While Carnevale is popular throughout Latin America, here in the US, Mardi Gras is the celebration of choice for preparing for the season of Lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated differently depending on where you are in the US. Places in Alabama begin the season of Mardi Gras way back in November while other areas focus on the last week or twelve days leading up to Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent with the party culminating on Fat Tuesday.
Food is a very large part of the celebration, because once Lent is upon us, indulgent, fatty foods are given up in an act of self-denial and remembrance. So, laissez les bon temps rouler or let the good times roll and jump in the kitchen.
Since New Orleans is heavily associated with Mardi Gras, it is fitting to use their culinary leanings to make the mood around your home a little more festive. Spicy Cajun dishes such as gumbo or jambalaya will put you in the right frame of mind, or try mixing up a blackened seasoning mix and using it with tonight’s entree.