TIP OF THE DAY: Mardi Gras Party

Shrimp and Grits, a popular Mardi Gras dish. Here’s a video recipe. Photo courtesy MackenzieLtd.com.   Mardi Gras is a week away: Tuesday, February 17th. Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday” and called Shrove Tuesday in English, is part of the Catholic Carnival celebration beginning on Epiphany and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Beignets For Mardi Gras

Celebrating the Carnival season, Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) has been a state holiday in Louisiana since the 19th century. So evoke Mardi Gras and New Orleans with a batch of homemade beignets.     WHAT’S MARDI GRAS? The Carnival season begins on or after the Epiphany or Kings Day (January 6th) and culminates on the…
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RECIPE: Easy Gumbo For Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras begins tomorrow. If you’d like to celebrate with the taste of New Orleans, whip up a gumbo. This recipe is from Chef David Venable of QVC, who calls it “an easy-to-tackle version, filled with great Louisiana flavor and spice.” Gumbos have a lot of ingredients, but the cooking technique isn’t demanding. Says David,…
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MARDI GRAS: Gumbalaya Recipe

Gumba-what? If you can’t decide between gumbo or jambalaya for Mardi Gras (this year on March 4th), go for gumbalaya, a combination of both. Gumbo is a Cajun stew that typically consists of a strongly meat or shellfish stock, the Cajun “trinity” (bell peppers and onions), and a variety of proteins such as andouille sausage,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mardi Gras Colored Cocktails

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 4th. You may not want to celebrate Mardi Gras in the traditional way, with Cajun and Creole cuisine, a King Cake and long strands of party beads. But you can serve classic New Orleans cocktails like the Hurricane, which has its own special hurricane lamp-shaped glass; or the Sazerac, the…
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