This lush and fruity cocktail from Emeril's Tchoup Chop is the perfect beverage to get your party started right. Don't skip the Nolet's Silver Dry Gin -- it's brimming with fruit and flowery botanicals that make this cocktail sing.
Folks in Louisiana just love this very traditional way of combining mirliton squash and beautiful Gulf shrimp. You can eat these on their own with some piping hot white rice, but they also make a wonderful side dish for a holiday table. This recipe is from Chef Anthony Scanio at Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans.
Farm raised duck breast is as meaty and delicious as a good steak. This recipe from Table 10 has you roast the duck breast with apples and cinnamon and then glaze it with dark beer. This recipe calls for Abita Turbo Dog which is a local brew in New Orleans, but any stout, bitter beer will do. Sweet spices pair well with the duck and when used in moderation, star anise, nutmeg and cloves are good additions.
This rich yet simple chocolate cake gets a little kick from a touch of smoked Spanish paprika and espelette. Espelette is a smoky chile powder from France. If you don't have any of this in your cabinet, an equal amount of cayenne pepper will work just fine. This was created by the pastry chef at E2 Emeril's Eatery in Charlotte, N.C.