Welcome to my virtual kitchen!

I hope you enjoy your visit here, whether it’s your first time or your 30th. I first started sharing my recipes as Facebook Notes, until my friends there started asking how they could share them with their friends; so I gathered up my courage and tiptoed into the world of blogging via Tumblr. As interest in the blog started “cooking,” my wonderful hubby set me up here at WordPress with my own domain. (All the content from my previous blog moved here as well.) Let me know what you think, and be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

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Our “UnValentine’s Day” Date

Since hubby and I both dislike fighting crowds and trying to converse in noisy restaurants, we try to find creative ways to celebrate holidays while still enjoying the experience of dining out. For New Year’s Eve, we generally have a semi-fancy meal for lunch or even brunch, then go home before everyone else hits the streets. For Valentine’s Day, we often do the same if it falls on a weekend; or eat at a non-romantic restaurant (such as hibachi or pizza) or have something special at home. This year, with Valentine’s and Ash Wednesday occurring on the same day, we just ate at home after church, waiting to go out until the day after to a nice local Creole restaurant near the famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

Blue Orleans has been in town for well over a decade, and we visited them at their original location for my birthday the year they opened. This was the perfect opportunity to try the newer location, since it’s very close to my office. They were not crowded at all, so I could take lots of photos of the decor and ask the server questions about all the crawfish dishes. I settled on the Spicy Crawfish Pasta (since I had the Crawfish Etouffee the last time); and hubby got the Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage. We also split an appetizer of Crawfish Fritters, and for dessert we had the Beignets. Everything was delicious, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere was quiet but warm and cozy. Two Soup Diva thumbs way up!

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