While not as relentlessly feted as Creole tomatoes, Louisiana sweet corn also deserves a place in any self respecting southern cook's weathered old Kelvinator fridge. While neanderthals like to gnaw the kernels straight off the cob, sometimes without even passing the ears over a flame, we prefer ours scraped and cooked.
Back in the 80s, some Tastee Donuts franchisees rebelled against having to pay extra licensing fees to the mothership on Kastleburger sales. After all, they reckoned that any burger profits were covered under "related products" in the original contracts.
The case wound its way through court before the plaintiffs were finally ordered to pony up and quit bellyaching. And the legend of the Kastleburger carried on. To some a blatant ripoff of White Castle, the Kastleburger is a tiny patty on a tiny bun with mustard, onions and pickles as garnish.
They also happen to be delicious, and comparable to that other southern delicacy: the Krystal burger. Tomorrow, July 10th 2014, Tastee Donuts is rolling back the prices by offering a dozen of these sandwiches for $5.
Pork butcheries used to dot the landscape of Istanbul, Turkey. I've been fortunate to eat my way across the barbecue stalls and restaurants of the city, and cuts of pig have grown increasingly difficult to score over the years.
Istanbullus (Istanbul residents), famously tolerant, may or may not have frequented the kasaps (butchers) that specialized in pork, but they didn't care if their fellow swine-loving Turks did.
Louisiana's craft beer industry is tiny but growing. Courtyard Brewing's ramping up their efforts toward a late summer opening over on Erato Street, while Junction, a new craft beer bar from the team behind Molly's On The Market is currently building out an old grocery store on St Claude for a 40 tap beer/burger hall.
As is our custom, we share every recipe we've ever developed, holding nothing back so our readers can sup on the finest foods known to man.
Like Louisiana Hot Wings With Crystal Hot Sauce Beurre Blanc.
This is brand new to the Scrumptious crew though we're certain that it's existed for years in America's finest city: New Orleans.
Iceberg Slim used to get his nose opened up good and wide when a sweet young thing sauntered past, and that's what this recipe will do for you. It's not a high stepping philly but it's definitely the culinary equivalent.
New Orleans food blogging scene is petite in comparison to our former stomping grounds of Austin where hundreds of authors have clambered astraddle of Wordpress, Cold Fusion, and dozens of other blogging platforms to trumpet their love of tripe or affinity for standing 5 hours in line for a barbecue sandwich. If y'all know of any NOLA bloggers that are treading lightly so as to not be noticed please drop us a line.
"Women used to throw their panties at me on stage."
"I'd come out in a coffin and have a leggy brunette play Priscilla while I dressed up like the King."
We're chatting with a St Bernard Parish tomato hawker named Buster who used to be an Elvis impersonator back in the 70s. Buster's moment in the spotlight has passed but he's still eager to relate tales of his old exploits at the VFW Hall off Judge Perez Highway in Chalmette, Louisiana.
Last night at the big Cheesemonger Invitational in Long Island City, Emily Acosta, a former bookkeeper at Mast Brothers Chocolate, took a star turn when she walked away with the grand championship of the competition.
Ms. Acosta is currently employed in the cheese department at Eataly.
New site feature. While our access to the fertile land of San Antonio (the epicenter of tamale production in USA) is now hampered by distance, we haven't given up on tamales just yet. Though there are reportedly tamales in New Orleans we have yet to find any. So, in lieu of eating tamales, we'll be writing a monthly report on them. Installment one right this way
Michael Warren has admitted guilt. Back in March of 2012, the boyfriend of Houston Tex Mex legend Sylvia Casares shot her down and made a run to Louisiana before returning to Texas where the gendarmes tracked him down and threw him in jail.
This afternoon in a Houston courtroom, Warren's culpability was entered into the public record. He could receive a sentence of 10 years at his next hearing on August 29th.
This Week In Charcuterie News: Frank Brothers RIP, Boudin Doc, 200lb Mortadella,Deutsches Currywurst
We're pulling 20lbs of pork belly out of the cure today. They went in a week ago. This afternoon they'll be washed and allowed to dry overnight before we smoke them, chill them, then run them across the slicer. Our first New Orleans charcuterie project is nigh on to completion. Proud papas.
The teenage girl is seriously in the weeds. She's wearing the mantle of sole catfish po boy constructor, and is simultaneously trying to keep up with a barrage of texts on her smartphone. The exasperated line of would-be po boy customers is losing the battle as the phone is capturing the lion's share of her attention.
The Louisiana Catfish Festival is off to an inauspicious start.
