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All I Can Say is YUM....

Y'all were most curious about my bucket list food.  Instead of birds and flowers seen on my walk, I changed my thoughts onto something delectable  ...Keep in mind these are about the size of a medium egg. Quite small for the wallop of calories, fat, and cholesterol!! But as I posted yesterday, I have always wanted to have a taste test. New Orleans is famous for these confections on the French Quarter. A few years back when we drove to New Orleans, I was highly tempted once again. As we walked the Quarter, watching all the people at the outdoor sidewalk cafes [and indoor diners], chomping away at these luscious looking bombs!! Yes, for decades these have been on my bucket list to try. Heck, about 10 years ago I finally tried Grits for the first time in my life. My dad was a meat and potatoes man; mom cooked to please him. We never had 'experimental' foods when I grew up. I'd find myself looking through magazines as a kid, drooling over some of the recipes in Woman's Day [...do they still publish that?].   Trying to convince mom to try something new, her response was always something like "Your father wants pot roast for dinner".  Chicken?  Fried...'cause that's the way he liked Chicken.  Pork?  Fried pork chops, or occasionally roasted rump roast...but, always with potatoes.  Mashed or fried.  Rarely baked.  Come to think of it, we didn't have tossed salads...it was always corn with butter, or green beans in white sauce.  For dessert, when we did have it once in a while, it was always pie. So, you can see my lack of 'exotic' foods.  By the way, I am on the verge of frying okra.  Never had that in my 70 years.  Being in the south, I've tried many food stuffs I only dreamed about when at home with Ma and Pa Fryin' Pan Kettle.


The New Orleans French Beignets [Ben YAYs]

Anyway, I can now scratch this off my 'bucket list of foods to try'.  They are delicious.  To think...all the years in the past with none tried.  I could kick myself!   Lethal tho, nutritional-wise. These I bought are called "mini beignets". I'm not gonna even LOOK at the nutrition label....I've vowed to just enjoy them while they last. I did go out online for this post tho; to list the stats on the Cafe Du Monde -circa 1862 [New Orleans Beignets] for those interested:









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  1. I have a box of beignet mix from Cafe Du Monde in my pantry! And I have three coffee cups from there!
    I think Saturday morning I'm going to make them! Been to New Orleans a few times and ALWAYS visited Cafe Du Monde!!

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    1. Last time we were in N. Orleans I was tempted to buy a mix. You can order the mix online, I'm sure

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  2. I totally understand! I have always wanted to try one, too. For decades, just like you! But you cannot find any in Virginia. Where did you find these? I guess you can buy almost any food in Texas. They have something very close to beignets at Olive Garden, served with dipping sauce. Those are really good.

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    1. These don't need any dipping sauce for added flavor in my opinion.

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  3. I think I just live under a rock because I've never even heard of these. From the picture it looks like the filled donut holes we sell at the store.

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    1. Maybe, but they don't even come close to the taste of a donut. And the texture isn't quite as airy.

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  4. Hello, I have never tried one, they look delicious! YUM! Happy Easter weekend!

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  5. They look so delicious but just looking at the calories helped me to stop salivating and make a piece of toast with a dab of jam to go with my morning coffee ☕

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    1. Toast & jam (sans coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker -odd ball😁 I guess)

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  6. I had one once long ago and didn't think it was worth the calories, but just looking at that picture made me want one! Congratulations on venturing out food wise. :-)

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    1. Right now, I'm thinking that tomorrow may not be a good day...live a little; enjoy life.

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  7. I have never heard of them but they look somewhat like a jelly-filled powdered yeast donut. The calories wouldn't scare me at all and I sure would try one - or two!

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    1. Oh ya, two would definitely be better than one.

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  8. Those treats look mighty tasty. I too, grew up with simple food. It was always tasty but unless we had lettuce from the garden, we didn’t have salad. Our salad dressing was a mixture of cream, sugar and a little vinegar . I must admit it was tasty but perhaps not all that healthy.

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    1. I'm leaning toward "healthy schmealthy"....live & enjoy one.

