Red Stick Farmer’s Market

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Members of the River Road Recipes Cookbook Committee will be on hand from 8am-12pm this Saturday sharing cookbook knowledge, offering samples and selling all 4 of our beloved books.

The weather is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend and the Red Stick Farmers Market is a wonderful way to grab a cookbook along with some fresh ingredients to whip up something special for dinner later that evening!

 We hope to see you Saturday! Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. Keep reading for our featured sample, Cheese Straws.

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Photograph by Don Kadair

Cheese Straws

Cheese straws are a perpetual crowd favorite at parties. The sharp cheddar cheese with the hint of red pepper make them an irresistible, savory snack for any event! They also make great gifts when placed in a decorative bag or tin. While the recipe calls for you to roll the dough thin and cut it into narrow strips, you can also place the dough in a cookie press to give them a decorative shape before baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 2/3 cups sifted flour
  • Dash red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix ingredients together well. Roll thin and cut in narrow strips. Bake in slow oven, 275°, until light brown. Makes about 4 dozen.

River Road Recipes I, p. 223

River Road Recipes at the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 28, when the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival comes to town! The festival features local authors, their publications, and lots of fun for the whole family.  Stop by our River Roads Recipes booth for a sneak peek at the newly reprinted River Road Recipes III and get an early start on your holiday shopping. You will also be able to sample our Cheese Straws and Harvest Festival Muffins!

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Whether you’re young or old, enjoy puzzling over a good mystery, have a thirst for history, can’t get enough of poetry or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, our national award winning event has something for every book lover. The Louisiana Book Festival is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations.

JLBR and Galatoire’s Bistro Present: Tin Roof Beer Dinner

Mark your calendars! River Road Recipes of Junior League Baton Rouge, Galatoire’s Bistro, and Tin Roof  Brewery are proud to present our first ever Tin Roof Beer Dinner!

WHAT: Junior League of Baton Rouge and Galatoire’s Bistro Tin Roof Beer Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, April 6th, 7 – 10 pm

WHERE: Galatoire’s Bistro, Baton Rouge

THE DEETSJoin the ladies of the Junior League of Baton Rouge for the perfect date night or girl’s night. Tickets are $100 per person and come with a complimentary copy of River Road Recipes IV: Warm Welcomes. You’ll enjoy an evening of fabulous brews handcrafted right here in Baton Rouge by Tin Roof Brewery and a delicious four course meal featuring recipes from River Road Recipes IV: Warm Welcomes! The best part? It’s all for a great cause.

Menu

Purchase tickets here.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

While Mardi Gras is sadly over, all is not doom and gloom. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and River Road Recipes knows the perfect way to help you celebrate!

Baton Rouge’s annual Wearin’ of the Green Parade is an event that rivals any Mardi Gras parade here in town. This year, the parade rolls on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 am, rain or shine! You can find out more details and see the parade route here.

Enjoying the 2016 Wearin' of the Green Parade. Image from The Parade Group LLC at http://www.paradegroup.com/galleries/160.

Enjoying the 2016 Wearin’ of the Green Parade. Image from The Parade Group LLC at http://www.paradegroup.com/galleries/160.

After enjoying a morning at the parade, let the festivities continue with traditional Irish fare: Shepherd’s Pie, Cabbage (Cabbage Salad, RRR IV, p. 275), Corned Beef, Reuben Sandwiches (check out our mini-Reubens in RRR II, p. 15), or anything with potatoes, of course (our Potatoes Supreme recipe in RRR III, p. 118 is a healthier take on a favorite comfort food)!  Want more ideas? Check out these 50 Traditional Irish-Inspired Dinners from the Delish blog! Finish off your meal with an Irish Coffee from River Road Recipes II.

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Image from Eat Well 101 at http://www.eatwell101.com.

Irish Coffee, RRR II, p. 22

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 ounces Irish whiskey
  • Strong, hot Community Coffee®
  • Whipped Cream

Directions

  1. Add to each pre-warmed glass sugar and Irish whiskey.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Fill glasses with strong, hot coffee, and top with whipped cream.
  4. Pro-tip: Use shamrock cutouts and cocoa powder to add the perfect, festive touch to the whipped cream!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at River Road Recipes!

Past Chairwoman’s Luncheon

The mission statement of the Junior League of Baton Rouge says it all:

“The Junior League of Baton Rouge is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”

Since the River Road Recipe cookbook collection began in 1959, combined sales of our four beloved cookbooks have earned more than $3,000,000 to fund League projects in the Baton Rouge community! This is truly an amazing legacy. This feat would not have been possible, however, without the “effective action and leadership” of our volunteers, in particular, the past Chairwomen of the River Road Recipes Committee.

Standing (left to right): Toni Buxton; Cheryl Payne; Lisa Ann Moore; Martha Rome; Angelique Freel Bottom Row: Tanya Foil; Suzette Say; Leslie Berg, 14-15 JLBR President; Kristen Landry; Mary Carmouche

Standing (left to right): Toni Buxton; Cheryl Payne; Lisa Ann Moore; Martha Rome; Angelique Freel
Bottom Row (left to right): Tanya Foil; Suzette Say; Leslie Berg, 14-15 JLBR President; Kristen Landry; Mary Carmouche

Friday, March 10, we celebrate our past River Road Recipes Committee Chairwomen with a luncheon at Galatoire’s Bistro from 12-3 pm. We look forward to honoring these innovative  and dedicated women and their collective leadership over the past 58 years. From the bottom of our hearts and the hearts of the hundreds of thousands in our community who have been positively impacted by League projects, thank you!

