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Chicken Soup...

Thanks, I'm in mid-city on Esplanade but I can drive a bit to pick it up

Jun 04, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Chicken Soup...

I'm home sick today and just need a really good bowl of chicken soup...can anyone recommend a take out place that can help me out?

Jun 04, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Abita Springs Cafe

Has anyone been there recently? I read a rave review from about a year ago that said people go in droves on weekend mornings but when I just called they said it was usually no wait or 5 minutes at most....just wanted to make sure it hasn't gone downhill. Any other breakfast suggestions in that area?

May 17, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Sunday dinner

Any thoughts for a casual but nice dinner in New Orleans tonight? My boyfriend is in from out of town and really wants jambalaya but I don't feel like Coop's tonight? Any suggestions (with or without the jambalaya)...so many places are closed tonight.

Apr 27, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Okra -- Help!

I think I will take your advice and save my experimentation for a time when I don't have guests. I'll add the celery. Or what do you think about replacing the zucchini entirely with celery?

Apr 19, 2008
jek1979 in Home Cooking

Okra -- Help!

My plan had been to saute the sliced okra and onions and uncooked shrimp before mixing them with the rest of the ingredients. Then top the peppers with Creole sauce.

I like the idea of mixing celery in because I was ambivalent about the zucchini...I was so excited by the idea of okra though...i have just started eating it regularly now that I'm living in the South.

Apr 19, 2008
jek1979 in Home Cooking

Okra -- Help!

I am making seafood stuffed peppers for a dinner party tonight. The recipe I have calls for adding shredded zucchini but I want to replace it with okra. I haven't really cooked much with okra before, would this work? Should I just slice it up? Here's my recipe

¾ pound shrimp
¾ pound crawfish
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 large)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tsp Creole seasoning
4 medium-size red bell peppers (each about 4 to 6 ounces), halved lengthwise, seeded

Apr 19, 2008
jek1979 in Home Cooking

Best place to buy brisket for home cooking

Thanks TigerAtty, I'll definitely try Whole Foods. Also, what are your thoughts on how much to get for a party of 10? We'll have other food (poached salmon, stuffed peppers, etc.) but I want to make sure to have enough.

Apr 15, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Best place to buy brisket for home cooking

Any suggestions on a great butcher or grocery store to get brisket for a big dinner party? Thanks!

Apr 11, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Inexpensive restaurant in Quarter/CBD

I just found out a friend has come into town who is here for just one evening. He's never been to New Orleans and is at a conference downtown. I said I'd find a place to get a later dinner. I am looking for something fairly inexpensive in that area that will still give him a bit of the New Orleans experience. I would say Coop's but I've been there too many times in the past few weeks (if there is such a thing). Any suggestions?

Mar 27, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Meal Plan For April Visit

I actually ate at Redfish a few weeks ago with a group of coworkers and I have to say I was underwhelmed. The food was good but not amazing and the service was unimpressive. We waited a long time for water refills and to get our wine. Also, the tourist factor was high. One of my fellow diners said it felt a little like Disneyland.

Mar 25, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Meal Plan For April Visit

Thanks for the feedback. I may try to do Cuvee on Thursday as that's the only day they will be in town during the week. As far as Herbsaint vs. Cochon, I picked Cochon because I've been to Herbsaint several times already. I've loved my meals there but felt like I should try Cochon on this trip instead. Now I wonder if I'm denying my guests the better experience...thoughts?

Mar 25, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Help with Passover menu

I posted this topic on the Home Cooking board but also thought I'd check with thew New Orleans Chowhounders to see if you had any insight to provide as I plan a New Orleans-inspired Seder menu. Here's the link to my original post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/502240. Any thoughts/recipes, etc. are much appreciated

Mar 24, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

New Orleans-Inspired Passover

The pecan kugel in particular looks great. This is the third time I've heard about this book so I definitely have to buy it. Thanks so much!

Mar 24, 2008
jek1979 in Home Cooking

New Orleans-Inspired Passover

So I'm starting to plan my Passover Seder and since it will be my first one living in NOLA, I thought it would be appropriate to add some Creole and Cajun flavor to the meal...I have a recipe for Creole Matzoh Ball Soup that I want to try but thought I would see if any other readers had good recipes to add to the mix. My initial thoughts for main dishes include Brisket, Shrimp/Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers and a poached salmon dish. Any other ideas? And any thoughts on how to best represent the cuisine from my new hometown?

Mar 24, 2008
jek1979 in Home Cooking

Meal Plan For April Visit

Thanks Bill, I have heard great things about Ralph's from a few sources after your rec, I definitely have to check it out. We'll add it to the list.

Mar 24, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Meal Plan For April Visit

My family will be in town for the weekend of French Quarter Festival (April 11-13) and I just moved here a few weeks ago so I have a limited knowledge of good spots. I'm trying to come up with a good meal plan for a group of Northern CA foodies on a somewhat moderate budget. These are the restaurants I have in mind. I'm assuming that we'll get food at the Festival at least one day but we have five dinners to cover. Places like Stella probably aren't quite in our price range (although I may try to convince the party to do one more expensive meal). Any suggestions or additions would be greatly appreciated:

Breakfast/Brunch:

Cafe du Monde
Elizabeth's

Lunch stops:

Casamento’s
Frankie & Johnnie’s
Parkway Bakery

Dinners:

Cochon
Brigsten’s
GW Fin’s
Dick & Jenny's
Maybe Cafe Degas (in my neighborhood but I've heard mixed reviews)

Mar 20, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Need recommendation for non-seafood, non-pork eater

I have a friend coming into town in a few weeks who does not eat seafood or pork. I'd like to still go to someplace that is truly a New Orleans experience but need to accommodate him as well. Any recommendations? Moderate price (not necessarily cheap) would be appreciated, we're both just out of graduate school so budgets are tight.

Mar 07, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans

Where to go for Beignet's.

Are there any places that serve beignets outside of the quarter? I love CDM but every so often I don't feel like heading to the Quarter to get them.

Feb 26, 2008
jek1979 in New Orleans