Rudy Lombard

Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, an exhibit that examines the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave," comes to life with some amazing documents that shed light on his true story.

Chris Kehoe

Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City.

Lawyer Rudy Lombard discusses his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, while Dr. Jessica Harris leads you through a history of African-American foodstuffs. Plus homemaker Billie Carpenter.

Stuffed Shrimp (Serves 6)

3 Tablespoons butter
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 celery rib, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
1/2 loaf French bread
1 lb. fresh claw crabmeat
4 cups plain, dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds fresh shrimp (about 36)
Salt and pepper
2 cups flour
1 egg
1 cup milk
Oil for frying

Fried Chicken a la Leah Chase

Serves 4 - 6

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
Salt and pepper
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.