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.
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If you haven't thought of using bananas in a fruit crisp, this sweet, boozy dish will make you think again.
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to celebrate Carnival, try these Brazilian truffle-like treats.
This King Cake mix from Mam Papaul's has everything you need to make a cake that serves 18 people, including a tiny plastic baby.
If you're looking for something delicious and fun to put everyone in the Fat Tuesday spirit, try out this Mardi Gras-themed tie-dye cake.
Over the past decade, local bakeries and pastry chefs have made a concerted effort to elevate the Carnival Season favorite to something worthy of fine china and in varieties that delight every palate. Here are four you should pick up before Fat Tuesday.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans may be known for its over-the-top parades and parties, but don't forget it's also one of the most festive and dessert-centric celebrations in the city (or anywhere, really). Check out these eleven New Orleans-inspired desserts that will keep you in high spirits on Fat Tuesday and beyond.
The signature baked good of Carnival season in New Orleans, king cake is comprised of a ring of rich, brioche-like dough and any number of sweet fillings, from cinnamon to cream cheese. (Also, watch out from the plastic baby inside!)
When I tried my first piece of king cake I was about five drinks deep standing on a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Or as they call it in New Orleans, at a rehearsal dinner.
At her restaurant Brenda's French Soul Food, New Orleans native Brenda Buenviaje combines the classic Big Easy dish Bananas Foster with french toast. We went behind the scenes to see how this decadent brunch dish is made.
Until I make Pancake Tuesday races an official part of America's traditions—my new life goal—I'll have to make due with eating a giant plate of pancakes and practicing my flip. Here are 10 great recipes for the task.
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.
There are few places in the States as closely associated with Mardi Gras as New Orleans and while NOLA has gifted us with many wonderful additions to American cookery, beignets are top of mind with Mardi Gras so near at hand.
This year we're celebrating Mardi Gras in true New Orleans style—in other words, with lots of fun (and good eats) leading up to the big day. Want to follow along? Choose your poison with these 9 treats inspired by classics of the Big Easy.
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.
The traditional king cake is a beloved favorite, but for those who want to break out of the mold, Cake Café offers a modern spin: a goat cheese and apple cake that has become a signature for the bakery and a tradition in its own right.
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."
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.