TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Jambalaya Bar

For Mardi Gras—February 28—try a new take on food bars (a.k.a. buffets): DIY Jambalaya. Jambalaya is a delicious, spicy, main course consisting of rice and practically everything else in the refrigerator! It’s a great way to use favorite meats and veggies (shrimp, peas, carrots, bell peppers). You can start from scratch; for a family night,…
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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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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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COOKING VIDEO: For Mardi Gras Food, Make A Gumbo

  You don’t have to head to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras on March 8th. Celebrate at home with a special Mardi Gras gumbo—a flavorful layering of chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish, okra, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, cayenne, fresh parsley and white rice. It has a chicken stock base and is thickened with a…
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