| New Orleans Food & Drink Calendar|
|January is the coolest month of the year in New Orleans. Events include the|
Mardi Gras Season, Battle
of New Orleans activities, the Sugar Bowl, Twelfth Night Revelry, and the streetcar ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.
ring in the new year with a toast to Aunt Sally's Pralines.
Made in New Orleans
French settlers brought a praline-line recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar
cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds,
added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
Pralines have a creamy consistency, similar to fudge. It is usually made by combining sugar
(often brown), butter, and cream or buttermilk in a pot on medium-high heat, and stirring constantly, until most of the water
has evaporated and it has reached a thick texture with a brown color. Then it is usually dropped by spoonfuls onto waxpaper
or a sheet of aluminum foil greased with butter, and left to cool.
Sally's Pralines are a long time New Orleans favorite, made as the always have been with Louisiana pecans and ribbon cane