October 1, 2015
I may have opened Pandora's box. I'm one of those people who loves bread more than chocolate, and that is exactly one of the reasons I've never learned to bake bread, and why I rarely bake biscuits. I know that I would eat until it was all gone. But, on the flip side, it's a little embarrassing to admit that I know next to nothing about working with yeast bread. Plus, someone mentioned Cafeteria Lady Rolls, which brought on an envie...
So, I googled, found some recipes, and gave it a try. Not good. Clearly I needed something a little ambitious. Back to the basics. Good bread is simply flour, water, salt, and yeast, and I did know that the longer you let it rise, the better it is. Oh my, sweet success! I produced rolls so good we had to put all but what we planned to eat with dinner (after we'd scarfed down four already) in the freezer. I pulled out a few to thaw last night to go with spaghetti and meat balls, and finished the last two for lunch today. Now I'm plotting when to try another batch...
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See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend, even if it's just staying cool. Whatever you decide, enjoy the recipes this week, share them with family and friends, and, as always,let me know what's on your mind.
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Susan's Red Beans and Rice
When I was a small child, my Cajun babysitter made red beans on Mondays. I loved them. I learned to make them from Richard and Rima Collin's classic, The New Orleans Cookbook, when I lived on the West Coast. I used ham hocks and smoked sausage because I couldn't find tasso and andouille; a ham bone is a nice addition if you have one. You can cut this in half, but leftovers freeze beautifully.
If you have cooked black beans and good salsa on hand, this popular breakfast dish comes together in a hurry. Top with a combination of peppers, salsa, green onion, and cheese. Makes a great breakfast-for-supper, too!
Ralph Brennan's Barbecue Shrimp
I've run this recipe before, but it bears repeating. It's so good it's made grown men lick their plate. I serve this a couple of times a year, not changing a thing, always with plenty of French bread for sopping up the sauce.
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Usually, we list activities for the coming two weekends, so that readers have time to make travel plans if something tempts them. There is so much going on, though, there isn't room to list everything for this weekend, let alone for next! The weather is going to be beautiful; if you don't see something below that interests you, click here for a more comprehensive list.
Oct 1, 2015
Alexandria: Taste Of Home Cooking Show
Luling: Battle for the Paddle
Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 4, 2015
Mandeville: Octoberfeast A Taste of Mandeville
Shreveport: Louisiana Film Prize Festival
Washington: Washington Catfish Festival
Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 5, 2015
New Orleans: New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Oct 2, 2015 to Oct 4, 2015
Gretna: Gretna Heritage Festival
Mandeville: Louisiana Wildfowl Festival
Port Barre: Tour du Teche
Oct 2, 2015 to Oct 3, 2015
Lecompte: Lecompte Pie Festival
Robeline: Robeline Heritage Festival
Oct 3, 2015
West Monroe: Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival
Alexandria: Fall Herb Day Arts and Crafts Festival
Breaux Bridge: Breaux Bridge Citywide Garage Sale
Denham Springs: Denham Springs Fall Festival
Grosse Tete: Iberville Swamp Life Expo
Kaplan: Louisiana Cajun Food Fest
Lake Charles: Great Acadian Awakening Music Festival
Lockport: Lockport Town-wide Garage Sale
New Iberia: Fall Shadows On The Tech Arts & Crafts Fair
Opelousas: Louisiana Yambilee Festival
Shreveport: Louisiana Food Prize
Slidell: Wild Game-Seafood-Barbecue Cook-Off
St. Martinville: La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns
Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 4, 2015
Leeville: Leeville Fishing Rodeo
Roberts Cove: German Fest
Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015
Shreveport: Red River Revel Arts Festival
Oct 4, 2015
Grand Chenier: Grand Chenier Alligator Festival
New Orleans: Cirque de Cuisine: A Kitchen Tour
Port Allen: Sugar Fest
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