Louisiana Eats!

Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.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!

Ripening on the Vine

Mar 9, 2011

Oeufs a la Bechamel

Serves 4

6 hard boiled eggs
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper

It's Carnival Time!

Mar 2, 2011

Jello Shots

Makes approximately 16-32 shots, depending on the size of your paper souffle cups.

Jello, 3 oz box (grape, lemon and lime for Mardi Gras colors, of course!)
Water
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup Everclear grain alcohol (for the brave of heart)
5 or 6 ice cubes
Paper souffle cups in 1 ounce size

Breakfast Rice and Eggs

1 Cup of Rice
2 Cups of Water or Stock
1/2 teaspoon salt (if desired)
1 tablespoon butter (if desired)
1 Egg for each cup of rice

Prepare rice:
1. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Add the rice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of butter, stir once.
3. Cover the pot and return the water to a boil.
4. Immediately turn the stove down to simmer and cook about 15-20 minutes.

Rice is usually done when the water is completely absorbed.

Shrimp Creole
From Woodstoves to Microwaves

2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 large onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons green pepper, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 to 2 cans water
Pinch of thyme
2 tablespoons parsley
2 pounds shrimp, cleaned
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

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

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