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Bananas Foster Pancakes
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Luella’s Southern Kitchen Ups the Ante for Easter Brunch with Delicious Southern Dishes
CHICAGO (March 2015) – Ever since his February opening of Luella’s Southern Kitchen in Chicago’s Lincoln Square (4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-961-8196), Chef/Owner Darnell Reed has wowed Chicagoans with his impeccable renditions of great Southern regional dishes. He also will bring his masterful touch to Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 5 with two wonderful specials in addition to the regular brunch menu. His special Easter entrée will be Crawfish Étouffée with Carolina Gold Rice () and he will also add a scrumptious dessert special, the Dessert Sampler (), featuring a Beignet, Blackberry Hand Pie, Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding and Caramel Ice Cream.
Luella’s popular weekend brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, has received rave reviews. Among the favorites are Buttermilk Fried Chicken with smoked gravy (), Southern Benedict with Slagel Farms pork, poached eggs, crystal Hollandaise and buttermilk biscuit (); Bananas Foster Pancakes (); Chicory Coffee French Toast with crème brulee batter and fresh berries () and Shrimp and Grits, made with BBQ shrimp, dandelion greens and cream cheese grits (). For the kids, Chef Darnell serves a Mickey Mouse Pancake (), with an artfully created face of the famous cartoon icon baked into the pancake.
About Chef Reed
Reed is a graduate of Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago. He began his professional career in 1997 at the Palmer House Hilton where he served as Restaurant Chef at the French Quarter and the Big Downtown. In 2005, he was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at the Embassy Suites Chicago Lakefront where he handled banquet functions for up to 700 people. In April 2007, Reed was promoted to the dual Executive Chef position at the Hilton of Oakbrook and Hilton Garden Inn of Oakbrook. In May of 2010, he accepted the Executive Sous Chef position at the Conrad Chicago Hotel and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2011.
About Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen, located at 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. The restaurant opened February 3, 2015. Luella’s serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella’s is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. For more information, call the restaurant at (773) 961-8196 or visit the website at www.luellassouthernkitchen.com.
Note: Reservations accepted for groups of 10 or more.
Photo credit: Cindy Kurman, Kurman Photography
My Birthday Cake
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Cassandra made me an absolutely delicious restaurant quality devils food cake with raspberry meringue butter cream icing.
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Los aguajes, que se pueden comprar da todos lados en Iquitos (pero no se encontran a Lima), se comen asi, o con un poco de sale; en (deliciosa) bebida, aguajina, en chupete…
Pero como se corten los arboles grandes en la cuencua amazonica para recorrer le, non es sustenible. Dos semanas despues de la caidade los troncos, se prenden tambien los suri de aguaje (larva del insecto Rynchophorus palmarum) …muy gustosas y nutriente tambien, si si, muy ricas!!.
Aguaje can be bought everywhere in Iquitos (but are not found in Lima), the fruit can be eaten so (only the yellow top layer) or with salt; as delicious drinks (aguajina), as ice cream (chupete)…
But the tall trees are cut down from the rain forest to harvest the fruits, so it’s clearly unsustainable. Two weeks after cutting down the trees, “suri de aguaje” are also harvested from the trunk, those insect, beetle (Rynchophorus palmarum) larvae are…excellent and very nutritious, yes!!! (grilled: crunchy outside and soft inside) yummy!!
"Palmera de frutos comestibles, originaria del Perú. Se encuentra en las cuencas de Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali y Huanuco, ya sea en forma silvestre o agrupada en grandes manchales (comunidades de la misma especie). Alcanza los 35 m. de altura, tiene hojas compuestas de 5-6 m. de largo, fruto elíptico de 5-7 cm. de largo y 4-5 cm. de ancho."
Aguaje, from this link:
“The Mauritia flexuosa palm (called "aguaje" in Peru) can grow to over 100 feet tall in the rainforest as it competes for available light its swampy environment. It’s trunk is very hard and slippery, making it almost impossible to climb and requiring people to fell the tree to harvest the large bunches of aguaje fruit. Aguaje, along with other economically important fruit trees, is being destroyed at alarming rates throughout the Peruvian Amazon (Gentry and Vásquez, 1989). This is a clear example of an unsustainable extraction activity (see Agroforestry section below for details).
The most important native fruit in this region for both urban and rural people, some 15 metric tons of aguaje is brought to Iquitos daily for use in the local fruit, ice cream, and cold drink industry. Hundreds of urban people, mostly women, were employed in the marketing of aguaje products in the 1980s (see Padoch, 1988), and the number has increased during the 1990s. This is a thriving local industry, where demand for aguaje exceeds supply and is independant of international markets or investment.
But aguaje is not only important for humans. It is an important fruit in the diets of the lowland tapir and white-lipped peccary that roam the rainforest (Bodmer, 1990). It is also eaten by primates, rodents, and other mammals. These animals rely on aguaje when other fruits are scarce, making aguaje a keystone species in the forest (see Peres 1994). Each time an aguaje tree is destroyed there is less aguaje fruit available to these animals, lowering the rainforest’s carrying capacity for these species. Long-term effects are not yet known, but pressure from hunting and the loss of food supply negatively affect animal populations. Aguaje shortages also hurt employment and the economy in the region. Large portions of the vast primary forest in northeastern Peru have by now lost much of their economic and ecological value. There may be towering, majestic trees in front of us, but we might be viewing a relatively "empty" forest, stripped of many important species playing key ecological roles (see Redford, 1992). In the Peruvian Amazon, biodiversity loss is being caused not so much by deforestation, as by over-hunting and the unsustainable extraction of non-timber products such as aguaje.
RCF has initiated an agressive education and extension program with the local people by planting aguaje in settlement zones. Aguaje trees grow relatively shorter in these open areas so it does not have to be cut down to retrieve the fruit. The goal is to plant enough aguaje in people’s garden plots and fallows in the buffer zone so they won’t have to enter the reserve and destroy the very tall, naturally occuring trees. Animal populations should benefit as their habitat (the aguaje swamps) recovers, and the reserve’s capacity to carry these species increases. Because aguaje is a keystone species, the recovery of these swamps these should help a multitude of organisms in the forest.”
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