Not certain about the type of wine that goes with a certain Cajun dish? Wondering about which mushrooms to use in an andouille and mushroom cream sauce? Last week I went to the right place to find answers to such questions. I was personally invited to attend the filming of the third taping of the TV show Simply Cajun, hosted by Prejean's Executive Chef Terryl Jackson. Using the Prejean's Restaurant cookbook as a guide, he prepared a fabulous entree right before my very eyes. Watch the show on Cox Channel 9 to get the lowdown on "Eyes of Lyric," a rib eye sauced with the andouille and mushroom cream, named for Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Prejean's daughter, Lyric. Chef Terryl's also gearing up for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he'll team up with Cajun Kettle Food to jazz up those Louisiana dishes for festivalgoers. Yum!
Speaking of celebrations, what happens when biologists, who devote most of their time to research, debate the best way to boil crawfish? Dave Castellanos first pondered that question more than a decade ago, and started an annual crawfish cookoff in 1998 to settle disputes among his friends and colleagues. On Saturday, April 14, Girard Park pavilion was transformed into a laboratory with 900 pounds of crawfish to satiate any biologist's appetite for wetlands research. Among the hundreds of guests, the boil-off had nine competing teams consisting of grad students, professors and biologists from the National Wetlands Research Center, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Conservation Services and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After doing my own extensive research, I concluded these scientists/crawfish boilers were crawfish experts; I had some of the best tasting crawfish I've had this year. The New Orleans Cox team took first place at Dave and Ellen's 10th annual crawfish boil; second place went to Turtleman Steve and third place was Team LSU. After eating countless pounds of crawfish, I worked some of it off by dancing to the music of Charlo and Southern Tradition. Who knew scientists were so much fun?
Party On! ' PG
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OCT 2 This story from Rolling Stone is one of the best published so far about the Koch Brothers. That's because author Tim Dickinson doesn't get (too) distracted by the political maneuvering the billionaires seem to relish; he's focused on their business empire, its many components and its unsavoury history. It's a fascinating read.
OCT 2 Bobby Jindal - or one of his (apparently) politically inept handlers - has launched a twit war against Stephen Colbert, this post on CNN says. Points to Jindal for attempting some (unfortunately) stilted self-effacing humor, and if you watch the Colbert clip here (you should, it is hilarious), pay close attention to the skin tone of the candidates' mugshots.
OCT 2 This is another excellent coastal loss piece, but this one on New Republic has a little different flavor. It's a close look at coal terminals, refineries, coastal loss, environmental damage --- and Billy Nungesser. It's engrossing and very well written.
OCT 2 Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky records another poll indicating Bobby Jindal is very unpopular with the people here in Louisiana. This one, from a Democratic poller, shows voters would rather have Edwin Edwards back than keep Jindal. The numbers don't lie, Sabludowsky says, and surely it is only a matter of time before the national media catches on.
OCT 2 Blogger Tom Aswell gives us more coverage of the recent OGB hearing, featuring one of his favorite politicians, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols. Nichols apparently wasn't all that forthcoming with legislators who dared to question the Jindal Administration's handling of the privatization of the state employee health plan.
OCT 2 Crazy Crawfish is taking a look at one of Louisiana's most historically smarmy processes: textbook selection. (Yes, seriously.) It's a complicated post, but worth reading. He's looking at the people and the process here.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
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