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Where was Delightful Palate over the week end?

Pop Up Farmer's  Market at Alexander's Market on Highland. Jennifer has it all together on a Sunday afternoon.

Pop Up Farmer's Market at Alexander's on Highland in Baton Rouge, La.

Delightful Palate started the week end at Aquistipace in Covington, La. on Friday with Janie handing out samples for Delightful Palate Balsamic Garlic Honey

The Best sister ever, Janie,continued the next day at Langensteins on Old Metarie Road in New Orleans, La.

Rowan, set up a tasting at Inglewood Farms in Alexandria, La. that sells organic produce. She shares her own recipes that she has created using Delightful Palate's Line of versitale condiments.

We wrapped up the week end at Alexander's first Ppo Up Farmer's Market on Highland in Baton Rouge, La.

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Ice, Ice Baby

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta and Delightful Palate’s Balsamic Garlic Honey

“We can sleep when Lili is gone,”  Peggy says as she walks out of her bedroom at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and into the kitchen  where Lea and I are still cleaning up after the party. She then suggests we go have one more glass of wine on the screen porch. Lea pours the wine, we grab a stack of soft cotton quilts and wrap ourselves up in cocoons, sipping our wine and tee-heeing about the amusing events that unfolded during my going away party.

 

Tuscan mashed Chickpeas

Selfie #Ice Ice Baby

Tracy, the rapper and her band

Marinated Artichoke salad

Fahy's Homemade Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce and Louisiana Strawberries

Competion and Libations don't mix

“We can sleep when Lili is gone,”  Peggy says as she walks out of her bedroom at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and into the kitchen  where Lea and I are still cleaning up after the party. She then suggests we go have one more glass of wine on the screen porch. Lea pours the wine, we grab a stack of soft cotton quilts and wrap ourselves up in cocoons, sipping our wine and tee-heeing about the amusing events that unfolded during my going away party.

It was an evening that went off without a hitch. Lea and Pat, hosts extraordinaire, invited 20+ cheerful, witty and wholehearted friends to spend the weekend at their camps on Cane River in Natchitoches, LA, to eat, drink, giggle and reminisce. For two weeks, I'd heard through the grapevine about every attendee receiving assignments: the cooks were given a copy of the recipe they were to whip up; others made phone calls to entertainers; and the rest sent emails to girls proficient at bringing paper products and bags of ice. We all donated bottles of wine or champagne. 

When I say the party was perfect, let me prove it to you by describing how the outdoor furniture was placed so that it faced the river head-on, the pearly light of the moon reflecting off the lake. Let me tell you about the multiple fire pits stacked high with seasoned wood and embers a'glowing.  Fahy's flower arrangements of bright pink azaleas with pops of orange day lilies made the tables glow while several bunches of multihued, muted green linens adorned the tables and tamed the day-glo fire of the petals. And by pre-planning the menu and appointing the cooks their recipes, the flavors of each dish played off each other and melded perfectly. 

At the bar, wine and champagne glasses were precisely lined up, ready for Abbie to pour her Rossini's Cocktails to accompany Jo’s appetizers of Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas with Sundried Tomatoes and Crudités. 

The buffet was lined with three jumbo casseroles of Lea’s Lasagna with Three Cheeses, Meat Sauce and layers of Sliced Zucchini as well as her famous Caesar Salad. My sisters brought Marinated Artichoke Hearts with Preserved Lemons, and Fahy baked a Loaf Pound Cake with sliced Louisiana Strawberries and Homemade Chocolate sauce

After the perfect "last supper,” Tracy and Denise led the entertainment crew which performed a version of the rap song Ice, Ice Baby loaded with private jokes. We closed the night by dividing into teams and playing a few rounds of the game Catch Phrase. This is when things got interesting, as they always do when you mix competitive personalities with just a few libations.

As this perfect evening wore on, I watched in amazement at the attention to detail that was taken for my Send Off to Baton Rouge Party 

The next morning we awoke to a thunder storm and one by one gathered on the screen porch with quilts in tow, sipping strong coffee and nibbling on slices of pound cake with a small, tight crumb that makes it denser. I was struck by the abundance of beautiful friendships that comforts and thrills me. I didn’t have the heart to tell them I am only moving two hours away, not to Dubai.

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Red Stick Farmer's Market in Baton Rouge, La.

Fresh stacks of produce

Shadows of soft light wash the sidewalks in the early morning , as the vendors move the street blockades to drive trucks through to unload their goods for sale. There is a sprawling view of

fresh garden eggs, flats of Louisiana strawberries, and symmetrical rows of small pots with 3-inch seedlings of lemon basil, red leaf sorrel and arugula.

 

Belle Ecorce Farms' and Fort Grove Bread

 Broccoli Slaw with Delightful Palate's Stone Fruit Nectar

Jennifer and I at our booth at the Red Stick Market in Baton Rouge, La.

There is a gem to be found under each one of these pop up tents. Belle Ecorce Farms' is offering chevre fig goat cheese, Raw Cow's Milk Cheese rubbed with olive oil and sea salt, and Jersey Butter.Kathleen and William Cooper of Fort Grove Bread, bake artisan breads, I bought a loaf of Brioche, Walnut and Fig and a Cream Cheese Pound Cake to sop up the juices from the Louisiana Strawberries. I nabbed a bunch of just picked radishes for Shaved Radish Sandwich with Jersey Butter.

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