Happy Mardi Gras MomMes!
Fat Tuesday is always a day that makes me miss all of the wonderful things that my hometown of New Orleans has to offer. I miss the flambeau marchers and the pinging sound of parade watchers tossing coins to them as they light the way for Endymion to roll down St. Charles Avenue. I miss the aftermath of the parade season where you can’t tell if a tree on St. Charles Avenue actually has leaves on it or not because it’s covered in so many beads. I miss the sounds of the marching bands and everyone dancing as they go by. But most of all, I miss the food and family.
Mardi Gras to a true New Orleanian is all about family. We plan for weeks on where we will meet along the parade route to watch as the parades roll by, what we’ll eat, what we’ll wear and even where we’ll park and use the bathroom (yes, there is truth to the song “There Ain’t No Place To Pee on Mardi Gras Day).
Since we are in Houston this year and still on “baby watch” we’re celebrating Mardi Gras by watching Rex streaming live on WWL-TV online and enjoying our own homemade red beans and rice (although they still don’t hold a candle to Granny’s recipe).
You can join in on the Mardi Gras fun and enjoy a few of my ultimate favorite recipes from home. Some are a bit far fetched (like Turtle Soup), but others are simple and easy to make for dinner tonight. Happy Mardi Gras!
Commander’s Palace Turtle Soup
Arnaud’s Shrimp Remoulade (note that you need to purchase Arnaud’s Remoulade Sauce)
Dooky Chase’s Shrimp Gumbo
Emeril’s Grillades and Cheese Grits
John Besh’s King Cake (this will not come close to ordering a king cake directly from NOLA, but it will satisfy your sweet tooth for now)