Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Y’all have a great day and enjoy these recipes
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Chef Troy Mendoza invented another delicious recipe this week at The Cabin Restaurant. Today’s recipe, two grilled Pork Loins topped with a rosemary-balsamic-butter sauce and served with garlic-spinach mashed potatoes, will be served as a lunch and dinner special this weekend. Mardi Gras is just around the corner and we would normally be serving hot-boiled crawfish while enjoying all the parades in NOLA and Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, the winter has been so harsh down here on the bayou that the crawfish season is about a month behind, so we have to improvise with tasty dishes like the one below instead. L’aissez les bon temps roulez this weekend y’all!
Grilled Pork Loins with Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce
2 pork loins
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
1 bottle Louisiana hot sauce
2 lbs diced potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup spinach
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp rosemary
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup diced onions
8 tbsp butter
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
4 cups chicken stock
1. Marinate the pork loins in the Italian dressing and hot sauce for a few hours.
2. Boiled the potatoes and garlic gloves in a pot of water until soft, about 20 minutes or so. When finished, add spinach, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash together.
3. In a large sauce pan or pot, sauté rosemary and chopped garlic, and onions in 2 tbsp 7-8 minutes until onions begin to appear translucent.
4. Deglaze pan with red wine for about 5 minutes.
5. Add balsamic vinegar and chicken stock, cook 4-5 minutes.
6. Add remaining 6 tbsp of butter and melt/emulsify it until completely incorporated with the rest of the sauce.
7. Remove from heat and plate everything. Enjoy!
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Mardi Gras is a week away! One of the not-so-secret secret Mardi Gras traditions to be found in New Orleans is that of the Mardi Gras Indians. And no one captures the Mardi Gras Indian culture better than Oliphant Images. Dressed in brilliant, extravagant Indian regalia, the Mardi Gras Indians parade through the predominantly African American neighborhoods on Mardi Gras day, putting on an elaborate routine, especially when coming in contact with another tribe.
Mardi Gras Indians are African-American Carnival revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel. Collectively, their organizations are called “gangs” or “tribes”. There are about 38 tribes. They range in size from a half dozen to several dozen members. Mardi Gras Indians have been parading in New Orleans at least since the mid-19th century, possibly before. African Americans and Native Americans have a long history of mutual cooperation and respect in Louisiana, stemming back to the late 1740s and 1750s, when many African slaves fled to the bayous of Louisiana where they were aided by Native Americans.
Years later, after the Civil War, hundreds of freed slaves joined the U.S. Ninth Cavalry Regiment, also known as Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers fought the Plains Indians on the Western Frontier. After returning to New Orleans, many ex-soldiers joined popular Wild West Shows, most notably Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The show wintered in New Orleans from 1884 to 1885 and was hailed by the Daily Picayune as “the people’s choice”. There was at least one black cowboy on the show, and numerous black cowhands.
On Mardi Gras in 1885, fifty to sixty Plains Indians marched in native dress on the streets of New Orleans. Later that year, the first Mardi Gras Indian gang was formed; the tribe was named “The Creole Wild West” and was most likely composed of members of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. For a good synopsis of the Mardi Gras Indians, please read Judy Weitz’s article. To see Oliphant Images’ entire gallery, click here or visit Oliphant Images FireHouse Gallery and Photo Museum in The Cajun Village.
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Mardi Gras season officially started about a month ago, and we still have about a month to go until Fat Tuesday arrives. In the meantime, you can stock up on Mardi Gras supplies at The Cajun Village! Our decorations are up and several shops sell Mardi Gras themed items. Everything from masks to feather boas to beads, if you want it, we got it. Just take a look at the slideshow and see for yourself!
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Oliphant Images Firehouse Gallery and Photo Museum recently opened up at The Cajun Village this year. After months of setting up and designing the photo gallery, it was finally completely finished a about 2 months ago.
Charlie and Andrea Oliphant are professional photographers, each with their own unique style of photography. For three decades, Oliphant Images has provided visuals to CBS, ABC, ITN, BBC, PBS, AFN, CNN. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and performing artists ranging from The Drifters, The Platters & The Coasters to Modern Pop Stars like Journey. Currently Oliphant Images calls New Orleans home, creating photography of Icons like Kermit Ruffins, The Nevilles, Irma Thomas, Little Freddie King, Shamarr Allen, The Radiators, Clarence Frogman Henry, Sonny Landreth and up and coming performers like Colin Lake.
Oliphant Images also restores historic photographs, much like the ones on display in their photo museum. If you’re in the area and love photography, stop in at their gallery in The Cajun Village. It will be hard to walk out the door without a print in hand!