LSU AgCenter Garden Fest

Yellow watermelon

A variety of yellow watermelon awaits tasters at Saturday's LSU AgCenter Garden Fest.

The LSU AgCenter Garden Fest at the Burden Center was the land of yellow watermelons and tomatoes called potato. Of bloody Marys and omelets. Of hayrides and field tours.
I spent most of my time test-driving different watermelons and tomatoes in the taste-testing tents. Kiki Fontenot, the AgCenter’s tomato expert, said the taste-test was more than just a fun activity, it helps researchers decide what produce farmers should grow. We were collecting data. Tasty, tasty data.

Friday morning food news round-up

Study: Tomato’s even color comes at cost of flavor.

Kleinpeter Farms Dairy raises money for animals.

Fourth of July means homemade ice cream.

Researcher: Ethnic food often spicier and healthier.

Supper Tonight: Fresh Corn Salsa and Fish Tacos

Fresh Corn Salsa and Fish Tacos

Serve Corn Salsa with fish tacos or as a dip with corn chips.

Fish Tacos With Fresh Corn Salsa
Serves 6; makes 12 tacos. Recipe is by Corinne Cook. The corn salsa can also be used as a dip.

1 or 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked and kernels cut from cob (about 1¼ cups)
1 tbl. butter for sautéing corn
½ cup chopped purple or sweet onion
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Fish for tacos
6 (4-oz.) tilapia, or fish of your choice, fillets
Olive oil
Salt, black pepper and cayenne to taste
Sour cream to taste
12 (5-inch) corn tortillas
Sliced avocado, optional

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Coming soon: Zucchini Gratin

Zucchini Gratin

Zucchini Gratin

I know, I know. It’s absurdly hot. Why on earth would I crank up a 400-degree oven?
Because this came out of it.
Look for the recipe in the Food section in the next few weeks …


Wednesday morning food news round-up

Lionfish solution might not be so tasty.

Older women battle eating disorders.

Study: Low-carb diets may burn more calories.

A look at the healthiest fast-food breakfasts.

NPR looks at coleslaw.

Zolia + Manship Theatre = Dinner and a movie

Missed out on this June’s series of Dinner & A Movie at The Manship Theatre? Your last chance is this Thursday, when “The Shining” shows on the big screen and Zolia shows up on your plate.

The menu incZolia logoludes Here’s Johnny Cakes, pan-seared caper and roasted red pepper cornbread; The Big Wheel, braised pork tenderloin medallion with a mushroom demi over fluffed sweet potato mash; Little Danny’s Finger Talk tiramisu; and cocktails Red Rum and All Work and No Play Makes Jack A Very Dull Boy.

$25 each. Get tickets here.

Ready for the Fourth?

Angel Fruit Spectacular

Need a Fourth of July showstopper? See this week's Food section for great ideas and delicious dishes.

Ordering sushi? There’s an app for that

Screenshot of Hello Sushi's new app

Hello Sushi launched a new app last week that lets patrons order, photograph their food, check in for coupons and more.

Hello Sushi, which has locations at LSU and on Highland Road near I-10, launched an app that allows diners to order, photograph their food, share on social networks, check in for coupons and more.

One main feature of the app is that diners can, after ordering, ask their server for a code to scan, checking off each roll they ate. Once someone eats all 34 rolls, they’ll get a gift card and a T-shirt.

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

In other news, I need to charge my iPhone.

Meatless Monday: Okra Bean Stew

Okra Bean Stew

Get creative with slow-cooker stews, like this Okra Bean Stew.

Okra Bean Stew
Serves 4 to 6. Recipe is by Julie Kay.

1 lb. stew beef
2 cups cut okra
1 (15.5-oz.) can pinto beans, drained
1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained
2 (14.5-oz.) cans stewed tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 (6-oz.) cans tomato paste
6 tbls. dry gravy mix
¾ cup water

1. Place all ingredients, except gravy mix and water, into slow cooker and stir together.
2. Mix dry gravy mix into water and pour over all other ingredients in slow cooker.
3. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Monday morning food news round-up

Paleo diet: The debate rolls on.

FDA wants to know more about nanotechnology in food.

Nearly 400 sick from sushi.

Second Harvest food bank grows.

Fire damages New Roads pizzeria.