NO MEAUX RINGS
SUDS AND SEEDS
Chef Donald Link is a one man food movement. Link grew up in southwest Louisiana in a family steeped in the German tradition of smoked meat centered along Hwy. 13 on the Cajun prairie. Following in the footsteps of Paul Prudhomme, he brought his own brand of Cajun cooking to New Orleans when he opened Cochon six months after Hurricane Katrina. He stocked the larders of Cochon and his other, more traditional New Orleans restaurant, Herbsaint, with house-made sausages: andouille, boudin, home-cured bacon and even duck confit. Now he’s into condiments. His newest addition is Cochon’s Abita Beer Whole Grain Mustard, made with whole grain mustard seeds and local Abita Beer. The mustard is based on his German heritage and is designed to accompany Cochon’s handmade, cured meats and sausages. It’s available at Rouses Market in Youngsville and at www.cochonrestaurant.com, $4.99 for a six-ounce jar. — Mary Tutwiler
WAITING FOR ELI
When Ashley Judice was 16 weeks pregnant, her ultrasound delivered devastating news: Her unborn child had a dreaded birth defect. Medical literature indicates that 80 percent of parents in the U.S. who are informed of this diagnosis — spina bifida — choose abortion. But Ashley and her husband, Chad, did not want to be in that number. Instead, they prayed for a miracle. Now 13 months old, little Eli is doing remarkably well; his parents believe he will walk. The Judices have turned their ordeal into a newly published book titled Waiting For Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith. Chad Judice, a teacher of civics and American history at St. Thomas More High School, tells an inspiring story of the fears and hopes of a young couple, the book bearing witness to the power of faith, prayer and perseverance. The 176-page hardcover book is available through bookstores nationwide. It can be obtained via the Internet (www.acadianhouse.com) or by mail order from Acadian House, P.O. Box 52247, Lafayette, LA, 70505; or call (800) 850-8851. It retails for $16.95 plus $3 shipping. — Leslie Turk
Jindal describes the privatization as a cost-cutting move to save the state more than $100 million this year, while improving services and medical training.
A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
Ambassador François Delattre will also receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies at the commencement at the Cajundome.
During the past seven games, the Saints have forced two turnovers — a league low during that span. Now they're trying to figure out what has changed since their first seven games, when they forced 15 turnovers.
Choice cuts from Acadiana’s news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:
For many fans, it was their third consecutive year participating in French Quarter parade.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 20, 2013:
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
Eat your way through New Orleans over the bowl weekend with this guide to local dining. Go hungry, leave satisfied.
The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.