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Pecan Pralines

Emeril’s Pecan Pralines

Centuries ago French settlers brought this nut-and-sugar candy to Louisiana, where sugar cane and pecans were plentiful. In the 19th century, chefs in New Orleans added cream to thicken it to the consistency of fudge. For an authentic recipe, we turned to New Orleans’ legendary Chef Lagasse.

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Pumpkin Spice latte coffee for fall and winter weather

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Imagine you’re curled up in your favorite chair with a blanket and a good book (or, ok, the TV remote). Do you want to get dressed, much less get up and drive, for your favorite seasonal coffee? Probably not.

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pecan pie muffin

Pecan Pie Muffins

Nothing says “Welcome to the South” better than a delicious pecan dessert! Pecan pie muffins from River Road IV cookbook are a unique variation to the typical assortment of muffins.

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Sweet Homemade Bread Pudding Dessert with Brandy Sauce

New Orleans Bread Pudding

Leidenheimer Baking Company started in New Orleans 120 years ago, so if there’s one thing this family-owned business knows, it’s bread. Here, we share Leidenheimer’s recipe for bread pudding using the bakery’s local French bread.

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Plate full of healthy exotic fruits slices, from above on wooden table

Tropical Fruit Salad

For a lot of folks, fruit salad conjures images of apple, banana and orange chunks swimming in heavy syrup at a Thanksgiving Day banquet. That old standard may have its charms, but if you want to eat clean and add color and nutrition to your diet, savor sweet and tart flavors of the tropics with […]

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Macro of Blackberry Cobbler. Extreme shallow DOF with selective focus on lower corner of dish on golden crust and berries near spoon.

Blackberry Cobbler

With just five ingredients, this seasonal dessert is easy to make and even easier to love. Serve it with homemade ice cream for a true Southern summer treat!

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Baked blueberry cobbler in a baking dish

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

It’s not Maw Maw’s dough from scratch, but this versatile recipe, more cake than cobbler, works with a single fruit or several seasonal fruits combined and tastes like her home cooking! (We even tried it with canned apple slices – delicious!) And since cinnamon and nutmeg are optional, you really only need have three ingredients […]

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PB2 Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Made mostly of almond milk and bananas, we almost called this a smoothie. But this rich, vegan variation on a milkshake from www.detoxinista.com tastes so decadent, we hate to limit it to a “health food” category. Works great as a meal replacement or a sweet treat, it will hit the spot, says nutritionist Megan Gilmore, […]

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Quick Blueberry Lemon Bread

An easy to make quick bread with a luscious lemon flavor and blueberries that tastes like you’re eating a piece of summer cake. If you need a gift, this recipe makes quite a delicious statement. Holly Clegg, who shared this from her best-selling Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook, considers this quick fix a personal […]

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Strawberry Bread RRR IV page 116

Strawberry Bread & Spread

For more than fifty years Junior League of Baton Rouge have shared the finest Creole and Cajun recipes in the River Road Recipes series of cookbooks. With 1.5 million copies sold, it is the No. 1 bestselling community cookbook in the nation. This seasonal specialty is from volume 4, p. 116.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter PB2 Cookies

Did you know that PB2 powdered peanut butter contains 85 percent less fat calories than traditional peanut butter? That it’s gluten-free, GMO certified, kosher, and made in the USA? What could make it better? A recipe for old-fashioned cookies like your mothers and grandmothers made, complete with the criss-cross markings of a fork but without […]

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Plain Chevre w:Rosemary&Lemon

Chevre-Topped Lemon Cookies

Farm life makes Wes and Marguerite Constantine grateful for fresh food — but also thankful for treats that are quick to serve up when company stops in. Marguerite says these are delicious with coffee, tea or wine!

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Chocolate Avocado Truffles

You’ll never believe what these truffles contain – and how delicious they are – until you make them yourself! Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Research Kitchen developed a no-cook recipe for this sweet treat that contains avocado but tastes like pure chocolate.

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Single piece of Hummingbird cake with pecans with coffee

Hummingbird Cake

Since Ruby-throated hummingbirds will return to the area this month, we offer this Southern Living classic recipe.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Food photographer Kristine Stone was cooking in season long before it was in vogue. Now, with her Seasonal in Louisiana notecards and refrigerator magnets, she hopes to help others do the same. Here she uses sweet potatoes for a dish that doubles as a side or dessert!

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Perfect Peach Smoothie

If you prefer to drink your fruits and veggies – or just need a nutritious way to cool off in the summer heat, try this smoothie combining bananas, strawberries, and peaches in a recipe from Deliciously Ella, a food blogger who focuses on whole, plant-based foods for optimal health.

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Peach-Lime Sorbet

Fresh peaches are perfect for clean, minimally processed eating. Add a few simple ingredients to create fresh peach sorbet, and you have a clean and refreshing dessert to follow a summer meal. Eating Well magazine offers this peaches-plus-five recipe that is low in calories and high in satisfaction:

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Fabulous Chocolate Pudding Cake

If you’ve ever longed for a go-to dessert to welcome new neighbors, express warm wishes to a convalescing neighbor, or put the finishing touches on your next pot-luck social, this recipe may well be it. It misses our Five or Fewer cooking category by containing seven ingredients, but the speed with which you can dump, […]

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Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Cupcakes

Lemon and blueberry are flavors that pair well, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this appealing and easily portable dessert. Perfect for a picnic or spring brunch, these fresh treats adapted from a classic Cooking Light recipe not only taste light and fluffy, but add just 236 calories each.

