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Aunt Evelyn’s Virginia Tea Cakes

  Helen Reporting, This handwritten recipe also has, as a subtitle, (Tea cakes / Aunt Mary Campbell). Not sure who she was but if she had a hand in these cookies, her distant descendants are grateful. We know these cookies come from Virginia and the relatives there raved over them. They are delicious, faintly sophisticated, […]

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Mardi Gras Float

Helen Reporting: While many people are getting ready for the Super Bowl later this week, if you live in New Orleans, another exciting event is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras comes once a year in New Orleans and includes food, fun, beads, and of course,  huge parades. These parades feature floats that are not only amazing to […]

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Macaroon Angels

Helen Reporting   Macaroons are pale gold coconut confections, half-cookie, half-cake. No one knows exactly who made the first one or in what country, but French bakers were praised for these confections as early as the17th century. Creole Cookery, printed in New Orleans in 1885, calls for two ounces of almonds pounded in a mortar […]

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Shrimp Scampi

    I buy fresh Gulf shrimp of various sizes from one of two “fresh catch” shops in nearby Chalmette. Peeling and deveining shrimp is a pain, but it must be done. I have no special technique beyond getting the shell off and running a paring knife along the middle of the back to get […]

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