New Orleans, La. – Courtney Theard's first day on the job as a cook at a Gretna country club turned into an unanticipated trial by fire. The 19-year-old New Orleans native reported for duty that first day last month ready to learn the ropes, but when the club's chef went home ill, he suddenly found himself responsible for turning out a luau-style dinner for a big party in the dining room.
New Orleans, LA – If you looked at nothing but Census Bureau reports, you could conclude there's been just a small bump in the number of Latino people in the New Orleans area since Hurricane Katrina. But it seems the Census Bureau hasn't gone grocery shopping around town lately.
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
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.
New Orleans, La. – Local seafood plays a role in all kinds of things besides recipes in Louisiana, a relationship that helps explain some of the deep dread that sprang up as the BP oil disaster imperils it.
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces Flour for dredging 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 chopped onion 1 chopped bellpepper 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 bottle of beer and 1 cups chicken stock or water 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. thyme 1 bay leaf 2 T hot sauce Salt, cayenne and black pepper to taste 1 bunch thinly sliced green onions 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
New Orleans, La. – Louisiana food festivals are often pegged to their calendar dates for good reasons, like seasonal freshness or cultural tradition. This weekend, a unique collection of festivals happening together in New Orleans show the importance of such timing, each for its own reason.