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
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Marijuana source of disputes for HOAs; experts say still safe to fly; Russian-supported attacks on Ukraine and more national and international news for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.