Showing posts from 2011

Lemons and Lagniappe

My last post on Lemon Pie made from fresh Louisiana lemons created quite a stir.  (no pun intended!).  I received many comments and some  recipes for further use of this seasonal (for us) fruit.  I believe the variety of lemon is Meyer, but am not sure.  That seems to be a common variety that grows well in our climate.  This post is dedicated to the further use of the quart of lemon juice we still have in our refrigerator.

In September we were served a delicious meal prepared especially for us by our Oregon friends, Judy and Steve Carroll. We are lucky to have their children and grandchild as neighbors.  The entire menu is featured in another post, but the dessert features lemons.  Lemon Pudding Souffle' is a delightful recipe that uses fresh lemon juice and peel.  As the name would suggest it is light a fluffy and very satisfying at the end of a perfect meal.  Judy was kind enough to share the recipe:

Lemon Pudding Souffle' ala Judy

3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter

Lemon Pie Time of Year

My sister-in-law, Donna, brought to us a huge bag of lemons from the tree in her backyard.  In Louisiana, this is the time for the lemons to produce.  This was the perfect gift since my hubby loves lemon in his iced tea.  He got industrious and squeezed the entire bag and saved the juice for later use.  This morning he requested that I help him "use up" some of the juice by baking a Lemon Meringue Pie like my Momma used to do.

My first thought was: "Oh boy,  what a request!"  I remember my mother working for several hours at a time to produce this delight, but my Dad loved it and she persevered.   I dug out the cookbook that she had used and got to work.  The recipe stated that it takes about an hour to make the pie, so I wasn't too discouraged.   It's been about two months since we laid my Mom to rest in the cemetery next to my Dad, so I thought about her as I prepared my pie.  I remembered some tips she gave to me as I watched her bake when I was a kid.  I…

A Pow Wow with Wow!

It was a beautiful day in September.  In Louisiana, that means it was not 100 degrees F outside!  Via Facebook, about 400 Istrouma High School Indian alums had reconnected after 40 some odd years.  About 100 of those including spouses, that we graciously allowed into the "Teepee", gathered for a "Pow Wow" at the beautiful country home of Frank and Kathy Parker for a Cochon de Lait!

Cochon de lait, translated strictly, means "sucking pig," but in Cajun land it means roasting a whole pig and partying! Cochon de lait is one of Acadiana's most famous and most delectable dishes -- marinated, pit-roasted young suckling pig, sliced thin and served with gravy, on a plate or on a po-boy.  The Master Chef, Frank, was in charge and did not disappoint.  The roasted pork was the best I have ever tasted.  Each of the "IHS Indians" brought a side dish to share.  What a feast!  Pictured is the huge pit where Frank and his helpers cooked the pork.  

The eatin…

Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

Elise was born on December 8, 1922 in Greensburg, Louisiana and died on September 12, 2011 at 3:45 a.m. in her “apartment” at Ollie Steele Burden Manor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from complications after multiple strokes.  Elise saw much in her almost 89 years.  She was a Baptist and her last church membership was Emmanuel Baptist Church of Denham Springs where she was known as the “flower lady.” She grew beautiful roses and was quite accomplished at arranging them.  Every Sunday she would provide a beautiful arrangement for the pulpit.  She and her husband, Maxwell, Sr, raised their children in Baton Rouge, “retired” in Denham Springs, and before moving to Ollie Steele she lived 7 years at Lake Sherwood Village.  During her Denham Springs years, she and dad grew a huge garden.  Some of the grandchildren helped her with harvesting and the blueberries were the favorite crop!  That acreage is now the site of a small subdivision named after her.  
She and my Dad eloped in 1938.  She was …

Cooking and Memories

I was asked to bring a dessert to a football watching party this evening.  I immediately went to my collection of "old, but tried and true" recipes.  A few years ago, I got industrious and organized my favorites in an album with plastic sleeves to protect the original copies of cherished concoction secrets.  Many were already stained by spills, but were still readable.  In the dessert section, I found myself walking down memory lane because the recipes included the names of those who shared them with me.

