What a great way to use the sweet cherry tomatoes of summer! Explore your local farmer's markets to get small tomatoes of all shapes and colors...and don't forget the simple basil-garlic oil for a huge hit.
Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus time for soaking skewers
There are a ton of amazing Vietnamese restaurants in New Orleans as well as along the Gulf Coast. Spring rolls are a great way to start off your meal or ordered on their own for a quick snack. Spring rolls come in many variations from tofu and vegetables to grilled or poached shrimp with or without pork. This variation includes both shrimp and pork but you can try any variation you like. Be sure to make the Nuoc Leo or peanut sauce to go with them!
Everybody in Louisiana loves gumbo and there are so many variations. This gumbo is very light because it doesn't have a roux. It is thickened with okra and gumbo file. The gumbo file, which is made from ground sassafras leaves, can be found online or in specialty spice shops.
Creamy lobster and corn chowder is a New England classic served at clam shacks and seafood joints dotting the Eastern shore. I love to stop in to visit my local lobsterman to pick out the lobsters myself and then head over to the farmers market for the freshest sweet corn I can find. This dish is best made in the summer when corn is the star of the season.