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New Orleans: Crescent City Cooks

We’re in New Orleans for a few days, and our friend Kelly drove over from Florida to hang out with me (read: eat) while Chris attends his conference.

After a crazy travel day on Saturday, we drove into New Orleans at 1am. To make a long story short, our flight from Philadelphia to Houston was delayed, causing us to miss our connecting flight to New Orleans. Since this pharmacy conference is going on AND a home Saints game, there were no flights available until Monday. We decided to just make the 6-hour drive from Houston to NO. I hate long drives, but this was particularly aggravating because we had already waited at the airport for a few hours before getting on a flight.

We made it, and Kelly’s and my first order of business was our cooking demo at Crescent City Cooks. We had a bit of trouble finding the actual location (the Riverwalk Marketplace is a realllllly long mall so we were wandering around the wrong part for a while), but we had such a good time! Chef Scott was a great instructor, giving us the history behind Creole and Cajun styles of cooking. Kelly and I were right in the middle of the front row, so I was able to get some great action shots.

Making jambalaya…and holding up the mirror so people in the back could see.

Roux for chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. Look how dark it is!

Best names for spices EVER! Chef Scott used another brand though.

MMMM GUMBO! It was the first time I had it and the bar is set pretty high.

Jambalaya. Had a nice kick of heat to it; I was surprised I was able to finish this.

Making bananas foster…

It’s the perfect dessert for pyromaniacs! ;)

If you’re ever in New Orleans, definitely set aside 3 hours to do this! We’re here for a couple more days but this is easily on my list of favorites. It was nice having someone else do the cooking but still get to eat. Plus, you get 10% off everything in the store after class!

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