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September 25, 2014        

I had an old friend in town with his wife earlier this week, someone I did business with for many years. We enjoyed meals out in San Francisco, Portland, and New York during our business travels -- Hugh subscribed to Louisiana Kitchen & Culture earlier this year and was inspired to visit. He enjoys music as much as he enjoys food, so it's a perfect match. 

I was delighted to introduce him to a few New Orleans restaurants early in the week. They headed over to Breaux Bridge yesterday and had dinner last night with LK&C subscriber Debbie Gautier (featured in the Cajun Country Cooking feature in the current issue of the magazine) she provided an itemized list of what they must see and do while they're there. Hugh's wife is Canadian, and so is particularly interested in learning more about the Acadiana settlers.

After Breaux Bridge they'll swing through Lafayette, pick up Highway 90 and spend some time in Houma and Thibodaux, before heading back to Portland. I know they'll be back to visit, and tell their friends about our state's unique culinary culture and heritage, and hospitality.

Enter to Win! We are once again a sponsor of the cooking demonstration stage at the Louisiana Seafood Festival that kicks off October 10 and runs through the 12th. This year, we're giving a lucky winner and guest the opportunity to sit on stage while Chef Austin Kirzner of Redfish Grill conducts a cooking demonstration - even better, he'll feed you when he's done. Click here to enter to win; deadline for entries is October 6. Austin's demo is Friday night, October 10

Festival season is in full swing; there are so many events over the next two weeks I couldn't list them all. There are a lot of regional fairs going on over the next few weeks; take a look at our events calendar to see what's going on in your region.

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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This is a make-ahead recipe -- it needs to marinate for at least 8 and up to 24 hours refrigerated to meld flavors. It's perfect for a buffet table, as a cold appetizer, as a topping for an entrée salad, or just for snacking. The recipe does not include a method for boiling shrimp, so see our tip here for perfect shrimp every time.

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Sep 24, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

New Iberia: Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

Sep 25, 2014

Alexandria: Les Fest Jammin' In The Jungle

Sep 25, 2014 to Sep 27, 2014

Baker: Baker Buffalo Festival

Sep 25, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

Luling: Alligator Festival

Sep 26, 2014 to Sep 27, 2014

Dulach: Louisiana Chicken Festival

New Iberia: SugaFest 4-H Livestock Show

Vidalia: Jim Bowie Festival & BBQ Throwdown

Sep 27, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

Baton Rouge: Corn Maze and Harvest Days

Houma: Best of the Bayou Festival

Sep 27, 2014

Breaux Bridge: Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce Jambalaya Cookoff

Mandeville: Mandeville Octoberfest

Sep 28, 2014

Baton Rouge: Festival Latino

Lake Charles: Calca-Chew Food Festival

Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 4, 2014

Leesville: Leesville Lions Club Rodeo

Oct 3, 2014 to Oct 5, 2014

Chauvin: T-Caillou Lions Club Fair

Gretna: Gretna Heritage Festival

Oct 3, 2014 to Oct 4, 2014

Lecompte: Lecompte Pie Festival

Opelousas: Opelousas Spice & Music Festival

Oct 3, 2014

Slidell: St. Tammany Home Builders Association's Fall Fishing Tournament

Oct 4, 2014 to Oct 5, 2014

Breaux Bridge: Breaux Bridge Citywide Garage Sale

Oct 4, 2014

Golden Meadow: Bayou Music Festival Shrimp Cookoff

Lafayette: Latin Music Festival

Lockport: Lockport Town-wide Garage Sale

New Iberia: SugaSheaux

Slidell: Wild Game-Seafood-Barbecue Cook-Off

St. Martinville: La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns

Sulphur: Smokin' on the Grove Sulphur BBQ Fest

Oct 4, 2014 to Oct 5, 2014

Mandeville: Louisiana Wildfowl Festival

Oct 4, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014

Shreveport: Red River Revel Arts Festival

Oct 5, 2014

Port Allen: SugarFest

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