This time of year in New Orleans and its surrounding areas is simply amazing. There are so many parades to see in the days leading up to (and then of course tomorrow on) Mardi Gras. It is such a wonderful experience that I feel everyone must do once. We had the pleasure of living in New Orleans for almost four years and while there, my husband started participating in the Caesar parade. Since moving, he still takes part when he can and this year was no exception. My son and I had planned to go (this is family-friendly, I promise I would not put my son in a bad situation) and then I started stressing about food because of his allergies, naps, crazy crowds, and so I decided we would stay home. I gave my husband strict instructions to take lots of pictures and he did! The theme for the parade this year was 'When I Grow Up.' His particular float's theme was 'I Want to be a Rockstar':
|That's him on the left. :)|
Some other floats in the staging area before the parade started:
The crowded streets during the parade:
Since I wasn't able to go on the trip and enjoy the food, I thought it would be perfect to try out some recipes from my New Orleans cookbook. I am so glad I finally did! I made these this past Saturday night for dinner and they came out beautifully. I just scanned the recipes from the cookbook to avoid making this post even longer. If you are interested in the recipes, just click on them to enlarge. :)
|This soup was delicious! We actually ended up having it on Sunday for lunch because by the time I was done making it, I was too hot and I didn't feel like eating it! Ha! We had cheesesteaks on the patio, instead.|
|This souffle was fantastic. It was so simple and easy and went perfectly with the soup.|
We enjoyed both on our patio on Sunday afternoon. Absolute perfection:
Now I kind of want to make these:
|pastry crowns filled with cheesecake mousse and topped with glazed banana bits|
If you have never been, you really owe yourself a trip to New Orleans. It is way more than just Bourbon Street, boobs, and booze, I promise.
For some reason, every time my husband is out of town for a few days, I feel the need to paint something. This time while he was in New Orleans, I gave our laundry room a makeover. It was long overdue. I will share that transformation next Monday!
Have a wonderful week!
[ I apologize for the weird spacing. I have no idea what was going on there, but my laptop almost went through a window a few times.]