Poppy Tooker

Host of Louisiana Eats!

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:50 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The Wistful Palate Effect

Mouthwatering produce at the Red Stick Farmer's Market

Crabmeat Ravigote

1lb. lump crabmeat
2 cups mayonnaise
6 oz. capers, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 bunch green onions, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 egg
1 cup oil
Salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste
1 head iceberg lettuce, finely sliced

Combine lemon juice and egg in food processor. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil. Mix together crab, mayonnaise, capers, parsley and green onions. Chill thoroughly and serve on a bed of lettuce.

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Louisiana Eats!
7:18 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

A Chef Who Nose

Author Molly Birnbaum

Salade de Xuxu

Serves 4

2 raw merlitons (choyotes)
3 oranges
1 bunch of green onion, sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh coriander, parsley or mint, finely chopped

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Louisiana Eats!
3:26 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Harvest Edition

Chef John Besh's new book.

Creole Mustard Cream Sauce

Yields approximately 1 cup

1/2 cup Creole mustard
1 cup heavy cream

Add 1 cup heavy cream to a 1 1/2 quarts sauce pot. Bring to a boil over a high heat, whisking constantly until the cream is reduced by half. Reduce the heat and whisk in the Creole mustard. Creole Mustard Cream Sauce is equally as good served as a dipping sauce for boudin as it is on andouille sausage.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:44 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Boudin & Beer

Creole Carbonnades

Serves 6 - 8

2 lbs beef stew meat
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oil
2 thinly sliced onions
2 tablespoons demi glace (or the commercial products Marmite or Bovril)
2 bottles of dark beer
8 - 10 rounds of stale French bread
1/2 cup Creole mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
4 Idaho potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and parboiled until tender

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Louisiana Eats!
6:32 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

The Gorilla Man and The Empress of Steak & NOLA Goes Pink

Author Randy Fertel

Crystal Honey Sauce

1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce
1/4 cup honey

This recipe originates with Chef Darin Nesbit of the Bourbon House. Chef Darin tosses fried alligator in the sauce and serves it with blue cheese dressing for dipping, a la buffalo wings.

Bring the 1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce to a boil in a saucepan and boil until it has reduced in volume by half. Add the honey to the hot sauce, return to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook together for 10 minutes.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:41 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Edition, Prohibition

Filmmaker Ken Burns

Satsuma-cello

6 to 8 small to medium satsumas, well-washed, free of any exterior green
1  bottle grain alcohol (750 mL)
3 cups sugar
2 cups water

Use a Microplane or other zester to remove the rind from the satsumas. As you scrape the rind from the fruit, push into the open bottle of grain alcohol until it is filled to the top.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:14 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Gator Done

Alligator hunter Joey Fonseca

Crystal Honey Sauce

1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce
1/4 cup honey

This recipe originates with Chef Darin Nesbit of the Bourbon House. Chef Darin tosses fried alligator in the sauce and serves it with blue cheese dressing for dipping, a la buffalo wings.

Bring the 1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce to a boil in a saucepan and boil until it has reduced in volume by half. Add the honey to the hot sauce, return to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook together for 10 minutes.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:31 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Muy Caliente

Crab Yvonne

Serves 6

6 tablespoons butter
1 lb. Lump crabmeat
8 - 10 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
1 8 oz can of artichoke bottoms, thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste

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Louisiana Eats!
6:29 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Cultivating the Next Generation

Liberty's Kitchen is located at 422 1/2 S. Broad Street in New Orleans.

Crab Yvonne (Serves 6)

6 tablespoons butter
1 lb. Lump crabmeat
8 - 10 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
1 8 oz can of artichoke bottoms, thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat butter in skillet. On a medium high heat, saute mushrooms in butter until they release their juices. Add green onions and artichoke bottoms and stirring carefully until heated through. Carefully stir in crab, trying to keep lump meat as whole as possible. Season to taste and serve.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:49 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Domenica Restaurant's Chef Alon Shaya.

Roasted Okra

2 pounds okra (preferably small pods - if using larger, cut into 1 inch lengths)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or water
Salt

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