Étouffée Part II

One day my dorm room phone rang. My roommate answered the call and took a message for me from Olga. She said she would be by to “collect” me for Mass on Sunday morning. I had her number and called her back. To her message she added that I should wear a jacket and a…

Étouffée

When I was a kid, I collected menus. In those days it was considered a complement to the restaurant to ask for a menu. I had menus from Joe’s Stone Crabs in Miami Beach, Luchow’s in NYC, and Antoine’s in New Orleans. My father was complicit in helping me collect. Other boys collected baseball cards….

Southern Ambrosia

A quick look online for an Ambrosia recipe will confirm that folks are confused or engaged in some foodie apostasy. When I saw one recipe that involved stirring in a package of dried pudding, I decided to blog. Southern Ambrosia is a simple fruit salad, eaten as a side dish or as a dessert.  It…

Eggplant: The Sexy Vegetable

Go into your grocery store or attend your farmer’s market some weekend.  Take a look around. Eggplant is the beauty queen of the vegetable section. Competitors might include a fresh bunch of carrots with their tops still attached (good luck finding those) a curly head of Savoy cabbage or a proud, slender leek. Eggplant even…

Oyster Dressing

Most people eat holiday dressing made with bread cubes or even cornbread.  Not my crowd. We eat a Louisiana dressing with a rice base. It is somewhere between white and dirt colored so it is not much to look at but it beats traditional dressings hand down. Oyster Dressing 1 cup diced bell pepper 1…

Pickles II

I submitted my first blog yesterday and I lied through my teeth. I said that Mt. Olive no longer sold sour pickles.  I said that my own sainted mother’s recipe for garlic pickles was extinct on account of the unavailability of Mt. Olive Sour Pickles. Just goes to show you.  If you read it on…

Sweet Garlic Pickles

Yesterday I bought a ready-made spinach salad at our high-end market.  My youngest daughter Madeleine was joining my friend, Michael, and I for a drink.  I figured she was going out afterward so I bought something that could be eaten on the fly.  Maddie only ate some of the salad, and, this afternoon, I found…