BY PATSY R. BRUMFIELD – THE SOUTHFACIN’ COOK
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.
CREOLE BREAD PUDDING
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.
We spotted Taaka’s king cake-flavored vodka during our first trip to Rouses. Only in NOLA. But what do you do with the liquor?
image via @newinNOLA on Instagram
Ideas via @RousesMarkets on Twitter:
You can use in place of regular vodka in a White Russian – 1.5oz Taaka King Cake Vodka, 1oz Kahlua, 2oz cream.
1.5oz kingcake vodka, 1oz cranberry, 1oz pineapple juice, shaken & strained into martini glass rimmed w/ sugar & cinnamon
The second one sounds more appealing to us.
And, here’s a recipe for king cake Jello shots from BlackenedOut.com.
What about you? Have your own cocktail suggestions?
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, we get started with a class – New Orleans style red beans and rice …
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