Happy Mardi Gras, my fellow revelers. That's French for Fat Tuesday. It's a day for sin and food and drink because tomorrow begins that l-o-n-g Lenten season of deprivation before we can get back to what we all love - food and drink and sin.
Oh I guess you could eliminate the sin if you're either religious or NOT religious or older than dirt, like I am. To each his own.
I'm thinking about trying to convince SWMBO to go out for dinner somewhere that may be serving N'awlins food tonight. I see where Barry Barbe has a Fat Tuesday menu at El Gato Azul in Prescott featuring shrimp etouffee, jambalaya and gumbo with maybe a few surprises. On the other hand you can find recipes for just about anything courtesy of our friend The Google. I found famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse's recipe for shrimp etoufee HERE. So you could make it at home if you have a lot of ambition and a quart of shrimp stock.
But I'm more inclined to let someone else do the cooking and I don't mean SWMBO. Our friend, Diane, is stopping by for an hour or so tomorrow so SWMBO is cleaning house within an inch of its life today.
Well I've just discussed this with her and made a reservation for tonight at the aforementioned El Gato Azul. I'll let you know tomorrow how it went. In the meantime, laissez les bons temps rouler. (That's French for the traditional New Orleans Fat Tuesday shout "let the good times roll".
(If your Spanish isn't too good - El Gato Azul translates to The Blue Cat.)