Growing up in Texas, Marina Loper's family made many a king cake, but it's not what you think. Those pastries had nothing to do with Mardi Gras; they were cakes the Hispanic community topped with dried fruits and served at Twelfth Night, commemorating the wise men -- the kings -- arriving to honor the baby Jesus.
The sad fact of the matter is, most of us won't make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But that's no reason to forsake some of the city's classic cuisine.
Candy bars. Chips. Fast food. Some junk foods are easy to identify, but other seemingly healthy foods may not be so healthy after all.
With St. Patrick's Day nearly upon us, our minds often turn to corned beef and cabbage.
With Mardi Gras looming, I thought it might be fun to cook up some New Orleans-styled goodies featuring duck, andouille sausage and Creole seasoning. These rich ingredients are typical of the fare from this town that knows how to party -- an instinct that goes into overdrive during Mardi Gras.
They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers -- a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.
The goal was simple -- the most intense garlic pasta I could muster.
Whether you'll be hosting a crowd or watching solo, Oscar night calls for dinner with a bit of panache.
My favorite thing about fancy parties? They almost always include a shrimp cocktail appetizer -- platters of giant, plump shrimp just waiting to be dunked into a piquant cocktail sauce.
Cupid's holiday is all about sweethearts, but that doesn't mean the whole focus has to be exclusively "sweet." Luscious Valentine chocolates have their place, but we can show we care by taking a walk on the savory side, too. OK, so maybe hard-boiled eggs aren't necessarily "savory," but you get the idea.
Passion fruit, chocolate and Champagne. Could there be three ingredients better suited for a holiday built around love?
The trouble with slow cookers is that while they certainly deliver on ease, they sometimes disappoint on flavor. It's the risk you run when you dump a bunch of ingredients in a pot and walk away for much of the day.
Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drunk or worn it before. Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.
It's our good luck the wide, wonderful world of food has so many fascinating cuisines to explore. Columbus just got one more. With the official opening of its first Indian menu restaurant Feb. 1, the city moved closer to truly having something for every palate.
A lot of casual party grub generally can often be classified one of two ways -- spicy Tex-Mex or basic comfort.
Why do we never see fresh spring rolls stuffed with chicken?
Why wait for dessert to give your Valentine's Day dinner a sweet touch? We've created a delicious savory dinner that has a sweet side thanks to a touch of honey.
Super Bowl party food is supposed to be indulgently heavy and satisfying. It should be rich and savory and totally over the top.
With only four days to go until Super Bowl XLVIII, football fans are making final picks -- for game day eats, that is. In Paulette and Jimmy Garton's Columbus home, the choice is often green gumbo, a hearty dish starring turnip greens.