This Week In Craft Beer News: Courtyard Brewery, Great Raft Brewing, Blue Moon Theory,Jack Joyce RIP
There's no turning back now. We visited Brewstock, New Orleans finest resource for homebrewers yesterday and loaded a brewing kit in the Country Squire to haul back to the Bywater. We'll be penning an article on our adventure in the world of making beer from scratch soon enough, but for now here's our weekly update on the state of craft beer.
Ville Platte, Louisiana is the "Smoked Meat Capital of the World" and is also home to one of the finest record stores in all of USA: Floyd's Record Shop, opened by 18 year old Floyd Soileau way back in 1956.
If you own an old LP by Boozoo Chavis, Clifton Chenier, Tommy McLain or the Balfa Brothers, look at the marque on the back. If it reads Swallow, Jin, Maison de Soul, or Kom-a-day you owe a debt to Mr Soileau as these are his record labels.
Our purview extends just over the Louisiana state line and on into Texas where our roots grew deep for many years.
This weekend, Shankleville is hosting its first Purple Hull Pea Festival and one imagines it will be the hotspot of Newton County as the area morphs into the epicenter of the cowpea universe.
What are purple hull peas? They are reminiscent of blackeyes but more delicate. At this time of year in East Texas near the Louisiana line they are abundant and regularly carried in country grocery stores as well as by vendors at area flea markets.
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food," George Bernard Shaw
New Orleanians love food like no other people on earth. Texans love barbecue. Alabamians love biscuits and Kentuckians love fried chicken, but at the end of the day not one state's residents can hold a candle to the people of Louisiana.
We cook food. We eat food. We talk about food. We write about food. We do all four, and often at the exact same time...and we do it while we're planning our next meal, jaws working furiously all the while.
We are the most food-obsessed group of people on God's green earth. This weekend one of Louisiana's great obsessions takes center stage as Saint Agnes Le Thi Thanh Church hosts the 2014 Pho Festival in Marrero, a suburb of New Orleans.
Expect steaming cauldrons of pho hovered over by little old Vietnamese grannies who've spent their lives devoted to conjuring the finest versions of this elixir known to man.
We would not miss it for the world.
2014 Pho Festival
Saint Agnes Le Thi Thanh Church
6851 St. Le Thi Thanh St.(8th Street)
Marrero, LA 70072
June 21, 2014 - June 22, 2014
Sour beers are the new IPAs. Craft beer drinkers have made a signal turn in the past few years toward funky brews that taste the way a barnyard smells. Sound appealing? Love the smell of a wet horse blanket? Then New Orleans St James Cheese Company has a party planned with your name on it.
Tonight, Wednesday June 18th 2014, Derek Lintern of NOLA Brewing and Dan Stein of Stein's Market and Deli are throwing a Brett party.
What's Brett? Officially known as Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, "Brett" is a wild yeast that's been captured and semi-tamed by breweries like Jester King in Austin, Texas and Crooked Stave out of Denver.
Seek out and find a Funk Metal from Jester King and you may have a new favorite beer. Or you may end up hacking it up in a nearby sink. One or the other.
Wed June 18th 2014
St. James Cheese Co. 5004 Prytania St.
We're giving a signal boost to the cream of the crop of New Orleans food bloggers via this weekly feature. New Orleans food blogging scene is dainty compared to our former stomping grounds of Austin, Texas but bear in mind we are a small village perched on the banks of the Mississippi, not an enormous smog-choked metropolitan that is certain to become the biggest city in Texas within the next few years.
Grimaldi's, the legendary NYC/Scottsdale Arizona pizzeria (est.1995 though the mythos the family puts forth holds that its birth was nigh onto a hundred years earlier) has announced plans to enter the Louisiana market.
Wise heads at corporate declined to enter the New Orleans metropolitan where their "New York" pizza would've been trounced by local heavies Pizza Delicious and Domenica.
Our extensive and ongoing charcuterie project is about to pick up steam as we're due to receive a pork belly tomorrow which will be cured for one week, washed, smoked for two hours, rested for one day, chilled, then ran across our big, electric deli slicer.
The result will be the best bacon New Orleans has ever seen.
On to our weekly update:
Bon Appetit put together a nice "World Cup Of Sausage" article outlining the various participating country's sausages but mystifyingly left the Republic of Texas' hot guts out of the equation http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/pop-cultur
Discover the world of Cornish charcuterie http://www.cornwalllife.co.uk/food-drink-cornwall/award
What is pastrami? http://www.livescience.com/45610-what-is-pastrami.html?
Variations on a BLT http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304
Venison boudin http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2014/05/
last week's This Week In Charcuterie News: Zampone, Harborside Farms, City Pork, Jimmy Dean, Tyrolean Sausage http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2014/5/31
"I drove to Belle Chasse three times for those tomatoes."
