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NOLA Wins, Bitches!

Superbowl XLIV(44) has come and gone and the day after I am still shocked, elated and stuffed. Though I had big dreams, in what was going to be a NOLA-centric menu, work caught up with me and I only made one Louisianna food–though, to be honest, I did cheat and pick up some premade pralines from Whole Foods for our dessert.
The easiest thing I could come up with, using Donald Link’s Muffuletta recipe, was actually started three days prior when I made the Giardiniera–olive and veg relish–for the topping.

1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1 small carrot, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces
1/2 small onion, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 celery stalks, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1/ 2 cup Pimento-stuffed green olives, roughly chopped
1/4 cup Pepperoncini
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf
5 teaspoons black peppercorns

Toast bay leaf and peppercorns. Combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, sugar, pepper flakes, and oregano in a pot and bring to a simmer. Add bay leaves and peppercorns. Steep 5 minutes.
Strain bay leaves and peppercorns. Reserve liquid. Place vegetables in a 1 gallon container. Pour liquid over vegetables and let sit for two days before using. Strain liquid and puree vegetables.

I used Salame Rosa instead of Mortadella and a large round Focaccia bread that a friend made. Truly, had I made the whole 12″ round into one massive sandwich–this one weighed 1 1/4lbs per slice–we wouldn’t have eaten anything else that night. Because my partner had requested wings, it gave me the opportunity to take this:

I took some Franks Red Hot, garlic and butter..Added 2Tbspn of:

tossed it over these:

And ate a full plate of this:

And my gf drank a glass of a Heffeweizen, whose name eludes me, but made for a pretty picture:

Way too much food…Way too much yelling..Way too much fucking fun. Whether or not the Saints can do the same next year will be determined in a few months but I don’t think I’ll be waiting that long to make another Muffuletta sandwich.

Creole, Josies Wedding, NOLA, Po Boys

Craving New Orleans

This was what I ate one weekend last year in New Orleans… and I’m craving all of it, right at this very moment–reminiscing with serious munchies is not good for anyone, anywhere.


Cochon—right off the plane

~~Wood-fired oyster roast

~~Fried Alligator w/chili garlic aioli

~~Louisiana Cochon w/turnips, cabbage and cracklins

~~Smoked Beef Brisket w/horseradish potato salad

Desire Oyster Bar

~~Turtle Soup

~~Mixed Greens

~~Dzn raw Oysters

~~Gulf Shrimp and Oyster Po’Boy

~~Hush puppies


Café DuMonde

~~Café Au Lait


ACME Oyster Bar

~~Dzn Raw Oyster

~~Chargrilled Oysters w/seasoned butter and Romano cheese

~~Oysters Remoulade

~~Fried Oysters w/Hush Puppies

The Clover Grill

~~Pecan Pie ala mode

~~Vanilla Milkshake


Café Envive

~~Southern biscuits and sausage gravy w/hashbrowns

~~Brie and Ham omlette on croissant

~~Café au lait

Croissant D’or

~~Pan au chocolat


The Saddest Dog in NOLA