The Salt
4:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Forget Fish Fridays: In Louisiana, Gator Is On The Lenten Menu

Tastes like chicken, but it's OK for Lent: Fried alligator, as served at New Orleans' Cochon restaurant.
Chris Granger Courtesy of Cochon

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:59 pm

Is it OK to eat alligator on Fridays during Lent? That question isn't just rhetorical in Louisiana, which has large populations of both Catholics and gators.

"Alligator's such a natural for New Orleans," says Jay Nix, owner of Parkway Bakery, which serves a mean alligator sausage po boy sandwich. "Alligator gumbo, jambalaya. I mean, it's a wonder that alligator isn't our mascot, you know?"

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Food : Farmers Market Minute
1:03 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Gumbo des Herbes

Leah Chase at the Crescent City Farmers Market.

Earlier this week, I had one of those enviable New Orleans moments. There I was: standing in a farmers market, debating with a group of market-goers as to whether Lent’s Gumbo des Herbes does or does not contain meat.

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Where Y'Eat
8:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

The New Orleans Lenten Fish Fry

Cartons of fried fish are filled with tradition at New Orleans Lenten fish fries.
Ian McNulty

Each Friday during Lent, churches around New Orleans are transformed into bustling community cafeterias, full of people, suffused with the aroma of frying fish and driven by the pulse of deep tradition.

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Farmers Market Minute
11:00 am
Sat February 25, 2012

Juice Your Lenten Cocktail

Turnips are plentiful and generous: Juice both the roots and tops.
Richard McCarthy marketumbrella.org

It is only right that we embrace the ebb and flow of the seasons. So out with the king cakes and in with fish on Fridays. Out with spirits and in with beverages that cleanse the soul and the colon. Yes, I said colon. I too find it a bit awkward to utter on the radio. So, let me move on to the point.

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Farmers Market Minute
3:37 pm
Sat February 20, 2010

Farmers Market Lenten Fare