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  • Where can you find Boudin outside of Louisiana?
    Where can you find Boudin outside of Louisiana?  There are several online Cajun stores that you can order from, but the product is frozen and shipped on dry ice.  The Boudin can’t be fresh in my opinion.  Fresh Boudin, there is nothing like it in the world.  You can purchase it fresh on almost every […]
  • Pots and Pans
    There is no one more serious about pots and pans than a gourmet chef.   Pots and pans? My husband has been a gourmet chef all of his 70 plus years.  He is retired now and still cooks each and every day like a professional.  The presentations are nice, sometimes too nice for my waist […]
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Where can you find Boudin outside of Louisiana?

Boudin Blanc, confit potato AUD36 - Bistro Gui...

Boudin Blanc, confit potato AUD36 – Bistro Guillaume (Photo credit: avlxyz)

Where can you find Boudin outside of Louisiana?  There are several online Cajun stores that you can order from, but the product is frozen and shipped on dry ice.  The Boudin can’t be fresh in my opinion.  Fresh Boudin, there is nothing like it in the world.  You can purchase it fresh on almost every street corner in Lafayette Louisiana. I know that Lafayette, where my husband was born is known for its fresh Boudin and cracklings, better known as ‘cracklins’ where the cook takes end pieces of the pork (where the fat meets the meat) and carefully slices so that the small chunk has a bit of meat and a bit of fat.  Its then deep fried and seasoned with special Cajun seasonings from mind to the very hot.

Boudin is a casing stuffed with a rice mixture, seasonings, onions particularly and any type of meat you can think of from alligator, crawfish, shrimp, pork, chicken.  You name it, if its a meat you can bet that its been cooked with the Boudin mixture of rice.  I love Boudin. We’ve driven as much as 1000 miles to get some.  When we’re in St. Louis we’re always ordering it fresh from our favorite Lafayette meat house.  They freeze the links as soon as they are cooked, then as soon as they’re frozen solid they ship on dry ice.  Its awesome because its still very fresh.

The Boudin links look like sausage links but rather than wholly meat it’s a stuffing mixture of rice and the seasonings that generally go into Boudin; however, you can make your own recipe. Cajun / Creole they all have their own special methods of making this delectable local dish.

 

English: Photograph of Boudin sausage balls; a...

English: Photograph of Boudin sausage balls; a Cajun variation on Boudin blanc. The sausage is made of pork and rice, then instead of being packed into casings, its rolled into a ball, battered, and deep fried. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Pots and Pans

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Cooking is a certain art!

There is no one more serious about pots and pans than a gourmet chef.  

Pots and pans? My husband has been a gourmet chef all of his 70 plus years.  He is retired now and still cooks each and every day like a professional.  The presentations are nice, sometimes too nice for my waist line.  The pots and pans that he uses are very specific.  Every chef has their own cookware essentials.  My husband loves steam table pans.  He cooks directly in them in the oven and is able to use them for presentation as well.  While he carefully slices the Cajun seasoned pork shoulder, he lays it out oh so nice.

English: Cast iron skillet cornbread with baco...

English: Cast iron skillet cornbread with bacon, jalapeno and onion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He does the same thing with his cast iron skillet.  A pan my husband cannot live without is a cast iron, a very large cast iron skillet.  He loves corn bread.  After he bakes the corn bread he is able to present it while still in the skillet.  Not only does that save time cleaning up after a meal, it looks great just where it is.  Why move cornbread to a platter when the cast iron skillet is  a rustic cooking essential that can be used to cook or to present just about anything?

Pots and pans?  We have so many pots and pans that I can no longer count them.  We purchase a lot of our pots and pans and other cooking essentials online through various sources.  I will list some links within this article to direct you to some of what we found to be the best cooking essentials / supplies / pots and pans on the market.

I love writing for this New Orleans Artists blog.  My heart is in New Orleans.  My husband was born in Lafayette just a hop, skip and a jump from there.  His first cooking experiences were in some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans.  Cooking is an art indeed which is why it will always be a hosted section on this artists blog.  If you have any recipes you would love to share, particularly Southern / Soul / Cajun / Creole then bring it on.   I’ll not only post your recipe to this site I will allow you one link back to your own blog so we can continue to share the love of fine art and fine cooking.

Here is a site for all of those out there who are serious about their pots and pans:  http://www.cookwareessentials.net/

 

 

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Craft Stores: Local vs. Corporate


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homoerotic folk art (Photo credit: reegmo)

So it’s time to start the next big project, but you aren’t sure where to go! Should you head over to the corporate craft store? Or maybe see what the local store has to offer. Whether you know exactly what you need, or maybe you just want to get some inspiration, let’s find out which store is right for you.

