Fall Cheese Board

I think that I have discussed my love of cheese boards here before. I'm not really into a massive cheese board with so many random things on them that the flavors become a little lost.  I'm of the mindset to keep it simple.  Choose really good ingredients and items that really compliment each other and you've got a great cheese board.  It is really is such a perfect appetizer for easy entertaining.  No cooking, just a little slicing and there you go--a delicious snack for date night or girls night in.

Happy Hour--The Witch's Curse

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the cauldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, 
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, 
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Just kidding, there is no snake, frog or tongue of dog in this cocktail, but as I was making it I thought that it would probably be the cocktail that the witch would use today to seduce Snow White. It would also work for the three Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus as they try to remain young. I could go on and on with the pop culture witch references (I just love Halloween movies), but I'm sure you get my meaning, right??

Travel Diary--Touring the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most iconic of all monuments in the world. Built in 1887-1889 by Alexandre Gustav Eiffel, the Eiffel tower is composed of three-levels reaching 1063 feet tall.  It is the tallest structure in all of Paris. Seeing it in person is absolutely amazing.

Tailgating Tuesdays-Blackened Shrimp Po-Boys with Creole Tartar Sauce

If you are looking for your new favorite tailgating recipe, look no further because I've got a poboy recipe to top all poboy recipes. At least if we are talking blackened shrimp poboys.  Whenever we are hosting a tailgaiting at home, we love to serve these blackened shrimp poboys.  Served on buttered, grilled bread with blackened shrimp, all the fixings, and a spicy tartar sauce.  YUM! They are super juicy, like dripping down your arm juicy, and so full of flavor, you definitely need a beer to follow.

Fried Oyster Salad with Spicy Cajun Remoulade

Oh, wow this salad.  Simple greens, onions, and tomatoes with a vinaigrette, oysters fried two different ways, and my favorite Spicy Cajun Remoulade Sauce.  So simple, yet so full of flavor. If you are like me and you love fried oysters, you're going to love this recipe.  I opted not to mix the oysters into the salad because of my food allergy (corn--oh the sacrifices), but these would be beautiful mixed right in on top of the greens with the light vinaigrette. This salad is inspired by one of my favorite local restaurants.

So let me back up a little, I have not been a life-long oyster lover. Growing up my Mom always would fry shrimp and oysters because she and my sister loved oysters and my Dad and I preferred the shrimp.  Honestly, I don't even know if I ever tried them, I just had in my mind that I didn't like oysters. Well since my palate has greatly expanded now I absolutely love all of the delicious brininess of these little molluscs.

Happy Hour--The Gravedigger

What puts you in a more festive mood than a spooky cocktail?  Since Halloween is right around the corner, I've got several spooky and festive themed happy hour drinks to get you ready for All Hallow's Eve.  Let's start first with The Gravedigger. 

Chargrilled Oysters Two Ways--Seafood AuGratin and Chorizo Stuffed

One of our favorite things to do each time we visit New Orleans is to stop into the Royal Street Oyster Bar for their fabulous AuGratin Oysters Royale.  Freshly shucked oysters with Crab and Shrimp Augratin and grilled perfectly. So delicious.  On our last visit we stopped into a cute shop called The Groundfloor and found these cute ceramic oyster bakers--making the process of grilling oysters that much more simple. (Here's another chargrilled oyster recipe.)