Gumbo vs Jambalaya: What’s Better?

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Bubbling away in cast iron pots over an outdoor hardwood fire, the multi-cultural dishes of gumbo and jambalaya were an affordable and satisfying way to nourish a gathering of neighbors, congregations, and hunters. From the fields of West Africa The name “gumbo” came from the West African Bantu word for “okra”. Okra was commonly used […]

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Powdered Sugar Pillows: The History of the Beignet

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We New Orleanians are often asked, what’s all this beignet business?  We send visitors home with carefully packaged beignet mix souvenirs, direct tourists towards Cafe du Monde for the perfect late night French Quarter eat, and take photographs of those bright smiles adorned with powdered sugar mustaches.  But for people who don’t live in the […]

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Let Them Heat Cake: History of Doberge Cake

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The Story of Doberge Cake Summer in New Orleans is hot.  A simple, but nonetheless true statement.  With temperatures over 90˚ and humidity that makes breathing feel like swimming, it’s hard to imagine doing anything but lounging beneath a blasting air conditioning vent and throwing back icy daiquiris.  New Orleans culture, however, bows to no […]

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