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Louisiana Cookin' May - June 2014

Louisiana Cookin' is the only national magazine for the connoisseur of Louisiana's unique culture, cuisine, and travel destinations - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! Each issue contains more than 50 authentic recipes, with tips from professional chefs and home cooks alike.

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the perfect bite

Photo courtesy of Zack MillerWHEN YOU FINALLY MEET your perfect po-boy, you know it. Instantly. While extensively searching for the best po-boys in Louisiana (see our findings on page 63), I ate a lot of them, and, for different reasons each time, fell in love with their crispy, crunchy, satisfying goodness. And the folks at the gym saw a lot more of me.There are hundreds, if not thousands, of po-boys around New Orleans and Louisiana, and narrowing the list to 10 was no easy task. I kept thinking about Grand Isle’s Shrimp Caminada, Casamento’s Oyster Loaf, and Mahony’s Peacemaker (crispy fried oysters with bacon and Cheddar).There was only one thing to do: Eat more. The more I ate, the more my mind wandered back to the sumptuous roast beef debris…

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great outdoors

THIS WINTER WAS a rough one, and since we all survived it so nicely, we deserve a treat. I heartily suggest you head immediately to Breaux Bridge for the annual event that officially welcomes spring to Louisiana: the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. By now, we’ve all had enough stew, hearty vegetable soups, and cold-weather comfort food. We need some crawdads!This year’s festival runs May 2, 3, and 4, with crawfish-eating contests, crawfish races, Cajun dance contests, cooking demos, all in the official “Crawfish Capital of the World.” Let’s agree that we all love Louisiana seafood, and the best way I know to kick off the season is with the Crawfish Festival.Speaking of seafood, the next time you feel inclined to buy seafood that comes from somewhere other than your beloved…

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grand isle specks

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE the sensation of hitting the daily limit on speckled trout before you even feel like you’re fishing. It’s a moment of exhilaration followed quickly by lament that your day reeling in the catch has ended as quickly as it began.Speckled trout, also known as spotted sea trout, are commonly found in coastal Louisiana waters. Many times I’ve gone out on the bays around Grand Isle’s barrier islands and found a fishing frenzy. From before I can even remember, my buddy Bret and I would sit in a boat and watch the masters—our fathers Jere and Uncle Bo—put us on more fish than we could handle. The secret, they explained, is to look for the birds diving into the water.Armed with simple rods and a tackle box,…

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bright and refreshing

DURING THE LATE SPRING months, mint is in season and available fresh. For me, it is hard to beat— especially since I grow it in my backyard. Whether or not you’ve got a green thumb, I’ve found that mint is just about the easiest thing to grow. In fact, it’s actually hard to kill.It grows so well in Louisiana that it can easily get out of control, so I keep mine in pots instead of the garden. I love to go outside and pick fresh mint to add to a delightful summer salad, sweet meringues, or even a refreshing afternoon mojito.Wild Rice, Mango, and Avocado Salad with Mint Vinaigrette is sweet, hearty, and quite satisfying. The zippy mint vinaigrette combined with sweet mango and creamy avocado is one of my…

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the running of the crabs

WHEN THE LONG, hot summer arrives, I yearn for the days of my childhood when Mama and Papa loaded up our family station wagon with bags of groceries, canvas folding chairs, and ice chests, and we headed for our camp at Cypremort Point and Vermilion Bay.Most mornings found us baiting the crab nets with chicken necks in hopes of catching our dinner. Mama settled into her folding chair on the pier and directed us to have our catch net, tongs, and hamper at the ready for when the crabs started running. I remember thinking that term was rather silly. Really, crabs don’t run, they merely walk sideways.Anyway, as soon as we noticed one of the net lines go taut, we scampered into our positions: I was in charge of the…

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fins & fashion

I HAVE NEVER BEEN FISHING! HAVING WRITTEN THAT SENTENCE, THIS FACT LEAVES ME SHOCKED AND REGRETFUL. HOW COULD THIS BE, SINCE I HAVE ALWAYS LIVED ON OR VERY NEAR THE SEA? Besides, I am practically a pescatarian. One of my favorite keepsakes is a photograph from the early 1930s of my grandfather aboard his boat, Japonica. He is dressed in unstained white linen pants and holding an enormous red snapper, surrounded by admiring lady guests.Growing up, I heard plenty of tall tales but not many about caught fish. When the Japonica was nostalgically mentioned by my family, it was usually hinted that “Carl” Ramos had practically invented the eponymous gin fizz onboard. My grandfather, a bon vivant and certainly no respecter of prohibition, did indeed love the frothy egg-white drink,…

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