I Feel Like Funkin' It Up!
(Scroll down to "The Playlist" and hit play before reading... works better that way!)
It's all about music, parades, cool floats, catching throws and dancing in the street. All business and roads are practically closed. People in crazy costumes walking around... meeting new friends.
Parades are the major attraction and have been rolling through New Orleans for over 100 years. Awesome floats, that seem to get bigger every year. And throws (stuff they "throw" off the floats)
... you know beads, cups, stuffed animals, toys, and underwear. Yes... even underwear.
Hey, it's a party. Throw me something mister!!!
So, crank up that music, put on your purple, green and gold and go see the Mardi Gras!
The Pots Are On...
The Plate... Red Beans & Rice
What you need...
Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water.
Let soak overnight then drain and set aside.
Heat the bacon grease over medium-high, add the tasso and cook for just about 1 minute.
Then add the Trinity (onions, celery and bell peppers) and season with cayenne, salt and pepper.
Cook until the veggies are soft then add the garlic, bay leaves. sausage, ham hock and thyme.
Now add the beans and chicken stock and mix all together well... bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally.
You want the beans to be tender and thicken (about 2 hours).
Smash about 1/4 of the beans against the side o the pot and continue to cook about 20 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves and serve over rice.
Garnish with the green onions.
Do Whatcha Wanna
You can't help but have a good time when you're listening to Mardi Gras music. Rebirth starts us off with "Do Whatcha Wanna"... cause after all that's what it's all about. I love Cowboy Mouth's updated version of Al Johnson's "Carnival Time". That'll get you fired up. And of course my favorite Mardi Gras anthem... "Go To The Mardi Gras" by Professor Longhair.
So, get your mask on and get out there... there's a carnival going on y'all.
What you need...
8oz Orange juice
2 oz 190 grain alcohol
2 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 oz agave nectar
What you do...
Put all ingredients in a blender and give it a buzz...
Drink up... then you'll get a buzz. Proceed with caution!