Thursday, May 31, 2012   

Welcome to Louisiana Kitchen


Congratulations to Chef Cory Bahr for beating out three 

Susan Fordexcellent chefs on The Food Network's Chopped earlier this week. He did 

a fantastic job, and put Monroe, Louisiana squarely on the state's culinary map. If you've not been to Restaurant Cotton, you owe it to yourself to stop in as soon as you can.


St. Bernard Parish has voted, and selected St. Bernard's Top Twenty Eats. These People's Choice Awards were announced last month, and I have been remiss in talking about them. More than 200 people turned in ballots, and the winners range from white table cloth to a pizza joint. Not surprisingly, iconic Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant, where "Ladies are Invited" took top honors. Read the full list here, and make some time to get out to Da Parish and eat.


I had one of those "duh, why didn't I think of that" moments earlier this week. While browsing the vast interwebs I came across the fact that most standard Mason jars fit on most standard blenders. HELLO!! I absolutely hate having to clean the blender bowl, but I use it all the time to make salad dressings, smoothies, marinades, and fruit juices—while not exactly a life-altering moment, it's still exciting. I literally went straight to the kitchen to try it out, and even went out and bought a couple of pint jars with handles. I'll keep you posted on the various concoctions I come up with.


There's lots going on around the entire state. View the calendar of events below, and keep in mind that if you have an account with, you can easily add your own community events to the calendar.


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  Jyl Benson's Crabmeat Salad  
Crabmeat Salad

This is one of those recipes that, once tasted, you'll crave time and again. Seasoned with onion, capers, lemon, and McIlhenny's Spicy Mayonnaise, it's incredibly versatile. Crab and avocado complement each other beautifully, but you can also use this salad to stuff ripe Creole tomatoes, celery sticks, or lettuce boats; slice a flaky croissant, add lettuce and tomato, and use it as a sandwich spread; top crostini, crackers, or sliced cucumbers with a dollop for passed hors d'oeuvres, or just sit down and eat it with a spoon. Make some this weekend.

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  Roasted Shrimp and Penne Pasta Salad  
Roasted Shrimp and Penne Pasta Salad

We named Ralph Brennan a Louisiana Icon in the premiere issue of Louisiana Kitchen for many, and varied, reasons, not the least of which is his fantastic cookbook, Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood. I bought a copy when it first came out in 2008, and refer to it on a routine basis. This recipe is one of my favorites.

Roast shrimp in mixture of garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. The pasta is tossed with green onions, peppers, feta cheese, and some seasonings. Do the prep work in advance, and the whole dish comes together in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for a luncheon, or a light summer dinner.

  Berry Pudding with Cream  
Berry Pudding

This is an easy, delicious use for summer's ripest berries. Start with a loaf of white bread and five pints of mixed, very ripe berries. They're cooked with a little sugar, then layered in a loaf pan with the slices of bread. The whole thing is refrigerated overnight, or up to 2 days, making it the perfect choice for a dinner party dessert. Serve it sliced in bowls, and pass heavy cream.

Chilled Berry Pudding with Cream

​Excerpted from "Cooking in the Moment" by Andrea Reusing

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Calendar of Events

Jun 7, 2012 to Jun 10, 2012

Cypress Bend: 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series

Jun 8, 2012 to Jun 10, 2012

Baton Rouge: Uplifting the Coast Festival

Bunkie: Louisiana Corn Festival

New Orleans: Creole Tomato Festival

New Orleans: Vieux To Do

Jun 8, 2012

New Orleans: Ladies in Red Gala

Jun 8, 2012 to Jun 9, 2012

New Orleans: Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World

Jun 9, 2012

Monroe: The 5th Annual Downtown Art Fest

Ruston: Hells Hills 10K

Jun 9, 2012 to Jun 10, 2012

New Orleans: Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Jun 10, 2012

New Orleans: 22nd Annual Celebrity Chef Gift of Life Gala

Jun 15, 2012 to Jun 19, 2012

Hammond: Juneteenth Festival

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