The New York Times is discovering a cooking technique Cajuns have known for years — slow cooking an entire meal in a rice cooker. In today’s Food section, an article titled The Steamy Way to Dinner, discusses creating dishes like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules, (yellow rice and peas), Pakistani biriyani (fragrant creamy rice and chicken), or Korean bibimbap (broth cooked rice with eggs and kimchee). While the NYT cited several rice cooker cookbooks, they evidently haven’t discovered Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People, by Opelousas native Neal Bertrand. Bertrand translates gumbos, etouffees, stews, vegetables and even dessert into rice cooker recipes. Check out Bertrand’s cookbook in a recent Find on The Independent’s website.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.