It’s Carnival Time

Mardi Gras is on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012!

 Mardi Gras mean music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement … and one immense holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold; and decked out in beads caught from stunning floats. To New Orleanians, “Mardi Gras” specifically refers to the Tuesday before lent, the highlight of the season.

 You don’t have to be in the Big Easy to enjoy the amazing flavors of Mardi Gras order a copy of my NEW Cookbook Cajunlicious All Things Cajun to experience authentic New Orleans Carnival food and drinks!

Induldge in…

 Crab & Crawfish Party Balls

Boiled Crawfish

The Famous Hurricane

Parade Sandwiches aka Mini Muffulettas

Red Beans & Rice

Beignets

AND

King Cake

 Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

It’s Carnival Time

Mardi Gras season reefer’s to the events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent season, which started on Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most beloved traditions in New Orleans is the King Cake.

In New Orleans, King Cake parties take place throughout the Mardi Gras season. In offices, classrooms, and homes throughout the city, King Cakes are sliced and enjoyed. The “search for the baby” adds excitement, as each person waits to see in whose slice of cake the baby will be discovered.

The person who finds the baby in their slice is traditionally responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering.

Make Your Own King Cake

2 Cans Cinnamon Rolls

8 ounces Neufchâtel soft cheese

2 Tablespoons confectioner’s/powdered sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Teaspoons flour

1 Teaspoon milk

1 Plastic baby (optional)

Mardi Gras Icing Recipe to follow.

Directions

Pull all the cinnamon rolls out and roll into one big ball. Knead. Roll out flat onto a large cookie sheet, so that there is one large rectangular sheet of pastry dough.

Prepare the cake filling.

In a separate bowl mix cheese, powdered sugar, flour, vanilla, and milk on high speed until well blended. Spread filling on top of the cinnamon roll dough.

Add the plastic baby anywhere on the pastry once the filling is completely spread.

Form the dough into a snake like shape that is flat. Pinch the edges, making sure to completely seal the filling. Twist the dough and form a ring. Set aside.

Spray cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray. Place the ring on the cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake your King Cake 25-30 minutes or until done.

Mardi Gras Icing

1 Cup confectioner’s/powdered sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoon milk

1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Purple, Green and Yellow food coloring

Icing Directions

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for the food coloring. Divide the mixture into 3 separate small bowl. In the first bowl, add a few drops of the purple food coloring. In the second bowl, add a few drops of the green food coloring. In the third bowl, add a few drops of the yellow food coloring. Use the icing to decorate your cake in Mardi Gras traditional food colors: Yellow, Purple and Green.