Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South March - April 2017

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

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2 min.
i first visited new orleans

when I was barely 12 years old, and that glorious spring day still shines brightly in my memory. It was a school field trip, and even though we were supervised, we felt like we’d been released into the wild. We skipped down cobblestone streets, wandered the stalls of the French Market, and laughed ourselves silly as we ate beignets, making a royal mess as we blew powdered sugar all over the place. As fun as that first trip was, every visit takes my love for New Orleans up a notch. Having grown up eating classic Southern fare, the robust, spice-packed Creole and Cajun cuisine always takes me by surprise in the best possible way, awakening my taste buds with its layers of boisterous flavor. If you don’t have a trip to New Orleans…

1 min.
dishing with

After realizing his passion lay in cooking and not in the biology degree he had earned, Alex Harrell took his talents to New Orleans, where he spent nearly 20 years honing his craft in some of the city’s most-renowned restaurants. In 2015, Alex opened his own New Orleans restaurant, Angeline, where his clean, sophisticated style of Southern cooking shines on every plate. Spring ingredients you look forward to cooking with? Fava beans, fennel, and crawfish Biggest cooking influence? My grandmother, and New Orleans-based chef Gerard Maras Three ingredients you always keep in your kitchen? Domestic olive oil, sea salt, and a great vinegar are essential. One thing people would be surprised to find in your home kitchen? French’s yellow mustard—I really like it on my sandwiches. Favorite classic New Orleans dishes? Redfish Bon Ton, gumbo, and shrimp rémoulade Favorite Louisiana-made ingredients? Cellar…

1 min.
new + noteworthy

THE FRENCH MARKET REBIRTH | New Orleans, LA Originally a Native American trading post, the French Market has been a New Orleans landmark since 1791. America’s oldest public market represents some of the best of the Big Easy, with classics like Café du Monde. But don’t miss new favorites such as Continental Provisions, where you can pick up fresh Bellegarde bread and artisanal cheeses (or grab one of their decadent sandwiches, like their housemade Pimiento Cheese with Edward’s Country Ham), and The Crepe Cart, which serves authentic French crepes with a twist, like the Bacon and Nutella Crepe. frenchmarket.org ONE FIFTH | Houston, TX This innovative new restaurant located in the heart of Houston will be open for only five years, but each year will usher in an entirely new concept. One Fifth…

1 min.
prep + provisions

Available in Original and Hot, this seasoning adds a punch of flavor to any dish. 1. FRENCH TRUCK COFFEE Roasted in small batches just days before it reaches your door, the La Nouvelle Orléans Chicory Coffee blend gets extra flavor from chicory roots, a Crescent City practice carried over from France. Want something lighter? Try the New Orleans Dark Roast. $11–$11.50 per bag; frenchtruckcoffee.com 2. LA CANNE SUGAR A sprinkle of La Canne Sugar in your coffee each morning is exactly what you need to get your day going the right way. Infused with fresh, aromatic ingredients such as lavender and ginger, their specialty sugars transform ordinary desserts. Our favorite is the Pecan Smoked Sugar, which is gently smoked over pecan shells and wood for rich flavor. $7 for 12-ounce bag; lacannesugar.com 3. POIRIER’S CANE…

5 min.
new orleans to lake charles 19 places to eat, play & stay

Where to Stay ST. JAMES HOTEL This Central Business District hotel is within walking distance to the French Quarter, renowned for its good eats. When you’re ready for a break from all the deliciousness, you can relax in your opulent West Indies-style room, decorated in homage to the building’s Caribbean sugar and coffee trade history. saintjameshotel.com NEW ORLEANS 1 Southern-fried chicken DOOKY CHASE’S Now known for the delicious Creole dishes of Leah Chase, this corner building started as a small sandwich shop. Featuring African-American and Creole cuisine, Dooky Chase is a favorite lunch spot for the famous buffet, and a must-stop for some of the best fried chicken around. dookychaserestaurant.com 2 Cookies & Milk WILLA JEAN BAKERY Pastry chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White are the inventive pair behind this bakery and café, which offers heavenly baked…

5 min.

TIPS SHOP SMART Choose firm, plump berries with a bright red color. Strawberries do not ripen after they are picked. STORE SMART Strawberries are highly perishable, so store them promptly in the fridge. Don’t wash them until just before eating, within three or four days of purchase. STRAWBERRY BREAD PUDDING Makes 8 servings Strawberries and custard turn leftover croissants into a divine treat. 8 cups (1-inch) day-old croissant pieces 1½ cups whole milk ½ cup heavy whipping cream ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large eggs ¾ cup quartered fresh strawberries Garnish: confectioners’ sugar 1. Place croissant pieces in a 2-quart baking dish. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Pour milk mixture over croissant pieces, and refrigerate for 1 hour. 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with strawberries,…