Pass The Beads, Please.

First and foremost, I’m a book lover at heart. I’ve never been a club goer, even in my early twenties when that seemed to be the popular thing to do. I’ve always enjoyed and preferred a quiet evening at home, hanging out with my friends, having good conversation, etc. And if for some strange reason my friends opted for a wild night out, I’d normally pass and either finish up the book I was working on or spend a few hours scouring the shelves at Barnes & Noble (or B. Dalton back when it was around) looking for my next book fix. Reading, writing – I love it all. But I have a teeny, tiny, confession: I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans and experience Mardi Gras.

I know, I know. It’s loud, people get crazy, and beads get swapped for reasons that would make my mom blush. But there is something about this celebratory event that conjurs up the same excited feeling in my stomach that Disneyland conjured up within me as a kid.  Maybe it’s the elaborate masks, the beauty of cobblestone streets filled to the brim with laughter and smiles, or the colorful flags that line the buildings and storefronts. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but darnit… it my lifetime I’m GOING to experience Mardi Gras and its going to be awesome! Each year I see new photos emerge in my Facebook News Feed from friends and associates who party there each year. And with every photo, I feel myself turning a bit more green with envy. The food looks amazing, the weather is on point, and I really want to wear one of those hauntingly beautiful Eyes Wide Shut masks! A girl can dream, can’t she?

Until I buckle down and plan out my visit, I can escape with my tastebuds by trying out these amazing Creole recipes from BookRix author CreoleBookMaster. I love cooking, but I’ve never ventured into Louisiana’s French Creole/Cajun culture and dabbled in their authentic recipes. But now that we have these wonderful books to steal borrow from, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get started. If you try any of these recipes, feel free to leave your comments on the book itself or our blog here. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy eating….

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