Laissez les bon temps rouler!

That’s a saying you hear alot in Louisiana where there is a definite  joie de vivre derived from a diverse culture, rich history and bountiful natural resources. Despite natural disasters and our daily struggles, life is commonly met with a delight of being alive and a carefree enjoyment of living.  And the best part, we want to share that joie de vivre with all of you.

Mardi Gras Balcony
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

This joy of living manifests itself in  celebrations of the bounty given to us by generous natural resources and rich cultural treasures that have deep roots in the Bayou State. So, what do we do when we Laissez les bon temps rouler?  We throw a party, of course. And what do we do when we really have something to celebrate? We have a festival, and guess what, we do it right. Continue reading “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Do You Soak Your Beans Before Cooking?

I do, but full disclosure: the reason I soak my beans is because my Mom (The Mother Unit) told me I should.

Let’s face it, the reason we do a lot of things in the kitchen is because one of our mentors told us to do it that way, or we are just copying the way they did it. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it does tend to limit our thinking. The way we cook beans is not immune to that: Should you soak your beans? When do you add salt? Why aren’t my beans getting soft? Guess what.  Like with most things, there is no right or wrong way. Continue reading “Do You Soak Your Beans Before Cooking?”