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>Comfort Food: Red Beans and Rice

It’s Fat Tuesday {A Collection of Recipes for Mardi Gras}

I am not from Louisiana, nor have I ever lived there.  I do, however, have some Louisiana ties (my mama’s mama’s people are from Shreveport), and I grew up drinking Coffee with chicory and eating things like gumbo and shrimp creole and putting Tobasco sauce on just about everything.  The holy trinity is in my […]

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>The Story of post-Thanksgiving Gumbo

The Story of post-Thanksgiving Gumbo

There has been a tradition in our family for a number of years now of making gumbo with our leftover turkey on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  I’m not sure exactly when it started, but Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving until we’ve made gumbo. My aunt even brings her own container to take it home in when […]

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Southern Culinary Traditions At the King and Prince: Shrimp and Grits

A week or so ago, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and laptop, and climbed in a car with my good friend, Rachel.  We drove five hours south of Atlanta to St. Simons Island, Georgia for three nights and two days at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.  Rachel and I have […]

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$5 Slow Food Challenge: Jambalaya and Community

The concept of community is relatively new for me, but I’m learning to embrace the idea.  I’m lucky, because my neighbors are warm and welcoming – something that I’ve not always been completely familiar or comfortable with.  I’m getting there, though – more and more every day. I signed on with Slow Food USA about […]

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>Comfort Food: Red Beans and Rice

> Okay, so these aren’t exactly RED beans.  They’re actually Cranberry beans, and they’re the closest thing I had to red  beans in my pantry.  I think they’re really pretty in their dried state, and they’re packed with lots of good fiber (if you’re interested in that sort of thing).  From the time I was […]

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>Recipes from the Pirate’s Pantry, and a Forrest Gump reference

> Today’s dinner recipe comes from a beloved Junior League of Lake Charles, Louisiana cookbook called Pirate’s Pantry.  This book was originally published in 1976, and we’ve had it in our family for about that long. Amazingly, it’s still available for purchase from Amazon.  This book is not actually in my collection, it’s in my […]

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