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Sharing the Sizzle
I LEARNED EARLY IN MY CAREER that while chefs and restaurateurs are competitors, they are much better friends than foes. One late Sunday afternoon in 1978, Ruth Fertel, owner of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in New Orleans, dined at my Lafitte’s Landing i
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A Bayou State Thanksgiving
MAKES 10 TO 12 SERVINGS Rubbed with butter and a homemade Cajun spice blend, this turkey will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner. 1 (12- to 14-pound) whole turkey, giblets and neck discarded½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature8 tablespoons Ca
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Well Seasoned
NO BAYOU STATE KITCHEN is complete without a cast-iron pot or skillet. Oftentimes, cast-iron cookware is passed down through families, keeping our culinary traditions alive from one generation to the next. From gumbo and jambalaya to cracklin’s and d
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Heartwarming Holiday Casseroles
MAKES 12 SERVINGS This hearty side starts with our tender Buttermilk Cornbread and features spicy Louisiana crawfish tails. 1 tablespoon olive oil2 cups diced sweet onion1 cup diced green bell pepper1 cup diced celery2 cloves garlic, minced1 tablespo
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Fresh Catch For The Holidays
HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING IN LOUISIANA is a time to splurge, and nothing is more elegant than an oyster-laden pasta dish. Perfect for a dinner party entrée or a buffet table, my go-to recipe is a white-sauce version, rich and delicate to build a stage for
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Festive Holiday Desserts
MAKES 1 (8½X4½-INCH) LOAF This pumpkin bread is flecked with chopped pecans and generously drizzled with a praline-inspired molasses caramel sauce. 1½ cups canned pumpkin¾ cup granulated sugar½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar½ cup vegetable oil¼ c
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Gifts From The Kitchen
MAKES 4 CUPS Spiced nuts are great to have on hand for last-minute gifts. This mix is infused with a savory herb blend for extra flavor. 1 egg white1 tablespoon herbes de Provence1 tablespoon garlic powder½ tablespoon sea salt1 teaspoon ground sage½
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Louisiana’s Best: Pearls of the Gulf
It’s officially oyster season in Louisiana, and we couldn’t be more excited. Though oysters are technically available year-round in the Bayou State, it’s during the colder fall and winter months that these briny bivalves achieve their peak flavor and
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Gourmet Gift
FOR A HOMEMADE TREAT that doesn’t require much effort, chocolate bark is one of our go-tos. One of the best parts about it is that you can personalize it to your recipients’ tastes. In this recipe, we added cayenne pepper and chili powder for a bit o
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Breakfast To Go
WHEN IT COMES TO BREAKFAST, it’s hard to beat the combination that is sausage, eggs, and cheese. This recipe takes those ingredients and transforms them into delicious hand pies filled with scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese, and andouille sausage for a
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EDITOR Caitlin Watzke SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Meg Lundberg CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kirk Estopinal, John D. Folse, George Graham CREATIVE DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHY Mac Jamieson SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER John O’Hagan PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim Bathie
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The Jelly With A Bite
TWO SISTERS are making their mark on Louisiana’s food scene with pepper jellies made with ingredients grown on family farmland. Kim White and Cindy Anders founded Bulldog Pepper Jelly after inheriting their grandparents’ farm in Lone Pine, a communit
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Editors Letter
FOR MANY OF US, the holidays are tied to special memories of favorite meals and recipes shared with loved ones. My family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations just wouldn’t be the same without my mom’s breakfast casserole (served on the same Chr
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The Good Book of Southern Baking
GROWING UP IN SOUTH CAROLINA, Kelly Fields gained an appreciation of Southern baking at a young age. After two decades of mastering her craft, Kelly opened restaurant and bakery Willa Jean in New Orleans in 2015. Now, she is sharing more than 100 Sou
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New & Irresistible
The restaurant formerly known as Flambée Cafe rebranded and debuted an expanded menu in July. At Pizza Byronz, diners can enjoy pizza three different ways: classic, square-shaped, and flambée (“the French cousin” to pizza, with a flatbread crust). Th
