Recipe: Moros y Cristianos

Wed, 02/14/24
Rice and beans are a staple in many cuisines, and they're perfect for Lent. This version comes to us from Executive Chef/Owner Melissa Araujo of Alma Cafe, a Honduran eatery on Louisa St in the Bywater. It's rather different from New Orleans red beans and rice, in that it u... Read more

Recipe: Chile Colorado

Tue, 01/02/24
Recipe: Chile Colorado  Or, more completely, "Carne con Chile Colorado," but we're refraining from anything that smacks of "Chile con carne", a name which over the years has been appropriated by the manufacturers of canned chili.  This version has a murky Tex-Mex history, ... Read more

Recipe: "Hot" Chocolate Cookies

Fri, 12/08/23
The combination of chocolate and chile (a pairing as old as the chocolate-chile drink that the Aztecs called xocolatl) makes these "cookies for grown-ups". Even if they're too intense for tender young palates, the combination of  chocolate richness plus chile heat is a high... Read more

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thu, 11/09/23
We've got a menu's worth of Thanksgiving recipes, for your dining pleasure. Many of them, while traditional, are just a little bit different, like Kermit Ruffins' Barbecue Smoked Turkey, Cranberry-Jalapeño-Lime Salsa, Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey & Sausage Gumbo, or Pumpki... Read more

Recipe: Pastalaya

Fri, 10/13/23
Though not really traditional, pastalaya is a cool variation on jambalaya, with pasta instead of rice. Like jambalaya, it's perfect for tailgaters, parades, potlucks, and any time you want a one-pan meal. The only trick is getting the pasta cooked in minimal liquid, so that... Read more

Recipe: Mushroom Campanelle

Sun, 09/03/23
Located on Magazine Street a couple of blocks above Napoleon, Osteria Lupo showcases Northern Italian cuisine. Here's their recipe for Mushroom Campanelle, a version of mushroom ragu. It's vegetarian, and made with fresh pasta and a variety of fresh mushrooms. "Osteria Lupo... Read more

Recipe: Marinated Shrimp

Mon, 08/07/23
One of the best things about marinated shrimp (AKA "pickled shrimp" in low country Carolina parlance): what little cooking they require can be done well ahead of mealtime when the kitchen is cool. They're good in the refrigerator for a week, ready to add to salads, pasta, o... Read more

Recipe: No-Churn Espresso Ice Cream

Fri, 07/07/23
This is a surprisingly simple (& seasonally appropriate!!) way to make ice cream from scratch without an ice cream maker.  All you need is blender, a loaf pan, and a freezer. And you could use a mixer rather than a blender if you prefer.  The churning action in an ice cream... Read more

Recipe: Ginger Salad from Mister Mao

Mon, 06/05/23
It's hot outside, so here's a crispy, cool salad full of spicy  fun from Mister Mao. It's very different take on the salad, including fried chickpeas, tamarind chutney, currants, and sunflower seeds along with more traditional crunchy vegetables like carrots, pepper, and ca... Read more

Recipe: Crawfish Cracked Potatoes

Wed, 05/10/23
Nothing says NOLA like crawfish! This recipe has tasty crawfish tails (you can use fresh or frozen), crispy air-fried potatoes and a cayenne-cheddar mornay sauce, giving a perfect bite every time. This recipe comes to us from Chef/Owner Brian Landry of Jack Rose, located at... Read more

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