Holiday Season Starts Early Around Here



We are putting the finishing touches on our recipe list for our holiday issue and my mouth is watering. I've got nieces and nephews bringing great nieces and nephews over to help decorate gingerbread men this weekend. There was so much fudge in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago we couldn't give it all away -- so much, in fact, we finally gave up eating it. There are still a few bites left.

From hors d'oeurves to dessert, and a little bit of everything in between, we've got what you need to put a bit of Louisiana on your table over the entire holiday season. Cue the Christmas music! 

Last week I asked you to go vote for the Louisiana Seafood Festival for USA Today's Top Ten Food Festivals in America; thanks to your help it finished up at number 6 on the list. Not bad; it's only been around for 7 years. Earlier this week they announced the food and music lineup for the event in October; details here, mark your calendars.

It's Festival Season! We have more festivals in Louisiana than there are days in the year, and September is starting to get busy. We've updated our events list with lots of new listings; check it out here and plan your upcoming weekends. Email Jim if there's something you know of that isn't listed.

Last night I went to the kickoff party for New Orleans' We Live to Eat Restaurant Week celebration. You will find lower-priced lunch and dinner options at some of the city's best restaurants; participating restaurants are listed here.

This week's recipes include Donald Link's Cajun Macaroni Salad, Spicy Glaze Chicken Legs, and Sautéed Shrimp over Jalapeño Cornbread. Click here to access the full newsletter with links to the recipes and a list of upcoming events around the state.




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