Maque Choux

  This is a great side dish with so many things.  With the corn, beans, and vegetables it’s all you need with a piece of meat.  Leftovers make a great dip with corn chips, or the base and dressing for a wonderful full-meal salad (tune in next week for BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad underway).  Best…

Alligator Soup de Castine

Joyeux Epiphany, mes Cheres!  Yes, in the Big Easy we simply roll from Christmas to New Years to Mardi Gras.  Well, not simply…we interpose a pivot-holiday, of course: Epiphany or Three Kings Day.  Similarly, for Twelfth Night of Christmas, the Eve of Epiphany, we shouldn’t have a simple meal.  Bring in Alligator Soup, complete with…

Seafood Stuffed Mirliton

Merry Christmas from the Galley Pirates!  One of whom has, as readers know, sailed into the sunset of Southeast Louisiana and is learning about life in the Deep South.  To start with, it’s “Papa Noel” and you don’t just leave him milk and cookies.  This Christmas Eve, we’ll leave him mirliton stuffed with lots of…

Mardi Gras Shrimp & Grits

I know I will face some traditionalist dissent on this…shrimp and grits are from the Georgia/South Carolina low country…New Orleans shrimp is etouffee…Mardi Gras is all about gumbo.  I hear you, but encourage you to compare the ingredients list for this recipe to the  venerable NoLA French Market’s Mardi Gras float above…shrimp, hot sauce, sausage…