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Old Fashioned, Louisiana Style

Ingredients: ½ teaspoon of Cocktail and Sons “Spiced Demerara” syrup or 1 demerara sugar cube 3–4 dashes of Angostura bitters 3–4 dashes of orange bitters 2 ounces Rye whiskey Splash of soda or sparking water Orange zest Directions: You will...

Blueberry Basil Vodka Martini

You will need a cocktail shaker and a muddler to make this drink. Ingredients: 2 handfuls of fresh Louisiana blueberries 6–8 basil leaves 1–2 teaspoons of lime juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup (can omit if you prefer) 2 ounces vodka...

Saint 75

From Commander’s Restaurant, New Orleans You will need a chilled champagne glass and a cocktail shaker. Ingredients: 1 ounce Tanqueray or Sapphire gin 1 ounce St. Germain 1 ounce basil infused simple syrup 1 ounce fresh lemon juice Directions: Pour...

Mr. Bates Bittersweet Cocktail

  This recipe comes from Downton Abbey–not originally from the south, but sure is refreshing on a warm summer evening! (makes one drink Ingredients: 1 ounce Amaro Nonino 2 ounce Pedro Ximenez Sherry. If you can’t find this make sure you...

Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

Recipe from Bon Appetit, July 1999 Ingredients: 6 bacon slices* 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 1/4 cups purchased barbecue sauce 3/4 cup dark beer 1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar...

Dad’s Famous Cajun Burgers

  Gayden likes them big, thick and spicy!  Ingredients: 1 lb ground meat. (I like to use lean ground meat but for more flavor use ground round or chuck.) ½ cup of Italian breadcrumbs Tony Chachere’s to taste 1 tsp...

Greek Chicken or Lamb Kebabs

Original recipe adapted from Emeril. A family favorite at the beach. Love the feta spread!!! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion 1 TBSP grated lemon zest ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup chopped parsley ¼ cup chopped cilantro 3...

Mark Dudley’s Simply Perfect Smoked Meats

My friend Mark Dudley makes the best smoked meats. I anxiously await my invitation to their home each year for the annual Christmas party or other holidays because I know that Mark will have prepared a smoked turkey, brisket or...

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Len White’s Israeli Couscous stuffing Len cooks like I do…without recipes and measurements. He did not have a specific recipe for his boned chicken leg and thighs stuffed with a fruity and fragrant Israeli couscous. So, I found this recipe...

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse

From “Recipe Girl” as interpreted by Cal Zenor, The Ancient Order of Southern Gourmets This is a decadent, very rich dessert. It’s delicious, but should be served in small portions. I would even suggest serving it in after-dinner drink glasses with...

Herbsaint Infused Oyster Stew with Smoked Bacon

From Donald Link, “Real Cajun” Ingredients: 1 pint shucked oysters 3 ounces thick sliced smoked bacon, cut into ¼ inch cubes 4 tablespoons butter 1 small onion chopped 1 bunch scallions 2 celery stalks cut into ¼ inch cubes 1...
Mary Miles’ Shrimp Scampi

Mary Miles’ Shrimp Scampi

For Mother’s Day, I requested that readers send favorite recipes passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. Carol Miles generously shared this favorite recipe from her mom, Mary Miles. Sure to be a crowd pleaser! Ingredients: ½ cup butter melted...