Yes, we see the irony of recommending a British fireworks video on the Fourth of July. And yet.... If you love fireworks and didn't get to see any this Fourth, watch this video. It was beautifully shot with multiple cameras by the BBC and is totally worth a look. The bigger the screen, the better.
For this "Lousiana-style" version of crab cakes, we added the trinity (onion, celery, bell pepper) pre-cooked in butter, plus lemon juice and herbs, to a pound of Louisiana lump crab meat. An accompanying sauce is made with creole mustard and Tony Chachere's.
This month's recipe comes from Martinique Bistro: "We all love boudin… Between the texture, the smoke and the spice, it stands out as an iconic Louisiana bite. Martinique Bistro prides themselves on offering to the hungry vegetarian eaters of New Orleans and beyond, and Chef wanted to give them a veggie version of this swine and game lover favorite...."
Essence Festival is not just four nights of music at the Superdome. It also includes Family Reunion Day on July 4, and daily Empowerment Experience Panels July 4-7 at the Convention Center, the last of which is day-long tribute to gospel icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin. While Superdome tickets cost plenty, these other events are free and require no registration.