Gather 'Round the Table

You don't have to go to New Orleans for a taste of Creole cooking.

 

 
above, left: This Pineapple-Apple Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce is the best we've ever had in our Test Kitchens; (clockwise from bottom) Roast Pork Loin, Stuffed Squash, Green Beans With Ham and Potatoes, Rice Dressing.

Leah Chase reigns as the queen of Creole cooking. Her New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase's, is a bona fide landmark, and her road to the city's culinary throne is no secret. After more than 50 years, she still works daily in the restaurant between TV appearances, speaking engagements, and writing her next cookbook.

Thanks to Leah you can serve signature flavors of the region at home. Her Roast Pork Loin is a simple and succulent entrée. Or add Rice Dressing or Stuffed Squash to your traditional menu. And the Pineapple-Apple Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce is the perfect dessert.

 
   

above, left: Chef Leah Chase (second from right) hosts a holiday feast, Creole style.

A Creole Menu
serves 12
1. Roast Pork Loin
2. Stuffed Squash
3. Rice Dressing
4. Green Beans With Ham and Potatoes
5. Refrigerator Yeast Rolls
6. Pineapple-Apple Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce (doubled)