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Liver smothered in onions? So, 99% of you just went, “She’s cooking what?”
I am among the 1% of people who love liver and onions atop rice. Likely, it was presented to me by my grandmother, the beautiful and willful Rosalie Dial, who wasn’t one to forgive a turned-up nose at dinnertime. Likely, I ate it, agreed it was good, and the rest is history.
It’s not something I think about often, but this weekend, it came to mind. I make a batch and freeze everything but the rice for another dinner.
It’s also an emotional meal for me because my dearly departed mother, Betty, made me weekly batches while I was pregnant with my two kids and needed boosts of iron to fortify my system (and theirs). When I eat liver and onions, I think of all three of them. Sappy, but true.
And so, for you folks whose grandmothers and moms made this and never showed you how, here it is. For you folks who’ve got the curiosity to try it, the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Go for it!
Big day for us at NewinNOLA. We celebrate reaching 2,500 followers on Instagram. We ate a delicious poboy from Domilise’s in honor of all you lovely people.
Thank you for making us feel welcome in New Orleans. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned about the city. Thank you for going on this adventure with us. Y’all rock!
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New Orleans restaurants are fairly predictable during Lent – they have red beans and rice on Mondays and a seafood special on Fridays.
The Monday special is a long-standing practice. Mondays traditionally were laundry day in New Orleans and red beans and rice was an easy dish to put on the stove and leave. The dish is a standard offering every Monday in New Orleans restaurants.
During Lent, Catholic believers often give up meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, duck, etc.) on Fridays. Seafood is OK though, so restaurants offer tasty seafood dishes on Fridays. FYI – Lent starts Ash Wednesday (the day after Mardi Gras) and ends on Easter.
Want to try your hand at red beans while you knock out your laundry this weekend? Check out this recipe from our food columnist, Patsy R. Brumfield.
Since there are so many different recipes for the classic dish, here are a few more to peruse:
Happy Oysters on the Half Shell Day! Really, it’s a holiday. How do you like your bivalves – raw or on the half shell?
Our favorite oyster restaurants in New Orleans so far:
• 25 cent oysters during happy hour at The Blind Pelican on St. Charles Avenue. The special price is offered from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week. You can get a dozen discounted oysters for every regular price drink you get. Charbroiled oysters also are discounted.
The New in NOLA crew was fortunate to celebrate the blessed matrimony of two of its own this weekend. Congrats to Margaret and Chapman!
They went with a New Orleans-themed wedding and we thought it was spectacular. From the faux street tiles on the cake to the brass band to the hot sauce favors, there was so much #NOLAlove in the air.
A few things we learned about New Orleans weddings from this experience:
Will post more pictures soon. Be safe and hope you stay warm and safe today.
And if you are celebrating at home, check out these cocktail recipes:
- a few classics from Emeril and his restaurants.
- ideas for cocktails using king cake vodka.
Hugh Laurie, the actor best known for his work in the TV show “House,” was the 2014 king of Bacchus. The Mardi Gras parade starts in Uptown New Orleans on Napoleon Avenue and makes its way down St. Charles.
The parade rolled tonight at 5:15.
Hugh Laurie was a gracious king. He arrived early, greeted the crowd, threw doubloons and signed autographs. He also blew kisses. Hail, Hugh Laurie, king of Bacchus!
Our photos from Laurie’s arrival:
A new episode debuts every Monday. It’s a good way to sneak a peek into NOLA life if you haven’t moved yet or if you have just arrived. Granted, it is an over-the-top depiction of life in our fair city and we don’t get every joke, but we get enough of the episodes to make us laugh.
Here’s a trailer for the first season:
The metro New Orleans area has about 60 parades this year and we’ve found the best schedule for you. There’s a parade for every taste and all you need to do is find one that fits your schedule.
Want R-rated debauchery and satire? That’s Krewe du Vieux, which parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny.
Want kid-friendly fun? You actually have many more options than most people think. Day parade are always a good bet. Night parades tend to get a little crazier, but they can still be kid-friendly (depending on your kid). The Uptown parades are fun for pretty much all ages.