Mardi Gras Menu

Today in preparation for Mardi Gras beginning on Tuesday, we’re taking a look at some authentic Louisiana and Mardi Gras recipes.

Jambalaya:

Vegetable jambalaya

Baked jambalaya

Grilled seafood jambalaya foil packets

Firehouse jambalaya

Surf and turf penne pasta jambalaya 

Chicken and shrimp jambalaya with couscous

Black jambalaya

Jambalaya with shrimp and ham

Gulf shrimp jambalaya 

Po Boys:

Fried oyster po boys

Fish po boys

Spicy Vietnamese po boys

Bay scallop po boy with spicy mayo

Blackened catfish po boy with light tartar sauce

Fried pickle po boys

Cajun shrimp po boys

Grilled shrimp po boys

Fried chicken po boys

Crawfish po boys

Gumbo:

Slow cooker chicken and sausage gumbo

Slow cooker chicken and rice gumbo soup

Autumn gumbo

Shrimp and crab gumbo

Chicken gumbo

Vegetairan gumbo

Shrimp gumbo

Savannah seafood gumbo

Shrimp and oyster gumbo with okra

Crawfish:

Hot crawfish dip

Spicy crawfish spread

Crawfish etouffee

Swedish crawfish boil

Crawfish and andouille sausage pizza

Cajun crawfish fried rice

Crawfish boil

Mini crawfish pies

Crawfish fettuccini

Crawfish bread

Creole/Cajun seasoned:

Cajun shrimp and rice

Cajun cabbage skillet

Cajun chicken alfredo

Cajun chicken

Peppery Cajun pork pasta

Cajun sausage and peppers foil pack

Creole chicken fricassee

Creole spiced fried chicken

Shrimp creole

Andouille sausage creole

Creole mussels with rice

Creole shrimp and lobster bisque

Creole potato salad

King cake:

King cake

King cake cupcakes

King cake ice cream

King cake cheesecake

King cake cocktail

How are you planning to celebrate Mardi Gras?

Spooky Sips

With Halloween happening in a few days, today we’re taking one last look at the holiday with some spooky and tasty beverages.

Bloody Mary shooters

Dark and swampy

Creepy cherry

Vampire vodka

Black lagoon

Bubbling green

Blood moon punch

Swamp sips

Screwed screwdriver

Ghost graveyard

Berry scary martini

Poisoned apple

Bloody floats

Creepy cocktail

Sinister cider 

Pumpkin sangria

Blueberry rickety eyeball punch

Black light

Dark and spooky

Phoenix rising

Hemlock cocktails

Cider fall fireball

Magical mad hatter 

Wonderland cocktail

Spooky lychee sangria

Apple butter old fashioned

Apple cider sidecar

Ghostly cocktail

Death eater negroni

Glow in the dark infected brain cocktail

Magic cotton candy martini

Witch’s brew

Sour Frankensteins

Grave digger

Bloody orange

Mr Hyde potion

Black widow shot

Candy corn infused vodka

Cachaça zombie

Haunted graveyard

Melted witch martini

Black widow smash

Devil’s margarita

Poisoned apple

What Halloween drinks do you have planned?

Perfect Pairings

As I was thinking about everyone going back to school I reminisced about what used to be almost iconic with school, and that’s the PBJ sandwich.  Of course peanut allergies mean you can’t typically bring it to school anymore, but it got me thinking about other great pairings like peanut butter and jelly that we can enjoy.

Peanut Butter and Jelly:

Peanut butter and jelly doughnuts

PBJ cupcakes

PBJ sandwich cookies

PBJ milkshake

PBJ thumbprint cookies

PBJ fudge

PBJ bars

Cookies and Cream:

Peppermint sandwich cookies

Chocolate ice cream sandwiches

Pumpkin whoopie pies

Split decision chocolate chipper ice cream sandwiches

Oreo cookies and cream cupcakes

Cookies and cream ice cream

Mini strawberry sugar cookie sandwiches with strawberry cream

Bacon and Eggs:

Bacon egg and cheese quiche

Bacon egg and cheese braid

Slow cooker bacon smoked cheddar and egg casserole

Bacon and egg potato salad

Bacon deviled eggs

Fried egg and bacon puff pastry squares

Chips and Salsa:

Spicy tortilla chips

Baked chili lime chips

Avocado salsa

Hot and spicy salsa

Grilled corn and bean salsa with baked corn chips

Black bean salsa and tortilla chips

Salsa fresca

Macaroni and Cheese:

