Prosciutto-wrapped melon, tangy, salty olives, Caprese salad with Creole tomatoes and fresh basil and all sorts of yummy cheeses —antipasti like these make the perfect summer dinner in Louisiana because of their assertive flavors and their ability to hit the table largely without heat. This not only a perfect cocktail meal, but it suits children well. You'd be surprised how adventurous kids get when they have a chance to explore diminutive pick-ups packed with flavor.
The range of goodies on an antipasto platter often includes marinated veggies, cheese, smoked and cured meats, olives and small salads, all of which pair well with Prosecco or your favorite sparkling wine. It's easy to overlay a Louisiana flair on this Italian tradition by incorporating a dish of cracklin', smoked sausage and Creole mustard and pickled local produce. Create overnight squash pickles with fresh summer squash and zucchini steeped in a 24-hour brine. Or cook down peeled chopped fresh eggplant with garlic, tomatoes and thyme for a savory spread for pita chips. Create a deconstructed muffaletto station that allows a guest to stack provolone, mozzarella, Italian meats and olive salad on a personal slice of French bread. Finally, stuff figs or peaches with mascarpone cheese and top with shavings of good chocolate.
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.