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Congratulations to my friend Jeff Young on the pending publication of his first book, Around the Table with the Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine. He conducts tours of the Holy Land and has pulled together a collection of great recipes celebrating that ancient culinary heritage. You can preorder a copy today, or, if you find yourself in Covington on the 18th, LOLA is hosting a dinner party in his honor. Tickets include an authographed copy of the book

ust two weeks to go. It's one of my favorite holidays of the year; I love turkey, stuffing, and gravy and always make sure there's plenty for leftovers. What do you consider to be a necessity for your Thanksgiving menu? Email me, and include a recipe if you have one.

I've spent the week in the kitchen — we've developed some pretty spectacular recipes for the Jan/Feb issue, including easy homemade pasta we're turning into ravioli stuffed with all kinds of goodness. My second-generation Italian husband declared the final version almost as good as his Nona made, straight from the Old Country. I'll take that as a compliment.

The Nov/Dec issue (pictured at right) is hitting subscriber mail boxes and readers are loving it. Regular contributor Wendy Waren developed a Satsuma Rum Cake for the issue that's full of flavor; I think the Gingerbread House Workshop challenge is the most fun. Readers can submit photos of their own creations and enter to win a copy of Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook and use it to create their own feasts. There's lots more in the issue -- holiday cookies, endless variations on a simple fudge recipe, and feast food for the entire season. Pick it up on a newsstand if you're not a subscriber, or call us at 504-208-9959 to order a copy.

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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John Folse's Garlic Shrimp Fajitas

John Folse's Grilled Garlic Shrimp Fajitas

This is perfect for a cold, busy weeknight. All you have to do is buy some premade guacamole and salsa, a bag of peeled and deveined frozen Louisiana shrimp; mince some garlic, sauté it, along with the shrimp, in a little butter, season to taste, and heat up some tortillas.That's it! Dinner is served.

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Curry Chicken Coconut Soup

Curry Chicken and Coconut Soup over Rice

My fried Jeff Young, who writes The Catholic Foodie blog, has his first cookbook out. He has conducted group tours of the Holy Land, and was inspired by the cuisine he enjoyed there to write The Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine. I made this recipe last night — it comes together quickly despite the lengthy ingredient list. Leftovers freeze well, so feel free to double it (that's how it appears in the cookbook).

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Oyster and shrimp over pasta

Ham and Potato Casserole

This recipe first appeared in the November/December 2013 edition of LK&C. It's a great way to use up any leftover ham, but it's so cheesey good you'll find yourself picking up a ham steak and a couple of potatoes just because you want it on a cold night.

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Nov 13, 2014 to Nov 15, 2014

Rayne: Rayne Frog Festival

Ruston: Holidays in CedarTown

Nov 14, 2014

Baton Rouge: Highland Nights

Nov 14, 2014 to Nov 16, 2014

New Iberia: El Festival Espanol de Nueva Iberia

Norco: River Parishes Fall Festival

Nov 14, 2014 to Nov 15, 2014

West Monroe: Mistletoe and More Show

Nov 15, 2014 to Nov 16, 2014

Covington: Three Rivers Arts Festival

Lake Charles: Flea Fest Flea Market

Nov 15, 2014

Eunice: Lakeview Park Beef Tongue Cook - Off

Houma: Terrebonne Livestock Association Rodeo

Metairie: Fat City Fest

New Orleans: LA Fete Louisiane

New Orleans: New Orleans Book Festival

Shreveport: Highland Jazz & Blues Festival

Nov 15, 2014 to Jan 5, 2015

Minden: Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights

Nov 20, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014

Lake Charles: Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market

Moss Bluff: Moss Bluff Harvest Festival

Ruston: Ruston Holiday Arts Tour

Nov 21, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014

Hammond: Fraternal Order of Police Chili Cook-Off

Nov 22, 2014

Minden: Minden Fasching Celebration

Monroe: City of Monroe’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Opelousas: Downtown Country Christmas

Nov 23, 2014

New Orleans: Po-Boy Preservation Festival

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