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.


Louisiana Eats!
3:30 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Cajun Edition


2 lbs beef stew meat
1 cup flour
1 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
1/4 cup Creole mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

4 Idaho potatoes, cut into inch cubes and parboiled until tender

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Louisiana Eats!
3:29 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Food on the Move

Vanilla Pull Taffy (Yields 1 pound)

1 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoons butter

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Louisiana Eats!
1:07 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

The Week of Octoberfest

German Potato Salad (Serves 4 - 6)

4 medium, Idaho potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
4 slices bacon
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons salad oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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Louisiana Eats!
8:45 am
Wed September 29, 2010

The Week of Heroes

Poppy talks to Ashley Graham about who is not eating in Louisiana and NOCCA student's winning recipe for Emeril's restaurants.

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Louisiana Eats!
7:45 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

175th Anniversary of the Streetcar

Host Poppy Tooker interviews UNO history professor Michael Mizell-Nelson to discuss the famous New Orleans streetcar, and sits down with NOPSI home service rep Billie Carpenter.

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Louisiana Eats!
4:21 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Back to School Edition

Roasted Okra

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

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Louisiana Eats!
4:12 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Extreme Cuisine Edition

Mock Turtle Soup (Serves 8)

1 1/2 pounds beef brisket, cubed
1 cup canola oil
1 cup flour
2 onions, chopped
1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 pound ham, finely chopped
2 quarts water
3 bay leaves
6 whole cloves
1 teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sherry
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced

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Louisiana Eats!
4:43 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

BBQ and Labor Day Weekend

BBQ SHRIMP (Serves 6)

6 pounds large shrimp, head on
1 lbs. butter, melted
10 cloves garlic, peeled and cracked open
3 lemons
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon dry ginger
1 tsp celery seed
1 tablespoon cardomom

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Louisiana Eats!
9:32 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Katrina Remembrance and City of Gastronomy

Poppy Tooker talks with Leah Chase about recovering after Katrina and the exciting news from Gary Nabhan about New Orleans being proposed to be the City of Gastronomy.

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Louisiana Eats!
3:55 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Chili Peppers and Rose Wine

Pepper Vinegar

1 pint small, hot peppers of choice
1 pint of cider vinegar

Put the peppers in a clean, glass bottle. Fill with vinegar and screw the top on tightly. Store the pepper vinegar in a cool, dark place for at least a week before using.

Use as a condiment as desired.

***This pepper vinegar improves with age and can be renewed by periodically adding more vinegar to the bottle. It is not necessary to add more peppers.

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