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
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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Oscar de la Renta dies; Pistorius sentenced; World Series begins and more national and international news for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
Three bedroom in Lawtell or two bedroom in Rayne
Fall's new darling
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
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Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
Gulf Brew ready threads
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.