{Edible Cities} New Orleans, with Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen

{Edible Cities} New Orleans, with Kalyn Denny from Kalyn's Kitchen

Meet Kalyn Denny, a food blogger living in Salt Lake City. Kalyn is a former third grade teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, who discovered blogging when she wanted a place to share her recipes online. Now she’s an inspiring full-time blogger who’s busy keeping up with Kalyn’s Kitchen, her blog focused on low-glycemic recipes, gardening, and healthy eating and sharing from-scratch slow cooker recipes at her new blog, Slow Cooker from Scratch.

Kalyn Denny, full-time food blogger at Kalyn's KitchenMy Edible City

New Orleans. I’ve had memorable culinary experiences in cities around the world, but my vote for the most interesting food city would have to go to New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dishes like “barbecued” shrimp, crawfish etouffee, spicy jambalaya, red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, and muffaletta sandwiches are all part of my New Orleans food memories.  There are even a few New Orleans foods that are forever associated in my mind with the restaurant where I first tried them, like shrimp po’ boy sandwiches at Mother’s, soft-shell crab salad and turtle soup at Commander’s Palace, and Debris Sauce at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen.

My Favorite Dish

Red Beans and Rice, Kalyn Denny's favorite dish in New OrleansRed Beans and Rice. Many of the New Orleans foods I’ve enjoyed are things I probably wouldn’t eat regularly, and certainly wouldn’t try to cook at home, but the dish from this city that I did decide to make at home was red beans and rice. After I first visited New Orleans in about 1992, I experimented until I came up with a version of Red Beans and Rice that all my friends seemed to like. Then after I started my blog I posted my Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice, a recipe which now has a lot of fans. I learned from a friend who had lived in Louisiana to love Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, so I use that in my version to recreate the flavors I remember. I prefer my red beans and rice like I remember them in New Orleans, with the beans cooked until they are completely falling apart, and then combined with the rice at the table.

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Next week, Mary Lamontagne, a food blogger and sustainable food advocate living in South Africa, is taking us to Cape Town. Don’t miss it!

Photo Credits: New Orleans picture by Linda Rae Duchaine, Kalyn’s portrait and Red Beans and Rice picture by Kalyn Denny.

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2 Responses to {Edible Cities} New Orleans, with Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen

  1. Thanks for sharing Kalyn’s memories of New Orleans food. I, too, fell in love with Cajun and Creole cooking on my first visit to New Orleans. Though I live in coastal New England where fresh fish is abundant, we don’t get fresh shrimp here. I ate shrimp in one form or another every single day in New Orleans!

  2. Great post! That photo of the city really makes me want to go there (not in August though!) I really hope you get to go there and try some of the dishes that have wowed me!

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