into four portions for appetizers, or two for an entrée.

Louisiana shrimp are sautéed in a little oil with purple onions and a little salt and pepper. Make a compound butter with cumin, chili powder, sweet paprika, and cayenne pepper; melt some of that in the pan with the shrimp.

​Evenly divide the pan mixture over pieces of jalapeño cornbread, and serve to rave reviews.

BONUS: three-for-one link here. You get the finished dish pictured, plus a jalapeño cornbread recipe and one for a versatile compound butter.


Cornbread and Shrimp Recipe Here

  Mike Anderson's Seafood Gumbo  
Mike Anderson's Seafood Gumbo

This is a great recipe, because it gives all kinds of shortcuts to take if you don't have time to make your own roux and seafood stock. It provides links to recipes to make both if you do have the time to spend in the kitchen, but tells you how to put a good seafood gumbo on the table in about 90 minutes including prep time.

  Superior Seafood's Blueberry Mojito  
blueberry mojito

Louisiana Kitchen culinary media editor David Gallent and I went into Superior Seafood Wednesday afternoon for a photo shoot with Chef Justin Ferguson; while we were there, Lead Bartender Matthew Steinvorth sent out a couple of specialty cocktails he has featured on the menu right now. This blueberry mojito knocked our socks off; trust us, it's as tasty as it is beautiful.

Blueberry Mojito Recipe Here

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