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Special sandwiches, sauces can dress up turkey leftovers

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Make Your Own Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving dinner brings back memories of my big family getting together at our house or my Aunt Irene’s. We had the typical south Louisiana Thanksgiving fare, complete with a tableful of homemade desserts. I can remember tables, or seating of some kind, all over the house. Mama would get up before daylight “to get the turkey… Continue reading →

Thanksgiving meal hotlines field questions

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Regardless of how you cook the turkey, experts say to make sure to let it sit, undisturbed, on a cutting board or platter for at least 30 minutes before carving. This allows the bird to finish cooking more gently and reabsorb all of its juices, producing moist meat.

There’s a scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” where Clark (Chevy Chase) carves into the holiday turkey and, with a great whooshing sound, the bird deflates into itself, leaving remnants of something chewier than turkey jerky. “I’ve ruined it!” Cathrine (Miriam Flynn) cries in horror. Don’t be a “Cathrine” today. There’s last-minute help as close as… Continue reading →

What a Crock!: Let us eat cake, pumpkin cake

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Pumpkin Cake

It’s Thanksgiving. Eat cake. Better yet, eat it for several days. Holidays are full of cakes, cookies, pies and all means of delectable treats. While that may not be the best choice of foods for a steady diet, it is part of the holiday menu at most events we go to in November and December. So,… Continue reading →

Whole Foods, companies recycling cooking oil

You’ve fried the turkey, now what do you do with all that used cooking oil? Area Whole Foods Markets have partnered with local companies to recycle that cooking oil. The drive, running Friday through Dec. 4, will produce eco-friendly biodiesel fuel, help reduce emissions, and keep oil and grease out of the drains. Frying… Continue reading →

Louisiana Culinary Institute plans open house Dec. 3

Louisiana Culinary Institute will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Visitors can meet the chefs, students and staff to learn more about an education in culinary arts. A financial aid officer also will be available. LCI is at 10550 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

New Orleans' Creole Smoked Turkey tops Thanksgiving list

The Creole Smoked Turkey at Broussard’s in New Orleans leads Food Network’s list of the top five Thanksgiving dishes in the nation. “Chef Neal Swidler brines his turkey for eight hours, then rubs it with a secret Creole seasoning blend before he roasts it for four hours over pecan and oak woods.… Continue reading →

Chef John Folse, co-author planning launch party for latest book

Chef John Folse, along with co-author Micheala York, will launch their latest cookbook at a party Wednesday. The event celebrating “Can You Dig It: Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Vegetable Cookery, an Ode to Vegetables and Louisiana’s Love Affair With Gardening” is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Citiplace, 2590 Citiplace Court, Baton… Continue reading →

Add nutrients, cut fat and keep the taste with healthy holiday treats

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mini Pumpkin Pie

Preparing a healthier Thanksgiving feast doesn’t mean dropping the sides and desserts your family loves. Instead of creating a few extremely health-conscious dishes that nobody will touch, Brooke Schoonenberg, a dietitian with Woman’s Center for Wellness, says it’s easy to update a few favorite recipes to add some nutrients, cut some fat and keep the… Continue reading →

Curtis Stone inspired by Cajun, Creole flavors

Advocate file photo -- Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is cooking up a Cajun turkey for Thanksgiving.

Growing up in Australia, chef Curtis Stone was obsessed with French cuisine. But after shooting a few television shows in New Orleans, the celebrity cook started to love experimenting with Cajun and Creole foods. “The food and the style are so unique and delicious,” Stone said. “I love tinkering around with those flavors for… Continue reading →

Louisiana Sweet Potato group awards $3,500 to contest winners

Photo provided by Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission -- Grand prize  Katie Leithead's Sweet Potato Butterscotch Pies won the grand prize in the annual Sweet Rewards Contest sponsored by the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission and Louisiana Cookin magazine.

Katie Leithead’s “Sweet Potato Butterscotch Pies” earned the grand prize in the Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest sponsored by the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, in partnership with Louisiana Cookin’ magazine. This year’s contest consisted of five categories — fresh, canned, frozen, student and professional. Five first-place winners, each of whom won $500, were selected as well as a… Continue reading →

Review: Café Josephine a hidden gem, but not for long, well worth the drive to Sunset

Advocate photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Tacos with Roasted Corn Grits Café Josephine

Sunset’s a sleepy little town known around Lafayette for its Southern charm and antique stores. Soon, it might be a mecca for food, thanks to Café Josephine. Located beneath the Sunset water tower at 818 Napoleon Ave., Café Josephine buys local ingredients and warns customers that dishes will take some time because everything’s fresh. Troy Bijeaux is… Continue reading →

Dinner to celebrate 10 years of Galatoire’s Bistro in Baton Rouge

Galatoire’s Bistro will celebrate 10 years in Baton Rouge by welcoming “Galatoire’s Graduates” back in the kitchen for the second in a series of guest chef dinners at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chef Nathan Gresham, of Beausoleil, and Jerry Middleton, of Rougarou, will collaborate with executive chef Kelley McCann on the evening’s menu. The dinner will… Continue reading →

Top chefs showcase best dishes at ‘Taste of the South’

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Chef Tenney Flynn puts chef Greg Reggio, who served as emcee, to work in helping prepare his GW Fins' Fresh Gulf BBQ Shrimp.

