When you live in a small town in Louisiana, you will be approached to buy a Sunday dinner ticket.
It’s usually Civic Organizations, Churches, Special Interest Groups and the meals are generally the same.
BBQ Chicken, and/or Pork. dirty rice, baked beans and coleslaw. A slice of white bread or maybe a roll and that’s dinner.
Every now and then there are fried catfish dinners. You might get French fries with that or maybe not.
The dinner comes in a white plastic plate with a folded cover, which they ask local businesses to donate. They also ask for donations of all the ingredients.
Cost? The price has gone up through the years and is generally $7 or $8 dollars apiece.
Every now and then you get really lucky and can get a piece of cake to go with it.
There are a few food establishments where you can purchase a Sunday Dinner in the same method.
Generally the food is delicious, and sometimes it’s not.
If you own a business, the ticket sellers will hit you up first. We have Sunday Dinners for ten for one day in August.
The dinners are generally generous, so I will strip the plates, keep what we like and toss anything or add ingredients to make it what we like.
There’s nothing better than dirty rice with added eggplant, which I have frozen in the freezer.
Dirty rice…it’s a staple in Louisiana.
Here’s a good recipe from Paula Deen.
In my books, I try to give the flavor of Louisiana and what we really eat. I hate it when I go somewhere and see a dish marked “Cajun” only to realize it’s something I’ve never heard of or seen. It’s false advertising and I generally tell the restaurant that they got it all wrong. Sure we like our food with a touch of kick, but throwing hot sauce on everything isn’t it. It’s the flavor that counts.
For my book Naomi’s Heart, I took several recipes for White Chocolate Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce and came up with my own. Men Love It!!! I love it. And it’s easy to make. If you want to try some delicious goodness, check it out: White Chocolate Bread Pudding
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