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New Orleans Desserts

In Honor of Mardi Gras


Warm bread pudding
StockFood - Alison Miksch/Riser/Getty Images 2010 Fruited French Toast Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

Wow your company with this delicious breakfast dish.

2010 Fruited French Toast Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, which means it's also time for some memories I have of that wonderful city.

Growing-up in Birmingham, Alabama made New Orleans the perfect vacation spot for my family. Even as a nine-year-old, I knew every street in the Quarter, the French Quarter that is. Two of our traditional meals were breakfast at Brennan's and dinner at Antoine's Restaurant. Of course, I had to sneak praline samples at Aunt Sally's, which used to be located on Royale Street, and now it's on Decatur street in the French Market.

As an adult, I actually got engaged at Commander's Palace in the Garden District. I've gotten to meet Emeril Lagasse at Emeril's. Paul Prudhomme's cuisine at K. Paul's is also outstanding.

As they say in New Orleans - "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!" "Let the good times roll" with these festive recipes!
Bread Pudding
Bananas Foster
Plantation Pralines
Praline Cheesecake
Praline Sauce
Pain Perdu
Recipes "From Emeril's Kitchens"

Want to Experience Mardi Gras Vicariously?

Read Tragic Magic. It's a delightful murder mystery set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. It's just one book in a series of murder mysteries by Laura Childs.
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