Cuisines

Celebrating Crawfish

Crawfish season officially gets under way in early spring, and the bright red crustaceans usually remain in supply through June. The majority of crawfish in North America come from Louisiana, where rice fields are flooded in late summer to make way for the Cajun delicacy. Louisiana leads the nation in crawfish production, with crawfish farms producing more than 100 million pounds a year.

A Foodie’s Guide to Indy

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting facility in the world: It offers permanent seating capacity for more than a quarter million race fans in the stands plus there’s room for another 100,000+ in the infield! Each Memorial Day weekend visitors from around the world descend on Indiana’s state capital for the big race—but if that’s the only reason you visit, you’re missing out on fantastic eating and drinking. Indianapolis, Indiana is worthy of a foodie’s attention any time of the year.

2019-05-01T16:41:47+00:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Featured, Midwest, Regions|Tags: , |0 Comments

Deviled Eggs

What’s an American picnic, holiday gathering or family reunion without deviled eggs? The dish of boiled eggs sliced in half and stuffed with a yolk/mayonnaise filling has been an American staple for decades.But our love affair with deviled eggs wasn’t born in the New World. The dish’s origin dates back centuries to ancient Rome, Spain and other parts of Europe. Around the first century A.D., Romans enjoyed boiled eggs enhanced with spices, oil and wine. Spain began stuffing its eggs in the 13th century, adding flavors such as cilantro, pepper and a fermented fish sauce. Over the next few centuries stuffed egg fever spread across Europe, and what filled the boiled eggs ran the gamut from raisins to herbs.

Cooking New Orleans

Ever wondered what makes a perfect gumbo, crawfish etouffee or praline? Is the secret in the roux, sauce or seasoning? Find out by signing up for a cooking class in New Orleans, a Louisiana city with 300 years of culinary history.Established in 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking promises fun, food and folklore. Classes are held in an 1800s renovated molasses warehouse in the French Quarter, where Cajun and Creole experts teach the basics of New Orleans cooking, blended with history and tall tales.

2019-04-18T16:34:02+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South|Tags: , |0 Comments

Foodie Fun Around the Mid-Atlantic

Plan a culinary getaway to the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. It’s where you can find fresh-catch shellfish and farm-fresh agricultural products, food & drink trails, festivals, farmers markets, signature dishes, and other scrumptious goodies.Whether savoring seafood by the shoreline or expanding your palate at themed festivals dedicated to local favorites, great food and original takes on classic dishes are waiting to be celebrated across the Mid-Atlantic.Here are just some of the stops to tempt foodies.

2019-04-17T17:59:30+00:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Regions|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ooey-Gooey Grilled Cheese(heads)

Surrounded by historic dairy farms—some of which have made cheese for over 175-years!—Madison is the capital of a state that has long been the top cheese producer in the United States. In Wisconsin, the craft of cheese-making is so rigorous that every producer must obtain a license to make cheese. (A license is also required to produce butter.)

2019-04-04T12:38:46+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Featured, Midwest, Regions|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Bobbie: Delaware’s Most Adored Sandwich

I had one mission in Wilmington, Delaware: Track down a sandwich shop called Capriotti’s and get “The Bobbie.” Though he now lives in Atlanta, Ga., Michael, one of my best friends, grew up in Wilmington. If I had a dollar for every time he’s mentioned that sandwich and described it in elaborate detail, his mouth watering and eyelids lowering at its delicious memory, I could afford to buy us both first-class tickets to his hometown to jump into a huge pile of those sandwiches.

2019-04-03T13:39:34+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Regions|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Biscuits Worth a Road Trip

It was so flaky, buttery and light I had to suppress a loud “mmm” sound and the urge to stash a couple more delicious biscuits in to my purse for later.The experience of eating these heavenly light brown rounds was enhanced by sitting on the elegant porch of Mississippi’s Biscuit Queen herself, Chef Regina Charboneau, in Natchez, the Biscuit Capital of the World.As a child of the South and a lifelong biscuit lover, I am saddened by the state of what most places call a biscuit—they’re too often dry, tasteless and a waste of butter. But in my passionate pursuit of biscuit perfection, I’ve been lucky enough to encounter a few gems. Here are five biscuits worth a road trip.

2019-03-12T18:08:46+00:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South, Southeast, Southern|Tags: , |0 Comments

Healthy Eats in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina is a city where culinary artisans—chefs, bartenders, brewers, distillers, and other foodie pros—are collectively pushing forward the city’s taste offerings and reputation. Even better, many are doing it without compromising the commitment to health—for humans and for Mother Earth. Whether you’ve resolved to eat healthier in 2019 or simply want to savor incomparable flavor, there are lots of delicious reasons to visit this Southern city.

2019-02-28T14:58:55+00:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Cuisines, Featured, Healthy, Regions, Southeast|Tags: |0 Comments

Chocolate Chicago

Chicago might be noted as one of the Midwest U.S.’s meat and potatoes (and pizza) capitals, but during the last century it’s earned the title"Candy Capital of the World." Back in 1884, the national Confectionery Association was founded in Chicago. In those days, the Windy City boasted 69 candy factories, including the companies that introduced Snickers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms and even Cracker Jack.

2019-02-11T22:08:28+00:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Cuisines, Desserts, Featured, Midwest, Producers & Purveyors, Regions|Tags: |0 Comments