With Mardi Gras in full swing, and Ash Wednesday falling on the 14th (yep, that’s Valentine’s Day), Cajun food is on the brain. While New Orleans may be the known for music, drinks, parades and a little voodoo, it’s the food the draws me back again and again. Beignets, chicory coffee, dirty rice, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice, king cake, pralines, muffalettas … my goodness this city has so much food associated with it! Is there one other city in America that has so much food associated with it? This is New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, so if you are looking for a weekend trip, this would be a fabulous year to embrace the historic Crescent City.
Some of StyleBlueprint’s most loved recipes through the years have been the ones inspired by New Orleans cooking. Here is a round-up of the best jambalaya ever, two kinds of red beans & rice and a few gumbos. So, pick your recipe and call some friends over and Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)
Of course, you could jump in the car and road trip it to New Orleans, but you could also hit the party store for some beads, cook at home, invite some friends over, and watch the Olympics. That’s a pretty good gathering that can only happen every so often, so take advantage.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading StyleBlueprint today.
Interested in a trip to New Orleans? Here’s our 48-hour itinerary.