Fourth of July Round Up!

by . on July 5, 2012

Happy belated 4th of July to all of you out there! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday with friends and family and took a few moments to reflect on what it means to be a part of this country.

Here in New Orleans we celebrated the birth of our nations with food, games, a boat parade and fire works on the Bayou. Bayou Saint John, despite a six foot alligator on the loose, enjoyed the first ever Krewe of Kolossos Parade. While rather meager in it’s first year, it was a good hearted attempt and sure to increase in participants as most first time events in New Orleans do. Here’s a quick pictorial run down if you missed it.

Even the pooch and a pelican got into it!

While the parade was a good excuse to get out of the house, much focus, as usual, was on food and drink. We organized at the last minute and scrambled the day before to find something to put on the table.

When in doubt and facing a looming crowd, simple is always better. At Gourmet & Gourmand simple means finding fresh, seasonal ingredients at the farmers market. Currently the Crescent City Farmers Market is teaming with glowing tomatoes, bright yellow corn and the biggest shrimp you have ever seen, among other things.  I bought the bulk of dinner at the market, including Tony Accardo’s gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.

Poached Local Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Fresh Guacamole


Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fig Vinaigrette Strawberries and Cream Orange Fennel Biscotti Local Watermelon

Everything we put on the table was simple and full of flavor. A little vinaigrette to highlight the sweetness of the tomatoes, some lime butter to offset the sugar of the corn, and tangy cocktail sauce to dunk the meaty, tremendous shrimp into, because, who doesn’t like cocktail sauce? None of the items were haute cusine and none needed to be. On a holiday like the 4th of July the focus need not be entirely on food, but on your friends, neighbors and the celebration of what makes this country so wonderful. (And, beating your husband at Taboo, that is very important).

We finished off the evening with dueling fireworks on the Bayou, where the tipsy crowds enjoyed themselves well into the darkness

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