Happy Mardi Gras! While you watch the joy unfold down in New Orleans, listen to this:
Oh, hey, it's Mardi Gras! Why not get drunk in your office and listen to this playlist to pretend you're in New Orleans? If you actually are in New Orleans, I hate you.
Well, technically it is Mardi Gras everywhere, but nowhere is it more Mardi Gras than in New Orleans. Here's a little "mix" I made for you, which is naturally incomplete (WHY WON'T YOU LET ME EMBED "WHO SHOT THE LALA," YOUTUBE?) but is a pretty decent soundtrack for the day. Laissez les bons temps etc., everyone!
With spring officially here, we've reached the two final installments of this series of favorite casserole recipes (with crockery recommendations) from The Awl and The Hairpin. But before you go full fair-weather grill-out, a recipe for jambalaya.
One of my first post-collegiate single-guy attempts at "cooking"—outside of warming a can of Goya black beans in a saucepan—was for a Mardi Gras-themed party in the mid-90s. I'd gone to my first Jazz Fest in 1993 with some friends/co-workers (synonymous in those days for me), and I listened to a lot of Dash Rip Rock and The Radiators. The next year, a creole-themed party emerged as the perfect [...]