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Sunday
May292011

Barq's Root Beer

This soft drink was bottled and sold first in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1897 by Edward Charles Edmond Barq, who was bron in the Vieux Carre District of New Orleans in 1871.  Barq's had more 'bite', due to a higher carbonation and lower sugar content than other root beers.  In 1931, the first clear 12 ounce glass bottle was introduced, which is still sold today in the South and by far, Barq's Root Beer is the best when it is n a glass bottle. 

Sunday
May292011

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas, or cow peas, are native to North Africa and were probably introduced to the South by African Slaves and Spanish explorers.  Black-eyed peas have long been a New Year's Day tradition in the South and it is believed that eating them will bring good luck in the coming year.  Most often, they are eaten as a side dish but people who love them can make them into a main course with a side of cornbread.

Sunday
May292011

Boiled Peanuts

Pronounced 'bawd pee-nuts'

In the South, boiled peanuts are considered a delicacy and you can buy them at roadside stands from May until November.  To make boiled peanuts, you start with green peanuts, which is actually peanuts that have been freshly harvested and not roasted.  You add salt to your pot of water and then boil them for several hours until they reach the desired consistency.

Sunday
May292011

Bouidin

Boudin is a Cajun sausage made of rice, hot peppers, spice and pork offal stuffed in casings.  Bouidin is most commonly found in Cajun bayou country of Louisiana.

Sunday
May292011

Camellia Brand ® Red Kidney Beans

The Camellia Brand was introduced in 1947 by the L.H. Hayward Company which was originally founded by Lucius Hamilton Hayward in 1932.  He was originally from Meridian Mississippi and his family moved to New Orleans around 1920 and was established as a supplier of fruits and vegetables.  The company has seen four generations and many changes throughout the years, bringing them to present day manufacturing packager of dried beans, peas and lentils.