Mardi Gras Roundup of Recipes

My mind has been working overtime. I’m the type that over thinks things. Like how I soon might be getting another one of these. Puppies are due and I’m already thinking of names. Will it be pink or blue? Should I go buy a new bed or get out the crate, and how will little Freddie adjust? The weekend found me slumming at the dog show. Truthfully I could own one of each. I think I would have made a great Noah; only I’m not good on boats. Manservant and I went on Saturday with a close friend of ours. I think it was good I brought my friend. That way Manservant had someone to talk to while I was busy ogling all my four legged friends. (Thanks to my friend Karen for this Skye pic!)

We had lunch at Cart Driver. What’s with all these strange names for new restaurants? It’s been written up in Denver for so many things. Yes, they had good pizza in this tiny shoebox of a restaurant. And oysters. And soft serve. We only had the pizza. It was good, but I’m wondering if we are too old to catch the vibe. Liked the neighborhood though.

Speaking of old… Did you see the SNL special? I was graduating high school in 1975. 40 years? It just can’t be. Yes, I admit this did bring tears to my eyes. But I’m a sap. And this time I was watching completely straight. I really am getting old. And I live in Colorado. Pot is legal here. It’s just not the same when you don’t have to worry about police breaking down your door. Not that I ever did!

After skipping out of Cart Driver, we ran back up to the Source because Manservant loves The Proper Pour.  I even love The Proper Pour. It is a great boutique wine and liquor store and they even give free samples. Usually. He walked out of there with something, but my friend and I declared that since it was Valentine’s Day we would hit Babette’s. Babette’s Bakery, that is. There was barely anything on the counter but we did manage to snag a chocolate sable cookie that was TO DIE FOR. Visit Denver just to eat this cookie. I do make a World Peace cookie that is similar and it is really good, but a bit different than this. I started working on a new recipe yesterday because it was THAT GOOD! (You know I don’t take my capitals lightly.)

We also bought 2 of their molten lava cakes at which Manservant looked at us and inquired about our diets. To this we both responded in unison,”It’s Valentine’s Day!” The three of us then walked out and split the cookie approximately three ways. Since I noticed I may have split it and taken more than my share, I offered my friend the rest. SHE TOOK IT! And without hesitation. Trust me, that this is so unlike her. And we are still friends! After declaring it one great cookie, we walked back and bought two more. Really. It was THAT good.

Saturday night found us at an engagement party for Zoe’s best childhood friend. I made her this cute plate.(A little self promotion never hurts, does it?) Don’t you love it? Now I have to plan for a shower and a wedding in Costa Rica. Don’t twist my arm!

And last but certainly not least… I will leave you with this picture. Picture yourself as a mother and know that your only son is heading out of Shanghai in the largest mass human migration of mankind. He is going to visit the Buddha at Yellow Mountain; 5 hours from Shanghai by bus; with his friends over Chinese New Year. I asked where he was staying. He said, “In a youth hostel.” I said,” Take food.” He said, There is always food on the side of the road.” I said,”That’s what I’m worried about.” This is a picture of where he’s going.


I said, “I get dizzy just thinking about it.” He informed me he is an Eagle Scout. I informed him that I am his mother. He says he is prepared. I said,  People walk both directions on that little bridge hanging on a rock wall that is thousands of feet above the ground.” He says he knows what he is doing. He said millions of people walk that bridge every year. I said that’s what I’m worried about. I asked about safety inspections. He says he knows what he is doing. He is 24!!!! I said, ” I am 57!!!”. “Mom. DON’T WORRY.”, he said. These better not be famous last words.

Enough already. Let’s eat. Hey, it’s Fat Tuesday. Bet he can’t find this food on the side of the road.

Here’s a few recipes that should make your Mardi Gras very good. I’ll be posting a few more soon, but this ought to do for now! Let the good times roll!

Okra Shrimp Bisque
Cajun Fish with Pecans and Browned Butter
BBQ Shrimp Cajun Style
Shrimp and Grits
Cajun Potatoes
Remoulade Sauce
King Cake

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Great recipes for Mardi Gras!


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  • Sippity Sup
    February 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    This makes me want to go to New Orleans (and Cina). Either way I'm ready for some good food. GREG

  • Bam's Kitchen
    February 20, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Hello Abbe this was such a full and fun post. However, mom's always worry but don't he will be fine and he will feel so accomplished at the end. I think the best way for mom's not to think about rickety old bridges is to be busy in the kitchen and that you have done, cooking up a storm for the mardi gras and love that cake. I will be sharing that too!

  • Adri
    February 20, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Your blog looks terrific, and so does the King Cake. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

  • Sue/the view from great island
    February 19, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Abbe that engagement plate is gorgeous — how do you do it?

  • Cathleen
    February 19, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Awesome collection of recipes! I kind of want to try them all!

  • Juliana
    February 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I love the pictures, especially the bridge one…nice round-up of recipes Abbe!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  • Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I love your new look Abbe! Very nice. Adorable puppies – so many cuties it is hard to decide. I graduated in 1977 so I completely understand having an older brother and sister – I lived through the 60's and spent the later part of the 70's and early 80's in Denver – well Littleton, Englewood, Aurora and Greenwood. Anyway – love these recipes! Cajun food is amazing!

  • yummychunklet
    February 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Tasty roundup!

  • Angie Schneider
    February 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Hey!! Great new blog template, Abbe. That king cake looks fantastic. You have me crave for some shrimp and grits!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 4, 2015 at 3:58 am

      It would all make a great meal. And thanks, Angie!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    February 18, 2015 at 4:19 am

    That bridge would give me the willies too. And food on the side of the road? Whole new meaning to road food. 😉 Really fun post — thanks.

  • Biz
    February 18, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I love the new look of the blog! And THANK YOU for your sweet card – it totally made my day! Hugs!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 4, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Thanks Biz. I am so happy to make your day. You make mine every day!

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    February 17, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Abbe, great round up pf mardi-gras recipes, especially the remoulade sauce. That bridge looks like it is part of a great adventure. How fun!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 4, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Turns out the bridge is closed in winter. Yes. I breathed a sigh of relief!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    February 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Got lucky with that photo. And would you believe the lever on my tripod broke? I do like making plates. Trying to get that website back up and going. Thanks Karen!

  • Karen Harris
    February 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Good grief you been a busy girl! Love your recipes and your plate. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. By the way, beautiful king's cake photo!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 4, 2015 at 3:56 am

      Thanks Karen. Things have been kind of crazy. What are your favorite colors?

  • Adri
    February 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    What a wonderful collection of recipes – and I love your conversation with your son. It made me laugh out loud.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks Adri! Wish I could tell you that I made that conversation up, but I didn't.

  • La Table De Nana
    February 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I love the World Peace Cookies of Dorie:)

    I married in I am the older woman..:)
    I like your tardition of Fat Tuesday:)
    Thanks for all the recipes..!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Not much older, though! My husband's mother grew up outside of New Orleans. His grandfather was in one of the parades. Tradition! Those World Peace cookies are the best, but I just came up with a bit of a different version that I will be posting soon!

  • Liz Berg
    February 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I'm a blogger slacker—I can only think of one Mardi Gras post and I hope it stays buried! Yeah, we moms never stop worrying—that bridge looks spooky to me, too. Terrific round up, my friend.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 17, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Liz. Relax a bit, OK?