October 26, 2017


Bakers will laugh, but I finally made a decent loaf of bread earlier this week. I make great cornbread, great buttermilk biscuits, great cookies when I'm in the mood, but I've never learned to work with yeast. I've tried, and generally failed, but last week my friend Zoe posted pictures and a link to James Beard's Buttermilk Bread and swore it is the easiest bread ever.

I had some buttermilk in the refrigerator that needed using, so I gave it a try. I have a KitchenAid stand mixer that did most of the work, but I did my fair share of kneading. I set out some good-quality Amish butter to soften while it baked, and friends stopped by with a good selection of cheeses. We feasted. The next morning, it was just as good, toasted with butter and local honey. I might be in trouble. What should I try next? Who's got a challenge for me?

Tonight, I'm looking forward to Nola.com's Cold Brew Mix-Off starting at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon in the courtyard at Brennan's, and Sunday I'm heading across the lake for the Supper under the Stars in Covington.

We are gearing up for the Louisiana Seafood Festival this weekend; I've been involved in that one since the inaugural festival back in 2007. As you may recall, we always sponsor the cooking demonstration stage at the Festival; it has moved to the beautiful Woldenberg Park along the banks of the Mississippi in the historic French Quarter here in New Orleans. Festivities kick off at 11:00 AM tomorrow.

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Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind. Have a great weekend.


Susan Ford

Susan Ford, Publisher

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New Iberia Biscuit-Topped Seafoed Gumbo

Biscuit-Topped Seafood Gumbo

My mother-in-law passed the 1997 cookbook As American as Apple Pie on to me when she gave up cooking. The premise of the book is variations on 20 different American classics; this one comes from the Pot Pie section and is from Helen Johnson of New Iberia, in the heart of Cajun country.

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Camellia's Slow Cooker Beef & Black Bean Chili

Camellia's Slow Cooker Beef & Black Bean Chili

Camellia’s hearty chili is certain to become a game day favorite. With black beans and four different kinds of chilies — poblanos, jalapeño, chipotle powder, and fire-roasted green chilies — there’s a depth of flavor that’ll keep folks coming back for more.

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