How to make cornbread dressing like a real Southerner

Thanksgiving turkey isn’t complete without moist, yummy cornbread dressing. It’s taken me years to get this one right, so I’ll share my experience with you.

Patsy R. Brumfield The Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

First, my wonderful mother, Betty – who adored Thanksgiving and cooked for weeks in anticipation of hosting a crowd that day – died on Halloween 1999 and left me, the eldest child, to make our first holiday meal without her. I had no idea what to do. Thank goodness she left recipes, although some have taken years to get just right. (You know how cooks are about secrets.)

This is her cornbread dressing, which I like topped with a splash of smooth turkey giblet gravy (recipe). It’s also fabulous to slice thinly onto leftover turkey sandwiches with homemade mayonnaise (recipe) and a sliver of cranberry sauce (easy recipe). Goodness, my mouth waters just thinking about it.

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How to make ‘Sweet Potato Queen’ casserole like a true Southerner

BY PATSY R. BRUMFIELD – THE SOUTHFACIN’ COOK 

Some years ago, Mississippi’s Jill Conner Browne wrote a series of hilarious books based on her “Sweet Potato Queen” stories and philosophies of Southern culture. Fortunately, she also offered a recipe for said-named casserole, which I’ve expropriated and adapted through the years because my daughter likes it so much.

Patsy R. Brumfield The Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

It’s now a staple of our Thanksgiving feast and equally delicious leftovers. That’s why I usually make two casseroles – one for the midday meal and another for later.

You will love it, and it couldn’t be much easier. It’s a nice, fluffy, modern “company” side dish that I think is far superior to grandma’s marshmallow-topped version. You will appreciate it even more, if you read Jill’s books.

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New Orleans Halloween option – Krewe of Boo parade

Halloween is almost here. Do you have plans? We’re celebrating Saturday night and going to the Krewe of Boo parade in the French Quarter. Hope you’ll join us.

Krewe of Boo (photo via KreweofBoo.com)

Krewe of Boo (photo via KreweofBoo.com)

The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and audience costumes are encouraged. Riders throw Louisiana-specific items like pralines and voodoo doll pins. The riders don’t throw beads, but they do throw:

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Tips for St. Patrick’s Day parade in New Orleans

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SCHEDULE IN NEW ORLEANS

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy's parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy’s parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

By Kim Smelter|  New Girl in NOLA

You thought you had put away your Mardi Gras beads for the season. Au contraire, my newly NOLA transplanted friends. Get your arms and dance moves ready, because this Saturday it’s time you bring out the big guns to catch some ridiculously large throws at the 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching down the Irish Channel.

Cabbages and Irish Spring Soap will be thrown at your head, you’ll receive a LOT of wet kisses from sweaty old Irish men and the smell of crawfish boils will take over the streets. Are you ready to catch me lucky charms?

St. Patrick’s Day parade tips from the New Girl in NOLA:

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#NewinNOLA tip: Back up at parades

#NewinNOLA tip: back up at parades when the marching bands come 

Photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

Photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

A fellow parade-goer warned us at Mardi Gras to back up when St. Augustine’s marching band was approaching.

“You don’t want a trombone in the face,” he said.

Sure enough, the marching bands take up the entire street and they expect you to move out of the way – not the other way around.

But as soon as the bands pass, you can scoot up to the floats in hopes of getting some better throws (local name for goodies that are thrown from a parade float).

Speaking of parades, here’s the schedule for St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans.

Click here for more #newinNOLA tips.

St. Aug's marching band was everything this Mardi Gras. We saw them in just about every parade. Also, our #newinNOLA tip: back up at parades so you don't get tromboned in the face. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

St. Aug’s marching band was everything this Mardi Gras. We saw them in just about every parade. Also, our #newinNOLA tip: back up at parades so you don’t get tromboned in the face. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

2013 New Orleans festival schedule

New Orleans has a festival going on just about every weekend. The festival schedule via NewOrleansOnline.com:

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It's $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It’s $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World. We have dozens of festivals that celebrate our unique food, music and multicultural heritage all year-long.

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