Houmas House Plantation and  Gardens 
December 2018
From the Kitchens at Houmas House
Braised Beef Short-Ribs
"For me, there is something comforting about slow braised cuts of meat. This is the perfect cold weather dish. I like to serve these rich, fork tender, short ribs over creamy grits or mashed potatoes."   Chef Jeremy Langlois

6 pounds boneless beef short-ribs
8 slices bacon, chopped
2 large onions, quartered
3 stalks celery, quartered
3 carrots, sliced
8 cloves garlic, smashed
6 cups beef stock, bouillon or water
1 cup red wine
3 sprigs fresh thyme
6 leaves fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Season short-ribs well using salt and pepper. In a 10-quart Dutch oven, brown bacon to render fat over medium-high heat. Do not burn. Remove crisp bacon and set aside. In the bacon fat brown short-ribs, taking care not to burn bacon fat. Once all the ribs are brown add onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Sauté 2-3 minutes to tenderize vegetables. Add beef stock and red wine. Bring to a rolling boil and reduce to simmer. Add cooked bacon, browned short-ribs, thyme and basil. Season stock with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Return the mixture to a rolling boil, cover and place in pre-heated oven. Cook 3 hours, checking for tenderness. When ribs are fork-tender, remove from stock and set aside. Reduce stock by half. When ready to serve, strain stock, return ribs to the pot along with the sauce and re-heat in pre-heated oven. Ribs may be prepared up to 3 days in advance and remain in the stock until ready to serve.         

 Who is Mr Bingle?

If you're from New Orleans you are no stranger to this cute little snowman with the ice cream cone hat.  But for guests visiting from around the world he's merely a cute Christmas decoration. 

So, what's his story?  Learn about Mr. Bingle in this article.  

Christmas Season at Houmas House

The holly is hung, the bows are tied and the lights are twinkling all around the Houmas Mansion and Gardens.  This is such a fun time of year to visit and enjoy the decorations and get in the holiday spirit.  
Christmas parties bring laughter and dancing.  Families are taking Christmas card photos in the gardens.  And couples are getting engaged under the oaks!  This is truly a magical time of year.
Thank you to all who have visited and made 2018 amazing.  I hope to see you again soon!

Much Love,

Princess Maggie


The Symphony Returns to Houmas House

The Baton Rouge Symphony returned to Houmas House it's annual Christmas concert.  It was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!  Thank you to all who attended and to the Baton Rouge Symphony for a fantastic performance.
Christmas at Houmas House

If you aren't able to visit Houmas House this Christmas season, visit our photo gallery and enjoy the decorations from home.

Stay Connected with Houmas House

There are so many ways to visit and stay connected with Houmas House!  We offer several options for tours and easy links to book tickets online are right here:

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9 :00 AM- 7:00 PM Daily
Cafe Burnside: 11AM-2PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11AM-3PM
The Carriage House Restaurant:
    Breakfast- 8AM-10AM
    Dinner- 5PM-8:30PM

*Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day


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