Apologies for the long hiatus. No excuses – just everyday life crowding out everything else. Now the holidays are upon us. As the Tricentennial year winds down to an end, … Continue reading Two Announcements and some Dirty Rice
Just a couple of quick items today. We all know that the founding date of New Orleans is amorphous at best (see the July 26 blog entry). So here’s a … Continue reading Exactly when? Redux
This week I offer for your edification two culinary tidbits. Throughout this whole research/writing project beginning back in 2010, one guiding principle in presenting this culinary history of eighteenth century … Continue reading Tomatoes & Gumbo
French Louisiana was established and settled by nearly 13,000 immigrants, colonists, and slaves in the early 1700’s. Many of these people did not survive the Atlantic crossing nor the first … Continue reading L’ Histoire
It’s mid-September, 2018. Florence, Issac, Helene, and possibly Joyce are dancing around in the Atlantic. Just last week, Gordon blew ashore over Pascagoula and Mobile. One other stray concept – … Continue reading September Hurricanes, then & now
If you believe that POTUS should be replaced, WEAR PLAID ! The undrained swamp is just getting silly now. VOTE VOTE VOTE ON NOV. 6. “The only thing necessary for … Continue reading If you believe that POTUS should be replaced, WEAR PLAID !
So, here we go again. A few weeks ago, as I was working my day job, cashier-small gas station/convenience store in the exurbs of New Orleans, some travelers stopped in … Continue reading Another Tropical Storm
I have never been good at waiting. Now, in last few weeks of a typically HOT Louisiana summer, I find myself w-a-i-t-i-n-g. Waiting for the hot weather to break. Waiting … Continue reading WAITING . . . WAITING . . . WAITING
So, the tourist asks, “Exactly when was New Orleans founded?” Ah!, like everything else in New Orleans the date can be very easy going. We are the Big Easy, after … Continue reading Exactly, when ?
The Petticoat Rebellion; A Culinary History of French Colonial Louisiana (Parts I and II) is complete. Complete and finished, though, are two distinctly different states of being. A huge chunk … Continue reading Thoughts upon the Completion of a Book
Since retiring from teaching in 2010, my life has generally focused on researching and writing The Petticoat Rebellion in anticipation of the 2018 Tricentennial. Now that the Tricentennial is halfway … Continue reading TriCentennial Transitions
The following recipe is quoted from: Mitchell, Patricia B. French Cooking in Early America. Chatham, VA: MitchellsPublications.com, 1991. Twelfth Printing, 2008. P. 3 Who, in turn found it in “Sourdough … Continue reading Eating Like a Voyageur