Posts Tagged southern food

Bourbon Banana Bread

Bourbon Banana Bread

I don’t do a lot of baking, but this spin on banana bread is so scumptuous, so idiot-proof, and so flexible (breakfast, desert, holiday gifts), that I make it all the time and keep back-ups in the freezer.

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Étouffée (Crawfish or Shrimp)

Crawfish Étouffée

This recipe is a hybrid from Paul Prudhomme and my cousin Lillian Lanclos Robertson. I like the dark roux, “plunged trinity,” and the spice blend from Chef Paul, and the tangy addition of mustard from Cousin Lillian. I added the Tabasco, lemon juice, worcestershire, parsley, and green onions because they just seem right. I have also used poblano instead of bell pepper when I cooked it for Jody, who doesn’t like bells, and it added a subtle layer of flavor. Adjust the cayenne to your personal level of heat. As written, it has a slow burn, and I like it that way!

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What dish makes your eyes roll back in your head?

I confess. My mother was a food star. She’s the one who taught me that life’s greatest pleasure is found in good wine, good food, and good conversation — that everything else is just filler until the next meal.

My mother, Kaki (far right), was the love child of Edith Bunker & Scarlett O’Hara, with a little Lucy Ricardo thrown in for time and place. When she died, she left a room full of recipe cards compiled from her time growing up in New Orleans, studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and borrowing from Cajun family and classic Southern friends.

This blog is dedicated to Kaki’s food legacy. I commit to at least one recipe a week, more when the spirit moves me. Tell your foodie friends and let’s get something started here.

So tell me: What dish makes your eyes roll back in your head?

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