Houmas House Historic Estate and Gardens 
August 2019

From the Kitchens at Houmas House  

Crawfish Cardinale

Yields: 6 Servings  

"This rich and versatile Creole recipe can be served over rice as a full meal, or as a topping on fresh fish."  

1 pound crawfish tails
4 tbsps unsalted butter
½ cup minced shallots
¼ cup minced onions
¼ cup minced celery
¼ cup minced red bell peppers
2 tbsps minced garlic
2 tbsps tomato paste
2 tbsps flour
3 cups heavy cream
2 tbsps Cognac
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped basil
sliced green onions
finely chopped parsley
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
paprika for garnish
parsley for garnish
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sauté shallots, onions, celery, red bell peppers and garlic 3-5 minutes or until translucent. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cream, Cognac, lemon juice, basil, green onions, parsley, salt and cayenne pepper. Whisk well. Cook 3-5 minutes or until sauce-like consistency is achieved, stirring constantly. Add crawfish and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and adjust seasonings. Garnish with paprika and parsley.  

Weddings Are Royal at Houmas House

It's almost time for my favorite time of year- the Fall!  Cooler breezes, autumn gardens, bridal portraits and lots and lots of weddings!  Houmas House has become a favorite destination for local and out of town brides and grooms.  From the commanding mansion, to the bright gardens, the backdrop is picturesque and will create a lasting impression.  
Now is the time to schedule a bridal tour.  And you may even get to meet me! 

See you soon,

Princess Maggie
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How Sweet It Is

What makes your morning coffee so good? Or your favorite dessert so sweet?  It's SUGAR.  But have you ever stopped and thought about where it comes from?  Derived from sugarcane, granulated sugar as we know it goes through a multi-step process before landing on grocery store shelves.  Did you know Louisiana has been the largest producer of the nation's sugar since 1795?  
Originally brought to Louisiana in the late 1600's the first attempts to produce thriving crops of sugar cane were unsuccessful due to the incorrect strain being planted, cold weather and a short planting season.  In 1795, Etienne de Bore and an expert sugar maker from Santo Domingo produced the largest profiting crop of sugar cane, netting $12,000.  And from here the sugar cane industry was born in Louisiana.  

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Plan Your Visit

With so many options to choose from, let us help you plan your visit to Houmas House. From mansion tours, to dining, to day trips from New Orleans, the options are plentiful.  

Daily transportation from New Orleans is available through Gray Line New Orleans.   Learn More Here


Open Daily

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- 4:30PM-8:00PM

*Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day

Houmas House Historic Estate and Gardens  | 40136 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA 70725 |            9AM-8PM Daily | 225.473.9380 | www.HoumasHouse.com