How to cook like a New Orleans native: Quiche


Patsy R. BrumfieldThe Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook


Quiche has got to be the easiest, cheapest, most adaptable go-to meal ever. After its simple base, you just go with what you like in the fridge or freezer or pantry, within reason.

Remember, though, that fresh ingredients like onions and mushrooms , as well as raw meats, should be sauteed before incorporating to ensure they are fully cooked and at their tastiest.

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Southern Living: New Orleans is a tasty town

Another reminder from (full story) about how much weight we will gain in our new city:

Not that this should really shock anyone, but Southern Living magazine finds New Orleans tasty. In its February issue, the Alabama-based glossy names the Crescent City one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South.”

screenshot from's Tastiest Southern Town competition

screenshot from’s Tastiest Southern Town competition

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How to cook like a New Orleans native: Bread Pudding


Patsy BrumfieldThe Southfacin' Cook

Patsy Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

Note about my Jan. 9 recipe (red beans and rice):

Whenever you use bay leaves to flavor a recipe, retrieve them from the finished dish before you serve it. While I have never eaten a bay leaf, my mother, Betty, swore repeatedly it would kill you if you did. ‘Nuff said.


If you think bread pudding isn’t for you, try this recipe. With the Bourbon Sauce on top, it’s fit for your royal guests, who surely are pouring into NOLA, now that you’re their free place to stay.

Continue reading’s 38 essential restaurants in New Orleans

We’ve crossed a few of these restaurants off our New Orleans bucket list. Looking forward to trying out the rest of the eateries.

image via @eaterNOLA

image via @eaterNOLA

From (full story):

Here, now, we present to you the updated Eater 38, our answer to any question that becomes with, “Can you recommend a restaurant…”

This list is not the 38 best restaurants in our fine city, but it instead seeks to provide a comprehensive picture of where you can get a great meal regardless of mood. It covers the entire city with some lagniappe love for the West Bank, spans myriad cuisines and should satisfy all of your restaurant needs.

These are listed here in no particular order.

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Tickets on sale for New Orleans Beer Fest

Adding this one to the bucket list. Excerpts from (full story): New Orleans Beer Fest logo

This year, the New Orleans International Beer Festival will be Saturday, March 9.

Like last year, the festival will feature 175 different craft beers along with seminars on cooking and pairing beer. One area will be devoted to cask ales. A special VIP section will have harder to find beers. And Wilson plans to add this year a “cider garden.”

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Food truck events this weekend in New Orleans

Three food truck events are scheduled this weekend in New Orleans. Woohoo!  food-trucks-new-orleans

Via (full story):

T-shirt shop Dirty Coast is collaborating with the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition to celebrate the official opening of its second store at 329 Julia St.

Dirty Coast will host an event at its Julia Street store from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday then move onto the Rusty Nail where three food trucks will be parked to launch Dirty Coast’s new Food Truck Coalition t-shirt.

Via (full story):

Sunday, Jan. 13, St. Claude Avenue – La Cocinita, Rue Chow, The Fat Falafel, Frencheeze, NOLA Girl Food Truck, Empanada Intifada and Grilling Shelling are among the trucks that will be parked at 1940 St. Claude Ave. Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The T-Lot Food Truck Round-up is organized by My House: Empowering Culinary Entrepreneurs in collaboration with T-Lot artists studio, St. Claude Main Street and the St. Claude Business Association. Details are here.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t fret. Another food truck rally is scheduled Jan. 24 (more info) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

red beans

How to cook red beans and rice

I’m a near-retirement investigative reporter who got my first big job at the New Orleans Times-Picayune the same fall Ole Miss classmate Archie Manning came to the Saints. During my stint in NOLA, I learned what really good food tastes like and determined to learn to cook some of its standards.

In “Southfacin’ Cook,” I’ll offer tips and recipes for newcomers, who’d like to adapt culinarily with more help than I had. I’ll also draw from local food legends. Send me your recipe requests, too, and I’ll do my best to help you learn Southfacin’ cookin’, too.

This week, we get started with a class – New Orleans style red beans and rice …

Header image is from Flickr user Cookbookman17 and used in accordance with a Creative Commons license.

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