I spent this past Thursday afternoon zipping from one farmers market to the other. Whereas Saturday markets are altogether larger gatherings with greater choice, our city’s Thursday evening markets offer some surprises.
From chicken noodle soup to alcohol-spiked drinks, everyone has a preferred remedy for cold symptoms. Since she was feeling a little under the weather, Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, asked some foodies for their tried and true remedies from around the globe. Their suggestions range from the gentle to the pungent, but each bears a timeworn seal of approval.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.
Originally started by American Express, this national day to shop small and locally fits so nicely with farmers markets. After all, you can’t get much smaller than the family who farms and sells their products directly.
On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll celebrate Thanksgiving by speaking with expert chefs, roasters, and bakers. First, Molly Stevens provides us with tricks of the trade for roasting everything from vegetables to seafood. Then, Chef Chris DeBarr and Lee Stafford collaborate to serve a Thanksgiving meal made entirely from local foods available at the time of Louisiana's settlement. Plus, Poppy teaches us how to deep-fry a turkey and Kate McDermott shares tips for baking pies.
For those of you hosting a Thanksgiving meal, Monday signals the official start of crunch time. If you're cooking-challenged, or simply short on time, trying to pull together a traditional holiday meal for family and guests can be an anxiety-inducing experience.
But don't fret, says Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook. There's still time to impress everyone and salvage your sanity — starting with some supermarket shortcuts.
With Thanksgiving a few days away, you have to save as much stomach room as you can. That means, of course, breathing your food. To that end: Le Whif Breathable Chocolate. They're like little plastic chocolate cigarettes, filled with some kind of chocolate powder.
Pashman presents his Veggieducken. "A banana squash is about 2 feet long; it's one of the largest squashes money can buy," he says. "So this thing is big. It takes a couple hours to cook — it is an event."
Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor.
Soul food conjures up thoughts of rich dishes full of butter or gravy — comfort foods. But soul food comes out of one of America's darkest chapters. Chef Melba Wilson, owner of Melba's Restaurant and Melba's 125 in Harlem, N.Y., explains that the basis of the cooking comes from the food slave owners gave to slaves.