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!

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Major Support for Louisiana Eats! comes from: 

Zatarain's, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Rouses Supermarkets.

With additional support from the Dickie Brennan Family of Restaurants.

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.

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.

SEAFOOD GUMBO

1/2 CUP OIL
1 CUP FLOUR
4 GUMBO CRABS
2 LBS. SHRIMP
1 ONION, CHOPPED
1 BELL PEPPER, CHOPPED
3 STALKS CELERY, CHOPPED
2 LBS. OKRA, SLICED 1/4"
OIL FOR FRYING OKRA
1 - 1 LB. CAN CRUSHED TOMATOES
1 GALLON SHRIMP STOCK
1 CLOVE GARLIC
2 T THYME
1 BAY LEAF
1 BUNCH GREEN ONIONS

Creole Cream Cheese (Yields approximately 8 pints)

1 gallon skim milk
1 cup buttermilk
Pinch of salt
6 - 8 drops liquid vegetable rennet (can be purchase in health food stores)

In a large stainless or glass bowl mix together all ingredients. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and leave out on kitchen counter at room temperature for 18 - 24 hours.

Tall Fish Tales

Jul 28, 2010

TROUT PECAN MEUNIERE (Serves 6)

6 trout fillet
1 cup all purpose flour
1 egg

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 sticks butter
Juice of 2 lemons
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lea & Perrin Worcestershire sauce
3 T fresh chopped parsley

Delicious Cocktails

Jul 21, 2010

Oysters Rockefeller (Serves 4)

1 lb. thawed, frozen spinach, squeezed dry
1 bunch green onions
1 celery heart
cup flat leaf parsley
2 sticks melted butter
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons Lea & Perrin Worcestershire sauce
4 oz. Herbsaint or Pernod
Tabasco to taste
1/2 cup Progresso seasoned breadcrumbs
1 quart shucked or 18 - 24 oysters on the half shell

The French Connection

Jul 14, 2010

Crepe Batter (Yields 18 - 24 crepes)

2 cup sifted all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon salt

Safety of Seafood

Jul 7, 2010

From Lolis Eric Elie's Smokestack Lightening

2 cups sugar
  1/4 cup seasoned salt
1/4 cup celery salt
1/4 cup garlic salt
1/4 cup onion salt
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup chili seasoning
6 tablespoons ground black pepper
4 tablespoons ground white pepper
4 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground cloves
 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon marjoram
 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground coriander

All About Red Beans

Jun 23, 2010

Buster Holmes World Famous Red Beans and Rice (Serves 6 - 8)

1 lb. red beans
1 lb. smoked ham hock
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic
1 stick margarine

Pick through beans to remove any rocks. Wash beans and cover with water. Add onion, bell pepper, ham hock and garlic. Cook on slow fire till done (about 2 hours). Add salt, pepper and margarine and cook five minutes. Serve on rice with Louisiana hot sauce and French bread and butter.

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