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Gourmet Galley: Options for Easter

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Add flavor to your Easter ham by brushing it with Spicy Fruit Glaze. Serve wtih Creole Mustard Sauce.

Trying to decide on what to serve for your Easter Sunday dinner? Ham will be center stage on many Easter tables. We have lots of choices as to what kind to buy. There’s the big whole ham that many of you will be having; the tasty, hickory-smoked Virginia hams with the dark red meat; the popular… Continue reading →

Baking and Blogging: Loyola student’s cooking blog draws sweet reviews

Photo provided by Graham Blackall -- Tempting recipes and luscious photography have earned Loyola student Graham Blackall's food blog, 'Glazed and Confused,' attention on the Internet.

Give a mouse a cookie, and he’ll want a glass of milk. Give Graham Blackall chicken and waffles, and the 20-year-old might want to bake you a cake. The Loyola student and New Orleans native is a baking aficionado at a young age and is the lively intellect behind the nationally popular blog Glazed and… Continue reading →

What a Crock!: Turkey Time?: Serve with vegetables for an easy anytime meal

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- It doesn't have to be a holiday to serve turkey. Try slow-cooked Turkey Breast and Veggies for an easy weeknight meal.

There doesn’t need to be an occasion to serve turkey. Turkey breast is an easy meal with a lot of possibilities. Add some pretty color by way of fresh vegetables. Here’s a quick tip for slow cooking and making colors pop. Don’t add some veggies until halfway through the cooking process. Potatoes and onion should be added… Continue reading →

What’s Happening, for March 26, 2016

Photo from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board  --  The Limburger Leap is the 2014 Best of Show recipe in the Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown.

Holiday Specials presented by Domino Foods Inc. will provide free admission on Saturday to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans for Louisiana’s kids and their families to visit and make traditional St. Joseph’s Day treats. The St. Joseph’s Day celebration will include a… Continue reading →

Bourbon renaissance catches on at local lounges, restaurants

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Bartender and resident whiskey expert, Andy Borbely, with a selection of  exclusive single barrel bourbons at Avenue Pub.

Hang around the spirit world — alcohol, not ghosts — and you’re bound to hear the expression “bourbon renaissance.” I heard the phrase several times recently when I attended a special dinner upstairs at Arnaud’s, an event to showcase the release of the restaurant’s recent acquisition: a barrel-strength, whopping 116-proof, 11-year-old, straight bourbon from Kentucky’s celebrated… Continue reading →

Food & Restaurants: Country cooking, city warehouse

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Cody and Samantha Carroll at their new restaurant Sac-a-Lait.

Wherever old urban industrial areas are being redeveloped across the land, new restaurants are opening amid weathered brick and iron, burly beams and broad windows. That’s the backdrop that Sac-a-Lait (1051 Annunciation St., 504-324-3658; sac-a-laitrestaurant.com) inherited at the Warehouse District’s Cotton Mill apartments, too, but this ambitious new restaurant has a much more rural starting… Continue reading →

Polishing the pig pen: As Hogs for the Cause grows, so does the stagecraft around its smokers

Photo provided by Eric Hunn - Team Mr. Pigglesworth member Tuan Hoang donned a pig costume to lure more customers to his team's booth at last year's Hogs for the Cause, where the stagecraft and gear have grown in step with the event.

Making great barbecue gets down the basics of smoke and seasoning, and maybe a little pit master intuition. It typically does not require LED displays, artificial turf, logo-printed swag or a playground slide modeled after gigantic bacon strips. But this kind of embellishment has become part of the recipe for success at Hogs for… Continue reading →

Bites in Brief: Angeline blends Southern cuisine, country elegance

Photo by Denny Culbert - Rabbit Milanese with spoon bread and tomato gravy is part of Angeline's Southern-inspired menu.

Modern Southern cuisine is having its time in the sun as more chefs mine the region’s deep-running customs and robust flavors for inspiration. Starting this week, it also has a new showcase nestled along a picturesque stretch of the lower French Quarter at Angeline (1032 Chartres St., 504-308-3106; angelinenola.com). Chef/owner Alex Harrell hails from… Continue reading →

Don’t give up flavor for Lent

Photo provided by Cafe Adelaide  --  Cafe Adelaide chef Carl Schaubhut uses Louisiana crawfish to make a pepper jack grilled cheese sandwich he pairs with Smoked Tomato-Shrimp Bisque.

