Laissez les bons temps rouler. ~ Let the good times roll.
As you may know, Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans. With Fat Tuesday less than a week away (March 4th), the Carnival Season (beginning on the Epiphany and ending before Ash Wednesday) is celebrated by eating rich and decadent meals prior to fasting during Lent. Certainly not hard to do in the Crescent City, the city of New Orleans is always teeming with intoxicating aromas of spicy creole dishes and gumbos, traditional Cajun cuisine, and of course, the heady smell of beignets and chicory coffee as you near Café du Monde at The French Market.
There is no place in the world like New Orleans and it’s a city that I long to visit again and again. There’s something mysterious, mystical, and magical about the city. It’s hard to explain, but once you’ve been, you understand. While Mardi Gras is arguably the the biggest draw during the year, there are always festivities, plenty of party-goers, nightlife on Bourbon Street, Sazeracs to go around, and fabulous restaurants. A trip to New Orleans is worthwhile any time of the year.
Beignets have to be one of the most notable foods served in New Orleans and we periodically have a craving for this delicate and fragrant fried puff of yeasty dough. Topped with a hefty sprinkling of powdered sugar, this homemade version satisfies the urge for something sweet and reminds me of time spent with friends wiping powdered sugar from my face and shirt while sipping Café au Lait at Café du Monde.