Fried Okra with Homemade Aioli

I felt like at least one thing had to be deep fried this evening, so I gave this a try. I read a lot of recipes about vegetables being deep fried and served with spiced mayonnaise. I figured this would be an opportunity to make my own aioli instead! I have been looking forward to…

Rosemary and Parmesan Buttermilk Biscuits and Buttermilk Cornbread

I love biscuits. I force Nico to wake up early every Saturday to go to the farmers market for Blacksauce Kitchen biscuits. My rosemary bush is growing quite well and I had some Parmesan that needed grating, so these biscuits came to life. They last for a solid 3 days, I can’t guarantee more because…

Rabbit and Andouille Gumbo with Porcini Mushrooms

We went to Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA when we were in New Orleans, and we had an amazing meal. As an appetizer, we shared his Rabbit and Andouille Gumbo. It was amazing!  I knew I wanted to make one for our dinner party. Gumbo is a soup type dish that is served over a bed of…

Pecan Pie with Lemon Zest and Secret Chocolate Layer

I have been making this pecan pie for a decade and it doesn’t get old! This time around, I decided to add a layer of chocolate underneath the filling. In New Orleans, I tasted some pecan pralines dipped in chocolate. That is where the idea came from. I spent 15 minutes diligently placing pecans around…

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a quintessential New Orleans dish. The preparations can go either in the direction of Cajun or Creole, depending on use of tomato. My version, I believe, is more in line with Creole traditions with the use of diced and cherry tomatoes. The trinity of onion, celery, and bell pepper are a required ingredient…

Crawfish Étouffée

We had this dish in New Orleans and it was delicious! I knew I wanted to make it for our dinner. For some reason, I didn’t process that I would need live crawfish to make it happen. The weekend before our dinner, I started googling where to get crawfish in Maryland and found a guy…

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Molasses Crème Sauce

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Molasses Crème Sauce Daria Souvorova 1 hour 30 minutes serves: 6-10 Last night, Nico and I hosted our New Orleans dinner. I loved this event. It allowed me to bring together my knowledge of French cuisine with a whole new set of flavors. Sometimes, the dishes for our dinners are…