And instead of lush green balconies
this is the view from my front door:
No palm trees in Wisconsin,
only snow covered spirea...
But while I can't recreate the warmth and sunshine and joie de vivre that we so enjoyed last week, there are a few things I can attempt to re-capture. I am, at heart, a Southern girl when it comes to my food preferences, and I was delighted to find this towel in the Quarter, which now proudly hangs on my kitchen island:
Did someone say simmerin' grits??!
and sizzlin' bacon?!
|BEST BACON EVER!! |
Praline bacon (baked with a topping of brown sugar and pecans)
Recipe from a great New Orleans cookbook I found in the Quarter (more on that discovery in another post!)
So I turned a lazy (and cold) Sunday morning into my own little Cafe' du Monde and served up a little Louisiana flavor right in my own kitchen. Besides the grits and bacon, orange juice, coffee and scrambled eggs, I tried my hand at French beignets. We sampled them last week and I brought home a mix to give them a try.
Cafe' du Monde
Cafe' a la Scales
And here are my beignets...not a bad first attempt! I'm really glad my husband does the dishes, though, as sputtering grease seemed to land everywhere!!
--Raymond Foss, 2005