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November 5, 2014
Countdown to Thanksgiving! Just three 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.
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Next week I'm off on a whirlwind tour of the state and will report back on the tasty and interesting bits. Meanwhile, 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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Tip of the Week:
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• Spicy Fried Catfish Puffs (most popular last week)
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This is a basic pumpkin soup,spiced up with a little curry powder and an unexpected but welcome spash of soy sauce -- sweet and salty is one of my favorite combinations. As shown here, it's topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Feel free substitute a swirl of creme fraiche, sour cream, Greek yoghurt, or fried onions, shallots, and/or garlic. FYI, we have spent the time to roast, purée, and strain pumpkin; quite frankly, it doesn't taste any different than a can of Libby's.
'Les is More' and 'Roll Tide'
Bartender extraordinaire Lu Brow at the Swizzle Stick Bar took intercollegiate rivalry to a new level with two specialty cocktails she created for the 2012 BCS championship between Alabama and LSU. Given it's the Big Game this weekend between the two rivals, I thought it was appropriate to dust off the recipes this week:
Chef Paul Prudhomme's
Quail Ridge Press has a long history publishing compilations of the best Louisiana-themed recipes from various cookbooks. Out this fall is "Best of the Best from Louisiana Cookbook III; it's loaded with more than 200 recipes, many with full color photographs. You'll find plenty of classics; it also makes a nice gift.
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Nov 6, 2014 to Nov 7, 2014
Natchitoches: Creole Heritage Celebration
Nov 6, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014
Port Barre: Port Barre Cracklin Festival
Nov 7, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014
Colfax: Louisiana Pecan Festival
Jefferson: Pecan Festival - St. Rita Parish
St. Martinville: St. Martinville Catfish Festival
Nov 7, 2014
Thibodaux: Big Boy's Main Street Cook-Off
Nov 8, 2014
Alexandria: Sugar Day Festival
Henderson: Atchafalaya Basin Festival
Jeanerette: Southern Soul Food Showdown
Lafayette: Louisiana Folk Roots Rootstock Festival
Thibodaux: Thibodeaux Fall Festival
Nov 8, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014
Destrehan: Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival
New Orleans: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Nov 9, 2014
DeRidder: La Cuisine de Beauregard Food Festival
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
Nov 15, 2014
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