Besh Big Easy

NOLA celebrity chef, John Besh, must know something about cooking.  He has two television shows, four cookbooks and nine restaurants.  Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes is something I want to try. “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans” as Harry Connick, Jr. asks, then you will want this cookbook to bring back memories …

Mother’s Debris Po Boys ~ a New Orleans Tradition

Mother's roast beef po boy

Mother’s restaurant at Polydras and Tchoupitoulas Streets is a New Orleans landmark since 1938. http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/history_facts.html “Debris” refers to shredded roast beef that has been moistened with pan drippings and/or simmered extra long so it absorbs more gravy and seasonings resulting in tender, falling-apart meat with lots of juicy flavour. PrintMother’s Po Boys ~ a New Orleans Tradition Yield: 6 Ingredients1 …

Mardi Gras Recipes to celebrate at home

  Can’t make it to New Orleans this year?  Plan your own celebration with these Mardi Gras recipes and decorating ideas http://www.mardigrasday.com/food-recipes/ “Fat Tuesday” is March 4 this year.  However, festivities begin Februrary 14 in NOLA.  So there’s still lots of time to plan a visit and join in the party atmostphere. http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/ Also known as Carnival, Mardi Gras is …

Reveillon Dinners in New Orleans ~ Culinary Christmas Tradition

History In the 19th century, Catholics would fast December 24th. Following midnight mass at St. Louis Cathedral, feasting would start with a large family meal lasting into the wee hours of the morning. A second reveillon dinner was celebrated New Year’s Eve that would include friends as well a relatives. As the season became more commercialized, this traditional Creole custom …

Have you been to Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans?

Mother’s Restaurant in the Central Business District is a New Orleans landmark since 1938.  Located at the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas Streets, you will often find a line up around the block. What are these people waiting for? They are going to line up again once inside to order their meal. A server hands you a menu as you …

Running of the Santas in New Orleans

Whoooaaa!  They are multiplying like wire coat hangers in my closet.  Santas.  Santas. Santas.  Hundreds of them outside my hotel in the historic Warehouse District.  And here comes Rudolph and elves too. Today is the ‘Running of the Santas”.   This charity event started in Philadelphia when a group of friends decided to dress up in their Christmas ‘finery’ and go …

Cooking School in New Orleans

Entertaining and educational classes are held daily at the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Located in a renovated molasses warehouse, the General Store is there for purchasing Cajun and Creole cookbooks, spices, kitchen supplies, etc. Well known chefs run the classes in either demonstration or hands-on styles.  No one fails this class.  …

Cafe du Monde ~ a must for every visitor to New Orleans

Open 24/7 since 1862, Cafe Du Monde now has eight locations in New Orleans with the most frequented being the original in the French Quarter.  It closes only for Christmas Day and whenever a hurricane is imminent. Menu choices are dark roasted coffee and chicory served black or au lait,  milk, freshly squeezed orange juice and, of course, their signature …