Mardi Gras

 

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Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  We hear a lot about Mardi Gras; the parties, the parades, the costumes, feasting and festivities, but what is it all about.  Mardi Gras, which literally means, “Fat Tuesday,” is the day before the beginning of Lent.  In earlier times, when many more people observed the forty days of Lenten fasting prescribed by the liturgical calendar, Mardi Gras was the last day you could eat and drink and party, so people made the most of it.  Today few people observe the dietary restrictions demanded by the church in the old days, however, in some communities the festivities of Mardi Gras continue, New Orleans being major among them.
Mummers Parade

 

It seems only fitting that if you wish to celebrate Mardi Gras you do it with a menu of delicious Cajun dishes.  The recipes listed below are all traditional Cajun fare and all appropriate for your Mardi Gras feasting.  Oh yes, don’t forget the New Orleans Jazz!

 

Red Beans ‘n’ Rice

Chicken Gumbo

Shrimp Étouffée

Leeks in Cajun Vinaigrette

White Fish Fillets in Shrimp and Brandy Sauce

 

2007 Mardi Gras & Carnival Celebrations

 

 

           

 

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Carnaval 2004 - Photo by Marty Sohl

 

                         

 

      2000 Mummers Parade Philadelphia Pennsylvania Two Street String Band         

Mardi Gras winds down

 

 

 

  

Red Beans ‘n’ Rice

Chicken Gumbo

Shrimp Étouffée

Leeks in Cajun Vinaigrette

White Fish Fillets in Shrimp and Brandy Sauce

The English Country Kitchen


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