September 24, 2015
I have a new boyfriend. I confessed to my husband earlier this week -- He rolled his eyes and said, what now?
It's my new 3.6 quart enameled cast iron casserole from Lodge Manufacturing. I've had it for a couple of weeks now and it has only left my stovetop for a quick trip to the sink for washing. I have baked rolls in it, made vindaloo, paella, pasta sauce with meatballs, our favorite white beans with lemon and Italian sausage; and I find myself making mental lists of recipes I want to cook in it. Mind you, I have really good All-Clad stainless steel cookware along with my collection of cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens, but this is hands-down my favorite for the kind of cooking I do on a routine basis. Put it on your holiday wish list if you don't have one already.
This week master barbecuers are gathering in Vidalia to compete in the State Championship Jim Bowie BBQ Throwdown. Forty-five teams (a record) from Mississippi and Louisiana will compete, judged by Kansas City Barbecue certified judges. The Jim Bowie Festival is open to the general public; $5.00 admission if you're 12 or older. Great barbecue, and, since it's Louisiana, plenty of live music to go along with the food.
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.
Susan Ford, Publisher
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Sep 23, 2015 to Sep 26, 2015
Sep 23, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
New Iberia: Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
Sep 24, 2015
Alexandria: Les Fest Jammin' In The Jungle
Sep 24, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
Gonzales: Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship
Luling: Alligator Festival
Sep 24, 2015 to Oct 4, 2015
Monroe: ARK-LA-MISS Fair
Sep 25, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
Belle Chasse: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Fair
Cut Off: COYC Hurricane Festival
Sep 25, 2015 to Sep 26, 2015
Bogalusa: Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Dubach: Louisiana Chicken Festival
New Iberia: SugaFest 4-H Livestock Show
Ponchatoula: Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show
Vidalia: Jim Bowie Festival & BBQ Throwdown
Sep 25, 2015
Covington: Wings and Wine
Sep 26, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
Houma: Best of the Bayou Festival
Sep 26, 2015
Minden: Germantown Bluegrass Festival
Pineville: Louisiana Liar's Contest
St. Francisville: Louisiana Vets Festival
Sep 27, 2015
Baton Rouge: Festival Latino
Lake Charles: Calca-Chew Food Festival
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