Inventory and Availability

We may be all grown up, but craft stores sure have a “kid-in-a-candy-store” effect on us! There is just something about walking into a store that shows you all of the options and ways for you to complete your project. One of the main differences between your local and corporate craft stores is what is available or what they specialize in. For example, you wouldn’t want to go to a scrapbooking craft store if you were trying to create your own bird house. Corporate stores tend to have it all, but they don’t always offer the largest selection in particular items. Sure, you can always have them search and see if they can ship what you need from another location, but sometimes it just “is what it is.” Local stores, depending on their specialty, can have more varieties available for exactly what you are looking for. Since they are local, usually anything and everything they carry is right there and in-house.

Knowledge and Experience

Now there is nothing wrong with “working for the weekend,” but that is the kind of attitude you may find at a corporate craft store. Their employees should be able to point you in the right direction as to where to find the ribbons you are looking for, but they might not be able to tell you the color difference between maroon, burgundy, and wine grosgrain ribbon. Corporate stores may not have diehard crafters, but local stores sure do. Usually, local stores are family-owned and operated which means when you walk into their store, the chances are that you will speak with someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about what they do.

The next time you find yourself wondering which way to turn in terms of you craft and supply stores, just ask yourself, “Do I know exactly what I need? Do I know if that store has it? Would I know where to find it or would I need help?” If you are still unsure, I would recommend starting out at the local store. If they don’t have what you are looking for, then just wander on over to the corporate store to see if they have what you need.

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New Orleans Artists – A Mecca of Artists

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LGDFleurFenceKatrinaDoor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Orleans is certainly a mecca of artists. The artists, the culture, antiques and admitted freaks.  New Orleans is a favorite city for many.

I remember when I started this blog.  It was a favorite for sure. I’ve always loved New Orleans.  I’ve never lived there but I’ve lived close.  My husband is from Lafayette a mere alligators leap away.

One walk down any street in the French Quarter or a ride through the charming Garden District helps you see the city is filled with history.

If you’re a New Orleans artist you can be listed on this site at no cost.  Send us  your web-site and business address and contact details and we will write an article for you for free and post it on this site.  Please contact me at kathrynsias@zoho.com  to let me know if you would like a listing.

New Orleans Artists – A Mecca of Artists indeed!

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Art Galleries In New Orleans

If you’re looking for the best art galleries in New Orleans, keep in mind they are plentiful. New Orleans is known for it’s “art”, and art galleries are at the top of that list.

Art Galleries in New Orleans

A.G. Wagner Studio & Gallery
813 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 561-7440
www.agwagner.com

1022 Gallery
1022 Lowerline St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 301-0679
www.1022gallery.com

A Gallery for Fine Photography
241 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 568-1313
www.agallery.com

Art For The Soul

818 Howard Ave. , Ste. 101, New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 558-7770
www.artforthesoulgallery.com

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What To Do In New Orleans

Having a hard time figuring out what to do in New Orleans?  Part of the reason we created this New Orleans Artists blog was to give artist-seeking-enthusiasts a site to visit that is visual and also offers information on things to do in New Orleans.  If you’ve never been to New Orleans, planning a trip, and don’t know what there is to do in the “Big-Easy” then it’s as simple as heading to the French Quarter and starting there. Obviously there are pubs and jazz-joints everywhere, and obviously the culture, the vintage stores, antiques, and ambiance is amazing. There’s never a shortage of things to do in New Orleans.  I’m big on never making an itinerary, because I don’t want to be locked in to a certain strict schedule. When I’m traveling I prefer to “cuff-it” as I call it, making just one or two “have-to-do-things” on a list, and letting the rest of the trip “go with the flow”.

What to do in New Orleans? The first thing you can do is search this site. It lists fun things to do in a city that truly never sleeps.

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London’s http://lebunnybleu.com a Womens Flat Shoes UK Boutique

womens flat shoes ukLondon’s http://lebunnybleu.com, a women’s flat shoes UK boutique is rocking. Maybe one day they’ll have a shop in the New Orleans area. Take a look and let us know what you think. Their online store is awesome, and then when you click the London UK link you see that their in store shops inside Malls,etc. are spectacular examples of womens flat shoes uk boutique shopping.

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New Orleans In The Winter

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Head South To New Orleans

Other than Florida you’re not going to get too much further South than New Orleans.  It’s cold outside.  It’s Winter remember?  Those who, for heath reasons or other, head due South in the cold, blustery winter-time.  In fact, the first time I headed South, was for sure not the last. I love it!  The mild temperatures, the southern charm…yum.

All things fabulous indeed. I need to head South to New Orleans.  Or maybe Florida this winter, lol.

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