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pistachiosIt's been a while. I mean, I've still been eating (and even posting some of the pics to Instagram), but I've been really distracted by other stuff. . . . like distracted going on 4 months now.

I've had food things to talk about… we grilled veggies marinated with the Baton Rouge-based Hooked on RE: on Labor Day and it was awesome on everything it touched … my husband took me to The Little Village in Baton Rouge last week and then to La Thai in New Orlean's uptown this weekend . . . and both were fabulous . . . 

eats. . . but then something else comes up and I forget… or, more likely, I decide that actual eating and keeping everyone alive takes precedence over writing about it. I feel like the waterspout of parenthood, career, volunteerism and [fill in the blank]… has sucked me up and all I see is the blur as everything shoots by.

So I've decided… either I need to win the lottery (I totally don't play) and hire a personal chef, trade husbands for a true Cajun one that likes to cook (yes not-from-Louisiana ladies, Cajun men cook . . . like well . . . . I'm still trying to get my jambalaya to taste as good as one of our good friend's . . . of course that may be because I don't use all the meat stuff . . .), or, I suppose I'm just going to have to simplify and, just like it dawned on me to bring my kids' school lunches back to basics, I need to bring my life back to basics.

Now, there are a few new things in Thibodaux that can help with a crazy life and eating well.

  • Elizabeth Cotter's community-supported 12th Street Bakery is back from a summer break with organic, I'm-not-really-even-a-bread-person deliciousness available for pickup every week.
  • And then the new Momentum Fitness has worked with a local chef to offer healthy and good-tasting (because we all know those two things don't always go together) meals you can buy each week.
  • And then another resource for organic foods . . . especially stuff you can't find at local markets or farms . . . is Azure Standard, an Oregon-based company that delivers to local drops (the closest for us is Gonzales).

That's a few . . . I'm trying out some others and I'll let you know about them soon.

So anyway, what did I do last night? I ate pistachios for dinner while I watched The LSU game with my family … completely ignoring the freelance projects that keep trying to suck me up.

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french_toastSo my very best friend from graduate school — yea, that's my out-of-place-in-South-Louisiana Syracuse license plate frame — made the great suggestion to make French toast with my 12th Street Bakery bread.

And make French toast we did this morning! My boys said they even liked it better than their beloved homemade waffles.

Anyway, here's a quick and fairly painless recipe for French toast from Food Network's Alton Brown, whom I love. . . just because he's so scientific about food.

French Toast
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup half-and-half
  2. 3 large eggs
  3. 2T honey, warmed
  4. 1/4t salt
  5. 8 (1/2-inch) slices of bread
  6. 4T butter
Instructions
  1. In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. Pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.
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And we added some pecans from the Bass Pecan Company in nearby-ish Lumberton, Mississippi, and, of course, some Louisiana strawberries. (Oh and that's kiwi from Italy . . . . totally far away, but hey, I'd love to live there and have local kiwi).

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12th_streetTonight I bought some amazing bread from a really cool Alaskan girl . . . don't take offense, I'm one of those grown women who looks kinda like a girl too . . . so there.

This bread pickup was part of a new CSA-style bakery in Thibodaux called 12th Street Bakery. You sign up, and then pick up two loaves of bread every week.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I drove up to the Peltier Park pickup area. . . wasn't even sure where the assigned pickup by the "Play Together" mural was. . . I just know Peltier Park is INSANE in the evenings during little league season. But, I spotted this Alaskan transplant with a large-brimmed coral hat, freckles and teal tank lounging in the back of a pickup with a cooler. I knew then. There was my bread and someone who reminded me of the friendly outdoorsy community I know and love from Chattanooga.

Today's pickup included a loaf of 7-grain and a loaf of "seeded sour." First, let me just say that my car smelled so good. So, very good. If I could add a scent, multimedia feature, I would. It smelled so good, that I scrapped my original dinner plans so we could eat fresh bread.

sandwich2So we had tomato, avocado and smoked Gouda sandwiches on 12th Street Bakery bread with roasted Louisiana fingerling sweet potatoes. (OK, OK, so my kids had cheddar cheese, lettuce and turkey on amazing 12th Street Bakery bread . . . ). But the fact that my kids both loved the bread is awesome. Awesome because it's always a victory when my kids like something I approve and awesome because it's something that was made with local ingredients by local hands.

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