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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. 

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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. 

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With Dad hailing from New Orleans, some of the traditions are from there also. Like these bad boys. Beignets. Need I say more?

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Yum. 

Dad also serves his gumbo on Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. Does it get any better? 

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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.

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The location is deceiving. Tucked away in the back corner of a strip mall, you are subject to bypass it.

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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!

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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!

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