February 8, 2018


Happy Mardi Gras! I love this time of year, and hope the rain holds off for the parades over the next 6 days. I live in a part of New Orleans that gets boxed in by parades, either coming or going, so I have to plan my grocery store runs carefully. But the bonus is, there's Mardi Gras all around me. We're just a few blocks off the St. Charles Avenue parade route, so it even SOUNDS like Mardi Gras when I step out the door.

If you're not fortunate enough to live in a city that celebrates Mardi Gras, but are in or near Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, or Washington, DC, keep an eye out for purple, green and gold food trucks on Fat Tuesday. Our Lt. Governor's office is sending them in, and they'll be passing out King Cake -- and there will be an opportunity to enter to win a trip to Louisiana. Check your local media for details.

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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. Please remember that food banks struggle this time of year; pick up a few extra items of non-perishable food items and make a donation to your local food bank.

Best regards,

Susan Ford

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Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

That is a 7-quart Dutch oven full of goodness! The key to the rich color and deep flavor is in taking the time to thoroughly brown your meats. But that leave plenty of time to get the rest of your prep work done while the browning takes place -- bonus, it'll stay warm for a long time after it's done if you keep the lid on. It's perfect for a Mardi Gras potluck. Or a family reunion, as my family can attest!

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Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Don't let the title scare you off; aside from the beef and fresh vegetables, the only ingredient in the recipe that *might* not be in your pantry, and if it's not, it should be. This is from Christopher Kimball's excellent new cookbook, Milk Street, The New Home Cooking. I've been making my own version of this for years; I usually make extra dressing and serve the whole thing over cold cooked noodles. Yum.

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Venison Burgundy

Venison Burgundy

We had a lot of fun recreating Julia Child's magnificent Boeuf Bourgouignon with venison. You'll find this delicious weekend recipe on page 11 of the current issue, available at newsstands and by subscription. Subscribe today, and get your copy next week.

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