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Sparkling Sipper
ONE YEAR, I was thinking up different holiday drinks I could make, just jotting down as many ideas as I could before I could test one, and I came up with a cranberry shrub, which is basically cranberries cooked with vinegar and a little bit of sugar
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Blissful Bites
WITH ALL THE COOKING that takes place during the holiday season, it’s nice to have an easy appetizer recipe up your sleeve. Crostini are an effortless yet elegant starter that make entertaining a breeze. One of the great things about crostini is that
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Index & Resources
Bacon-Wrapped Dates, 39 Cheesy Thumbprint Cookies, 83 Shrimp and Bell Pepper Crostini, 19 Spiced Nut Mix, 66 Cranberry Sauce 75, 93 Cranberry Sauce Shrub, 93 Buttermilk Cornbread, 53 Cranberry-Pecan Muffins, 23 Herb and Cheese Biscuits, 40 Pumpkin Br
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Southern Staple
PECANS ARE UBIQUITOUS throughout the South during the winter, just in time for those holiday sides and desserts. Available both in-shell and shelled, Louisiana pecans add unmistakable flavor and crunch to many of the season’s best recipes, like prali
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Woodcock For The Holidays
THOUGH THESE COVID-19 DAYS have limited gatherings and robbed us of events, they have also brought back family meals and memories of simpler times. Especially at this time of year, when autumn’s collage of color blends into the crisp days of winter,
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Louisiana Cookin’ Chefs to Watch
For the past 19 years, Louisiana Cookin’ has identified up-and-coming chefs around the Bayou State as Chefs to Watch. These chefs are passionate individuals with a dedication to their craft and a talent that enriches Louisiana’s ever-evolving culinar
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New Ways with Banana’s Foster
New Orleans is the birthplace of many of our favorite dishes, but perhaps none so sweet as bananas Foster. The dish was invented at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951, when Owen Brennan tasked his sister Ella and Chef Paul Blangé with creating a new desser
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Fall On The Bayou
MAKES 24 (photo on page 61) Inspired by a New Orleans favorite, these oysters are doused with a garlic butter sauce. Adding a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese before cooking would make this appetizer even more decadent! ¼ cup unsalted butter, cubed4 clove
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Louisiana’s Best: Smokin’ Hot
There’s no doubt about it: barbecue is a big deal in the South. From Texas and North Carolina to Memphis and St. Louis, there are a variety of regional barbecue styles that highlight different meat cuts, cooking methods, and sauces. Unlike other stat
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Cajun Custard
BELOVED THROUGHOUT CAJUN COUNTRY, tarte à la bouille can best be described as a sweet custard pie. French for “burnt milk tart,” this sweet treat is made up of a thick crust resembling sugar cookie dough and a silky custard filling made from everyday
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Speedy Supper
AS OUR SCHEDULES start to pick back up in the busy fall months, having a simple dinner in the rotation helps keep things stress-free. One of our favorite kitchen tools for easy weeknight cooking is the baking sheet. Every part of your dinner, from th
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Big Easy Brew
COFFEE IS SYNONYMOUS with the city of New Orleans. From Café du Monde’s famous café au lait to the fiery spectacle that is Antoine’s Café Brulot Diabolique, coffee is ingrained into many of the city’s culinary traditions. One of the Crescent City’s l
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Mosquito Supper Club
“I GREW UP not even knowing the word Cajun yet living a ‘Cajun’ life,” Melissa Martin writes in her cookbook, Mosquito Supper Club (Artisan Books, 2020). Melissa opened her New Orleans restaurant of the same name to share the stories behind the food
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EDITOR Caitlin Watzke SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Meg Lundberg CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kirk Estopinal, John D. Folse, Lorin Gaudin CREATIVE DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHY Mac Jamieson SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER John O’Hagan PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim Bathie,
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Modern Manhattan
IN THE LATER PART OF THE 2000s, around 2008 or 2009, I was working on a cocktail book called Rogue Cocktails. We put it out the second year Cure was open. It was an independently published book of drinks that offered different takes on things. A lot
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