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Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast

Happy New Year from New Orleans & Southern Comfort!

Wishing all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Recipes Southern Comfort Recipes

Praline Bacon

Amy , Dan and Avery, my favorite guests from Neveda  requested our recipe  for praline bacon.    This is sooooo good!   I serve this with  sweet potato and pecan waffles.

The key ingredient is Steen’s Cane Syrup.   Since 1910, five generations of Steen’s have produced this cane syrup in Abbeyville Louisiana.   They  still use the original recipe , steam equipment  and open kettle method to make pure cane syrup.  It is  thick and dark with a  very distinct and robust flavor.

1 pound good thick cut bacon
4 TBS cane syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine read more »

New Orleans Community New Orleans Dining

Reveillon Dinners

Reveillon is a French word meaning “awakening”. In the Creole days of New Orleans it described a meal, which was served on Christmas Eve following midnight mass. Early settlers of New Orleans were Catholic, and the entire community emerged to participate in the ceremonies. After mass, families would come home to a massive feast, already prepared and laid out. A typical reveillon menu resembled breakfast, several egg dishes, puddings and breads, but also could offer rich dishes like turtle soup, gumbo’s, oysters and grillades of veal. Of course, Creoles accompanied this rich food with wines and cordials. The dinners lasted for hours, and even sometimes until dawn.
Recipes Southern Comfort Recipes

Christmas Pralines

One of my fond memories of Christmas were  the tins that were filled with my Mom’s homemade candies. She would start weeks ahead to fill them with divinity, chocolate and peanut butter fudge and of coarse those melt in your mouth  creamy pralines.

Nowadays, most pralines are sold in small boutiques and gift shops in the French Quarter. I ‘m not a fan of those shops as I find them to be too sugary and they crystallize  very quickly. I much prefer my Mom’s recipe that is rich and creamy. Give it a try, you and your family will be fighting over them at the Christmas table!

4 tablespoons butter(unsalted)
1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 cups fresh pecan pieces

Line baking sheets using wax paper.

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New Orleans Community New Orleans Events

New Orleans Christmas Concerts

New Orleans is celebrating Christmas! An endearing tradition is the Christmas concert series at the St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.

Enjoy jazz, gospel, classical and traditional music performed by some of our finest local talent.

Mon.       Dec. 6th             Ellis Marsalis
Wed.       Dec. 8th             Zion Harmonizers
Sun.        Dec. 12th            Ingrid  Lucia
Mon.       Dec.  13th           Trish Foti Genco
Tues.      Dec.  14th            Danny O’Flaherty
Wed.       Dec. 15th            Tom McDermott
Thurs.     Dec. 16th            Philip Manuel
Sun.        Dec. 19th            St Louis Cathedral Basilica Concert
Mon.       Dec.  20th           Waltler Wolfman Washington
Tues.       Dec.  21st           Irvin Mayfield

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