I love our family traditions. They almost all relate to food, which is ok by me. Meet Siren’s Chocolate Cake. My grandmother made this cake all when I was growing up, and now Mom makes it for almost every holiday. I believe the recipe was originally found in the Memphis Junior League cookbook.
Another tradition my sister and I started is having a piece of said cake for breakfast on the morning after Thanksgiving. Yep, you heard me…..breakfast.
With Dad hailing from New Orleans, some of the traditions are from there also. Like these bad boys. Beignets. Need I say more?
Dad also serves his gumbo on Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. Does it get any better?
Mom is in town this week for a horse show, and you know what that means; good eats! We try to go to dinner every night, and this Saturday we tried a real life Louisiana Cajun place called Papa Mojo’s. Website is papamojosroadhouse.com, check out the menu. I have to say, even Mom agreed the gumbo was pretty good for the Tarheel State.
The location is deceiving. Tucked away in the back corner of a strip mall, you are subject to bypass it.
The gumbo here had a great color, the darkest I’ve seen here in North Carolina. I’ve been so disappointed ordering gumbo in this state, so I was skeptical. It delivered!
They even had Louisiana beer! I tried to get a pic of a vintage New Orleans Dixie Brewing Co. sign, but failed. All in all, I am definitely going back!
More on Dixie Brewing Company -http://nolabrewhistory.com/breweries/dixie