Ten days before Fat Tuesday, the party is getting started. Parades, parties, debauchery... all in the name of getting "it" out of your system before Lent.
Some of the throws I collected during Mardis Gras, in years past. I had to do a lot of flashing for them... lol. No, just caught them during the parades.
I had the good fortune to live in New Orleans for a few years. Living in New Orleans was quite an exciting experience, a city with a long history stemming back to the early 1700's and earlier if you include the local native American tribes.
New Orleans is a city of many culinary influences - native American, French Acadians (Cajuns), Spanish, African, Caribbean, Italian, Cuban and now Vietnamese.
I remember cooking shows with Justin Wilson, Paul Prudomme and Emeril Lagasse with there emphasis on the trinity.
Pictured below is the "trinity" of local Cajun and Creole cookery - 2 parts Onion, 1 part Celery and 1 part bell pepper. Playing a supporting role are green onions, garlic and tomatoes.
Over the next few days, I hope to cooks some of the dishes I remember from my stay in New Orleans.