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Take A Bite Out Of New Orleans

10 MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS (& WHAT TO ORDER) New Orleans has serious soul. Its rich heritage and distinct culture are discernable with all five senses. There’s music everywhere! And not just classic New Orleans jazz. Ten-piece brass bands congregate on street corners, and talented, solo rappers spit beats (the city gave us Lil Wayne, after all). I can’t imagine a quiet New Orleans. There’s a celebration for everything, and the city goes all out. New Orleans remains alive 24 hours a day, partially because the nightlife rolls straight into the morning. Beads aren’t just prominent around Mardi Gras: If you look up, you’ll likely find a few strapped in the trees and balconies year-round. La Nouvelle, as it once was called, is dressed in history; the diverse architecture reflects the city’s unique past. Its earliest roots were with the French (1718), overlain by the Spanish and personalized by residents from the Caribbean Isles. By the time Americans took over in 1803, each culture had left its distinctive mark. You’ll notice brightly painted Creole cottages in the French Quarter, and the most

Caesar Salad

SERVES 4 INTRODUCTION: One of the best salads, even for non salad lovers. The lettuce is crisp, the dressing rich and flavorful, and the croutons crunchy. INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 garlic cloves, smashed 1 anchovy (optional) 6 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons canna-olive oil ¼ cup Parmesan salt pepper 2 romaine hearts, chopped 1 cup cooked chicken, in chunks or shredded 2 cups croutons Shredded Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS: In the bowl of a food processor, puree the mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic, and anchovy if using. With the machine running drizzle the oils into the bowl of the processor. Transfer to a jar and stir in the cheese along with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the dressing with romaine and top with chicken and croutons. CHEF’S NOTES: If you like the taste of anchovy, add a couple to the food processor when you start. It is a strange thing, people don’t seem to have neutral feelings about it. Eating one as is may be a bit much, but

Bacon & Egg Muffins

SERVES 4 INTRODUCTION: This is an easy breakfast that everyone adores. It looks like it was tons of trouble to make but it’s a cinch.  Yummy with shredded Swiss cheese and you can substitute sautéed spinach for the bacon. Sad, but you can. INGREDIENTS: 4 6-inch flour tortillas 4 teaspoons canna-butter, melted 4 bacon strips, cooked and chopped 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup shredded cheddar Salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: Heat the oven to 340° F. Press the flour tortillas into four depressions in a muffin tin.Brush with the canna-butter. Take ¾ of the cheese and divide between the tortillas. Top with chopped bacon. Carefully break eggs and place in each tortilla. Top with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Bake the eggs until set, about 10 minutes. CHEF’S NOTES: If the tortillas seem brittle heat them in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften them.  If you don’t have time to let the eggs come to room temperature, place them in a bowl of tepid water for 20 minutes.   Recipe provided by the amazing

Rustic Apple Tart

SERVES 9 INTRODUCTION: In the fall, when apples are at their peak, all this tart needs is some canna-butter, apples, sugar and maybe some cinnamon.  And ice cream is a nice touch.   INGREDIENTS: 1 9-inch store bought piecrust, or your favorite recipe 3 tablespoons canna-butter, melted 2 apples, cored peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon lemon juice DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 340° F. Place the piecrust on your work surface. Brush the surface with the canna-butter. In a medium bowl toss the apples with the maple syrup and lemon juice. Place the apples on the crust. Bake until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown. CHEF’S NOTES This tart can also be made with frozen puff pastry.  A mixture of apples and pears is another way to go. And add some walnuts if you are so inclined.   Recipe provided by the amazing Laurie Wolf.   Please take notice that canna-butter and canna-oil are infused with cannabis and may be illegal in the state or country of your residence. If so, please substitute

Pot Pie Recipe

SERVES 4 INTRODUCTION: Covered with store bought piecrust or puff pastry, this is an easy way to enjoy an infused comfort food classic. Just breaking through the top crust is enough to give me goosebumps. If you have only had a frozen version of this dish, you are in for a treat. INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons butter 4 teaspoons canna-butter 1 stalk celery, sliced 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon thyme 1/3 cup flour 2 cups chicken stock 1/3 cup light cream or half and half 1 cup peas 3 cups chicken, cooked and cut in pieces Salt Pepper Puff pastry or pie crust 1 egg, beaten (optional) DIRECTIONS: In a large sauté pan over low heat, melt the butters. Sauté the celery, carrot, and thyme for 10 minutes. Add the flour to the mixture and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, cream, and peas and mix well until vegetables are coated and the mixture starts to thicken. Stir in the chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat oven to 340° F. Cut the puff pastry

