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R.I.P. Billy Gruber

New Orleans lost one her greats on Thursday (2.04) evening. Billy Gruber, the chef behind Liuzza’s By The Track and iconic local personality, died at the age of 69-years-old. 

Gumbo Yeah-Yeah!

A Recipe from Emeril's for National Gumbo Day

Every day in Louisiana is a gumbo day, but for the rest of America, October 12th is National Gumbo Day. In honor of the holiday, NoDef sought out a great recipe for those who did not learn the secrets from their paw-paw. (Hint: First you make a roux). Emeril’s Chef de Cuisine David Slater was happy to oblige with this great recipe for Seafood Gumbo.

Today in NOLA: 4.3.2015

Runners in the 37th Annual Crescent City Classic embarked on their mission ending in City Park this morning. The race is a New Orleans staple, happening over Easter weekend, but this metropolis is always blossoming with fresh, new events. Today, the young Freret Street Festival sets off in the burgeoning locale, and the third annual Pyrate Day bucks up in Houma. If you hear the faint sound of music coming from City Park this evening, keep your eyes peeled for the first performance of The Music Box Roving Village. Ernie K-Doe’s hit “Mother-In-Law,” written by Allen Toussant, topped the Billboard R&B charts today in 1961. Now, more on Saturday.

Mixing Pot

Gumbo Fest Returns this Weekend

New Orleanians love to debate gumbo. Throw a Cajun into the mix, and you might as well be trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East. However, all opinions will be entertained this weekend at the Treme’s Armstrong Park during the 7th Annual Creole Gumbo Festival. Boasting a wide array of signature gumbo, a Vegan Gumbo contest and performances by a host of local brass bands, this free festival will have your taste buds salivating and your feet noodling all weekend as you pay tribute to the file flavors of New Orleans’ most beloved dish.  

Emeril Celebrates National Gumbo Day (Recipe)

Today is National Gumbo Day. That's right, by act of Congress, America is celebrating Louisiana's signature dish. If the first rule of gumbo is "make a roux", the second rule might be "no one agrees on the best recipe". However, in honor of the occasion, Emeril Lagasse shared the recipe for a serious seafood contender with us. 

Cajun Cooking 101

An Excerpt from a People's History of Acadie

What is the nature of Cajun food? The books will tell you that it’s a rustic and spicy mélange (mixture) of the cuisines of many ethnicities—Cajun, African, Spanish, German, Native American, and Caribbean—and produced with mostly local ingredients. And although it is a rustic, rural fare, I can unequivocally say that it is among the tastiest cuisines in the world. Growing up as only half-Cajun with a mother who was Irish and German, I ate mostly "American" food. But my father, being a Broussard, could not live long without the staples of the kind of home cooking he grew up with: gumbo, jambalaya, rice and gravy, sauce piquant.

They All Ask'd for Roux

Creole Cookin' with Anthony Scanio: Emeril's Delmonico Chef Offers Gumbo Wisdom, Recipes

Emeril Delmonico's Chef de Cuisine Anthony Scanio talks about his NOLA childhood, the universality of gumbo, and gives his favorite recipes. 

Carnival Culinaire: Cleaver & Co. Delivers on Route

If you’re experiencing hunger pains on the parade route, don’t let fast food carts get the best of you. Cleaver & Co. is delivering Crescent City classics like red beans, gumbo, boudin, and Bloody Mary mixes by bike. The locavores are known for their whole animal philosophy, but they’re taking a stab at pre-prepared meals and putting the carne in Carnival.

Governing With Gumbo

Right now, it seems like half of the Congress is either on their way to the White House, or on their way from the White House. As famed French diplomat Talleyrand and his chef, Careme, proved, a lot of negotiations can be advanced with fork and a spoon. Needless to say, the White House's Choice for Soup of the Day has a lot riding on it. The administration's choice in these fraught times: Gumbo! (As reported by Chuck Todd.) The White House was unavailable for comment on the thickness of the roux.

Bank Bomb Threat Ends Safely, With Gumbo

Geroni-gumbo! That’s what sixty-one year old David Harold Hudson Sr. was up to earlier this week over in Pascagoula, Mississippi, when he created a stir and dropped the B word at a Hancock Bank on Market Street. The bomb threat was surely frightening when Hudson, a man known for frequently visiting the bank and irking employees and patrons alike, told the manager that he planned to blow up the building, and left an unmarked bag unattended in the main entrance. When investigators arrived on site to canvas the scene, WLOX reported that the alleged explosives turned out to be a bunch of Gumbo, in a zip-lock bag! Hudson was confronted and arrested at his home for faking weapon possession, and playing with fire…talk about risqué bisque.

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