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Monday, February 20, 2017

Making it Reign: King Cake Takes around Baton Rouge

by Hannah Wilson, intern

When I moved to Louisiana, there was a certain degree of culture shock. There were all of these new celebrations and everything was something to toast to. Something I learned early on was one of the delicacies that Mardi Gras season is best known for is King Cake. King Cake can be eaten for any meal, at any time without judgment and for that, King Cake will always hold a special place in my heart.

If there’s one thing Louisianan’s know, it’s how to celebrate. Over the years, different restaurants and companies throughout Louisiana have found different ways to incorporate King Cake into their menu to celebrate Carnival in new and creative ways. Here are some of the most tasty ways I’ve seen to enjoy King Cake.

Fat Cow King Cake Milkshake

This is something people crave all year. Fat Cow’s milkshakes are already amazing, but the festive flavor pairs well with their Parmesan and Duck Fat Fries or any burger.

Cupcake Allie King Cake Bites

This bite size way to enjoy King Cake is easy to pop in, grab, and savor on the go!

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Rösch Bakehaus King Cake

These artisanal cakes are few and tasty. With flavors like Dark Chocolate & Lavender, Ginger & Walnut and Raspberry Frangipane, they’re a uniquely delicious, hand-crafted way to celebrate Carnival.

City Pork King Cake Brulee

A unique take on a classic, crowd favorite. This festive treat pairs well with any of their special cocktails, especially the Hummingbird.

Bistro Byronz King Cake Bread Pudding

These two very tasty things merged into one is what dreams are made of. Trust me.

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Tiger Deaux-nuts Maple Bacon King Cake 

Salty and sweet, what more could you want? This King Cake gets decadent with crumbled bacon, making all of your tastebuds happy!

Everyone has their own traditions and different ways they celebrate Carnival and Mardi Gras. Over the years, I’ve realized that no matter how you celebrate it’s always a memorable experience. These are tasty, local ways to mix it up this season.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jay D's Bites: Havarti and Pear Grilled Cheese

by Aimee Tortorich

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like a grilled cheese. Simple and delicious, grilled cheese in my eyes is the king of all sandwiches. There are so many varieties out there, so we wanted to mix things up a bit. We used Jay D’s Molasses Mustard as a way to add some sweetness and tang that makes this sandwich stand out!

Harvarti and Pear Grilled Cheese with Molasses Mustard

Serves 1

½ pear, sliced into thin strips
1 Tbs of Jay D’s Molasses Mustard
2 slices sourdough bread
4 oz. Harvarti cheese, sliced
1 Tbs unsalted butter, softened

Spread mustard on each slice of bread evenly. Next, layer with cheese on both sides and add pears to one side of bread. Heat a saute pan and add butter. Cook on each side of sandwich until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Taking a Bite Out of Chicago

by Hannah Wilson, intern

Eating your way through any city can be an intimidating challenge, especially in one of the biggest cities in the United States. However, being a Chicago native, I’ve spent almost 22 years eating my way through this city. Although I don’t think I could ever eat everything the city has to offer, I can assure you that these culinary inventions of Chicago are worth tracking down.

Chicago Style Hot Dog

A true Chicago classic, an all-beef wiener on a poppy seed bun. You can find these bad boys topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear tomato wedges and a sprinkle of celery salt but never, ever ketchup.

Gene & Jude’s, in the Chicagoland area, is said to have the number one hot dog in America since 1945. They don’t even supply Ketchup in their store.

The Twinkie

In 1930, James Dewar invented this spongy, indestructible treat. In 1980, about a billion Twinkies were sold each year.

Italian Beef

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Thin slices of seasoned roast beef on a thick, Italian-style roll are the base of an Italian Beef. Chicago natives often order it juicy, which means it’s dipped into the juices that the beef is cooked in, and smother it in sweet and/or hot peppers. This is a Chicago dish that dates back to the 1930’s.

Chicago Mix Popcorn

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An unlikely pair of cheese and caramel flavored popcorn is literal heaven in your mouth. I don’t know where it came from, or who thought of it, but bless your soul. This Chicago staple can be found all throughout the city, almost on every block like Starbucks. You definitely shouldn’t leave without trying it!

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

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I can best describe this as a pie; it is baked in a deep, steel pan with large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce. Toppings that would usually go on top of a pizza before being baked are actually baked within the pizza, in-between the cheese and sauce. A native knows that tackling this tasty tradition requires a fork and knife.
There can never be a unanimous “best deep dish” restaurant because everyone has their own opinions, there are different style of deep dish and each one holds special place in my heart. 

The possibilities are endless when deciding what to eat in Chicago, but leaving without trying what the city is known for, would just be a shame.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Jay D's Bites: Molasses Mustard Salmon

by Aimee Tortorich

Salmon is one of those proteins that never gets old and can be prepared multiple ways. It has amazing health benefits with vital nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B12, and Vitamin D. Naturally, salmon works very well mustard so it was a no-brainer when we decided to use Jay D’s Molasses Mustard. The sweetness from the molasses pairs well with the tanginess of the mustard and adds a perfect touch of flavor to salmon while the rub gives it a spicy, smokey kick.

Molasses Mustard Salmon

Yield 4-6 servings

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Mix mustard and rub together and set aside. Pat salmon filets dry and place skin side down on an oiled, foil-lined sheet pan. Add the Spicy & Sweet Rub/Molasses Mustard mixture to the tops of the filets and bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Celebrating a SOUPer Holiday: National Homemade Soup Day

by Sarah Grimball, intern

If you’re anything like us, you believe that homemade soup is the epitome of comfort food. In honor of National Homemade Soup Day, we are taking a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the best soups we’ve made and have been served throughout the years.

Whether made by our own hand or by the hands of chefs we love, these soups have taken us to taste bud heaven:

Smoked Creole Tomato Soup

Momofuku Ramen from Momofuku Noodle Bar

Squash Curry

Pho from Dang's


Sancocho in Santo Domingo