Editor's note: For our last week at Food Lush, I've asked the writers to share both a favorite post by another writer, from over the last three years, and a favorite post of their own. You'll see these posts linked to at the top of their new post for the week. Enjoy a stroll down Lush memory lane!
I'm sad to be saying goodbye for awhile, but thankful to the Lush editors for letting me in on this wonderful website. I learned a lot about food around here (like not everyone is ACTUALLY a gourmet chef in their spare time. Everyone loves a shortcut!) The first post that came to mind when I was asked to throwback a favorite was Carrie's cauliflower pizza crust! I had never heard of such a thing before but the genius is astounding. I've used it several times and actually find myself craving it more often than regular pizza, go figure. My own favorite of mine is one of the first ones I wrote here at Food Lush, and continues to be my most-requested party food, my Bacon and Cheese Tartlets. I make these for every. Single. Group. Gathering. And still people need confirmation that yes, I am bringing them, don't worry.
For my last post around these parts for awhile I thought it would be appropriate to send off with some Mardi Gras party ideas. Fat Tuesday is coming up February 12th, and while I'm a little too far north for the real party, my people and I never like to pass up an excuse to eat and drink in the name of a theme!
First and most important, the drinks:
The Mardi Gras Hurricane! Rum, rum, and some other stuff, this is a staple and a favorite of mine. Whenever I find these on vacation I'll usually down enough so that I won't notice a hurricane going on around me, but what a delicious drink!
Or, if you want to get everyone involved in some fun, how about a Virgin Hurricane?
To spice up your appetizers with some theme fun, how cute are these claw picks?
[Picture from nolaimports.com]
My husband and I are going to the beach for a week with a few other couples, I'm thinking I need a beach-themed party before we go and these little claw picks are just so cute I can't stand it.
Of course, you also need some Mardi Gras COOKIES! You can pick up a set of your own Mardi Gras cookie cutters at Mardigrasoutlet.com for only $12 or browse all their cookie cutter shapes here.
[Image from Babble.com]
For the main attraction (ah, who am I kidding, the booze up top is the main attraction!) how about this amazing looking citrus marinated shrimp dish from Southern Living?
[Photo credit Southern living]
And one of my absolute favorite things to eat in the entire world, the Shrimp Po' Boy:
I recently discovered restaurant nearby that made the most excellent shrimp po' boy I've ever found in this part of the country. I'm so excited to go back I can't even tell you.
Hopefully I've put everyone in a party mood. Rather than a Hurricane I'll probably be tipping back a few champane cocktails this weekend (today's my birthday!). Thanks for two great years, you guys! We truly couldn't ask for a better crowd around here.