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August 5, 2019

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Several glasses of Watermelon Agua Fresca are garnished with watermelon wedges before drinking
Cool off with a glass of homemade Watermelon Agua Fresca! This light and refreshing drink is perfect for entertaining and keeping the kids hydrated on summer afternoons. It's also the perfect nonalcoholic sipper for gamedays and other festivities that bring lots of folks together. Calling for fresh watermelon, water, lemon juice and granulated sugar, this simple agua fresca is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

August 2, 2019

Black Bean Dip

Black bean dip, garnished with sour cream and jalapeno slices, is shown in a bowl, surrounded by chips
Start any party with this delightful vegan-friendly Black Bean Dip. Perfectly spicy and seasoned to impress, this dip goes wonderfully with fajitas, guacamole and various other TexMex dishes. The black beans are cooked down with onions, a green bell pepper, a jalapeño, oregano, bay leaves, sage, chili powder, cumin, orange juice, lime juice, rice wine vinegar and salt until they fall apart. Serve with tortilla chips to create the perfect vegan gameday appetizer.

June 25, 2019

Homemade Mint Lemonade (Naturally Sweetened, Vegan)

Mint Lemonade // The Speckled Palate
Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened Mint Lemonade this summer. This tart and refreshing twist on a classic calls for very few ingredients, but doesn't call for granulated sugar or a simple syrup. Including lemon juice, water and muddled mint leaves, this lemonade is incredibly refreshing to sip any warm day. Makes 1 glass of lemonade, though this recipe can easily be turned into a pitcher drink for sharing.

February 4, 2019

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Two bowls of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo are served with rice and green onions
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is the ultimate Louisiana comfort food! This gumbo starts with a dark roux as its base. Once the roux is ready and combined with water, add sautéed chopped green bell pepper, onion and celery to the pot. Sear the chicken and sausage, too, before throwing them in, and letting the gumbo cook low and slow for hours. From-scratch gumbo is a labor of love, but it's a delicious one that is perfect to serve to...

January 28, 2019

Cream Cheese and Raspberry King Cake

A slice of Cream Cheese and Raspberry King Cake sits in front of the whole King Cake
Celebrate Mardi Gras by baking a homemade Cream Cheese and Raspberry King Cake for friends and family! King Cake, a traditional pastry that's well-loved during Carnival season in South Louisiana, is easier to make at home than you think. All it takes is time and patience. This stuffed king cake, which offers a cinnamon-sugar layer, then a combined cream cheese and raspberry layer, is a favorite of ours! Homemade king cake has never been tastier!

January 21, 2019

Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

A woman holds a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum with both hands
Curl up with a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum this winter. Traditional Hot Buttered Rum is given a facelift with pomegranate, thanks to homemade pomegranate rum and pomegranate juice. This mixed drink starts with a combination of softened butter, dark brown sugar and spices, then add boiling water, infused rum, pomegranate juice and a little maple! Perfect for a crowd or individual, this Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum is the ultimate cozy drink.