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Mardi Gras… a little late!

I surprised my husband with a trip to New Orleans the first weekend in February, which happened to be the start of the Mardi Gras celebration in the Crescent City!  From fried oysters with brie at Clancy’s to Muffulettas at Cochon Butcher to a new retail vendor for Haute Papier in The Stationer New Orleans to macarons and king’s cake at Sucre to the irresistible beignets at Cafe du Monde, it was a wonderful glutenous and relaxing trip!

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Cafe du Monde Beignets

I’ve been saving this one for ya… After a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of February, I knew I had to wait until today – Fat Tuesday – to share this recipe inspired by the deliciousness beyond coasted in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans’s legendary bakery.  Bon Appetit!

Cafe Du Monde Inspired Beignets
makes about six dozen

1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
6-7 cups bread flour
vegetable oil for frying
sifted powdered sugar Continue reading

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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

5. – The Chicago Tribune Taste Test: 6 Vanilla Frostings “There are more varieties of canned vanilla frosting than there are ingredients in a basic recipe. At one supermarket, we found six versions of a basic “vanilla frosting” — plus a trio that didn’t fit in our tasting parameters: a squirt can, a no-sugar and a fluffy “white.” Ingredients and calories in those we tasted vary only slightly (a serving equals 2 tablespoons in most cases). The first ingredient listed was sugar.”

4. – The Boston Globe Doing his best in Paris “After 12 years making pastries at the celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., David Lebovitz moved to Paris, where he blogs on http://www.davidlebovitz.com and writes cookbooks. The latest is “Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes,’’ which includes an exceptionally creamy rice pudding, delectable chocolate chip cookies, nonfat gingersnaps, and Robert’s Absolute Best Brownies, a recipe from the late Boston-born Robert Steinberg, co-founder of Scharffen Berger chocolates.”

3. – The LA Times For small farmers, thinking outside the markets “People can talk all they want about the important restaurants and the famous chefs that have gotten so much attention over the last 30 years, but for me the biggest change in that time has been the introduction of farmers markets.”

2. – The NY Times In New Orleans, the Taste of a Comeback “There was plenty to sample — there are roughly 1,000 restaurants in New Orleans now, up a cool couple of hundred from before the storm, according to The New Orleans Menu, a Web site dedicated to the subject that is run by Tom Fitzmorris.”

1. – The Washington Post The Joys of Not Cooking “The main claim by proponents of raw foodism makes sense: When food is not exposed to processing, more of its original nutrients are preserved. Every time we cook meat, fish or plants, their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants important to our health are destroyed or devalued. More controversially, it is said that the same applies to enzymes that might help aid our digestion. (Critics say that those enzymes are destroyed long before they reach our intestines.)”

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