Christmas adventures in a new story-cookbook

Two Louisiana authors, Carol Stubbs and Nancy Rust, have combined their writing expertise — and experiences living in south Louisiana — into a new collection of heritage recipes and hometown celebrations called, “A Louisiana Christmas.” Flipping through the book brings to mind celebrations residents may have always intended to do for a unique Christmas memory, or brings back family traditions shared throughout the years. Each reader will experience their own memories and if nothing comes to mind, the recipes can be prepared to create new ones. A sample of the appetizers are presented today for consideration as readers prepare for their own holiday events, whether this week’s Hanukkah celebrations, which began Dec. 2 and continues through Dec. 10, or any number of family and employee gathering up to and through football games on New Year’s Day. 

The book backcover invites readers to “Savor the flavors of the season with recipes and traditions in this delectable, luscious guide to holiday celebrations in the Pelican State. Tour the festivities of each region, from the stunning annual Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation to the music, food and fun of Noel Acadien au Village in Lafayette.

“Louisiana chefs, restaurants and home cooks have contributed their favorite recipes, including hors d’oeuvres, sweet and savory breads, soups, sides, entrees and desserts. Recipes for beverages and dressings to accompany the meals, family activities, history of various traditions and suggeste menus make this collection of Christmas heritage a family favorite,” the authors wrote to explain their mission.

Available at www.pelicanpub.com.

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