October 15, 2015
The culinary world was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Chef Paul Prudhomme on Thursday of last week. The great man had an enormous impact on not just Louisiana cuisine, but cuisine around the world. His talents, sunny smile, and generous nature will be missed. Today's recipes are excerpted from some of his cookbooks I own -- I'm fortunate in that several of them are autographed to me. If you've not cooked his recipes before, make sure you follow step by step the first time around. He added things, used specific techniques, etc. for a reason.
We named him a Louisiana Icon and ran a small feature on him back in the May/June edition of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture; you'll find a copy of it here, if you missed it earlier.
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See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend; the weather's beautiful. 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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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 15, 2015
Alexandria: United Way Wild Game Cookoff
Oct 15, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Crowley: International Rice Festival
Oct 16, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Boyce: Cenla Fat Tire Festival
Gretna: St. Cletus Oyster Festival
Laplace: St John Parish Andouille Festival
New Orleans: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
New Roads: New Roads Harvest Festival
Plaquemine: International Acadian Festival
Violet: The Violet Oyster Festival
Oct 16, 2015 to Oct 17, 2015
Lake Charles: Country Club Arts and Crafts Fair
Oct 17, 2015
Arnaudville: 7 Mile Yard Sale
Breaux Bridge: Shake Your Trail Feather
Charenton: Chitimacha Pow Wow
Covington: Monster Mash Fall Family Festival
French Settlement: French Settlement Annual Yard Sale
Golden Meadow: Bayou Music Festival Shrimp Cookoff
Lacombe: Annual Wild Things
Lafayette: Boudin Cook-off
Lake Charles: All Hollow's Harvest Festival and Craft Fair
Lake Charles: Rouge et Blanc Wine Festival
Loreauville: Tailgating Cookoff
Ponchatoula: Ponchatoula's Party in the Pits BBQ
Robeline: Adai Caddo Indian Nation Pow Wow
Slidell: Northshore Health & Fitness Expo
Thibodaux: Laurel Valley Fall Festival
Thibodaux: Mudbug Oktoberfest
Oct 17, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Eunice: Experience Louisiana Festival
Kaplan: October Fete
Laffayette: Louisiana Comic Con
Loranger: Old Farmers Day & Horse Pulling Contest
Oct 18, 2015
Abita Springs: Abita Springs Water Festival
French Settlement: French Settlement Creole Festival
Houma: Bayou Tou Dou
Lafayette: Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
New Iberia: New Iberia Beneath the Balconies
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