Give yourself dozens of good reasons to hit the gym (and the dance floor) this year with Carolyn Shelton’s Zydeco Blues ’n’ Gumbo Cookbook (Chanel Zeno Publishing), a pleasure trove of soul food recipes from the great Afro-French kitchens of southwest Louisiana. The book also features short biographies and culinary contributions from some of the region’s best-known Creole musicians and artists — from Geno Delafose’s tasso and smothered sausage to Sid “El Sido” Williams’ mirliton dressing. Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Shelton is a former flight attendant, etiquette coach and cooking show host who learned Creole cooking at the knees of the best teachers of all: her mother, Angelina Zeno, and her grandmothers. These are the rib-sticking comfort foods that steam forth from Acadiana’s sacred, celebrated plate-lunch emporia. In the foreword Shelton admits as much, confessing that she used to refer to her mom’s pineapple cake as “Diabetes with a Smile.” Honesty is the best policy. Zydeco Blues ’n’ Gumbo Cookbook is available for $19.95 through the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, (337) 232-3737 or www.lafayettetravel.com. — Walter Pierce
ALL SAINTS DAYS
Abdul the Tentmaker, Whistle Monsta, Da Pope, Voo Doo Man, Penalty Man, Supa Saint, Fleur D Licious, Gris-Gris man, Randy Elvis, the Who Dat Clown, they’re all here, the most colorful collection of super fans ever assembled in one calendar. Two thousand ten is looking like the Saints may finally break into the Super Bowl, so what better way to commemorate than by hanging up the wildest dome denizens of New Orleans to mark each month. The brain child of Supa Saint, the Black & Gold Super Fans Calendar costs $15 and can be ordered online at www.dirtycoast.com. A portion of the proceeds benefit the 9th Ward Field of Dreams charity in New Orleans to build state-of-the-art track and football facilities in the 9th Ward. — Nathan Stubbs
It’s one of the fastest-growing handbag, travel bag, and tote companies in the country, and it’s selling like hotcakes at Bath Haus in River Ranch, which has restocked its cinda b inventory several times since first receiving the popular bags in November. The line includes everything you need for traveling (the hot iron case, pictured here, even has a heat resistant interior, so you can pack it hot!) in terrific quilted patterns and fun colors, like the most popular over-nighter, also pictured, in roundabout red. This size is also great as a carry-on for air travel. The bags are made in the U.S. with durable, poly/nylon fabrics, making all of them water-resistant and machine washable. Check out the wide selection of cinda b, including jewelry cases and makeup bags, ranging in price from $17 to $100 at Bath Haus, 993-0644. — Leslie Turk
Lafayette native artist Rick Begneaud shines at AcA
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Friday, April 25.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lisa Boudreaux come and get your goodies.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.