Mardi Gras – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

Today is Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday”. It’s the last day to go all out with rich food and festivities before the start of Lent, a 6 week religious period of fasting and penance. Here in the United States the city that embraces this celebration more than any other is New Orleans.

I’ve never been there, but it’s on my bucket list, along with Washington DC and Glacier National Park. Someday…. I’ll get there. So for now I’m content to read about it and dream.

New Orleans has a restaurant called Cafe du Monde that is famous for their beignets. Opened in 1862, they serve them up year round 24/7 with their special blend of chickory coffee and cafe au lait. People rave about it and many drive ridiculous distances to have some. It’s located in the French Quarter part of the city and is a landmark and destination location. Lucky New Orleans!

Making beignets have been on my food bucket list for a long time and today I decided in honor of Mardi Gras, I was going to tackle it. So with pen, I finally crossed it off my list. I hope you give these a try. The recipe I made is for a small batch which I think is the perfect amount for this treat. One important thing to note – It’s a very soft and sticky dough to work with. You can find the recipe here And don’t wear black while enjoying them since they taste best warm and super coated in powdered sugar. Just a word of advice!

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