Sticky post

A Traditional New Orleans Monday Dinner is Red Beans & Rice; Recipe Included

What I love about the history of cooking Red Beans and Rice is that is was about survival, making something taste good out of a little of nothing. You can feed a family of 4-6 people with one bag of red beans and the parts of meat what was known as throw away parts back in the days of slavery and segregation. Continue reading A Traditional New Orleans Monday Dinner is Red Beans & Rice; Recipe Included

Sticky post

Pecan Candy (Pralines) Memories and Recipe

In New Orleans, we call it ”Pecan Candy,” but you may know of it as “Pralines,” but whatever it’s called it’s one of the best confections I ever ate. If you never bit into a creamy, nutty piece of pecan candy, you have been missing a delicious treat! One of my favorite memories was being in my Big Momo (great grandmother) and Lil Papa (great … Continue reading Pecan Candy (Pralines) Memories and Recipe

Steamy Okra Gumbo Art Print by Elaine Hodges

Let’s talk New Orleans Gumbo! The history of Gumbo

The name “Gumbo” derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine. Gumbo is closely associated with a melting pot of Louisiana cooking, but New Orleans is known for having the … Continue reading Let’s talk New Orleans Gumbo! The history of Gumbo