It’s greens time in the garden. The farmer’s markets are going green with mustard, turnip and collard greens — good for the pot likker, good for the blood. I’ve made my traditional fall pot of greens, soul food style, for years. That’s a cooked down dish of onions, andouille, pickled pork, and mixed greens, served over grits, with lots of the syrupy stuff from the bottom, what we call pot likker, a green version of gravy. That’s about as far as my cooking knowledge goes when it comes to greens.
Leave it to the New York Time’sMark Bittman to come up with a distinctly different dish, one that combines collards with another nibble we love in Lebanese Lafayette, stuffed grape leaves.
Bittman blanches his collards in boiling salted water then uses them instead of grapevine leaves to roll his filling — a minced lamb and cracked wheat meatball flavored with cumin and mint. Sounds yummy. But for a fast Cajunized fix, what about using boudin as the stuffing, collards as the wrapping, get it hot, quick, in the oven and you’ve got your snacks ready for the 7:30 kickoff tonight. I’m going to try it tonight. Don’t forget to wear your special sox. Go Saints.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.