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#TBT Recipe: Gumbo for Mardi Gras

I suppose another #TBT recipe wouldn’t hurt, eh?  Next week is Fat Tuesday, so now you’ll have enough time to gather the ingredients and make this, the best gumbo north … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Mardi Gras! My Gumbo Recipe Again

I was going to re-post this on Fat Tuesday, but figured I’d do it a day early in case you were looking for something special to make.  It’s one of … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 8 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Season Finale Part 2: Finale

Finale Part 1 * Well, here we are with another Top Chef Season Finale.  TC Texas  (2 years ago) was the first time I ever saw the show and I … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 13 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 15: Leaving New Orleans

Episode 14 Finale Part 1 * Brian got booted from last week’s episode mainly because of his head-scratching decision to use boneless, skinless chicken breast in his dish.  So on … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episodes 9 & 10

Episode 8 Episodes 12 & 13 ** YO!  I’m back!  I had to skip out on the full recap for Episode 9, because I was sick as all hell.  So … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 8: Piggin’ Out

Episode 7 Episodes 9 & 10 *** Previews for this episode showed a whole pig being wheeled into the kitchen.  Now, we’re talking!  Any casual readers of this blog could … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 7 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 5: Lea Michele’s Halloween Bash

Episode 4 Episode 6 ** Last week’s episode had the chefs creating a full Vietnamese menu and a couple of them made Pho.  It got me thinking about the greatest … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 4: Captain Vietnam

 Episode 3 Episode 5 ** This week’s episode had a little twist – no Quickfire.  They just went straight to the elimination challenge.  I liked that because it gave the … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 3: Commander’s Palace

Episode 2 Episode 4 ** Here we are in the third week of the new season and I’ve actually shocked myself by following through on a loony idea.  In my … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Gumbo z’Herbes

The Quickfire Challenge in Top Chef NOLA Episode 2 had the contestants making a gumbo that was based on their heritage.  The winning dish was an “Iowan-Trinidadian gumbo with coconut, … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · 14 Comments