It’s Fat Tuesday Mon Ami! The one magical day in the year where gluttony is celebrated in its many forms, both tasty and tasteless. In my early twenties I made my first pilgrimage to the Crescent City. I was captivated by the art, the song, the mood of this one-of-a-kind city. Okay, I might have been wooed by a Hurricane too. Sadly it would be many years before I’d venture back to this Spanish Moss laden Brigadoon. Unfortunately it would be a post Catrina trip. Even years removed from the ravages of Catrina and her aftermath, NOLA still bears the scars.
No matter the time -nor distance- between The Cornstalk Hotel, Muriel’s on Jackson Square, Preservation Hall and I, I’ve always managed to keep a bit of NOLA with me. Partly through photographs, but mostly through food. That is the beauty of Fat Tuesday, no matter where you are you can make your own “New Orleans”. What follows are some links to just a few of my favorite recipes and traditions for Mardi Gras.
Oh and by the way, if you think a trip to NOLA is out of the question because you’ve got offspring in tow. Think again, and check out this great piece on Family-Friendly New Orleans. Note: I’d still steer clear of Bourbon with the babies. <—see what I did there?Mardi Gras at Casa DiPaola this year
Shrimp & Grits (this version from Bon Appetite puts an egg on top, not traditional per se but I’m always one for putting and egg on it)
Muffuletta (note: Party Blueprints is a great place for all things food and fun. I’d totally live there if I could)
Forgotten Jambalaya (BONUS this one is a slow cooker recipe!)
Gorgonzola & Pear Tart (While not Cajun, Chef Gus Martin at Muriel’s on Jackson Square makes this slice of heaven that keeps me coming back. If I could get my hands on his recipe… I’d never share!)
Let the good times roll!