19 March 2012

Chef Recipe: How To Make Remoulade Sauce

Crab cake with remoulade sauce





From Denny:  Remoulade sauce is popular here in Louisiana because it is so versatile.  This restaurant recipe makes a large amount so plan on dining on a lot of salads, gifting some friends or holding a family reunion.

Originally, remoulade sauce was used in France as a dressing for carrot, potato or raw celery root salad.  Classic French remoulade sauce is based with Dijon mustard, fresh made from scratch mayonnaise and an assortment of favorite French herbs like tarragon, chervil and parsley.  To that they add capers, some finely chopped pickles and then anchovies.

But this is the Creole style of remoulade sauce we enjoy here in Louisiana.  This version of remoulade is much more spicy.  We use Creole mustard in place of the traditional Dijon mustard.  We also include ketchup, finely chopped green onions or minced shallots.  To kick up the spice once more we add hot pepper sauce like the Tabasco brand or finely ground cayenne pepper.

So, how can you use a remoulade sauce?  We love it with seafood like shrimp cocktail, seafood po'boy sandwiches, crab cakes or a pan-fried fish but it also goes well with cold meats.

16 March 2012

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Fun St. Patricks Day Facts To Ponder While You Swill Green Beer

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Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Fun St. Patricks Day Facts To Ponder While You Swill Green Beer: From Denny:  Mardi Gras just happened last month, and, well, Lent can be a dull affair while we are waiting for Easter.  So, why not spice it up with some St. Patrick's Day frivolity and celebration?

South Louisiana is primarily Catholic and we like our champion demon-chasing warrior saints. Honoring him is serious business.

Here in Louisiana we celebrate with none other than a St. Patrick's Day Parade, complete with official bead-throwing and green beer freely flowing.

Since all good holy days have a serious component along with the feasting here's some brain food to feed you too.  Be sure to check out my other St. Patrick's Day posts at the end of this post.  Lots of interesting historical trivia, quotes, poems, Irish blessings and funny thoughts too.
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11 March 2012

Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Almond Nuggets with Chocolate Drizzle




Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Almond Nuggets with Chocolate Drizzle: From Denny:  Chocolate and almonds are the ideal combination for a cookie.  This is basically a sugar cookie with sliced almonds that makes for a stiff dough.

It is a simple exercise of dropping the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet - so that makes it easy even for beginner bakers.  The chocolate comes in when you ice the cookie with bittersweet chocolate that has been melted together with real butter and almond extract.

What's amusing is how the recipe creator actually thinks these mere 24 cookies will last long enough to make it into a covered container.  Bring your friends! :)
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09 March 2012

The Healing Waters: Why Losing Weight Is Difficult: Carb-Heavy Breakfast


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The Healing Waters: Why Losing Weight Is Difficult: Carb-Heavy Breakfast: From Denny:  Currently, there is a 36 percent national obesity rate.  For decades now, food manufacturers have outrageously manipulated the food supply by adding so many preservatives and excess sugars into products it has caused a national health epidemic.

Consumers are overwhelmed trying to find healthy food that is safe to consume and feed our families.
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