Buttermilk Beignets

The French brought beignets to Louisiana in the 18th century and since then they have become commonplace there. In 1986, the state of Louisiana even declared these puffy, wondrous delights the official state doughnut.

Buttermilk beignets dusted with icing sugar. Don't you just want a bite? They're super simple to make, and if you click to get the recipe you can eat 'em tonight!

Beignets can be easily found in the area, but the most popular place to snack on this originally Acadian treat is at Café du Monde. The beignets there, which are served in a plate covered with a mountain of icing sugar, are truly special. That, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t make them at home. You’re pretty special yourself.

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Falafel, which is essentially a deep-fried chickpea croquette, is not healthy. Falafel is definitely delicious though, especially when deep-fried instead of baked. Falafel consists of ground chickpeas and herbs that are ground up and fried. It’s one of those things that you can’t really call healthy, but you can definitely call “dinner”.

Homemade chickpea falafel on a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce... click for the recipe!

If you bake your falafel then it becomes much healthier, but also less crunchy. You must decide, when you make falafel, whether you treasure your health more than the momentary satisfaction you will get from a crunch. I chose the crunch. Falafel is amazing when it’s crunchy!

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