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Happy Fat Tuesday!

Whether you celebrate today as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, Carnival, Mardi Gras, or simply the-day-to-stuff-yourself-silly-before-Lent, food is sure to be on your mind. We've got you covered. More

We Try Popeye's Mardi Gras Cheesecake

Though I don't eat a lot of dessert, I am one of the legions of fast eaters who will follow Popeye's into most any culinary battle, so I had no problem imagining a genre-redefining Mardi Gras Cheesecake experience. The reality? A bitter disappointment. More

Share Your Sweets: Mardi Gras

Whether or not we abstain during Lent, we're all for Mardi Gras; a day of carnivals, merry-making, and lots of great food. Most people get in the New Orleans spirit (understandably, as that town really knows how to laissez les bon temps rouler), including the SE readers, who submitted some NOLA inspired treats for the occasion. More

Wake and Bake: Baked Beignets with Chicory Coffee Sauce

First things first. Beignets are a deep fried yeast pastry best known for their popularity in the Big Easy. As you can read from the title, these, then, are not beignets. Indeed, I am fully aware that even calling this pastry "baked beignets" puts me at risk of being attacked from all sides by angry beignet-lovers who would probably like to drop me into a bubbling deep fryer and say, "Now that's closer to a beignet." More

Let Them Eat: Quick King Cake

Stateside, particularly in Louisiana where the biggest Mardi Gras bash explodes every year, the cake is a sweet brioche-like confection with a cinnamon filling which includes a dried bean or pea (a stand-in for the baby doll). The person who discovers it is crowned king or queen for the day. More

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