My mom was a great cook and never used convenience products.  I have a vivid memory of watching her "singe" a chicken over a gas flame to rid it of the pinfeathers missed during the plucking stage of preparation.  One of my siblings used to quip that she didn't know you could buy ready made cookies and cakes until she got married and started doing the grocery shopping for her family.  Our generation, however, has learned to embrace cake mixes and foods that jus…

Zucchini Bread Glorified

My friend, Bruce Efferson,  recently gave me some zucchini squash.  We have enjoyed vegetables from my husband's garden this year, but we had no zucchini.  We really appreciated the gift that was among several other squashes and cucumbers!

I never ate zucchini as a child.  My mom and dad never grew it and now I know why.  According to this combination squash/melon was introduced to America only about 30 years ago.  The article I read went on to state that Columbus brought zucchini seeds from the Mediterranean area to the New World, but that the food was eaten for thousands of year in Central and South America.  American cooks have learned to love it because of its versatility and ease of growing.  The green elongated vegetable gets its name from the Italian word, zucchino, that interprets to "squash."  I love to prepare it along with yellow crookneck squash in a "medley" seasoned with butter and cheese, but I also love zucchini bread.

Several years…

Summer Suppers Have Returned

I love light suppers that include fresh vegetables and herbs! I especially like meals that I can prepare without heating up the kitchen with the oven.  Recently I made a trek to Whole Foods to purchase some salmon and whipped up one of my favorite recipes using this delicacy.  Holly Clegg, local and very famous cookbook author and chef, gave me permission to publish her recipe on my blog.  The recipe for "Glazed Salmon" is found in her book, The New Trim and Terrific cookbook.

If you don't know about Holly's cookbooks, be sure to take a look at her website.  You might also catch her appearing on television from time to time around the country.  She has also been on nationwide networks.  See what I mean?   She is famous!  What I particularly love about her cookbooks is that she includes nutritional information and normally uses ingredients that are easily procured.  Most of the time I have most of the things needed for her concoctions in my pantry.  Holly also has an…

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

I have waited a while to begin this post since I don't know quite how to wrap it up in one story.  So, I have decided to start from the very beginning.  We were looking for a trip when the weather would be pleasant, the accommodations excellent, the food superb and the sights exquisite.  We chose a Tauck Cruising experience from Holland to Belgium in the Spring by small ship. We have traveled with Tauck before and knew that this adventure would be topnotch! Tauck tours are of the highest quality and include the very best of tour directors.  There were three tour guides with us on this trip and each was an expert!

We began in Amsterdam.  The architecture of this city combined with the canals makes it very intriguing.  Our first impressions were of the bicycles, old houses, canals and houseboats.  We booked an extra night at the Sofitel Grand Hotel in order to have some extra time.  Our goal was to visit the Van Gogh Museum since this museum was not on our itinerary.  The collection…

Eighty? Can't Believe it!

Today we attended my husband's Godmother's 80th birthday party.  Mary Ann McKearan was 80 on March 10, 2011.  We were honored to be included in the festivities and made the trip to Harahan, Louisiana with my husband's only sister at the wheel.  Mary Ann has a nickname of which she is not fond, but that's how I know her from her Godson.  It's "Aunt Dut" and lots of people call her by that name.  I would love to know the origin of her nickname, but no one seems to remember.  By any name she is a very young octogenarian and a beautiful person inside and out!  She and I share a birthday week, so it was fun to attend a grand celebration.

Aunt Dut is one of nine children born to Edmond and Hortense LeBlanc in Morganza, Louisiana.  Morganza is a village near Old River, near False River and near the Mississippi River in south Louisiana.  New Roads is the largest town near Morganza and it is also a small place.  In 1950, as a young woman, she left the small town …