Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Gourmet Club Goes to Sea

Put on your waders and grab a net. The Gourmet Club's doing seafood, and not just any seafood but New Orleans seafood.

Ralph Brennan, a third-generation restaurateur, owns and operates Ralph's on the Park, Red Fish Grill and Bacco in New Orleans, as well as Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in the Downtown Disney District of the Disneyland Resort.

He'll be with us on Friday's show to talk about what's going on in New Orleans and his gorgeous new cookbook, Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook.

Crawfish spring roll with roasted corn relish and chile-garlic sauce

Want to know how to prepare crawfish, alligator and turtle? You'll learn in marvelous detail, but the book is also filled with recipes for traditional dishes like Maque-Choux (a sweet corn side dish) and more contemporary twists on the traditional like Crabmeat and Eggplant "Cannelloni" (the eggplant replaces traditional pasta tubes). And there's a wonderful selection of dessert recipes, like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and Praline Bread Pudding. Plus, you'll find a very helpful seafood cook's manual, a glossary of Creole and Acadian food terms and an ingredients source list.

If you're keeping up with Bravo's Top Chef, you know who had to pack her knives and go home this week. What's Brian Malarkey's take on the decision? Listen in and find out. Brian, who is executive chef at Oceanaire, will be on the show to share his thoughts, which you can also find on his Bravo blog.

Ron's away this week, so it'll be Robert Whitley and I sharing hosting duties. Join us on online on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific on Or podcast the show and listen at your convenience.

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