Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
New to Lafayette are Georgie’s English Kitchen and Garden products, featuring shortbread petticoat rounds, fresh lemon curd and three types of scones — cranberry and orange, lemon, and orange and pecan. Made by Leicestershire, England, native Georgie Myrtle, these scrumptious treats are perfect for a quick breakfast or leisurely afternoon tea. After baking and donating her shortbread to church and school functions for several years, Myrtle followed a friend’s suggestion that she sell her goodies to the public. Her first private Christmastime order in 2007 exceeded 50 boxes a day, driving her to eventually move to a commercial kitchen in 2010. The Petroleum Club is introducing Georgie’s products at its quarterly afternoon tea today, March 16, and Myrtle herself will speak at the next scheduled tea on June 15. Georgie’s scones and lemon curd are available at Borden’s on Jefferson Street (also ask for the “Georgie’s Strawberry Shortcake Sundae,” with three scoops of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, Georgie’s shortbread and whipped cream); her shop in Covington at 803 West 22nd Ave. and on her website, www.georgiesenglish.com. The freezer-to-oven scones and shortbread are also now available at Joey’s. — Lisa Hanchey
DUG UP, NOT DUSTED OFF
Robert Johnson is to Mississippi and Delta blues what Amede Ardoin is to Louisiana Creole music — a hugely influential musician with a legend sunk in a ghostly past. Tompkins Square Records out of New York has dug up and released Ardoin’s 34 original recordings on Mama, I’ll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin (1929-1934). The double album collects all 34 known tracks by Ardoin on two discs, including the six tracks he recorded for Columbia Records with fiddler Dennis McGee in New Orleans in 1929. Amede’s magic is there on both discs, rising from the rhythmic honk of his accordion and echoing into the African-Creole future, but the real keeper is Ardoin’s vocal delivery, which rises from the scratchy 78 vinyl transfers like some pained and saintly ghost, delivering his own eulogy. Buy Mama, I’ll Be Long Gone though Tompkins Square Records at www.tompkinssquare.com or iTunes. — Dege Legg
Monroe-based writer William Caverlee’s Amid the Swirling Ghosts and Other Essays is his first book collecting his absorbing writings on topics such as William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, the assassination of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde on Louisiana Highway 154, LSU alumnus and Basketball hall of famer “Pistol” Pete Maravich and even Flannery O’Connor’s unforgettably disturbing 1953 short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Caverlee, a carpenter and cabinetmaker by trade, demonstrates that anyone with an urge and fondness for words can create his own inimitable description of the perspectives of historic icons that inspire them. This anthology is available through UL Lafayette Press (ulpress.org) for $20. — Wynce Nolley
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