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
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The Libertarian Party of Louisiana says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Security breach at White House; Bejing won't back down from protesters; pressure on third-graders and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
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The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Three bedroom traditional Broussard house or two bedroom Lafayette townhome
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
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A school board candidate takes exception to the chamber’s Common Vision initiative.