Historic Natchitoches is one of the original cities to start the Holiday Trail of Lights and this year marks the city’s 87th annual Christmas Festival. Thousands of twinkling lights will be turned on daily at dusk, from November 23 through January 6. During this amazing 7-week celebration, Natchitoches will offer many events to entice visitors and show them all a fantastic time.
Did you know it snows each year in Natchitoches? Well, it does, and the city calls it Snow Fest. The event runs Nov. 30, Dec. 13-14, and Dec. 20-21. The whole family can enjoy a day with Frosty’s Avalanche Slide, live entertainment and more on the downtown riverbank. Admission will be charged. Times and admission fee have not yet been announced.
Enjoy a Creole Christmas at the Christmas Downriver event at Oakland Plantation with special tours, educational programs and musical events. Visit Magnolia Plantation Complex, 5549 Hwy 119,
Derry from 1-2:30p.m, Dec. 14-21. Admission is free.
The 87th Annual Christmas Festival in Natchitoches will be a sight to see- or several sights, as it is planned. There will be two parades, vendors, arts & crafts, music and fireworks starting at 780 Front Street, Natchitoches from noon until 10 p.m Dec. 6-7.
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In my house cooking is always an infusion of various flavors. When I was a child my Guatemalan mother made everything with a kick! Tortillas were always on hand yet regular white bread was scarce. Once my mother married my New Orleans born father, other flavors were introduced to our family. Good ole’ Mississippi Southern style dishes, Creole and Cajun cuisine (there is a difference in the two) and everything in the middle. I started cooking for my family at the age of 11 years old. My father worked offshore and my mother was busy wrangling 2 small toddlers which meant cooking was a huge stress relief on my mother and family. It was then that I started playing with various cooking styles and flavors.
One thing is for sure that spicy, smoky favor still makes it’s way into my recipes even when creating a standard meal for my family like a pasta dish. Today I present a simple way to turn a traditional pasta dish and add that smoky chipotle flavor many enjoy. 5 easy ingredients plus salt and olive oil complete the chipotle pasta sauce
2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
3 tbsp chipotle sauce
1 small onion, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tsp minced garlic, about 2 cloves
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
In a medium sized saucepan, combine garlic, onions and olive oil over medium heat till the onions and garlic are just beginning to get soft. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and salt to the pan and bring to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the chipotle sauce to pan and stir well. Continue simmering for another 15 minutes. Salt to taste if more is needed. Serve hot over pasta, pairs well with pastas that use green vegetables, whole grain pasta and any fall and winter squash dishes.
What flavors are present in YOUR everyday cooking style?