Susan Spicer was sourcing from local farmers when many of today's chefs were still on a diet of malto meal and mother's milk, so when we began our ramble through the 2014 Creole Tomato Festival we knew that if we were going to eat the finest fruit of the party it would come from Chef Spicer's booth.
It's National Donut Day and we're about to load up the Country Squire and head over to the 7th Ward to visit Dwight Henry, owner and dough master at the world renowned Buttermilk Drop. There may be finer donuts in New Orleans but if there are we are blissfully unaware of them.
Mr Henry's fry work is hard to top.
We'll leave you with a tale of Spalding's Bakery, the finest donut shop in the great state of Kentucky http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/6/1/
We're probably missing some. The New Orleans food blogging world is a bit hush hush with many bloggers moving sylph-like in the nether regions of the internet: resistant to having their work found and/or celebrated.
Yet still we roll up our sleeves Jules Maigret-style to bring you the cream of the crop of New Orleans food blogs. Presented without comment.
Kim Ranjbar does not like ties in competitions between chefs. And she sees a feminist conspiracy afoot in the recent James Beard award co-honoring Chef Prewitt and Chef Zemanick http://sucktheheads.blogspot.com/
Premium food porn alert. Juicy Lucy's right this way http://nolafoodporn.tumblr.com/
Tommy's Cuisine report http://chefsgirl.tumblr.com/post/87306043726/tommys-cui
Nothing but love for the shocking words that come out of Kimberly Patton Briggs lipstick clad mouth http://napkinlocal.blogspot.com/2014/06/kpb-is-on-fire-
Last week's: This Week In New Orleans Food Blogs: Arrow Cafe, The Palms Bar, Top 5 SnoBalls, Domenica, Baton Rouge http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2014/5/22
It's been a good while since I've seen a biker gang straddling a city street, machines turned off, glaring, and cars with nowhere left to go.
A group of men on dirt bikes and atv's has commandeered Egania Street in front of Cafe Dauphine but that's alright. The instant I turn the ignition over they immediately disperse. Maybe it's my 1% t-shirt or maybe it's just respect.
Zampone, The Lesser-Known Grail of Italian Salumi http://eatmagazine.ca/zampone-lesser-known-grail-italia
Inspectors from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development famously raided Harborside Farms, and seized the prosciutto Clint and Pam Cavers were making from their free-range hogs. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/a-ham-fisted-way
City Pork set to expand in Baton Rouge http://theadvocate.com/news/business/9167245-123/city-p
Jimmy Dean opened the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in Plainview Texas in 1969. Now, he's getting a museum http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-05-28/wayland
Tyrolean sausage http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/April
Another year will pass before the World Jambalaya Championship will see the reigning champ successfully defend his crown.
2013 king of jambalaya Scott Duplechein was bested, and had his golden paddle wrenched from his bosom on the grounds of the Gonzales Civic Center this past weekend by Hoss Reine and his son Hoss Fly Reine.
The oyster fest people have been working overtime this year to assemble a murderer's row of New Orleans bivalve heavy hitters.
We plucked a few of what we figured to be the highlights:
Superior Seafood: Oyster Boudin or Pork Boudin Egg Rolls w/ Pepper Jelly & Spicy Mustard Sauce. We've been on an extensive handmade boudin project for years now but in our wildest dreams we never conjured an oyster version.
In spite of New Orleans renaissance as a barbecue town, the fact remains that we will never be a food tourist destination for our smoked brisket. Yes, there are plenty places in town serving steer breast but if you want the pluperfect version you're going to need to gas up the Fiero and drive about eight hours to the buckle of the barbecue belt: Austin, Texas.
This Week In Craft Beer News: Ji-Buru In Osaka, Alabama, Nine Band Brewing, Goliad Brewing,Hong Kong
These are exciting time for people who love small batch beer made in Louisiana. As near as we can tell, there are 10 breweries open for business in the state and we expect that number to logarithmically increase.
With good reason, nobody drinks beer like the good people of Louisiana.
Hong Kong craft beer scene http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-wine/article/1495949
Alabama craft beer updates http://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-central/alab when we lived in Alabama there was very little good beer to be had, other than Birmingham Brewing Company the renaissance of microbrew had yet to take hold. That has changed dramatically in the past few years as the scene has exploded. Can't wait to get back there this summer and go on a tour.
There are 200 craft breweries in Japan. Japan is the same size as Montana. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/travel/a-craft-beer-p
Nine Band Brewing http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/allen/hea
Goliad Brewing Co http://www.crossroadstoday.com/content/news/story/Golia
Li'l Wayne playing at an okra festival in St. Martinville? That's what the show poster says. And with a backing band called "The Same Ol' Two Step"
Maybe Li'l Wayne's getting his life back on track and has settled down on Bayou Teche, just quietly tending an okra garden, maybe growing a Creole tomato or two and keeping his head down.
