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!

Love At First Bite

Feb 9, 2011

Chocolate Truffles (Yields 30)

1/3 cup heavy cream
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup cocoa powder (or combination of other powdered ingredients) for dusting

Chinese Chicken Salad (Serves 6-8)

1 whole chicken or 6 chicken breasts

1 bunch thinly sliced green onions

1 large cucumber

1 cup sesame tahini paste (or peanut butter)

1/4 cup dark sesame oil (for dressing)

2 additional tablespoons dark sesame oil (to mix with cooked noodles)

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon Sriracha pepper sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

1 lb Chinese egg noodles or linguini

1/2 head shredded iceberg lettuce

Mulligatawny Soup (Serves 6 - 8)

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
4 cups chicken broth
1 Granny Smith apple cored and chopped, with the peel on
1/2 cup, cooked white rice
1 cup cooked, diced chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream

The King and Dat Dog

Jan 19, 2011

Sauce a Moutarde Japonais

Sauces 4 to 6 hotdogs

4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup smoked sausage, finely diced
1 tomato, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 tablespoon prepared wasabi mustard
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Cajun seasoned salt to taste

Cooking Grass-fed Beef

Grass fed beef requires about 30 percent less cooking time and retains its moisture if cooked at slightly lower temperatures.

First, briefly sear your steak over a high heat on the grill or in a cast iron pan. Then, reduce the heat to medium high. Use a meat thermometer for best results.

Molly Kimball's Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (Makes 4 cups)

4 cups cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp. sour cream
1 Tbsp. half & half
1 Tbsp. butter
4 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Cheese
Dash of salt (optional) and pepper to taste

Garnish (optional): bacon bits, cheese & chives

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.

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