Louisiana Eats!

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice. In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure — exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!

Poppy Tooker invites Louisiana caviar processor John Burke into the studio and imbibes in the intoxicating aura of Margarita Bergen.

Cajun Caviar (Yields 8 cups)

Daube Glacee (Yields 4 dozen slices)

3/4 cup shredded beef (roast or boiled beef)
20 pimento stuffed green olives, sliced
1 box veal stock
2 packages gelatin
1 bunch green onions, minced
4 Tablespoons flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons Lea & Perrin Worcestershire sauce

Pecan Cocoons (Yields 3 dozen)

1 cup butter
4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2-3/4 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 Tablespoon ice water
2 cups powdered sugar for rolling

Holiday Preparations

Dec 8, 2010

Aunt Daisy's Candied Grapefruit Peel

Yields 16 - 4 oz. gift jars

4 cups Louisiana grapefruit peels
cup Kosher salt
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
& 6 cups sugar

Cut a bag of grapefruit (8 - 12) in half, juice and reserve for later use.

Hanukkah Edition

Dec 1, 2010

Mildred's Potato Latkes (Yields 24 latkes)

6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and grated
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
1 small onion, grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
teaspoon baking powder
Oil for frying

Drain potatoes thoroughly. Mix all ingredients together. Drop by the tablespoon full into inch of hot oil in a frying pan. Fry until browned on both sides, turning only once so potatoes do not get soggy.

Drain on paper towels and serve.

Basic Poultry Stock

1 poultry carcass (chicken, turkey, duck, goose - NO SKIN!)
1 carrot
1 onion
2 ribs celery
Herbs & peppercorns (optional)

After most of the meat has been stripped from the bones, add the carcass to a stock pot with the carrot, onion and celery. (For a darker stock, you can roast the seasoning vegetables in advance and leave the peel on the onion).

Cheese Pumpkin Jam (Yields approximately 3 cups)

1 small cheese pumpkin (or other dense variety)
6 cups sugar
8 cups water

Peel the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and the stringy membrane that holds them in. Cut into 1 inch sized cubes. In a large, heavy pot add 1 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water for each 4 cups of pumpkin. When the sugar is dissolved, add the pumpkin, bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook uncovered until the liquid has dissolved and the pumpkin is reduced to jam.

A Feast of a Show

Nov 3, 2010

Seafood Stuffed Mirlitons (Serves 8)

4 mirliton or choyote squash
1 stick of butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Pound of peeled shrimp, chopped
1 Pound of claw crabmeat
2 tablespoons diced ham
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 bunch thinly sliced green onions
Salt and pepper to taste
Additional bread crumbs and butter for topping

Halloween Edition

Oct 27, 2010

CALAS (Yields 1 dozen calas)

MIX TOGETHER
2 CUPS COOKED RICE
6 T FLOUR
3 HEAPING T SUGAR
2 TSP. BAKING POWDER
1/4 TSP. SALT
1/4 TSP. VANILLA
NUTMEG
THEN ADD
2 EGGS
TOPPING
POWDERED SUGAR

Mix the rice and dry ingredients together thoroughly. Add the eggs and when thoroughly mixed, drop by spoonfuls into hot deep fat (360 degrees) and fry until brown. Drain on paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

Cajun Edition

Oct 20, 2010

CREOLE CARBONNADES (Serves 6 - 8)

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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