Emeril’s King Cake Tres Leches

The Big Easy turns 300 this year – yes, New Orleans is celebrating it’s Tricentennial. The city has a diverse heritage which includes Mardi Gras falling on February 13th this year.  New Orleans represents a strong influence of French, Spanish, African Americans, Cajun and Creole  and people from many parts of the world which have had … Continue reading

Banana Beignets – My Two Souths Meets the North

These sweet French pastries, or beignets, have been on my “food bucket list” for a long time. I have eaten the famous Café du Monde beignets in New Orleans and they do not compare to these light and fruity bites especially with a maple syrup glaze. Food 52 recently held their annual Piglet contest where 16 new cookbooks … Continue reading

King Cake Scones

Mardi Gras is just around the corner and will be celebrated in the US on February 28th this year. Making a traditional “King Cake” has been on my list of recipes to try for a long time.  Once again I made something different but I am very happy I did. First I made  cupcakes with a granddaughter … Continue reading

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

This is not the typical barbecue recipe as I think of it, with a rub, marinade and/or a barbecue sauce laden with ketchup, sugar and spices. No, New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp is sauteed in lots of butter in a very flavorful sauce. Down South it is frequently served with the shells, heads and tails on … Continue reading

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Thumbprint Cookies

I keep telling myself not to make any new recipes and post all of the drafts I have (which I have been trying to do)  but I could not resist these cookies by Joy The Baker.  Especially, since this is the holiday season and people want to see yummy desserts.  This delicious recipe appeared in … Continue reading

Fried or Baked Okra Appetizers

From a recent recipe (actually back in August) I posted on New Orleans I had some leftover okra.  I was first introduced to this veggie on a trip down south, New Orleans specifically and I just love it.  Here in Michigan they come in a package (actually I finally found some in bulk at an … Continue reading

New Orleans Okra and Tomatoes

My first trip to New Orleans in July with my two sisters – a city that never goes to sleep…  I cannot even imagine how it is during Mardis Gras!  If you are looking for something different and full of action pay a visit to this historic city.  Of all the traveling I have done … Continue reading

Lucky Player King Cake Cocktail

I only traveled through New Orleans once on our way to Texas from Florida and I have been to two Mardi Gras themed parties in my life.  One was a benefit/dinner dance in my hometown (Gene was on several boards and did a lot of volunteer work for our community) and the other time was a surprise … Continue reading