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King Cake

For King Cake recipes see: http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...

Feb 05, 2013
speyerer in New Orleans

What are you baking these days? New Year 2013 edition! [old]

For King Cake recipes see: http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...

Feb 05, 2013
speyerer in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? New Year 2013 edition! [old]

King Cake. For recipes see: http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...

Feb 05, 2013
speyerer in Home Cooking

New Orleans artisan spice shop? Looking for non-commercial blends.

I have both flat leaf and curly leaf parsley growing here in North Texas where we have been having 90º+ temps for the last several weeks. I find that basil is a good companion plant with the parsley.

Jun 18, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

New Orleans artisan spice shop? Looking for non-commercial blends.

Fresh is always best, but dried will do in a pinch.
One advantage to using dried parsley over fresh is when it comes to storing the herb. Fresh parsley only lasts about two weeks. when kept in the refrigerator. On the other hand, dried parsley stores for a much longer time. As long as dried parsley is kept in an airtight container it will retain its flavor for approximately one year.

Jun 18, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

New Orleans artisan spice shop? Looking for non-commercial blends.

This is what I use:

Creole Seasoning

This type of seasoning base is used in many New Orleans restaurants, from Emeril's to Commander's Palace to K-Paul's. This is particularly good on grilled chicken or duck.

Ingredients:
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1½ teaspoons paprika
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon white pepper
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 teaspoon granulated onion
• 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil leaves
• ½ teaspoon crushed dried oregano leaves
• ½ teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
• ½ teaspoon crushed dried parsley leaves
• ¼ teaspoon ground bay leaves

Note: This version of Creole seasoning contains salt -- If you like to control salt content separately, omit the salt from the blend.

Method:
1. In a medium bowl or food processor combine salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, ground black pepper, granulated onion, granulated garlic, crushed basil, crushed oregano, crushed thyme and parsley. Mix thoroughly.
2. Use like salt. When it's salty enough, it's seasoned to perfection.
3. Store in an airtight container for up to three months.

Note: The amounts in this recipe are given by volume. So a "teaspoon" can be a cup or a Tablespoon depending on how much seasoning you wish to make. Double or triple the recipe as you wish.

Jun 17, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

New Orleans artisan spice shop? Looking for non-commercial blends.

Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

The secret of good cooking is in the seasoning. After 30 years of cooking and blending. Tony has come up with this tried and tested mixture of spices, herbs and seasoning. These are so well blended that you use Tony’s All-Purpose Famous Creole Seasoning as you would salt. The quantity below is good for many delicious meals. Store in an airtight jar.

Note: This recipe is from page 3 of Tony Chachere’s CAJUN COUNTRY COOKBOOK, Copyright 1972

Ingredients:

• 1 28 ounce box free flowing salt (Morton's)
• 1 1½ ounce box ground black pepper 

• 1 2 ounce bottle ground red pepper 

• 1 1 ounce bottle pure garlic powder 

• 1 1 ounce bottle chili powder 

• 1 1 ounce carton monosodium glutamate (Accent)

Method:

1. Mix well and use like salt.
2. When it's salty enough, it's seasoned to perfection.
3. Use generously on everything.

Note: If too peppery for children, add more salt to mixture, then season to taste.

To Season Seafood – use half of above mixture and add:

• 1 teaspoon powdered thyme
• 1 teaspoon bay leaf 

• 1 teaspoon sweet basil 


Jun 16, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Fresh Pork Hind Shanks in New Orleans?

Riomarguy, any luck in finding pork knuckle?

Jun 10, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Best ways to cook/use Eggplant

Eggplant Casserole
Serves: 6

Delmonico's (New Orleans) famous eggplant casserole.

Ingredients:

• 2 medium eggplants (about 2 lb. total)
• 1¼ teaspoon salt, divided
• 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1½ cup. chopped yellow onions
• ½ cup seeded and chopped green bell peppers
• ½ cup chopped celery
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
• 2 small bay leaves
• 1 ½ cup diced canned tomatoes, with their juice
• ½ pound peeled and deveined small shrimp, minced
• 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon powdered chicken base
• ½ cup chopped green onions
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ⅓ cup fine dry bread crumbs

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Lightly grease a 7- by 11-inch baking dish and set aside.
3. Peel and cut eggplant into large chunks
4. In a large pot, season eggplant with ¼ teaspoon salt, cover with water by 1 inch and bring to a boil over high heat.
5. Reduce heat slightly and cook at a gentle boil until eggplants are tender and very soft, about 30 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and drain well, reserving 3 tablespoons cooking liquid, and reserve.
7. In a black cast iron medium pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter.
8. Add yellow onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and golden, about 10 minutes.
9. Stir in reserved 3 tablespoons eggplant cooking liquid and tomatoes and their juices, and allow mixture to simmer gently for 5 minutes.
10. Add shrimp and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to keep from sticking.
11. Add chicken base, reserved eggplant, green onions, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.

