08 August 2011
Comfort Food From Louisiana: Chef Recipe: Crab Calas with Remoulade Sauce: "From Denny: Chef Poppy Tooker is a New Orleans icon, much loved and respected as she is interesting. She is like a walking trivia foodie encyclopedia and she sure does relish telling the tall tales of Louisiana food and history.
Check out some of her latest trivia offerings and appearances to tantalize your mind as much as your tastebuds:
* Louisiana's Crystal Hot Sauce was used in WWI Army field rations. I'm a bigger fan of Louisiana Hot Sauce. It's milder than Tabasco and less vinegar. Goes great on eggs in the morning.
* Camellia red beans are the finest grade of red beans. Camellia buys up all the Hayward (finest top grade) beans, leaving grades A and B for the rest of the country. Hayward grade beans are named for the family that founded Camellia in New Orleans back in 1923. They still own it today.
Can we ever imagine the Monday wash day without Camellia red beans? Life might never have been the same in New Orleans. Even Louis Armstrong might not have been known for his endearing signature statement, 'Red beans and ricely yours.'"