RECIPE: Easy Gumbo For Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras begins tomorrow. If you’d like to celebrate with the taste of New Orleans, whip up a gumbo. This recipe is from Chef David Venable of QVC, who calls it “an easy-to-tackle version, filled with great Louisiana flavor and spice.” Gumbos have a lot of ingredients, but the cooking technique isn’t demanding. Says David,…
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MARDI GRAS: Gumbalaya Recipe

Gumba-what? If you can’t decide between gumbo or jambalaya for Mardi Gras (this year on March 4th), go for gumbalaya, a combination of both. Gumbo is a Cajun stew that typically consists of a strongly meat or shellfish stock, the Cajun “trinity” (bell peppers and onions), and a variety of proteins such as andouille sausage,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mardi Gras Colored Cocktails

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 4th. You may not want to celebrate Mardi Gras in the traditional way, with Cajun and Creole cuisine, a King Cake and long strands of party beads. But you can serve classic New Orleans cocktails like the Hurricane, which has its own special hurricane lamp-shaped glass; or the Sazerac, the…
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RECIPE: Spiced Pecans

Spiced pecans are fun to make and fun to eat. Photo courtesy Spice Islands.   Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, but you don’t have to head to New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro to celebrate. Invite people over for celebratory cocktails, served up with spiced pecans and some New Orleans jazz. (And why not some…
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COOKING VIDEO: For Mardi Gras Food, Make A Gumbo

  You don’t have to head to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras on March 8th. Celebrate at home with a special Mardi Gras gumbo—a flavorful layering of chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish, okra, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, cayenne, fresh parsley and white rice. It has a chicken stock base and is thickened with a…
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