Louisiana Eats!
6:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.
Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.
Credit Jimmy Delery

Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from NYU’s food studies program to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed.

We’ll also visit the Steamboat Warehouse in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with Kyan Douglas, and make leftovers with Scott Gold and his enormous jar of kimchi. 

John Besh’s Cherry Tomato Five-Minute Sauce (Yields 1.5 quarts)

From Cooking From The Heart

1/4 cup olive oil

2 quarts ripe cherry tomatoes, halved

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh basil

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the tomatoes, pepper flakes and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for another 5 minutes. Add the basil.

Pour the sauce into a food mill and puree. Season with salt and pepper.  If you’re not using it immediately, transfer the sauce to re-sealable plastic bags or quart containers and freeze.

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