Louisiana Eats

Louisiana Eats!
6:01 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Dooky Chase Traditions - Past and Present

Chef Leah Chase

Fried Chicken a la Leah Chase

Serves 4 - 6

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
Salt and pepper
Flour
Oil for deep frying

Rinse the chicken piece thoroughly and pat dry. Liberally season the chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge in all-purpose flour. Heat the oil to 350 degrees and add the chicken to the hot oil making sure not to crowd the pot with too many pieces at one time. Set a timer for 20 minutes and when the timer rings, remove the chicken from the oil and drain on a rack. Serve immediately.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:59 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Plentiful Passover Practices

Creole Oyster Bisque

Serves 8

1 qt. oysters and their juice
3 stalks finely chopped celery
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
3 stalks finely chopped celery
6 tablespoons flour
2 cups oyster liquor (or oyster rinse water)**
2 teaspoons thyme
2 bay leaves
3 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled, cubed and blanched
1 bunch thinly sliced green onions
2 cups heavy cream (or 1/2 & 1/2)
Salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste

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Louisiana Eats!
5:40 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Besh & The Boys

New Orleans native, Chef John Besh

Crawfish Etouffee (Serves 4)

1 lb. crawfish tails
1 Stick butter (8 oz)
1 Bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 Clove garlic
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Cup of water to rinse out crawfis tail bags
1 Teaspoon thyme
2 Bay leaves
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 turns of the peppermill
Scant 1/2 Teaspoon salt

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Louisiana Eats!
6:08 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Turn the Page - Tennessee Makes 100

Pultizer Prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams.

Brandy Alexander

Serves 1

1.5 ounces brandy
1 ounce dark creme de cacao
2 ounces heavy cream
Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine all of the ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously for about a minute.  Strain into a chilled, stemmed martini glass and top with a just a bit of freshly grated nutmeg.
 

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Louisiana Eats!
1:25 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Ripening on the Vine

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

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Louisiana Eats!
4:43 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Stories of Struggles & Success

Dr. Jessica Harris' new book, High on the Hog

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.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:25 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Peeling Apart the Segregated Past

Although it is iconic, the New Orleans streetcar has a dark history.

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

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Louisiana Eats!
5:58 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Love At First Bite

Cupid thoroughly enjoying himself.

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

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Louisiana Eats!
4:52 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

The Far East in The Dirty South

Five Happiness Restaurant on S. Carrollton Ave. commemorates Chinese New Year with dragon dances.

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

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Louisiana Eats!
6:04 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

A Tale of Two Companies

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

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