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September 11, 2014        

This week has been a marathon of photo shoots--fantastic food lined up for our upcoming holiday issue.

Speaking of great food, your Sept/Oct issue is in the mail (cover pictured at right) and should begin hitting mailboxes late this week/early next. It has more than 65 recipes in it, from professional kitchens and home cooks alike. Friends who've had a sneak peek tell me it's the best issue yet.

My niece Jessica and her daughter Jenna (5 last Thursday), and nephew Jonathan, his wife Kayla and their son Mason (9 months) were over this past weekend to help me decorate Christmas cookies for a shoot. (It is clear that none of us should quit our day jobs; more on that down the road). Jenna operates at 110% or 0%, and Mason is perpetually happy. We got an early start and were done with the work portion of the day by noon, leaving us an afternoon for family time. It was a nice day. Both kids were asleep in their carseats before they got on the freeway, and that's just two traffic lights away, so you can imagine how tired they were.

The Weather Speculators are promising a cool front over the weekend, and I've optimistically provided a chowder recipe, a deconstructed chicken with stuffing recipe, and in case the cool front doesn't materialize, a lighter Crunchy Chicken Salad below. As contributor George Graham said, "turn the AC down to low, light a fire, and make the chowder even if it is still 90 outside. It's that good."

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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Festive Roast Chicken with Stuffing

Festive Roast Chicken and Stuffing

Dinner party perfection. The chicken can be seasoned, bread cubes toasted, and sausage and vegetables cooked up to two days in advance; then all you need to do is brown the chicken (15 minutes or so) mix the stuffing, and put this in the oven for 45 minutes or so. It needs to rest for 10 minutes after coming out of the oven, leaving you with an hour or so of time to put together a salad and a side dish.

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Fish Camp Chowder

Fish Camp Chowder

From LK&C reader George Graham's popular blog Acadiana Table, this is a classic seafood chowder. If you are unlucky enough to not have access to speckled trout, use any firm-fleshed mild white fish. Just make sure to have lots of hot crunchy French bread for serving.

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Debbie's Crunchy Chicken Salad

Debbie's Crunchy Chicken Salad

From LK&C charter subscriber Debbie Guidry Gautier, this salad comes together quickly with the use of a store-bought rotisserie chicken. It's great as a lunch or served atop a green salad; slice a croissant or some hearty bread and make a sandwich, or add some cooked pasta for a hearty meal.

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Sep 12, 2014 to Sep 13, 2014

Lydia: Lydia Cajun Food Fest

Natchitoches: Meat Pie Festival

Sep 12, 2014 to Sep 14, 2014

Meraux: St. Bernard Shrimp Festival

Sep 13, 2014

Lake Charles: Lake Charles Black Rodeo

Shreveport: Red River Dragon Boat Festival

Sulphur: Boudin Wars

Sep 13, 2014 to Sep 14, 2014

West Baton Rouge: Oldies But Goodies Fest & Smokin' Oldies Cook-Off

Sep 14, 2014

St. Gabriel: Papa George Fairchild Jambalaya Cook-Off

Sep 18, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

Monroe: ARK-LA-MISS Fair

Sep 19, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014

Colfax: Trucks Gone Wild At Louisiana Mudfest

Oberlin: Allen Parish Fair

Opelousas: St. Landry Parish BBQ Festival

Sep 19, 2014 to Sep 20, 2014

Greenwood: Pioneer Heritage Festival

Mamou: Mamou Cajun Music Festival

St. Martinville: Pepper Festival

Sep 19, 2014

Lake Charles: Senior Citizen Fishing Derby Day

Sep 19, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014

Sulphur: St. Theresa's Bon Ton Festival

Sep 20, 2014

Alexandria: Le Tour de Bayou

Baker: Baker Buffalo Festival Family and Friends Day

Grand Coteau: Exit 11 Yard Sale

Hammond: Tour de’ Tangipahoa

Houma: Evergreen Cajun Fallville Festival and Open Car Show

New Iberia: Cajun French Music Festival

Vermilionville: Native American Culture Day

Sep 20, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014

Houma: United Houma Nation’s Annual Celebrating Abilities

Lake Charles: Midnight Fantasies Lakefront Tour Car, Truck and Bike Show

Sep 21, 2014 to Sep 27, 2014

Natchitoches: Natchitoches Parish Fair And Rodeo

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