I remember many summers when we would take a walk down the street to the local corner grocery and buy a tall bottle of 7-UP. Cool and refreshing!
June 6th, 2013 · No Comments
April 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment
Ran across this Web News piece from my Permaculture Google Alert Anyone Can Farm » Permaculture – Bakers Green Acres.
Bakers Green Acres based out of Marion, MI is a farm which raises, produces and sells chicken, pork, beef, and eggs and also teaches classes for those who want to learn how to farm.
They also raised funds to build a learning center to help encourage and teach more folks about the importance of growing our own food, and not just meat and protein, but vegetables and carbohydrates as well. Mark Baker describes in the video embedded below how important it is for our generation to learn how to raise and produce our own sustainable food sources.
Their Indiegogo ANYONE CAN FARM: America’s Farm to Fork Academy crowd sourcing project only raised $12,837 of the $75,000 goal. I am hoping that this effort does not die and they continue to offer their on-site courses which can be found on their calendar page. They are also working on some online courses for future offerings.
I myself would love to learn how to farm, and not just the vegetables and produce that I’ve been growing for years, but poultry, pork, and beef also. This seems to be a growing trend especially with the explosion of farmers markets in recent years, the farm to table, and localvore movement all makes more sense to me today than ever before.
April 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment
Several times a week I receive an email from Saveur featuring an exotic or special menu, and they range in themes including ethnic, holiday, and social occasions among others. Today I received the Saveur Menu: A Classic New Orleans Dinner.
The selected “Classic” menu includes the following items:
- Commander’s Palace Sazerac
- Oysters Rockefeller
- Shrimp and Tasso Henican
- Pompano en Papillote
- Sautéed Collard Greens
- New Orleans French Bread
- Bananas Foster
Here is my take on the Saveur Classic New Orleans Dinner menu.
Start your dinner experience right with a classic New Orleans cocktail! Indeed, and I have to agree with the Sazerac since it is one of the most popular New Orleans libations right up there with the Hurricane at Pat O’s and the Pimm’s Cup at The Napoleon House.
Oysters Rockefeller, another great selection in the “classic” menu, were created at Antoine’s Restaurant in 1899 by Jules Alciatore, son of the restaurant’s founder. Always a great first choice appetizer with any classic New Orleans menu, it can still be found in many restaurants in and around New Orleans, and in eateries across America for that matter, as the popularity of this famous dish has gained traction in recent years. I am wondering if the Katrina Migration has any influence on the growing popularity of Louisiana Cajun and Creole dishes outside of state lines? I had unique opportunities to prepare this dish when I worked at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the Columns Hotel, and several others.
Shrimp and Tasso Henican is a recipe that Jamie Shannon created during his tenure at Commander’s Palace and continues to be a popular appetizer sized plate, and while I have never had the opportunity to make or enjoy this dish, it is certainly up there as a contemporary classic.
Pompano en Papillote is another menu item that I had the pleasure of preparing when I was the saute cook and sous chef at the Columns Hotel in the mid to late 1980′s. Another classic from Antoine’s Restaurant, it was created for a banquet honoring the Brazilian balloonist Alberto Santos-Dumont. Any classic New Orleans menu would be remiss if it did not include this inventive steam in the parchment paper creation.
New Orleans French Bread is a one of a kind unique bread experience. I still have yet to find any place outside of New Orleans that creates the same outer and thin hard shell crispy crust with the signature light and airy fluffy texture inside that makes the perfect Po’ boy sandwich. Many attempt to duplicate “French Bread” but I find most are knock offs that never come close, many due to the outside crust having no crunch at all, and the inside being a doughy dense mess of tightly bound tiny air pockets. The signature that differentiates true French Bread from all the others is the thin crispy crust and the light and airy fluffy inside, anything other that that is not true French Bread. The procedure for Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: French Bread by Pinch my Salt is the closest recipe to a true French Bread I have found.
Bananas Foster must have been a close contender with Bread Pudding, but there is no mistake here as Bananas Foster is a certain classic New Orleans dessert that will continue to please as long as there are bananas and ice cream. Of course variations on a theme, the sauce stays the same, but who said the only thing you could put Bananas Foster Sauce on was ice cream? The invention of my Chocolate Mocha Bavarian Crème filled Crêpes with Bananas Foster Sauce is testament to the fact that you are only limited by your available ingredients and your creativity.
April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
Once the news of Steven Ladder’s passing hit the streets of New Orleans, in particular the French Quarter, the future and fate of Tujague’s Restaurant (pronounced TOO-jacks) starting flying around like sparks out of a Mississippi Levee bonfire on Christmas Eve. Except for the fact that Ladder, the then owner of the restaurant passed away in his sleep on February 18, 2013, and this is not the giving season! So what would become of the coveted gem of a restaurant that has stood for over 150 years as a beacon of culinary refuge holding up some of the best old school New Orleans traditional recipes and menus on the corner at 823 Decatur Street in the French Quarter?
Turns out John Besh is making an effort to claim a stake in buying the property from Steven’s brother Stanford who currently owns the property that the restaurant resides. The rumor mill has expectations of Stanford selling the location to a local T-shirt shop merchant Mike Motwani who runs several of the apparel shops in the French Quarter. As if the area needs another T-Shirt shop!!! The other fly in the ointment is other brother Mark Latter owns the restaurant business, while Stanford owns the building.
Reservations and inquiry at the restaurant are at an all time high since news of it’s possible closure, many New Orleanians are making possibly their last efforts to get plates of Shrimp Remoulade, Beef Brisket with Creole Sauce, or the ubiquitous Sazerac Cocktail from the bar.
One thing is certain, should Tujague’s shutter and not survive into the next generation of the family business, it will be a sad day for New Orleans and a sadder day for those who cherish one of the places that has made New Orleans what it is today.
Get the recipe for Tujague’s Famous Boiled Beef Brisket.
October 24th, 2012 · 6 Comments
It’s that time of year again when we start harvesting our peppers, and did we have a load of them this year. With our buckets in hand Monique and I took several hours on Sunday afternoon and harvested all the peppers from twenty-four plants within the far west side raised bed.
The pepper plants included:
- 4 Sweet Bell Peppers
- 6 Jalapeno
- 4 Ancho Chili
- 4 Hungarian Wax
- 2 Cayenne
- 2 Anaheim
The harvested peppers filled up 17 gallons full from three 5-gallon buckets and a little over half of a 3-gallon bucket. Once the peppers were washed we started the sorting process, as you can see many of them in the three large stainless steel bowls on our kitchen prep table.
These peppers all started out from seeds in March and then transplanted the seedlings to the raised bed plot back around June.
You might ask, what are we going to do with all these peppers? Good question!
I’ve already made a batch of Chipotle peppers with the red jalapeno peppers, and will soon post a recipe on that process!
I am in the process of making a Chili Ristra with all the red chili peppers, another post on that as soon as the Ristra is completed.