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William C. C. Claiborne William Charles Cole Claiborne was born in 1775 in Sussex County, Virginia and eventually bec...

William C. C. Claiborne

The Germans in Louisiana I wonder how many Louisiana natives and visitors have searched for the German Coast along the...

The Germans in Louisiana

Baroness Pontalba So many of us, beginning as young children, have walked through Jackson Square in the French ...

Baroness Pontalba

Nottoway Plantation Sitting only 200′ from the banks of the Mississippi River just north of White Castle, Louisian...

Nottoway Plantation

HUEY LONG (1893-1935) Huey Pierce Long was perhaps the most controversial and colorful state governor in US history. ...

HUEY LONG (1893-1935)

THE TABASCO STORY In 1841a fourth generation American of Scottish-Irish descent moved to New Orleans to begin a...

THE TABASCO STORY

Houmas Indian Tribe The year was 1686 when French explorer Robert LaSalle led his expedition down the Mississippi t...

Houmas Indian Tribe

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Claudia's Corn Soup

6 slices bacon 1 pound smoked sausage, diced ½ cup pickled pork or any ham seasoning 2 large white onions, finely chopped 3 stalks...

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Manale's BBQ Shrimp

One of our favorite recipes to prepare for friends and family is the barbecued shrimp recipe obtained by my mother (over 40 years...

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Oysters Mosca

Johnny Adapted from dish made famous by Manale’s and Mosca’s restaurants- of New Orleans 4 dozen oysters and liquid 1 large...

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Missy Replicated from Houston’s Restaurant’s (Metairie, LA) popular appetizer 2 sticks butter 1 medium white onion, finely...

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Marcia Ball

An energetic combination of blues and honky-tonk with a touch of boogie woogie best describes this Louisiana native who has been...

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New Orleans Street Cars

New Orleans became the second American city to have streetcars in 1835. The first city to introduce these horse-driven train cars...

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Atchafalaya Basin

The largest swamp wilderness in the United States; an area comprising nearly 600,000 acres encompasses most of Cajun Country in...

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Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches (Nack’-uh-tish) has long been revered as one of the most desired family destinations in Louisiana. It’s quaint...

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Oysters Mosca

Johnny Adapted from dish made famous by Manale’s and Mosca’s restaurants- of New Orleans 4 dozen oysters and liquid 1 large...

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Manale's BBQ Shrimp

One of our favorite recipes to prepare for friends and family is the barbecued shrimp recipe obtained by my mother (over 40 years...

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Missy Replicated from Houston’s Restaurant’s (Metairie, LA) popular appetizer 2 sticks butter 1 medium white onion, finely...

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Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches (Nack’-uh-tish) has long been revered as one of the most desired family destinations in Louisiana. It’s quaint...

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Gene Rizzo

Gene Rizzo, South LA native, architect, successful artist

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Cooking Louisiana

Cooking Louisiana. Excellent site for finding best dining in New Orleans area

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Louisiana Hot Stuff

Louisiana Hot Stuff. Unique Louisiana gifts in Lafayette, LA

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Louisiana Cookin'

Magazine covering authentic recipes, tasty travels and unique cultures of Louisiana.

Natchitoches (Nack’-uh-tish) has long been revered as one of the most desired family destinations in Louisiana. It’s quaint setting has been a popular site for numerous movies; among the most popular, Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes. The city’s narrow, tree-lined residential streets pass quaint wood-framed homes, many of which were built in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. You’ll enjoy colorful flowers, white picket fences, and friendly, welcoming residents as you stroll through downtown neighborhoods.

But besides the Hollywood connection, the famous Christmas Lights and meat pies come to the mind of most Louisiana residents when mentioning Natchitoches.

It is believed that the Natchitoches Indians actually introduced the recipe in Louisiana in the 1700’s; and it was later improved upon (spiced up) by the Spanish.

Of course the meat pie tradition goes back hundreds of years in many countries throughout the world. This savory pastry filled with beef, pork, lamb, vegetables and spices may very well have originated in the British Empire both in Europe and Australia. Latin America’s answer to the meat pie is the empanada served in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Ingredients such as olives, fried eggs, pulled pork, fish, salami, and cheese give great versatility to this hearty dish. The shell or pastry is often fried but may be baked as well.

If you’d like to try your hand at preparing a version of the meat pie, you can find one of our recipes at:Natchitoches Meat Pie Recipe . It’s really quite simple and makes a wonderful snack, or school lunch; especially in cold weather.

The State of Louisiana officially named the Natchitoches meat pie as its official state meat pie. If you’re in the Natchitoches area September 12 and 13th, you might stop in at the Meat Pie Festival. There you’ll have an opportunity to try many versions of the meat pie and if you taste enough them, you’re sure to have sampled the official Natchitoches meat pie!

You’ll find a landmark restaurant which best exemplifies what the Natchitoches meat pie represents at Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant at 622 2nd Street. Mr. Lasyone launched his restaurant business in 1967 in an old 1859 establishment and has been serving this wonderful treat to hungry diners ever since. His recipe has received rave reviews by food critics from Southern Living, The New Yorker, Glamour, and Gourmet Magazines. Be sure to stop by and check out what all the fuss is about!

 

 

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