One way to find out: Head out to the big Creole Zydeco and Okra Festival In St. Martinville Louisiana tonight. Li'l Wayne's scheduled to go on at 7pm.
Established in 1916.
As is our custom, we take our inspiration where we find it. We took a flyer out to Metairie two days ago to visit Dorignacs and see if we could find any unusual groceries not available in New Orleans proper.
Dorignac's has all that a body could want or need including fresh breads straight out of the ovens of Alois J. Binder, the Marigny bakery that got its start all the way back in 1916.
This Week In New Orleans Food Blogs:Arrow Cafe, The Palms Bar, Top 5 SnoBalls, Domenica, Baton Rouge
Ginning up interest in the New Orleans food blogging world. We're working on a master list of the finest food writers in town and there is no finer way to do it than by taking a weekly survey.
Our food scene is on fire with new restaurants and bars opening daily (as well as some untimely shutters) so local bloggers really have their work cut out for them. Sloth and sluggishness have no place so step lively writers and keep the scene moving right along please.
My family grew up drinking raw milk as did most of the farm families of the Cumberland Highlands region of Southeastern Kentucky.
We would go through a minimum of one gallon per day; a good milk cow was crucial to the economics of our farm.
Even back then, milk was expensive, and a good way to mitigate the cost was to turn a Guernsey cow loose in one of our pastures then coax her into a stall each morning and milk her.
Gonzales, Louisiana is the Jambalaya Capital Of The World. Thus decreed Louisiana Governor John J. McKeithen way back in 1968.
McKeithen was a giant in Louisiana politics. He headed up anti-segregationists, built the Superdome in New Orleans (calling it ...."the greatest building in the world,'' and brought world-wide, and lasting fame to our glorious state via his jambalaya declaration.
Katrina wiped it out.
Back in 2004, the French Market hosted farmers and growers who'd brought their goods to town to sell to the city folks.
Then Katrina lashed out and New Orleans reeled.
Nine years later, the folks behind the Crescent City Farmer's Market have announced plans to bring the farmers back beginning in October of this year.
Kathryn Parker, executive director of Market Umbrella/Crescent City Farmers Market will lead the charge.
more via Katherine Sayre http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/05/french_m
This Week In Charcuterie News: Oskar Scheuerpflug, Salt Beef Bars, Ramp Sausage, Paul Bertolli, Laos
New Orleans is awash in sausage. From Tag's Deli over in nearby Chalmette to Terranova up on Esplanade you can't escape handmade hot links. As we reconnoiter our way around town we'll be issuing reports from the finest sausage parlors in the metropolitan region. Do you have a favorite? Hit that comment button and tell us what's up.
Coca Cola heiress Rosa Keller (b.1911) was a prime mover in the Deep South's civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s. While she could've settled comfortably into a life of cream cheese and watercress sandwiches, and gin and tonics taken on the sunny patios of the Garden District, she instead opted to fight like a badger with those who supported the Jim Crow laws of the era.
As the 2014 Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival roars to life, the queen of last year's party prepares to abdicate her throne.
There is scant online information on how Nadia Cognevich conducted her reign which may be a good thing. Surely had there been any sort of royal scandal the Times Picayune would've broken the story in a big way.
We're trying to decide between lounging comfortably on our shady back patio and drinking the Bayou Teche Acadie that's in the fridge or shaking free from the torpor and walking to d.b.a for the Arnaudville brewery's big Cajun beer/food party.
Expect kegs of Tin Roof's Juke Joint IPA to complement the offerings from Bayou Teche. 5pm.
Cask lovers who live in or are willing to drive to Metairie will be well served to drop into Lager's International Ale House where a cask of Abita Imperator Black IPA will be on hand. 6pm
Plenty more New Orleans beer parties via http://www.nolabeerblog.com/
St. James Cheese Company and NOLA Taproom have teamed up to steal the award of best in show for day four of American Craft Beer Week in New Orleans. Super heavyweight of cheese: Justin Trosclair (the number one cheesemonger in USA) will be holding court at the taproom with five of his favorite cheeses which shall be paired with five of NOLA's best beers. 7pm.
Do. Not. Miss.
Prior to the cheese and beer party you may want to visit Avenue Pub as they've gone sour and funky with their Funk Night party. Stand out brews, from our perspective, will be the Bishop's Barrel #2 from Saint Arnold and The Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weiss. Tons more sours from plenty other breweries but we can attest to these two beers. 5pm
Lots more beer parties right this way http://www.nolabeerblog.com/