Starting to find it difficult to come up with a meatless meal each Friday during Lent? During Lent, many Christians use prayer, penance, fasting and good works to prepare for the celebration of Easter, which this year is on April 5. In south Louisiana, with its abundance of fresh seafood, abstinence from meat on Fridays isn’t… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Nothing plain about this chicken

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  For a simple-to-make main dish, try Easy Baked Chicken.

My family likes just plain baked chicken. The kind that bakes long and slow and you keep basting with the pan juices. My brother calls it “sticky chicken” because the juices begin to thicken and the skin gets sticky. I remember my mother seasoning the chicken the night before. I seldom do that since I’m much more… Continue reading →

Eat Your Vegetables: Artichoke soup is a light treat

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Treat family and friends to a warm bowl of Artichoke Soup.

This simple artichoke soup is nice to have with a sandwich for lunch or to serve before supper if you’re having a light meal. The recipe makes almost 2 quarts, but it can easily be halved if you need less. It calls for three cans of artichoke hearts and one can of artichoke bottoms. The artichoke hearts… Continue reading →

Back to the Beer Garden with the Brooklyn Brewery Mash

Photo provided by Brooklyn Brewery -- At table setting at Brooklyn Brewery Mash Dinner Lab's slow supper event.

In the 19th and early 20th century, beer gardens dotted the landscape of most American cities, including New Orleans. These venues, sometimes a hall, sometimes an outdoor park, were filled every Sunday with families. Bands played waltzes and polkas for dancing, old men played dominoes and cards and children scampered around. Unlike saloons, which were… Continue reading →

The next big thing: Self-taught chef looks at Creole flavor through local lens in newest WYES cooking show

Photo provided by WYES - Kevin Belton will host the next cooking series in a long line of culinary programs from WYES TV.

Kevin Belton is too modest to claim that his latest project could raise the bar for New Orleans cooking shows. But for his “New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton” with public television station WYES-TV, set designers literally did have to raise the kitchen counter. That’s because Belton stands about six-foot-nine, with a massive frame that bespeaks… Continue reading →

New Orleans ranks behind Houston, Atlanta, Cleveland in magazine's survey of top cities for 'food snobs'

Photo provided by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group - Crispy veal cheek grillades and grits is on the breakfast menu at the new Brennan's.

From the freshest catch of the day to the country’s best burger, New Orleans claimed a spot on Travel and Leisure’s best cities for "food snobs" list. New Orleans is ranked No. 15 of 20 cities. Cleveland is ranked No. 7. Atlanta came in at No. 4. Houston claimed the top spot. Restaurants like Brennan's and Parkway Bakery & Tavern were mentioned… Continue reading →

What a Crock!: Slow-cooked soup good for hectic day

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Cindy's Chicken Pho

When we taste a recipe we particularly like while dining out, many of us take to our cookbooks or, in the modern world of technology, online to try and duplicate it. Cindy Leopold has enjoyed chicken pho at different Vietnamese restaurants she and her family frequent. She found a recipe, but before long realized she didn’t have… Continue reading →

St. Joseph Altars part of Louisiana heritage since Sicilians first arrived here in 1880s

Advocate photo by Cheramie Sonnier  --  Candles, religious pictures, flowers and foods fill the St. Joseph Altar at the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center in 2014. This year's altar will be open to the public Sunday, March 15.

Local chefs and grocers are helping keep alive the tradition of St. Joseph Altars, including the one at the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center in Baton Rouge. The center “depends on the goodwill of the community and volunteers for the food that’s served,” said Debi Grymes, who coordinates the volunteer efforts for the altar. The altar,… Continue reading →

Ties to Italy strong at historic Tremé church

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ  --  David Roe makes a bread cross, one of the items he and other volunteers do for what they call the Big Bake at Roe's home for the St. Augustine Church St. Joseph's Day Altar in New Orleans, La., Friday, March 6, 2015.

Since St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church was established in 1841 in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood, it has been “a church of the city’s free black citizens.” But, it also has had some strong Italian connections, said church secretary Linda Harris in explaining why the church hosts an annual St. Joseph’s Altar. “The church has been doing… Continue reading →