When four of New Orleans’ best chefs share cooking tips, you can bet we’re all ears. As Cody Carroll, of Sac-A-Lait; Austin Breckinridge, of La Petite Grocery; Tenney Flynn, of GW Fins; and Gus Martin, of Dickie Brennan & Co. stirred up their recipes for The Taste of the South, they also dished on what home… Continue reading →

Review: The Londoner reverses stereotypes about British cooking with hearty dishes, unusual spices

Photo by Matt Sigur -- Fish and chips

There’s a joke that heaven is where the Swiss organize everything, the police are British, the lovers are Italian, the mechanics are German, and the chefs are French. But hell is where the Italians organize everything, the police are German, the lovers are Swiss, the mechanics are French, and the chefs are British. And that’s… Continue reading →

Veggies: What is this produce, and how should I eat it?

Photo by COLETTE DEAN -- Kohlrabi

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell. Are those colorful gourds and funny-looking vegetables you see in grocery stores and at farmers markets to eat or make into a centerpiece for the table? If you’re using them only for a wreath on the front door or to decorate the mantel, you’re missing out on great foods that pack a… Continue reading →

Comfort food classics: Creamy mac and cheese and a roast chicken can turn around a bad day

Photo by TERESA B. DAY -- Herb Crusted Roast Chicken and Smoked Provolone Macaroni and Cheese

Sometimes, the day just stinks. That’s OK. Those are the days that make us realize how lucky we are on all the other days. But on Mondays, or days that feel like Mondays, a good, comforting meal seems to help turn things around. After many years of research, I think I’ve finally found a solid… Continue reading →

Simplicity S low cooker makes holidays easy

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Stewed Tomato Pork

The month leading up to Thanksgiving and then Christmas has always been a challenging one for families. There are countless trips to the grocery store and fruit/vegetable markets. Then, there is gift shopping, parties, school functions for the youngsters and so on. Whew! This is also the time of year, though, that new products hit the… Continue reading →

Cauliflower gets creative

Photo by JULIE COOK RIMES -- Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

Have you noticed all the cauliflower recipes lately? It seems every time I open a magazine, there’s a new one. Ever since cookbook author Ina Garten , the famed cookbook author and television food show personality, introduced her simple method of roasting vegetables with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and topping with Parmesan, that’s… Continue reading →

Eats & Cooks Club session to feature John Besh

Jyl Benson, SoFAB’s director of culinary programming, and Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO’s “Louisiana Eats!” will convene the Louisiana Eats & Cooks Club at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Chef John Besh will join the two for the session at Brady’s Wine Warehouse, 1029 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, Suite C, New Orleans. A portion of the proceeds… Continue reading →

BREADA celebrates 19th anniversary Saturday

BREADA will mark 19 years of connecting the Baton Rouge community with fresh, locally grown food at its network of public markets on Saturday. Red Stick Farmers Market, at 5th and Main streets in downtown Baton Rouge, will open with a Harvest Blessing at 7:45 a.m., followed by the ringing of the opening bell by children… Continue reading →

Wine tasting benefits Hospice of Baton Rouge

“Art & Wine, The Wine Tasting Experience,” a fundraiser for Hospice of Baton Rouge, will be held Friday, Nov. 6. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held at Circa 1857, 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge. Purchase a tasting glass for $20 (must be 21 years old) and sample unlimited wines and… Continue reading →

Review: Great bread, polite service but Marty J’s just doesn’t cut it

Advocate staff photo by Ellen Zielinski -- The shrimp and catfish plate is served with French fries and a salad.

One of the first things you’ll see on the website for Marty J’s is that they serve Leidenheimer bread, which is famously used in many New Orleans po-boys. And they’re right to tout it so highly, because it’s one of the few things that would make me return. The decor in the Perkins location is sparse,… Continue reading →

Fright night delights that may look scary but provide a yummy Halloween

Photo by Teresa B. Day -- Roasted Butternut Squash and Squid Ink Pasta

Show me a hundred Halloween recipes in magazines or online, and I’ll show you a hundred of my crafty fails . So, you can imagine how nervous I was trying to come up with something cute or creepy for Halloween. I’m crossing my fingers you won’t be afraid of these Halloween recipes. As usual,… Continue reading →

Wine taste to benefit Southeastern library

Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its seventh annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. Friday. Held at the library, the event will feature six wines paired with samplings of food, music, a silent auction and door prizes. Todd Delaune of Red, White &… Continue reading →

‘Dining in Dark’ benefits Lighthouse Louisiana

Five courses. Five different wines. Blindfolded. Tickets are still available for Lighthouse Louisiana’s annual “Dining in the Dark” benefit at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Galatoire’s Bistro, 3535 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The “dark” element of the evening is designed to call awareness to the daily experiences of the blind. Lighthouse’s goal is to provide… Continue reading →

Olive Gardens supporting La. high schools

Olive Gardens in Lousiana will take part in the national restaurant chain’s Spirit Night to support local high schools Tuesday. Each location has selected a high school to partner with in its community, and will donate up to $1,000 to the school after the benefit. Area restaurants and their partner schools include: Baton Rouge, Parkview Baptist;… Continue reading →

Review: Consistency is key at Kolache Kitchen

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- A ranchero, a sweet bread filled with eggs and bacon or sausage is a hearty breakfast option at the Kolache Kitchen on Jefferson Highway.

It’s about time a quality kolache crossed the Sabine River. Generations ago, Czech bakeries in central Texas popularized sweet and savory kolaches — pastries made with sweet yeast dough — and they took on a life of their own as a breakfast food staple. These pastries — either squares of sweet bread with fruit in… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Forget witches’ brew; try chili, soup for Halloween night

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Easy Chili

Halloween is a little more than a week away, so let’s start planning supper now. As we all know, that can be a hectic night! Parents with young ones are trying to get them to eat some kind of real food, rigging costumes and getting the goodies ready to hand out. Before you… Continue reading →