Mardi Gras Game Night

Gumbo, hurricanes, and king cake cupcakes served in a colorful dining room I’ve always wanted to throw a Mardi Gras-themed party! I invited my friends over for a causal game night and because I just couldn’t resist, I turned into a little Mardi Gras dinner. I served my favorite chicken and sausage gumbo and hurricanes before…

Hurricanes

A classic New Orleans cocktail that’s perfect for Mardi Gras! Several years ago I had the most delicious hurricane at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Lafitte’s is the oldest bar in the United States, having served pirates in the 1700s, and makes a mean hurricane today. I wrote about that trip and noted Lafitte’s…

King Cake Cupcakes

Cinnamon cupcakes filled with cinnamon whipped cream cheese and vanilla cream cheese frosting I don’t want to oversell these, but they are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. They’re so moist and the filling is incredible. I used a melon baller to scoop the center out of these beauties and then filled them with the…

Chargrilled Oysters

I have been making these for years and have somehow never written about it. Probably because I’ve never measured! These are my favorite oysters in the world. They’re perfectly good with just the cheese mixture but if you’re feeling chef-y, make the quick butter sauce and pour it a bit over on the grill. The…

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

A silky smooth gumbo that can be made days in advance! A traditional gumbo starts with a labor of love: a roux that’s the key to traditional New Orleans style gumbo. That’s the hardest part if this recipe. if the roux burns, you’ll have to start over but don’t let that deter you. It’s not…