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  9. wow on the calories, but they look worth the taste from here. I have seen the word in books a lot but never seen one or tasted one. what you said your mother made is exactly what I was raised on, add a lot of rice and we had tons of okra because daddy grew it. never tossed salad, always potato salad or fruit salad, with added marshmallow for more sugar. no wonder I was fat. I love fried okra.

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    1. We didn't even have rice. Maybe rice pudding with ham one in a while. But 90% potatoes!

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    2. Okra is slimy to me - no like!

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    3. I eat it gumbo, not bad. Never had it fried.

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  10. I raised my kids on the same foods mama fed me but added 3 things I loved and still do that daddy would not eat. spaghettis, chili and hamburgers and hot dogs. if daddy did not eat it we could not either.

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  11. Oh my, but you left me with my mouth watering! Oh, but it does look tasty! Have a grand weekend!

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  12. Oh my, but you left me with my mouth watering! Oh, but it does look tasty! Have a grand weekend!

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    1. Worth repeating! Here...here is a napkin.

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  13. I have heard of them but never even seen one. Thanks for that and also the calorie count. Yikes-that is a whole meal.
    My dad did all the cooking and I could rarely pronounce the exotic dishes he made. Every one loved his cooking and I craved eating meat and potatoes at a friends house. Go figure.

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    1. Wow. We should have traded places!

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  14. Well I'll be they look good enough to eat for sure. Don't think I had heard of them until this post.
    Hugs and Happy Easter Weekend
    Cecilia

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  15. I keep meaning to ask you if you have Read
    Where the Crawdads Sing? I reading it now the first few pages were very depressing but a friend urged me to keep reading. I'm glad I did. Kya is a real bird expert.
    Cecilia

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    1. No, I haven't. About birds?!

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    2. I did and thought it was a good read, especially the ending!

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    3. But, theme...birds?

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  16. Having been born and raised in New Orleans, I LOVE beignets! We'd go to Cafe du monde or The Morning Call after dates for cafe'au lait and beignets. We'd stop there on our way to class when I was taking classes at Tulane. Now they opened a shop in City Park. So we stop there any time we're in town to visit. But I have to tell you, you can buy the coffee and you can buy the beignet mix - but it's never the same as having it there at Cafe Du Monde or The Morning Call. So glad Anni that you got to try them.
    Family sent me pictures of New Orleans French Quarter around the cathedral, Jackson Square and Cafe du Monde taken recently... so empty, so sad... I've never in my life seen the French Quarter without people mulling around. Looks so eerie.

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    1. I kinda figured you could get a mix. But, personally I'd Rather GO to New Orleans!

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  17. I have been to Cafe Du Monde several times and I never count calories while I am there. It is a special treat and nothing quite like it.

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    1. Me too. Long ago. Would love to go back.

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  18. It been a while since I tried anything new as in food

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    1. Here too. Meals at our home can be boring.

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  19. They look delicious! I love fried okra..but I want it the way I fry it and not like it comes from Cracker Barrel, though I will eat that. I love grits, with butter and salt and pepper, but I must have a bit of bacon with each bite or I probably would not enjoy them. But I could eat them. Roger's mom liked them with milk and sugar and I just could not bare to taste them that way!

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    1. How do you fry okra? And I like grits with sugar.

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  20. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *mouth watering that doesn't usually water for sweets* No other words but ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D Love, Andrea xoxo

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  21. I was going to come last night and answer about how I fry okra...the area I grew up in, always used cornmeal, not any with sugar in it, an I usually mixed a little bit of flour in it.

    Slice the pod of okra in maybe quarter inches slices...and then add what Roger an I do is add the mill with a little flower to a plastic bag, and add the okra and shake real good, then add to hot grease/shortening. And fry till brown...we prefer it almost to the point that it is burnt. Hot and crispy. You may not like it at all...it does not offend me if you say that sounds gross. It is just what I grew up with and no other is as good.

    And what is really good, is to add chopped green tomatoes, and mom used to add some slices of hot pepper...and mix it all up. Shoot, she would just add a bit of whatever she had. Sometimes even cucumbers. All this is soooooo good with soup beans.

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