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River Watch Week – New Orleans District Nosh

River Watch Week – New Orleans District Nosh

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed downriver we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Cheese Grits makes a soft landing for the bold regional flavors.

Cheese Grits makes a soft landing for the bold regional flavors.

Here are some city classics and country favorites to add to your dinner plan on days you crave upscale creole as well as those you need down home comfort Cajun.

Menu

Creole vs. Cajun

The Roots of Cajun and Creole Cuisine – There are no quick listings of the difference… it’s a history lesson… but worth the read.

John Besh’s Creole Seasoning – great combination that is light on salt.

Grillades: Cajun vs. Creole – Nice explanation of how this dish differs from North to South and from back woods to country fair.

Entrée

Crawfish Etouffee – works for shrimp as well.

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Posted by on 11 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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Cinco de Mayo Dinner News – France vs. Mexico

Stewed Beef, Mexican Rice, and a Bolio

Celebrate Mexico's triumph with dishes the French left behind.

The Menu

Today marks the victory of Mexico over the French but is often celebrated with Tex~Mex classics.  Change it up this year and bring the wonderful baked goods, cream sauces, and squash blossoms to your dinner table or margarita party.

Appetizer

Crepas de Flor de Calabaza – Crepes filled with squash blossoms and covered in a poblano cream sauce.

Memelas with Queso Fresco and Charred Tomato Sauce – Small hand-made tortilla disks with seasoned tomatoes and cheese.

Tinga – Fried chicken tortilla rolls.

Entree

Guisado de chambarete –  Stewed beef in potato, corn and chayote.

Pollo Poblano – Chicken in a poblano cream sauce.

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14 April 2011 Dinner News – Ivory Coast Sole

Celebrate a Country on the Rebound

Bacon Wrapped Fish

Cheesy Mild Fish on a Bed of the Rice of Your Choice

With the former President in custody and the country starting to get back to normal (Ivory Coast settles into tentative peace following arrest of Laurent Gbagbo) we spent the evening enjoying a great twist on fish and rice with this adaptation of Filets de soles a la sauce au wisky . The dish went together quickly, cleaned up easily and is something we will put into our regular fish rotation.

In the 11 March 2011 Dinner News – Ivory Coast post you will find a wide variety of side dishes and desserts to accompany this entrée.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Fresh fish is a hard thing to find here.  Everything is flash frozen and then thawed when placed in the display case.  I buy IQF now since it’s frozen once and stays frozen.  When the weather gets better we will start wandering North to get fresh off the boat.

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Posted by on 14 April 2011 in Ivory Coast

 

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29 March Dinner News – Cuba

Carter in Cuba
Everything Old is New Again

Shredded beef braised in Beer - Ropa Vieja

Shredded beef braised in beer could be your dinner too.

With the former president traveling in Cuba this week take some time to prepare a Cuban dish or three to help enjoy today’s news:

The Meal

Entree

Picadillo – Ground beef and veggies served over rice or beans or both.
Guisado De Pollo – Chicken, green bean and olive stew.
Ropa Vieja – Slow cooked beef served shredded (pictured above)

Side Dish

Congri – Red beans and rice.
Empanada de Queso – Cheese turnovers.
Croquetas – Ham croquettes.

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Posted by on 29 March 2011 in Cuba

 

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28 March Dinner News – Pakistan & India

Cricket Match
Bringing Hope

High level officials of Pakistan and India are meeting today ahead of the Cricket World Cup match where the two countries will face off with both Prime Ministers in attendance. As the peace talks seem to be gaining traction let’s take an evening to enjoy the culture of these neighbors and prepare a Falooda for your next sporting celebration.

Falooda with a cherry on top

Prepare your Falooda for the post-match celebration

The Meal

Entree

Beef Curry with Basmati Rice – No curry paste here… mix from scratch way to learn to build a curry.

Masala Roasted Chicken Kurma – Tomato gravy with raisins, nuts, and herbs.

Kerala Fish Biryani – Curry leaves and Fish Masala powder can be found at asian and middle eastern markets or online.  Great recipe for building a pantry that can make a continent worth of recipes.

Side Dish

Dahi Baray – Daal fritters soaked in yogurt and garnished with your choice of chutney and masala.

Phool Gobhi Salad – Cabbage, carrot, and peanuts.

Raita – Yogurt and vegetable salad sometimes used as a condiment.

Dessert

Gulab Jamun – Sweet fried balls milk balls in cardamom and rose-water syrup.

Falooda – Ice cream float with optional jello cubes and fruit… but also contains pasta… a must try!

The Chatter

Air force on alert as India gears up for mother of all matches (Guardian)
India, Pakistan in talks ahead of ‘cricket diplomacy’ summit (CNN)
Hope cricket can bring India and Pakistan closer: Lorgat (Hindustan Times)
EDITORIAL: Cricket mania and borderline hysteria (Daily Times)

(Falooda image taken by Ashwin Kumar and used by Creative Commons)

 
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Posted by on 28 March 2011 in India, Pakistan

 

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13 March 2011 – Bahrain

An Island in Protest

The focus on protests in Bahrain has come and gone in the last month, but today the activities turned violent:

Guardian Headline on Bahrain Protests

World watches as Bahrain continues to churn.

Many news outlets covered the ongoing tensions between the royal family, the citizens, and growing interest from the government of Saudi Arabia:

Bahrain unrest: Manama erupts in violence (BBC)
Bahrain protesters block roads, royals push for talks (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
More than 800 injured in Bahrain political clashes (USA Today)
Bahrain protests reignited (Guardian UK)

Bahrain is a sharply divided country.  It is the playground for the rich, but currently has a high unemployment rate.  The majority of the country is Muslim with a Sunni royal family ruling over ~66% Shia population (Wikipedia).  To help discuss this island nation here are some recipes of common dishes you might find in restaurants in the capital of Manama:

Entree

Machboos – Rice and protein dish with saffron and spices. Some are saucier while others have stuffing.

Kuwaiti Machboos Lahem Ma’a Dakkous (Lamb, Food.com)
Chicken & Brown Rice Machboos Recipe (Livestrong.com)
Traditional Shrimp Machboos (shahiya.com)

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Posted by on 13 March 2011 in Bahrain

 

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