Louisiana Eats

Tastes and Tales From The East

On this week’s episode, we take a deep dive into the cuisine and culture of Asia, with an emphasis on China. We begin with Karen Christensen, founder of Berkshire Publishing who has pursued her interest in Asia through the amazing books she’s compiled. Karen shares her thoughts and experiences on all things culinary from East…

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Alcohol, Abstinence and Alternatives

Another Carnival season is behind us, and for many, it’s a time for fasting and abstinence. In 2016, registered dietitian Molly Kimball wrote an article challenging New Orleanians to give up all alcohol from Ash Wednesday until Easter as a way to reboot and learn how alcohol affects our bodies. In the years since, the #AlcoholFreeFor40 Challenge has grown, with Ochsner Eat Fit programs across the state hosting this community initiative. Molly visits our studio to talk about how the challenge has evolved and the impact it has had on the lives of some participants.

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Mermaids, Music & Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras time in Louisiana, so on this week’s show, we’re bringing Carnival to you. We begin with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in…

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King Cake Madness

It’s king cake season, and on this week’s Louisiana Eats, we look at how this Carnival indulgence has become the phenomenon it is today. We begin in at longtime family-run king cake purveyor, Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery in Slidell. Then, we learn how King Cake Hub owner Will Samuels has found business success through Carnival-style…

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Consider The Bean

This week, we shine a spotlight the humble yet mighty bean. We begin with its role as cultural icon–celebrated each Lundi Gras at the Red Beans Parade. When Devin De Wulf founded the Krewe of Red Beans over a decade ago, he had no idea he was creating a Lundi Gras tradition that would develop…

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