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I am not Catholic, nor any shade of Christian, but I appreciate celebrations of all sorts.  Mardi Gras as practiced in New Orleans has always attracted me - the colors, the parades, the political statements hidden (or not so hidden) in the Krewes and hteir parade choices, the food, the joy, the giddiness...it makes me happy to see others also happy.

And I appreciate the reason behind it - the eating up of all the forbidden foods before the time of austerity and self-imposed fasting from favored foods.  

And it's food I want to talk about.

Mardi Gras has some delicious food traditions. King Cake is perhaps the most popular one, and I must say, I've had a lot of practice at making King Cakes, using a nice brioche dough (Julia Child's recipe - cant improve on that)and shaping it into a crown, filled with various yummy things, and iced in the classic Mardi Gras colors:  purple, gold, and green.

I've made fruit, and cream cheese, and praline, and chocolate chunk fillings.  The praline seems to be the most popular.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Muffalettas, Gumbo made with andouille sausage, beignets, Lucky Dogs, and other delightful regional dishes just get me cooking hapily.

Except, really, gumbo.  Because I don't care for okra, my gumbo lacks that ingredient. However, I do use file powder.

My New Tagine

And my version of a po' boy:

Meatroll in Baguette

My favorite Krewe is Krewe du Vieux.

While you're thinking about your favorite Krewe, have a slice of King Cake and cast your eyes over these lovely Tops:

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February 11, 2013

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From GreenMtnState:

chicago minx cracks wise with this comment from gizmo59's "BREAKING: Pope Benedict XVI to Resign.
From jim in IA:
I got a kick out of this from my sweetie (Melanie in IA) in today's Cheers and Jeers.
From Steveningen:
In gizmo59's diary BREAKING: Pope Benedict XVI to Resign, AnnetteK undoubtedly is responsible for a lot of coffee spewed on keyboards with this excellent comment.
From Dave in Northridge:
Remediator starts a thread and entlord, YucatanMan and IndieGuy play it out in Scout Finch's diary about banning gay students from a prom in Indiana.
From ontheleftcoast:
Sometimes profanity is the appropriate response. The use of it in Azazello's comment's video may seem over the top but considering the subject matter and who it is directed at I think it's appropriate. In Troubador's diary Top 10 Reasons the Pope is Resigning.
From gizmo59:
In my diary, Ninepatch posted an interesting comment, to which Uncle Cosmo replied, starting an interesting and revelatory exchange.  The best of it is here:

When the topic turned to who might replace Ratzinger and the possibility of an American pope, one of the newscasters  on GMA made what I thought was a telling, and probably spot on, observation. To Rome, Catholics in the US are seen as a source of income not a source of spiritual leadership

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February 10, 2013


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  1) THIS is one of the reasons those at the top by Chacounne — 126
  2) The contortion of the 4th Amendment by... by bobswern — 114
  3) I love a cup of hot tea and a bowl of truth servd by hwy70scientist — 112
  4) Stay warm, stay safe. by Melanie in IA — 110
  5) PS: He's looking for Terun. n/t by commonmass — 109
  6) Thank you for this. by belinda ridgewood — 104
  7) Snowy pootie becomes soggy moggy! by JeffW — 92
  8) My list of things to get nervous about by claytonben — 90
  9) Hunter, thanks for yet another... by BenderRodriguez — 90
10) He is indeed a soggy moggie. by commonmass — 89
11) He's grateful, but his blue eyes got a little by commonmass — 86
12) I carry a cell phone. by Otteray Scribe — 76
13) Don't forget... by One Pissed Off Liberal — 76
14) You go Girl! by MT Clarity — 75
15) I'm still coming to terms with my body image. by FloridaSNMOM — 75
16) Really? by brooklynbadboy — 73
17) The last time we had a big storm by skohayes — 71
18) I wouldn't be surprised by Ricochet67 — 69
19) If Michelle Obama ran the USDA by Crider — 68
20) My daughter is 5'7", blonde, gorgeous & 20 yrs old by teresahill — 68
21) I understand completely, I had a Maine Coon by pgm 01 — 67
22) No, the point of terrorism by pontechango — 65
23) Trump's lawyers will be hit with a BIG fine by FischFry — 63
24) Books are the hardest to let go by Leslie Salzillo — 62
25) Brownies by JamesGG — 60
26) "For all of Michelle Obama's concern by chicago minx — 60
27) Those brownies sound so fucking good. by fou — 59
28) Oh Hai Whoknu! Basement Cat Wins Every Week: by leonard145b — 57
29) A Maine Coon? Then I looked him up by llbear — 57
30) We iz VERRRRY smart.... by Ekaterin — 55
31) Then there's by gchaucer2 — 55

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February 10, 2013


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