Note: Chicken base is a powdered chicken stock such as McCormick Real Chicken Base

12. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
13. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish, sprinkle bread crumbs over top and bake until bread crumbs are lightly browned and mixture is bubbly, about 30 minutes.
14. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and serve.

Jun 09, 2012
speyerer in Home Cooking

Planning trip to NO for 2/22/2013...need help with Crawdad finding.

6# of well seasoned crayfish.

Jun 09, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Planning trip to NO for 2/22/2013...need help with Crawdad finding.

We recently had good boiled crawfish at The Galley 2535 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 832-0955

Jun 08, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Fresh Pork Hind Shanks in New Orleans?

Riomarguy, please post your recipe for Schweinehaxe. The best Schweinehaxe I'v had was at the Benedictine abbey of Andechs in Bavaria. I wish I could reproduce their technique.
You may want to give the Gourmet Butcher Block in Gretna a call 504.392.5700.
http://www.uneakmedia.com/sites/origi...

Jun 05, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

The 5 Most Classic New Orleans Cocktails and the Best Places to Drink Them...

"The sun was out while it was raining? Does that mean the Devil was beating his wife?"
My Mother always told me ii meant that the devil's wife put too much salt in his red beans,

Jun 02, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe [moved from New Orleans]

For the "Best Sazerac in NOLA" try:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607253

May 01, 2012
speyerer in Spirits

Dozen Best Fried Chicken Restaurants list from nomenu.com

As Tom Fitzmorris of NO Menu says:
"I May Be Wrong. I invite you to agree, disagree, or question any of my reviews. This is just my opinion here, and ... I don't pretend that mine is the only possible viewpoint."
What else do you expect? If you use his review as the opinion of an expert then you are not considering it as another "viewpoint". You make your own decision, as we all should.

Mar 22, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Dozen Best Fried Chicken Restaurants list from nomenu.com

Here is the N.O. Menu review of Willie Mae's.
http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.p...

Mar 21, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Spicy Fried Chicken

One man's opinion of the twelve best fried chicken restaurants in New Orleans:
http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.p...

Mar 21, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Very well said MartiniLover. You deserve an extra olive. Many shows are for so-called entertainment only and little education or sophistication.

Feb 18, 2012
speyerer in Food Media & News

Kings Cake

To answer your question many enjoy the King Cake at Haydel's Bakery.
http://www.haydelbakery.com/

Feb 12, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Kings Cake

Here is a link to the history of the King Cake as well as several different recipes.
http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...

Feb 12, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Kevin are you still in Florida? By the way I enjoy your blog.

Feb 01, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Here is a link to Craig Giesecke's blog: http://beerfooddude.livejournal.com/4...
I hate to see him close.

Jan 25, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Amen!

Jan 24, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Johnny's Po Boy's, Parkway, Parasol’s and Mena's Palace are all head and shoulders above NOLA Grocery for po boys. NOLA Grocery serves a somewhat decent sandwich at a decent price, but not outstanding. I had the hot roast beef po' boy. Plenty of roll, but not so much meat and minimal gravy. And the meat was chopped and not sliced. Besides NOLA Grocery is not a restaurant . It's a sandwich shop. As the name says, it is a grocery, with 3 or 4 tables outside. I guess if you work in the area and are close friends with the owner it's a good choice.

Jan 23, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

King Cake

Thanks Okra, Haydel's is the best, but the cost of shipping eats my lunch. If anyone is interested here's various King Cake recipes:
http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...
Enjoy and Happy Mardi Gras!

Jan 12, 2012
speyerer in Greater Boston Area

King Cake

Are there any vendors that sell and deliver King Cakes in the Brookline/Fenway area?

Jan 11, 2012
speyerer in Greater Boston Area

King Cake

Jan 10, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

King Cake

On Rouses website (http://shop.rouses.com/p-39-the-ultimat ... ckage.aspx) they list their optional king cake fillings as:
1. Almond
2. Apple
3. Apple Cream Cheese
4. Bavarian Cream
5. Blueberry
6. Blueberry Cream Cheese
7. Caramel
8. Cherry
9. Chocolate
10. Coconut
11. Cookies and Cream
12. Cream Cheese
13. Heavenly Hash
14. Lemon
15. Pecan
16. Pecan Praline
17. Piña Colada
18. Pineapple
19. Praline
20. Raspberry
21. Strawberry
22. Strawberry Cream Cheese

I had no idea there are so many different fillings available.

Jan 10, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

King Cake

My friends in New Orleans tell me that they looked for Heavenly Hash king cake at several Rouses and no one there has head of it. This must be mail order only item.

http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.ph...

Jan 09, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans

King Cake

Tomorrow, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany or twelfth night after Christmas. It is also King's Day and the official start of the Carnival and King Cake season.
Here is a collection of various king cake recipes listed under "√ King Cake".

http://mrlake.fncinc.net/search.php?s...

Jan 05, 2012
speyerer in New Orleans