Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Orleans Photos!

I made several collages to make it easier to post some pictures. I had a ball just taking photos so I really got carried away. New Orleans is rich in history and architecture. You can actually "feel" the old. I loved it! I think this is the oldest city I've been to so I would go CRAZY in Europe!! That is my dream vacation! I hope my readers enjoy my photos. They are followed by a couple of fattening, sweet local recipes from NOLA! Yummy!

This first collage is of a couple of New Orleans' above ground cemeteries. New Orleans is famous for those because the city sits below the water table and if they bury the dead they don't stay buried. These were in the French Quarters but there are several through out the city. I really fell in love with all the iron work.

I absolutely loved the gas lanterns and lamp post! So pretty!

This is my fun collage of my friend Robin and her family and me having the time of my life! Ahhh, to feel like a kid again (but not have to ask Mom & Dad for anything) is grand! I wish Jim could of came with me but maybe next time. He would not of liked all the shopping but did you see that fish I caught?!
This next New Orleans collage is all about Art and Entertainment. There were carrots as big as zucchini, street performers, sculptures (adore the bunnies, can you tell?!), beads hanging from trees (and though not shown here, they were on a lot of other things too!!)from years of Mardi Gras celebrations (and NO, you don't have to show your "pillows"). Also, I don't eat clams (or any seafood for that matter) but loved the photo of the clams and beer in the window. Also note the water meter cover. Those have become really famous and I don't really now why. They are replicated in jewelry and home decor. The silver mannequin with the blue feather boa is sitting in front of some amazingly framed photos. I loved how the artist/photographer mounted them between what looks like plexi glass and patinaed the metal behind. Hope you can see them better when you click on the collage to enlarge it. I just had to capture the window with the crab pants too. Who really wears those?! Too funny!! Did you find the giant VooDoo doll?

This collage is buildings in the French Quarters of New Orleans, LA (NOLA) Very quaint!
My last collage is all the neat signs in the French Quarters of NOLA (and one off the beaten path that says "Dixie Beer") I love digital photography!! I never would of been able to indulge in taking 100's of pictures of old signs, lanterns, buildings, etc. if I had to buy film and pay to develop it.

And now my friends, just so you get the full experience of NOLA here are the promised recipes that are favorites of the area:
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
61/2 - 7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening, softened
Oil for deep frying
Powered sugar
In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water; stir to dissolve and let stand 5-10 minutes. Add the sugar, salt, beaten eggs and milk. Mix well, add 4 cups flour and beat until smooth. Add shortening and blend in remaining flour. Cover and chill 4 hours to overnight. Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 to 1/2 in. thickness. Cut into 3 inch squares. Heat oil to 360° Deep fry a few at a time until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Makes 24-36 beignets.
Pecan Pralines:
3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups pecan halves
Combine sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and milk in a heavy saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Wipe crystals occasionally from side of pan. Cook to 238° or until mixture forms a soft ball in a cup of tap water. Cool to 220°. Add butter, vanilla extract and pecans. Beat until creamy. Drop from a large spoon onto a buttered surface or waxed paper. Makes 1 1/2 - 2 dozen pralines. Store individually wrapped in air-tight container.

1 comment:

  1. I love all your pictures! What a great idea to put them together in collages! As for the deleting problem on my blog - just be sure you don't delete any blog albums in Picassa and you'll be fine. I got a message that my picassa albums were getting full so I deleted without realizing it would delete from my blog as well. Thanks again for sharing yoru great pix!


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