How to Bake a Mardi Gras King Cake

How did you guys spend your Sunday? Searching all over for a little plastic baby for your king cake? I didn't think so. But that's what I was doing. Ash Wednesday is this week, which means tomorrow is Fat Tuesday. Time to eat up before the Lenten season begins! And that means king cake!...more
This looks delicious, must make now! :)more

Barbecued Shrimp

“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... That's, that's about it.” ~ Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump...more

Begin with a Hurricane

Begin with a HurricaneAny time we visit New Orleans, we begin our evening with a stop at Pat O’Brien’s for their famous Hurricane cocktail. In honor of Fat Tuesday I’d like to take you on a journey.  Care to come along with me?...more

An easier King Cake recipe

Fat Tuesday 2nd Annual Virtual Mardi Gras Celebration! Ready To Party?

Welcome to my Virtual Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Party! The “Greatest Free Show on Earth” is in full swing down New Orleans way and if like me you are at home and feel like celebrating grab a beverage and join the party!The menu is set but I was just thinking that we could also add Jambalaya, red beans and rice, to the menu, and don’t forget beverages to warm the body and soul.My ipod is in its docking station filled with a great selection of Jazz, Zydeco and many of my party favorites ready to liven up the festivities. Don’t forget to grab a handful of Mardi Gras beads, as you arrive at the party. I have filled a bowl with beads in all colors specifically purple which represents justice, green for faith and gold means power. Do you have any favorite Fat Tuesday traditions?  Are you ready to join the party? Cheers! KaryThanks for visiting. Stop by
I have NEVER been to New Orleans, but would love to go someday. I am dying to see the ...more

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!

The Skinny on Fat Tuesday!

According to historians Mardi Gras, today a popular Christian holiday and popular cultural happening, actually dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided it would be much easier to integrate, rather than eliminate these popular local traditions into the new faith....more

It's time for Mardi Gras, so grab your beads and come along!

Welcome to Mardi Gras season! This is my third year writing a post about one of my favorite cities so please join me in the celebration! My husband Doug and I love New Orleans, the delicious food, lively music, eclectic and friendly people. I don’t need a reason to cook up some great Cajun or Creole foods, but with Mardi Gras season upon us I usually find myself in the kitchen whipping up our favorite New Orleans cuisine and preparing to host a Mardi Gras party, usually the Saturday prior to Fat Tuesday. ...more
@cookingwithkary His gumbo is a lot of work but so worth it. Really!   :)more

Celebrating Mardi Gras at Home

Last year we ventured down to New Orleans with 8 of our friends and fell in love with the city!  If you are not heading to New Orleans this weekend for the Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, don’t worry you can celebrate at home.  Just remember when trying to recreate Mardi Gras in your home, there are some adjustments that have to be made.For instance, you will not be able to recreate that beignets from Cafe Du Monde, but you can try: Beignet Recipe...more

Mardi Gras: Pat O'Brien's Hurricane

I said it last year around this time, and I’ll say it again: Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Mardi Gras season is in full force this weekend in New Orleans, and that means beads, parades, casserole bowls full of red beans and rice, festively frosted king cakes and for the first time ever here on Edible Times: Hurricanes....more