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October 30, 2014        

Emeril's Carnival du Vin celebrates 10 years next weekend; the event raises millions of dollars for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which "supports children's educational programs, life skills development initiatives, culinary training, and cultural enrichment."

On Friday, November 7, the 4th annual Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer portion of the weekend takes place at Champion's Square in New Orleans; it has by far outgrown the original location. Tickets are still available; $99 in advance, and limited tickets will be available at the gate for $125. Get your tickets now and support this worthy foundation. 

My friends Karen Profita and Lisa Manda, of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, were in town yesterday and treated me to lunch at the Westin. We then drove over for a tour of the newly-opened Southern Food & Beverage museum, then stopped by Café Reconcile for an update on that excellent program — which is one of several programs supported by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

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

Susan Ford

Susan Ford, President

Our Kitchen & Culture, LLC

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John Folse's Spicy Fried Catfish Puffballs

Spicy Fried Catfish Puffs

From Chef John Folse's cookbook Hooks, Lies & Alibis, this recipe combines some of our favorite ingredients: catfish, rice, and the Trinity. Beaten egg whites add the puff; try these. You may have a new family favorite. Note: the pirogue pictured on the front cover of the cookbook will be installed in the bar in his new restaurant, Seafood R'evolution, slated to open in mid-November in Jackson, MS.

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Seafood-Stuffed Mirliton

Seafood-Stuffed Mirliton

From LK&C charter subscriber Tommy Centola's cookbook You Can't Keep New Orleans Out of the Cook, this recipe included shrimp, crab, and ham. The weather is going to be cooler this weekend; perfect for a crisp evening meal. (See event calendar below; the mirliton festival is in New Orleans this weekend.)

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Creole String Beans with Potatoes and Ham

Creole String Beans with Potatoes and Ham

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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Oct 31, 2014 to Nov 2, 2014

New Orleans: Voodoo Music Experience

Opelousas: Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival

Nov 1, 2014 to Nov 2, 2014

Abbeville: Giant Omelette Celebration

Nov 1, 2014

Baton Rouge: Louisiana Book Festival

Lockport: Savor the Flavor

New Iberia: The Great Chili Challenge

New Orleans: Mirliton Festival

Plaquemine: Plaquemine Fall Festival

Zwolle: Louisiana Native American Art Fest

Nov 2, 2014

Metairie: Pet Fest

New Orleans: 2014 New Orleans Kidney Walk

Westwego: Tour de Jefferson Bike Ride

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

Nov 7, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014

Metairie: Oyster Festival St. Clement of Rome 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

View entire event list here (search by name, city)

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