Mardi Gras Celebrations

Tuesday is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, and we have a few suggestions to help you make a Cajun or Creole style celebration. Emeril’s Jambalaya with Chicken, Shrimp, Andouille, and Ham, no tomatoes.

Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken, Andouille, and Ham and a Giveaway

I don’t have any Creole or Cajun relatives (that I know of), so for authentic recipes I turn to some of my favorite cookbooks. Emeril calls this particular recipe his “Clean Out the Ice Box and Freezer” Jambalaya, my kind of food, particularly now because after the holidays and fall harvest we have a freezer… 

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Mardi Gras Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Bourbon and Pecans

Andrea Meyers - Mardi Gras Cream Cheese Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Mardi Gras king cakes make a festive centerpiece for any Mardi Gras celebration. The traditional cake is made from a soft yeast dough that is risen, rolled, and often filled with cream cheese, fruit, or a pecan praline mixture. Many people have fun celebrating Mardi Gras, even if they don’t go to New Orleans, but… 

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Mardi Gras King Cake (the recipe)

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

King cakes are a traditional Mardi Gras dessert, and according to legend the royal colors of purple, green and gold on the cake honor the three kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany. But King Cakes can be made year-round for many festive occasions, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, weddings, birthdays, etc, just choose the… 

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