Past Chairwomen at the 2014-2015 Luncheon at Juban's.

Past Chairwomen at the 2014-2015 Luncheon at Juban’s.

Past Chairwomen at the 2014-2015 Luncheon at Juban's.

Past Chairwomen at the 2014-2015 Luncheon at Juban’s.

Red Stick Farmer’s Market

Join us this Saturday, March 4th from 8:00am until noon at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market!

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Members of the River Road Recipes cookbook committee will be on hand sharing cookbook knowledge, offering samples and of course, selling all 4 of our beloved books.

The weather is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend and the Red Stick Farmers Market is a wonderful way to grab a cookbook along with some fresh ingredients to whip up something special for dinner later that evening!

 We hope to see you Saturday! Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Pink and red, roses and chocolate – love is in the air! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and the ladies of the River Road Recipes committee want to show our love for you by helping you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day party for the littlest loves in your life! While our thoughts typically turn to our significant others on Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for children, too! Pair our snack ideas with fun activities for the kids, like making “mailboxes” out of shoe boxes to receive home-made Valentine’s Day cards from friends or making heart-shaped crayons. Check out some fun craft ideas here!

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

This non-alcoholic punch is the perfect beverage for a kid-friendly Valentine’s Day party. The ginger ale adds a little sparkle, and the cranberries lend a festive hue for the occasion.

Photo by Don Kadair.

Photo by Don Kadair.

Ingredients

  • 1 large can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger ale
  • Clove-studded lemon slices

Directions

Crush cranberry sauce in can with fork and empty into saucepan. Beat with rotary beater. Add water and beat until sauce is melted. Add sugar and cool. Stir in lemon juice, extract, and 1 cup ginger ale. Just before serving, dilute with remaining 1/2 ginger ale and serve well iced in frosted glasses. Garnish with mint and clove-studded lemon circles. Serves 12 punch cups.

River Road Recipes I, p. 11

CHOCOLATE FUDGE TURTLES

Instead of store-bought candy, try our Chocolate Fudge Turtles from River Road Recipes I! Everyone is guaranteed to enjoy these delectable desserts, and they are made with the most important ingredient of all: love! You can find our easy, step-by-step recipe here!

Photo by Don Kadair.

Photo by Don Kadair.

Party Mix

To round out the sweetness, add some salt to your Valentine’s Day party snacks with this simple Party Mix. It’s a perennial favorite for children of all ages. Recipe here!

Photo by Don Kadair.

Photo by Don Kadair.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at River Road Recipes!

Throwback: RRR 50th Birthday Party

As our League members are no doubt aware, our first General Membership Meeting of 2017 is quickly approaching on February 7! Since we are celebrating the 85th birthday of the Junior League of Baton Rouge AND the 80th reprint of  River Road Recipes I: A Textbook of Louisiana Cuisine this year, we thought we would throw it back to our September 2009 General Membership Meeting, when we celebrated the 50th birthday of River Road Recipes I: A Textbook of Louisiana Cuisine!

Junior League members with special guest speaker, former Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Junior League members with special guest speaker, former Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

With over 1.4 million copies sold since the original edition was printed in September 1959, River Road Recipes I is the oldest community cookbook still in print in the United States.

Ladies of the 2009-2010 RRR Committee showing up the special 50th Anniversary limited edition of River Road Recipes I.

Junior League members showing off the special 50th Anniversary limited edition cover of River Road Recipes I.

After so many decades of success, it’s hard to imagine that this historic cookbook almost never came to be. When the idea for a cookbook was first proposed by the original Junior League of Baton Rouge cookbook committee in 1957, the League’s financial advisors (incidentally, a group of men) strongly advised against it. “It was another generation, the men thought we couldn’t do anything,” Emily Robinson, chair of the the original cookbook committee, recalled in an interview with Country Roads Magazine in 2011.

Let them eat cake, or rather, humble pie! Years later, after witnessing the enduring success of River Road Recipes I, one of the financial advisors finally admitted to Robinson, “We gave you bad advice.”

Let them eat cake, or rather, humble pie! Years later, after witnessing the enduring success of River Road Recipes I, one of the financial advisors finally admitted to Robinson, “We gave you bad advice.”

 

The River Road Recipes I 50th birthday cake!

The River Road Recipes I 50th birthday cake!

Make sure you log in to your member home page through Digital Cheetah to RSVP for next week’s meeting if you haven’t already. Can’t wait to see you there!

Red Stick Farmer’s Market, Saturday, December 3

Join us Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00am until noon at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market!

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Members of the River Road Recipes cookbook committee will be on hand sharing cookbook knowledge, offering samples and, of course, selling all 4 of our beloved books.

The Red Stick Farmers Market is a wonderful way to grab a cookbook along with some fresh ingredients to whip up something special for dinner later that evening!

 We hope to see you Saturday! Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.