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Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop Book Signing

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It was a rainy day in the French Quarter this past Sunday. The Krewe of Barkus was scheduled to parade their costumed dogs throughout the French Quarter. At Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop on Toulouse Street, an eclectic bookstore that sells cookbooks, vinyl and homeade spices. I, the author of New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking was scheduled to sign cookbooks and serve some of the dishes from my cookbook. I went earlier that morning to ‘make groceries’ at a Mid-City Latin grocery store on Broad Street called Ideal Market. A grocery store where many Hondurans, Haitians and day laborers frequent for a hot lunch or to shop for the family. I made my selections for my Cuban Chicken Soup and Garbanzos with Crawfish and Louisiana Smoked Sausage (Purchased the crawfish tails and Louisiana Smoked Sausage at Rouses) recipe and off to my kitchen to make two big pots of food. 

When I arrived at Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop with my food wrapped, hot and ready for Philipe’s (the owner’s) crockpots, I was in heaven! I am a super nerd and I love antiques and anything vintage. Which is probably why I love New Orleans so much. It gets me and I get this city. The rain came tumbling down yet the Mardi Gras paraders kept on parading with their dogs while clutching their ‘to go’ cups. I was nervous. We reached out to everyone but its tough to host an event with no parking, in the middle of the parades and when its raining. However, thanks to the only Latina (Cuban) tour guide who was at my cookbook signing, she pulled people in from the streets and enticed them with the smell of my food, beer and wine. 

I met some really awesome people and I am so grateful that we sold most of my cookbooks. Everyone left with a full belly, a memorable experience of New Orleans that they will take back to the city they reside in and my cookbook – a new addition to their kitchen library. Sunday was a good day! Thanks Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop. Support local bookstores!

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Toma!!! Tortilla Encrusted Flounder with Bourbon Garlic Butter Brussel Sprouts

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Growing up my mom made the best brussel sprouts! I think most people have a distaste for brussel sprouts because they don’t know how to cook them. I saw some beautiful brussel sprouts at my local grocery store and I had to make them. For dinner this evening, I made Bourbon garlic butter braised brussel sprouts with tortilla encrusted flounder…Riquisimo!

Ingredients:

1lb of brussel sprouts
3 tbs. of salted butter
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1/3 cup of Bourbon
1 tsp. of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 Flounder filets
1/2 cup of buttermilk
Multi-coloured tortillas
1tsp. of Adobo seasoning
2 lime wedges

Preparation:

Tortilla encrusted flounder:

– Season flounder filets with Adobo seasoning and marinate in buttermilk for an hour in the refrigerator
– Crunch multi-coloured tortilla chips with your hands until the chips are of a small corn flake consistency
– Remove filets from buttermilk bath and remove any excess milk
– Coat filets with the tortilla chips and bake in an oven for 30-40 min. at 375 degrees

Bourbon Brussel Sprouts:

– Sauté brussel sprouts in salted butter and minced garlic at a medium low heat
– Season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
– Add Bourbon, cover and summer at a low heat for 10 minutes

*Serve with rice or couscous with lime wedges or avocado slices

Le Bon Temps Rouler a lo Latino!

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Recipe available in New Orleans con Sabor Latino Cookbook

Recipe available in New Orleans con Sabor Latino Cookbook

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