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Month: February 2010

Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade

In honor of Who Dat Nation and their big win, I’m sharing some more wonderful goodies from NOLA. Here is the recipe for Shrimp Remoulade direct from their restaurant and yours to enjoy.
We didn’t take a picture of it, but it was delicious…

Shrimp Remoulade
Shrimp Rémoulade is in every New Orleans girl’s arsenal of favored dishes for relaxed entertaining. Serve this simple dish on elegant china and it’s fit for a king- Mardi Gras or otherwise. This is our most popular dish and most frequently requested recipe. Bonus for the home cook: The sauce is definitely best made a day in advance and refrigerated, then all that’s left to do is toss in the shrimp and plate and serve. It’s a snap to make, yet it’s always impressive.

¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)
½ cup chopped curly parsley
1 cup chopped yellow onion
½ cup ketchup
½ cup tomato purée
½ cup Creole mustard or any coarse, grainy brown mustard
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, or to taste
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Spanish hot paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup salad oil
4 dozen jumbo (15 count) shrimp, peeled, boiled, and chilled
1 small head of iceberg lettuce, washed, dried and cut into thin ribbons

Mince the celery, scallions, parsley, and onions in a food processor. Add the ketchup, tomato puree, Creole mustard, horseradish, red wine vinegar, paprika, and Worcestershire. Begin processing again and add the oil in a slow drizzle to emulsify. Stop when the dressing is smooth. Chill for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Correct the seasoning with additional horseradish, if desired after the ingredients have had the opportunity to marry.

In a large mixing bowl, add the sauce to the shrimp and toss gently to coat. Divide the lettuce among 6 chilled salad plates. Divide the shrimp evenly atop the lettuce and serve.

Serves 6

You can also find more recipes from this Grande Dame Restaurant on their website Galatoire’s

PS- you should also try their bread pudding recipe… word has it this dessert may make an appearance @ a certain Mardi Gras Brunch this weekend….

We ate our way thru NOLA. Really.

In honor of Superbowl Sunday, here is my tales from New Orleans. WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINTS!!!

I love the city of New Orleans. I always have. I’ve been lucky enough to travel there over the years many, many times with Marriott.

I’ve put many a large group and convention there. I was there 4 months after Katrina hit to help put business back in the hotel because tourism is a huge part of the economy of that community and city.

I haven’t been back since I left Marriott and have been wanted to go back and help put some money into the economy. No seriously, I really wanted to shop , eat and spend money there because I know how dramatically it affects so many people.

One of my favorite people has a a very big job in NOLA, heading up sales and marketing at the hotel. Mark and Jennifer have been friends for almost 20 years and when I told them we were coming to the city, they took care of our reservations in a very special, big way.

A suite overlooking the Mississippi River and all of the French Quarter. Plus time with them exploring the city along with their most delightful kids.

Mom took one of the post Katrina tours which are being offered- her two biggest take aways- how big the affected area was in the city and the incredible 100 homes Brad Pitt is working so hard to build in the city.

We also got completely caught up with the Saints frenzy as they get ready for Super Bowl this weekend. This story couldn’t have been written any better. The quarterback and coach both live in areas of the city that are being rebuilt. The entire team is chanting: Who Dat! We just loved being part of all of this, including buying our share of Saints “stuff”. Mardi Gras Saints beads, Who Dat T shirts and sweatshirts- we will be cheering our lungs out come Sunday for “our team”.

And the food and meals… K Pauls. Galatoire’s. Cafe du monde. Even the Marriott’s restaurant 5 Fifty Five has world class New Orleans cookin’. We ate at KPauls and ended up the evening taking pictures with the chefs and culinary team. And if all this wasn’t enough, the hotel even sent up an entire cart of food and goodies for us to enjoy. Oh yes, Aunt Sallie’s Pralines… Lordy, the food just didn’t stop.

And on our way out of town and on to the next stop- we found a Mardi Gras Warehouse for wholesale beads and other must have trinkets. Prices were about half of what they were in the French Quarter.

I still love this city, the people, the spirit, the good humor of all, and the food! Next time I won’t wait quite so long to return….

Buc-ees- Excellance in Rest rooms and Turkey Jerky

I love people who really love what they do and even better, take great pride in excelling. We found a rest stop on steroids- Buc-ees on the I 10 interstate on the outskirts of San Antonio who does what they do so very, very well.

They have a gas station and rest stop along the lines of South of the Border on the border of North and South Carolina, but this is Texas style. Just like Walmart, they have greeters who direct you to where you need to go. Need one of any type of jerky- right this way. Need tshirts- right this way. Need a yummy jalepeno sausgae cheese biscuit hot from our ovens- right this way.

The bathrooms are clean and fresh, the gas affordable and between the three of us- we spent close to $150!!! Not including the gas! Be sure you check it out if you’re in their neighborhood. As their slogan says ” Everything you ever needed, You just didn’t know it!”

Warming Wrists

As promised- here is our blog post from one of our new “guest bloggers”. Kate is available via email or phone should you have any more follow up questions about fragrance and not just Jo Malone.

‘Greetings form the Jo Malone Counter at Saks Beverly Hills! What a pleasure to run into Diane on this rainy, slow day! One of the things I love about fragrance is all of the weird things you learn about smell and scents. The trivia that I shared with Diane today was all about trying on cologne. When you apply a scent to your wrist, never rub it in. It will break down the perfume oil and won’t smell as good or for as long. Instead, what you really want is heat. Heating the elements of any fragrance will bring it to its best sniff, so pressing your wrists together will release a better aroma. Or you can always fall back on Coco Chanel’s old adage, “Put perfume where you want to be kissed!”

Let me know if you want more or less or want to talk perfume some more!
Thanks for the opportunity to play!”


Kate Linington

9600 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills CA 90212

BK’s Hot Dogs and Tacos

I love to find Diners, Drive Inns and Dives just like Guy from the Foodnetwork does. The more local color, the better for me! We’re staying at the JW Marrioct Starr Pass here in beautiful Tucson and had dinner at Melissa Kelly’s Signature Restaurant, Primo the first night. While there, I read that Melissa’s favorite restaurant in Tucson was a local place called BK’s Hot Dogs and Tacos.

When we finished dinner, I went over to thank the chef’s at the open kitchen area. I asked them if they’d heard of this place and all three of their eyes lit up. I took that as a very, very good sign. They all chimed in this was one of their favorite places to eat, but the one young chef said- are you sure that’s where you want to go? I responded, any place that causes a chef’s eyes to light up is somewhere I want to eat! We found the restaurant- about 8 miles from the resort in a rather sketchy part of town…. There were lots of people there and besides, we weren’t going this far to turn back now! The menu was all in Spanish, but there were lots of pictures. We ordered the hot dogs with the works. This included bacon, beans, onions, jalapeno peppers and lots of cheese. The tacos were the soft version- with it’s on taco fixin’s bar to add what ever you wanted. Which we did!!! 5 of us ate til we were stuffed and the total came to $24.25!

Best of all… come to find out the Food Network is actually coming there next week to shot a feature on the show! How much fun is that!