Sunday, December 12, 2010

By any other name a grocery store

Rouses Market, The Fresh Market, (The) Farmers Markets, Fresh Pickin's...
by any other name a grocery store

First Rouses Market in Acadiana -
the Youngsville store opened in 2009...
JP Rouse, the founder lived to see it at 79 yrs old - as all of the family's, to date 36, stores reflect "his values of supporting his community, the local farmers and fishermen, and giving his customers the best quality product at the best price will forever resonate within the company that he built."
He started back in 1923 with the City Produce Company in Thibodaux, LA & it's been a family & local produce company ever since...

There is nothing old fashioned about this supermarket at all, I delightfully discovered on my first visit - am always up for a shopping adventure, even better a foodie one...

Cajun Specialties section, from the webpage states, are handcrafted small batches made in the instore sausage kitchen or smokehouse using exclusive family recipes & include: fresh pork sausage, smoked sausage, stuffed turduchen, marinated/seasoned meats, stuffed whole chickens/breasts/pork chops, stuffed meat & veggies....

Note: I realize this is "not" a vegetarian's delight, but there is also a produce section that's as full as the fields of Louisiana in the store & you can avoid the meat eating animals - both of these sections are a huge part of Cajun living, so hopefully you can get a balance & maybe add some fish or seafood to the diet if you live here trying not to eat meat?!

Best foodie fun yet under online shopping you can order King Cakes...
Mardi Gras King Cakes (aka Fat Tuesday or Carnival) & "Who Dat" King Cakes (that's The Saints by the way, if you've been living under a rock?!) or Christmas King Cakes

Webpage link...

What is a Cajun you might ask?

What are King Cakes you might ask too?

Note: I cannot wait to eat these most delish cakes again & hopefully not find the baby inside to have to buy the next one, which is the tradition--King Cakes...mmm...purple & gold & green sugared icing with cream cheese filling will be my order number one, day one their out in all the local bakeries here in Lafayette or New Orleans or anywheres else in Louisiana (then the search to find the best will be on?!)

What is Mardi Gras you might ask if you've asked the other 2 questions?
(I'll bet you thought I was going to quote Wikipedia again right?!)

Note: the date for the next Mardi Gras is March 8, 2011

(More on this in March, which is a big month in our family - it's nearly all our B-days so why not a Parade inbetween...I'm feeling a King Cake or 2 or 3 coming on for everybody's Spring B-day next year too?!)

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The Fresh Market or TFM

About their company (from their webpage)

"In 1982, Ray Berry and his wife, Beverly, opened a small store dedicated to providing quality foods in a friendly atmosphere.
Over the past 25 years, The Fresh Market has grown because of our dedication to our customers who enjoy the same high quality and amiable service we do.
With a growing national market, we continue to focus on stellar customer service and strive to keep the specialty neighborhood grocer feeling that our customers have grown to love."

October opened their 100th Store - in St. Petersberg, FL
(note: of all the places, where I grew up?!)

You can shop their brands online,  but I think it's way more fun to wander around the inside of the real market - after having a cup of the coffee sample on hand, first visit in it was Pumpkin Spice & this last trip in it was Jamaican Blue Mountain (I'm sure it was blend?!) Plus they leave a basket of choc's to take one to go with your coffee while you wander the chocolate...I am sooo in trouble?!

The Fresh Market Webpage link...
(newsletters, guides, even on Facebook?!)

Holiday Survival Guide direct link...

My Pick for a Spectacular Dessert on your Holiday Table...
The Recipe for: Clementine Trifle with Grand Marnier Sabayon:

Clementine Trifle with Grand Marnier Sabayon


2 tablespoons corn starch
4 tablespoons Grand Marnier
12 TFM egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Clementine zest
2 loaves TFM French Vanilla pound cakes, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 - 10 clementines, peeled and separated
2 (10 ounce) containers Truwhip topping, thawed

TO MAKE THE SABAYON: In a small bowl combine corn starch and Grand Marnier; set aside. In a large heat-safe bowl combine egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Set bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water and whisk constantly to 140°F. Add corn starch mixture and continue to stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add zest. Continue to stir until mixture begins to cool.

BUILD THE TRIFLE: Lay 1/3 of sabayon into bottom of a large trifle dish. Layer 1/3 of pound cake on top of sabayon and top with 1/3 of the clementines and 1/3 of the Truwhip. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of clementines.
Source: 2010 Holiday Catalog

Answer to the Question - What is a Sabayon?
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The Farmer's Markets - Lafayette

Acadiana Farmers Market
801 Foreman Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
337 - 948 - 8812

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
5:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m

Downtown Farmers Market
538 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
337 - 233 - 2589


Note: Farmers Markets not noted for webpages, but here's a blurb about Lafayette organic local food & it lists Acadian Farmers Market on

I cannot wait to buy fresh corn again & to grill a batch for sure...
I really/Really missed being able to buy fresh corn on the cob while living in Stavanger, Norway - you could some of the year buy a few packaged cobs, like around Thanksgiving, if you were lucky...after that you had to buy vacuum packed nubs that were a mushy wet mess before you even tried to boil them to cook them to have warm corn - I gave up after attempt number one?!

photo credit from Google Search & - until I can take a photo for myself, on & off the grill?!

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Fresh Pickin's - 14 carrot produce

Started up in Baton Rouge by 2 friends, this open air New Orleans style produce market - fresh produce, low prices, local farmers & of course Cajun items...

Have been in for a wander, it is covered uptop & has tent walls with plastic windows in them & open walkways, cement floor, lots of fresh & frozen items, as well as all those Cajun specialties & some garden plants out front too...

I think will shop this place especially since it's going to be close to my new home, could I walk to it with my basket over my arm like I saw the old ladies in Stavanger, Norway do? I'm doubting that, but will be great to go get fresh American or Louisiana grown produce nearly in my backyard--but someone else has done the pickin for me...

Next have to check out their webpage under What's Ripe - for the Seasonal Produce Calendar, since I haven't a clue what's growing when, like is it a summer veggie or a fall harvest one?!

Apparently November is Peak season for: apples, cabbage, citrus (like those famous Satsumas,) mustard greens, persimmons & pomegranates...(now I have to remember what a persimmon is, hmmm...)

 Note: so this is a persimmon, must of just not eaten any of these growing up - nor anywhere else I've lived I guess, mentions somewhere a cross between a tomato & a both so may have to give ém a try one day when they're in season again?!

And November is about the same, only there's a new crop of Pecans & I know what to do with those for sure?! There is not just Pecan pie to be bakes or Pralines to make, there are seasonal shops here for the holidays especially that roast, glaze, sugar & cover them in everything you can think of, from sweet to spicey - I like honey roasted or of course chocolate covered?! mmm...

One of them I drove by off Johnston Street - OK, so I didn't drive by, went in to get a little bag & look see... Classic Golden Pecan shop - if you go in take a peek at the Gauteau Na Na, looks like a pie but am guessing it's chocked full of pecans in there somewheres (another on my list of yummy looking foodie items to try one day too?!)

Note: yes it's 2 layers of buttery dough, it's described as on their webpage, pecan praline torte stuffed into these buttery layers - a recipe from France, Brittany...

Oh my just another reason to love French food (or to go visit my friend to her house in Southern France, now am wondering too how far is Pomerols from Brittany?! I feel some Google Map search time coming on soon...) The monster 9 inch pie or cake or torte or cookie weighs in at 2.6 lbs or 1.18 kg - they did have it for sale by the slice too in the shop...

Classic Golden Pecan shop link..

4303 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503

Fresh Pickin's webpage link...

907 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Tel: 337-261-2607

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