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Mardi Gras & Lent

March 8, 2011

Because my husband John is a direct descendant of Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, who was responsible along with his brother for bringing the Mardi Gras tradition to Louisiana, it seems fitting to make a special effort this year to celebrate the season with proper Lenten dishes.

Tonight it will be a version of jambalaya (sans the shrimp because I don’t eat shellfish) – more details to follow on preparation as it gets closer to cooking time.

I found some very interesting Lenten (no meat dishes) that I’d like to try:

Spanikopita: A favorite of mine and super-easy to make.

Kasha Varnishkas: Another favorite and again, very easy to make. Definitely Food of My People.

Stifado (without meat):  I’ve never made this so it should be… interesting

Mesir W’et (Spicy Lentil Stew): Never tried to make it so it should be a good challenge. I have made the spicy butter before and it was very good.

I’ll use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock — and I might even make my own… we’ll see…

The Fish on Friday problem is easy to solve – SUSHI!!!

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