ANTIQUE MECHANICAL BANKS

Time to dig through the attic. You may have a piece of rare history more valuable than gold. Can you imagine a bunch of throomers huddled closely together, perhaps cradling a tumbler of scotch, or a glass of wine, or beer in their hands, having an intense conversation about their toy collections and paint chips?  Well, if not, you might be interested to learn a little more about antique mechanical banks and the eclectic ladies and gentlemen who are exceptionally passionate and extremely competitive when it comes to collecting these rare gems. A Delightful Way to Save Toy mechanical banks were first introduced in the mid-to-late 1800s, designed to encourage children to have fun while saving money.  Sculpted by an artist, they had moving parts, springs, and levers to create an action that would encourage children to use them time and time again.  The period between 1869, when the first mechanical cast iron bank, known as Hall’s Excelsior, became available, and 1910 was known as the golden age of mechanical banks, when most were produced. You’ve probably seen them but

Pam Williams: Ecole Chocolat

Chocolate and helping people to realize their dreams are Pam Williams’ passions. She has been involved in the chocolate industry since 1981 when she created her first chocolate endeavor, au Chocolat. Since then she has made the study and teaching of the chocolate arts her life’s work. “Not everyone is so lucky to have chocolate as a career and business. I’m always the most popular person in the room once people hear what I do.” says Pam. Pam founded Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts in 2003. The school continues to deliver high quality educational programs to students all over the world, literally, with EC graduates coming from over 90 countries at last count. Based on Pam’s experience, the Ecole Chocolat portfolio of programs offer what she considers to be the foundation for any successful chocolatier or chocolate maker or expert chocolate connoisseur —a complete understanding of the chocolate making process and mastery of the skills required, matched with a “plan of action” that fulfills both career or personal goals. Students develop knowledge and skills in such topics as

EZ ICE, Inc.: A Cup Winning Company

“The puck passes over to the right side. Gastel takes it and sweeps in over the blue line. He cuts in front of the net, dekes the goalie who drops to the ice, Gastel shoots it high over his shoulder, it hits the crossbar with a clang. Where is it? Where is it? The red light is on! It’s in the net! Gastel Scooorres! He Scooorres! The Stanley Cup finally belongs to Dylan Gastel!” How many times have you played that scene out in your dreams? Scoring the winning goal in dramatic fashion to win the Cup? For me, in my youth, it was only about a thousand times – a week. Or, how about landing that ‘Triple Salchow’ to take home the Olympic Gold medal in figure skating? I also dreamed often of that. Well, not exactly of winning the gold. To tell you the truth, I dreamed instead of Dorothy Hamill. I wanted to marry her, badly, and I still resent Dino Martin (and his cursed faux celebrity) for wooing her first. I wish I weren’t so serious.

Dosey Doe: The Best Music Venue

There it was, of all places, in the back country of Kentucky, a big beautiful barn with hand-hewn old growth oak and birch beams. After searching all over Texas, Stephen Said, coffee lover and entrepreneur, bought the 165-year-old historical barn, disassembled it, and shipped it to The Woodlands, Texas. This was just the beginning of what would become the infamous Dosey Doe Big Barn that offers patrons Southern-style dining and a live music venue. In an interview with Woodlands Online’s “Faces of the Woodlands,” Said explained, “I was not too excited about how coffee shops were pretty sterile in their looks, all steel and Teflon. I just felt like Texans wanted something that felt like Texas. So ‘coffee,’ ‘Texas’ – I came up with the idea of having it in an actual barn as the dining hall. A Texas native, Said is the son of a U.S. naturalized Lebanese businessman and Dallas homemaker. His family heritage comprised of Christian faith and successful business ventures in Lebanon and Iraq. But when King Faisal and son were overthrown by a faction of

Do You Dress Like A Boomer?

I was asked “Can you provide any advice on how Boomers can look more up-to-date?  I am working with Millennials and Gen Xers.  I want to fit in better and not appear old!”  That’s a great point and very timely! First, let me say that there is no way to turn back the hands of time.  Boomers will never be 30 again.  Honestly, that’s a blessing.  With all the wisdom gained from experience, you don’t want to go back and learn some of those hard lessons again.  However, even though you can’t be 30, there’s no reason you can’t look younger.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m advocating looking “age appropriately” younger. You know, giving off that young vibe without trying too hard to appear a youngster. While channel surfing the other day I came across some old footage from comedian Jeff Foxworthy.  I didn’t really know him but I had heard the catchphrase that made him famous.  He’s the guy who did the “you may be a redneck if…” bit.  I went online to check him out and he has