Sans Meal Plan: Bringing the Big Easy to Brown

Shrimp, meet Tabasco.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that folks on practically every continent have been celebrating Carnival for the past two weeks in preparation for Lent. The culmination of these two weeks of vice and frivolity is known here in the States as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans is an amazing city full of life and culture, and no other place celebrates Mardi Gras like the Big Easy. Apart from the tales of nudity and reckless drinking in hopes of building one’s bead collection, New Orleans is famous for great food, great people, and a great atmosphere. Much to my dismay, I have yet to make it to New Orleans; despite this, I have tried my share of NOLA cuisine from Creole to Cajun, beignets to pralines, and beyond. Louisiana is one of those places that has about a million “original” recipes that could probably instigate some serious problems with the locals if done incorrectly. One of my favorite dishes is Creole jambalaya.  Continue Reading