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Fantastic Brownies

Need a quick but tasty take-along dessert for the ballpark, beach or backyard cookout? These gooey caramel brownies from Holly Clegg’s first cookbook, From a Louisiana Kitchen published for Maison Blanche in 1983, more than fill the bill.

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Strawberry Sorbet

Sometimes the best recipes require no cooking at all – like this “raw” strawberry sorbet. Use as a perfect palate-cleansing treat between courses or a cool treat on a warm spring afternoon. You can even put it in a martini glass with a splash of Grey Goose for an elegant cocktail. Recipe courtesy of rawist.com.

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Grain-free Banana Bread

Quick breads should be dense and moist – and this one, from SlimPalate.com, is both. Though it’s great for those with gluten-allergies or those on a wheat-belly or paleo diet, it also satisfies teenage boys just looking for something to munch on after school or company who stops by on a Sunday afternoon.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Newly gluten-free? Eager to introduce healthier treats to sugar-addicted kids or have a reluctant partner following you down the Paleo path? This light and fluffy breakfast food or after school snack from elanaspantry.com scores on all three counts. High in fiber and protein, it contains no refined grains or sugars but is a sweet treat […]

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Kale Smoothie with Pineapple and Banana

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring with this Real Simple smoothie requiring just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes hands-on time. The result is a spring-grass green way to drink 3 of the daily recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Add chia seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and […]

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Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Bon Bons

We tend to preface recipes with labels like “paleo” or “gluten-free.” While this can be helpful for people with allergies, it can also cause a lot of people to miss out on some really yummy food! Michelle Tam, a nutritionist and pharmacist who wrote the New York Times bestselling cookbook Nom Nom Paleo, seems to […]

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Flat-Belly Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get in several fruit and vegetable servings on the run – or before or after you run. Keep these five ingredients handy in your fridge, and you’ll always be just 5 minutes away from a satisfying and nutritious meal replacement or snack. The recipe for this cold […]

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Chia Pudding

If you like strawberry banana smoothies (think Angel Food from Smoothie King), you’ll love this easy 3-ingredient pudding. It’s nondairy, all natural, vegan, clean – and delicious! In addition to supplying two of five recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, this breakfast dish (or anytime snack) includes chia seeds, known as the “running food” […]

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Paleo (all natural) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition is all about maximizing natural, minimally processed foods. Whether or not you’re on a full Paleo diet, these gluten-free cookies made of almond flour are sure to please.

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“Clean” Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Clean eating emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods and the elimination or reduction of sugar, fats and salts, which can make baking quite a challenge. Clean Eating magazine offers these yummy treats made of a non-wheat flour. Each cupcake contains 160 calories with 5 grams of total fat, 5 grams of protein, and 14 grams of sugars. […]

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Banana Ice Cream

To continue healthy eating habits for 2014, let this Food Network “one-ingredient wonder” help battle late night cravings with aplomb. You get a tasty frozen treat that skimps on nothing but artificial ingredients and calories yet easily adds to your daily fruit & veggie count.

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Holiday Bars

Make these delicious dessert bars in less than an hour, and garnish with whole cranberries and mint leaves to dress them up for the holidays! From Too Hot in the Kitchen, Holly Clegg promises this recipe will be a treat for you and your guests!

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Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Want a tailgate treat or after-school snack that smells and tastes like fall? This recipe requires just three ingredients and about 15 minutes to make, but the results make a lasting impression.

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Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

We love this recipe from Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond because it delivers old-fashioned flavor with some new-fangled shortcuts. (We also love her sense of humor about domestic life, which is why we carry her book about her journey from black heels to tractor wheels.) The cake below can be made in several layers […]

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Harvest Treasure Cookies

From a recipe passed down through generations, these should be called pot-luck cookies since they work with many variations. At different times we’ve added bits of pretzels, butterscotch morsels, or bits of heath bar – whatever we might happen to have on hand – and the outcome is tasty every time. The name comes from […]

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Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple

We love pineapples (in case you haven’t noticed), so we’re crazy about this versatile recipe. Adapted from a similar Cooking Light concoction, it can be used as a summer side dish or as a dessert. Either way the taste transports you to a tropical island and then pampers you with Vitamin C, Manganese, fiber, and […]

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Fresh Fruit with Minted Honey

“If you feed them, they will come,” Joan Chastain tells the editors of Louisiana Cookin’ in their July/August issue. A mother of four, Chastain is referring to a strategy certain to get teen and young adult children to gather at your house – before and after leaving the nest. This fresh fruit dish is a […]

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Key Lime Pie

This Cooking Light (and family-tested) recipe could be called Key Light Pie. It cuts calories considerably for the classic summer dessert, and yet still tastes great. Hands-on time is only 25 minutes, but allow 3-4 hours to set and chill before serving.

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Gooey Cake Squares

Sometimes called blondies, chess squares, lemon squares, or “ooey gooey” cake, this south Louisiana dessert is an easy favorite.

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Will’s Cajun Cake

When Murray’s Superette replaced Alexander’s Grocery in 1996 with a larger and more modern building, the family gained a loyal new customer named Will. Will suffered from a severe heart condition and so wasn’t able to work, but he loved to cook. He visited Murray’s often and brought samples of his homemade cajun dishes. He […]

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