On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
For the past twenty years Dana Cowin has been Food & Wine's editor in chief, but has keep a secret from her readers. Despite being surrounded by food nearly every single day, she never learned how to cook. But with the help of her friends, many of them famous celebrity chefs, Dana has mastered her mistakes in the kitchen and learned some invaluable life skills along the way.
We're also joined by Tony Abu-Ganim, one of the world's leading mixologists. He's seen the profession go from being a secondary job to a respected career during his 30 years behind the bar and joins us to talk about the hardships he's encountered along that journey.
And for a set of bakers with roughly five years of experience on their hands, the crew at Bellegarde Bakery is making quite a name for themselves. We'll join Graison Gill and Brett Guadagnino at their Broadmoor bakery for an early morning baking session.
Plus Ian McNulty and Chris Jay both join us for reports from the road.
Pot Stickers (MAKES 40 POT STICKERS)
FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1⁄4 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions
FOR THE POT STICKERS
6 ounces ground pork
6 ounces medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and finely chopped
4 ounces soft tofu
3⁄4 cup finely chopped scallions
11⁄2 tablespoons minced peeled ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package (at least 40) fresh round dumpling wrappers (31⁄2 inches in diameter)
Vegetable oil, for frying