Garlic herb mac and cheese

Tex mex mac and cheese

Mac and beer cheese cups

Lobster mac and cheese

Crockpot mac and cheese

Instant pot mac and cheese

Chili mac and cheese

Broccoli mac and cheese

Beans and Rice:

Healthy red beans and rice

Black beans and rice

Louisiana red beans and rice

Smokey red beans and rice

Spicy vegetarian red beans and rice

Rice and black bean pilaf

Cumin rice and beans

Cuban black bean stew with rice

Peaches and Cream:

Peaches and cream rustic pie

Peaches and cream oatmeal cookies

Peaches and cream oatmeal cookies

Peaches and cream cheesecake cupcakes

Peaches and cream pastry cups

Pound cake, peaches and cream

Caramelized peach ice cream

Peaches and cream ice pops

Peach kuchen

Peaches and cream ice cream cake

What are your favorite food pairings?

Merry Mangoes

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the food!  Yes, we have food for all of our events throughout the year, but summer is about destinations and the food that we bring along to those destinations.  I also love how much fresh food is available in the summer, both local and from around our country.  One of those delicious summer foods is the mango.  Let’s look at some ideas on how we can add mangoes to our summer menus.

Savory and Sauces:

Mango sauce one, two

Mango puree

Mango salsa

Mango guacamole

Mango chutney

Chipotle mango BBQ chicken

Mango salsa chicken

Shrimp mango lettuce cups

Red quinoa and mango salad

Sweets and Treats:

Mango tart

Mango napoleons with caramel and cream

Mango float

Mexican mango cake

Upside-down mango cake

Toasted coconut mango bars

Mango and macadamia nut bread

Kona mango cream pie

Mango brown betty

Cool Treats:

Mango gelato

Mango sorbet

Creamy mango pops

No churn mango, coconut and lime ice cream

Drinks:

Mango lassi

Mango spritz

Mango mojito

Mango and yogurt smoothie

Mango bellini

Mango-rita

Mango, yogurt and white rum smoothie

What are your favorite mango recipes?

Lots of Lemon to Love

I’m not happy that spring is dragging its feet on showing up this year.  Hopefully it means that there will be a very decisive end to winter and we’ll just be thrust into spring without any thought of turning back or wavering between the two.  In hopes of encouraging spring to show up I thought we’d take a look at some sweet and tangy lemon recipes.

Breads:

Braided lemon bread

Lemon puff pancake

Lemon ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and fresh raspberries

Lemon love buns

Lemon focaccia

Lemon crepes

Lemon rosemary potato rolls

Lunch/Dinner:

Lemon chicken

Lemon potatoes

Lemon spinach

Lemon risotto

Lemon chicken

Lemon capellini

Lemon fusilli with arugula

Lemon herb rice salad

Greek lemon chicken soup

Lemon garlic shrimp and grits

Dessert:

Lemon bliss cake

Lemon chess pie

Lemon almond biscotti

Lemon snowball cookies

Lemon meringue cupcakes

Lemon cookies

Lemon parfait

Lemon mousse

Lemon shortbread

Lemon souffles

Lemon sponge pie

Lemon blossoms

Lemon bars

Gluten free lemon squares

Drinks:

Lemon shandies

Lemon sparklers

Basil lemon drop

Lemon drop

What are your favorite lemon recipes?

Perfect Pears

The new year is just a few days away, and to finish off this year I thought we’d take a look at some pear recipes (including some adult beverages to ring in the new year).

Breads and Breakfasts:

Pear and cinnamon breakfast bread

Pear and bran bread

Pear and chai breakfast cake

Dinner:

Tagine of lamb and pear

Pork with pear and parsnip mash

Sausage and pear stuffing

Autumn pear and pumpkin soup

Pork chops with pear chutney

Desserts:

Pear and almond tart

Caramel, pear and pudding cake

Pear dumplings

Pear galette

Forelle pears in parchment

Caramel pear terrine

Pear tart

Pear brown bettys

Spiced maple tart with poached pears

Rustic pear tart with saffron pastry

Five spice pear pie bars

Pear clafouti

Pear ginger crumble

Chocolate pear pouches

Other Pear Treats:

Pear butter

Pear sauce

Sugared pear chips

Drinks:

Pear and sparkling cider cocktails

Pear aperol spritz

Prickly pear aguas frescas

Pear and cranberry bellini

Champagne with pear liqueur

Asian pear cocktail

Peppery pear cocktail

How do you enjoy pears?