Porch Sittin’ in New Orleans

Submitted by Christi

November has brought some lovely cool weather to New Orleans. Chilly mornings warm up to glorious afternoons that fade into spectacular evenings. As the days are shorter, we have a more limited time in the evening to enjoy sitting on the porch to catch those last rays of sunlight.

This particular evening, we enjoyed the evening and shared a scrumptious combination of apple pie liqueur (which I found at a wonderful little shop on Magazine street) and cheese straws.

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Apples and cheese – a classic pair with a twist!

The apple liqueur is definitely a slow sipper and we enjoy it chilled. The cheese straws are from the grocery store. The last time I served these cheese straws to friends on the porch, one of my friends commented, “Oh, and I’m sure you made these, didn’t you?” Well, I am known for putting together little goodies but not this time. While I would love to take credit, it was just too easy to pick these up off the shelf. The brand is Dulion and they are made in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Yummy!

Porch sitting in New Orleans is a fabulous way to spend the evening. One of my favorite porches to sit upon in New Orleans is at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles where you can sip and sup and wave to the streetcar as it passes. If you stop there, try their home made potato chips. They are crunchy and crispy and delicious.

Another great “porch” is located at Brisbi’s on the Lakefront. Seeing the sunset over the Lake as you sip icy champaign and enjoy freshly shucked raw oysters is a delight not to be missed.

However, this evening it is just us on my own porch, as the sun sets.

Let’s just sit back and enjoy the sights.

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Today’s Lagniappe:  Cheese Straws

If you can’t find cheese straws at the store where you are, or you are just feeling industrious and want to make them yourself, here is a great recipe:

10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
1-1/3 sticks butter
1-3/4 cups flour (not sifted)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon Tabasco

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix cheese and softened butter. Add all other ingredients and work into stiff dough. Put though cookie press with star design in long rows on a cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Cut in 3-4? strips.

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5 Responses to “Porch Sittin’ in New Orleans”

  1. Alycia Nichols Says:

    Porch sittin’ as an art…I love it! We don’t have a lot of porches like they do in the South here in the Midwest. I’m not sure why that is. It just seems like a lovely way to while away a bit of time and gather yourself after a long day. The apple pie liqueur sounds pretty doggone tasty!!!

  2. Tricia Says:

    I think I could eat my WEIGHT in cheese straws! I adore them. I usually make them just once a year around Christmas, but I would never turn down one that was offered!

  3. Madonna Says:

    I am using your “lagniappe” for the holidays. I have a deceit vocabulary, but I had not heard of this word, so I looked it up. What a sweet word. Once when I went into an Italian market I bought some vinegar and oil and some tomatoes, and zucchini. The owner put in a package of pasta; he said, “Now you have a complete dinner.” I have never forgot that gesture, and now I have the name of his generosity.

  4. Pam Says:

    Love your porch and New Orleans! We have visited many times and always want to come back for more food and fun! The apple liqueur sound devine and the cheese straws always are served in my home! Do you have rockers on your porch? Have your tried the lemon and lime straw cookies for they are also by Dulion and are so hard to eat just one! This makes me think southern and I live in the metroplex where we have many people now living here from there. Have a bite at the Cafe Du Monde for me!

    Thanks, Pam

  5. Linderhof Says:

    Nothing like sitting on the porch and that apple pie liqueur sounds really good. A spoonful would really enhance an apple pie or an apple crisp I think!

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