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Entries from December 2008

Ginger Bread Houses

December 23rd, 2008 · 22 Comments

Every year for the past 10 or so we have taken the weekend before Christmas typically on Saturday to bake and build ginger bread houses. Years ago Monique hosted and attended Pampered Chef parties and one year she got a hold of the ginger bread mold stoneware and ever since I have taken to the fun task of helping the boys build each their own ginger bread house. This year we were without Bryan so Monique and I decorated one together. Ben did his all up in purple and gold LSU colors, it is quite a unique little ginger bread house.

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Tags: Baking · Holidays · Traditions

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

December 15th, 2008 · 21 Comments

It is always nice getting presents for Christmas, but what is more exciting than receiving is giving, and what a better way to give than by making something. The real spirit of Christmas is about giving of yourself in time and spirit, and making gifts from the kitchen is a perfect way to send those you love a message of good tidings and cheer.

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Tags: Holidays

Cooking Up A Storm

December 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cooking Up A Storm

Recipes lost and found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, the book is the result of a response to the post-Katrina community pulling together lost recipes through the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper food section entitled “Exchange Alley” where folks traded lost and found recipes. Exchange Alley is a short one block street in the French Quarter on the side of the Saint Louis Cathedral which is directly across from Jackson Square.

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Tags: Traditions

Shrimp Monique

December 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Just something created last night with some fresh shrimp available and we had a hankering for some pasta too!

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Tags: Cajun · Creole · Entrees · Recipes · Seafood

How Safe Is Our Food Supply?

December 8th, 2008 · 8 Comments

In recent years I have noticed the increased frequency of incidents and reports of contaminated food items or food-borne illness outbreaks. Just in the last 18 to 24 months or so I can remember a few of them off the top of my head, such as green onions contaminated with E Coli at Taco Bell’s across the northeast, salmonella tainted tomatoes from Florida and Mexico, spinach recalled due to E Coli, baby formula contaminated with melamine from China, and now today I read about dioxins found in pigs in Ireland and being culled from the food supply chain.

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Tags: Commentary