Yakamein Is the Best Way to Recover From Mardi Gras

There are many things Chef Linda Green can make for you—shrimp and crabmeat dressing, crawfish macaroni and cheese, gumbo, bread pudding—but there’s only one dish so consistently attributed to her that it earned her her own epithet: Yakamein.

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There are many things Chef Linda Green can make for you—shrimp and crabmeat dressing, crawfish macaroni and cheese, gumbo, bread pudding—but there's only one dish so consistently attributed to her that it earned her her own epithet: Yakamein.

It's a salty, umami-rich soup filled with noodles, hard-boiled egg, a choice of meat and dusted with chopped green onions, is a hybrid of Black American and Asian-American cooking. When you finish a cup, the list sips are often filled with the broth's seasonings that settle in the bottom. And it's fair to say that culinary experience, while available in various places across the United States, has been perfected by New Orleans' own Linda Green, the Yakamein Lady.

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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras, Wherever You Are

We’ve teamed up with Zatarain’s® Smoked Sausage to bring the flavors of a New Orleans Mardi Gras to your kitchen, no matter where you’re celebrating. On the menu: flavor-packed, crowd-friendly dishes starring Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage, classi…

We’ve teamed up with Zatarain’s® Smoked Sausage to bring the flavors of a New Orleans Mardi Gras to your kitchen, no matter where you’re celebrating. On the menu: flavor-packed, crowd-friendly dishes starring Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage, classic cocktails, and plenty of good tunes to get the party started.


It's been two years since New Orleans has been able to truly celebrate Mardi Gras: filling the city’s streets with parades, dancing, and merry-making like it has for over a hundred years. But now, Carnival is officially back, and the party has already started, so it's time to revel in all the season has to offer.

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The Delightful Tradition of Mardi Gras Food Throws

Like most people who grew up in south Louisiana, Norby Chabert has a vivid memory when it comes to his favorite things he’s caught at Mardi Gras parades. One of those, from when he was just a young boy, has nothing to do with the glittering plastic bea…

Like most people who grew up in south Louisiana, Norby Chabert has a vivid memory when it comes to his favorite things he's caught at Mardi Gras parades. One of those, from when he was just a young boy, has nothing to do with the glittering plastic beads, small toys or other trinkets most often tossed off the side of Carnival floats. Instead, it's Choc-O-Jels.

The small, chocolate-covered sandwich cakes with a fruit jam in the center are now called Jelly Creme Pies, but back then, Chabert just knew them as the Little Debbie cakes his grandmother would keep in the refrigerator for a cold snack. He remembers the moment on a parade route when a float-rider lifted a whole case of the tiny cakes into view.

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17 Mardi Gras Recipes to Celebrate Carnival in Style

Holidays based around eating are ones we would never dream of skipping. Number one on our list this month is Mardi Gras. Here is an updated version of last year’s celebratory round-up, with a few tantalizing additions that will really make you hungry:

Holidays based around eating are ones we would never dream of skipping. Number one on our list this month is Mardi Gras. Here is an updated version of last year's celebratory round-up, with a few tantalizing additions that will really make you hungry:

You wouldn't know it from the sloppy tourists hurling beads from French Quarter balconies, but Mardi Gras is, fundamentally, a religious holiday. Indeed, it is the best kind of religious holiday: one based on divinely sanctioned binge eating. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is so called because it's the last day before Lent—in other words, a last hoorah to have the meats, booze, and sweets that are verboten during the following 40 days of penitence.

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How King Cake Came to Rule Mardi Gras

About a decade ago, Jennifer Samuels would spend the months of Carnival in New Orleans furiously baking, baking, baking. Even though La Dolce Nola, which she owned, was a gelato shop, there was one thing every year that helped keep things going: King c…

About a decade ago, Jennifer Samuels would spend the months of Carnival in New Orleans furiously baking, baking, baking. Even though La Dolce Nola, which she owned, was a gelato shop, there was one thing every year that helped keep things going: King cake.

"It went really, really well," Samuels said. Back then, she was making cakes with flavors that seemed "a little out there," beyond the traditional cinnamon and brioche locals know and instead reached for fresh strawberry, lemon curd, and Nutella. Though the gelato shop ended up closing, her obsession with finding the next most interesting flavor lived on. It turns out, she wasn't alone, and today Samuels runs The King Cake Hub, a local pop-up that serves as a king cake clearinghouse—a one-stop shop for hungry locals to find 16 bakeries' more than 60 flavors of cakes.

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Spicy Shrimp & Sausage Creole for Mardi Gras (& All Year Long)

We’ve teamed up with Zatarain’s® Smoked Sausage to help you bring the flavors of a New Orleans Mardi Gras straight to your kitchen with recipe ideas starring their Andouille and Cajun-Style flavors. Up first: the spicy Shrimp and Sausage Creole that Ro…

We’ve teamed up with Zatarain’s® Smoked Sausage to help you bring the flavors of a New Orleans Mardi Gras straight to your kitchen with recipe ideas starring their Andouille and Cajun-Style flavors. Up first: the spicy Shrimp and Sausage Creole that Rosalynn Daniels—a lifestyle blogger, recipe developer, and photographer—makes every year to celebrate the Carnival season.


When you think of New Orleans, Mardi Gras is often one of the first things that comes to mind: Over many years and generations, the celebration has become an essential part of the city’s cultural fabric. For Rosalynn Daniels, a food and lifestyle blogger who spent her high school years living in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is always a special time of year.

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The True Origin Story of Mardi Gras in America

Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, I always felt that the Mardi Gras in my hometown seemed like a much less exciting version than the one two and half hours away in New Orleans. It was a far tamer affair than what I saw portrayed in movies and television s…

Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, I always felt that the Mardi Gras in my hometown seemed like a much less exciting version than the one two and half hours away in New Orleans. It was a far tamer affair than what I saw portrayed in movies and television shows over the years from our neighbors to the west. But as a veteran of many a Mardi Gras in the city, I do feel that we Mobilians have one thing over New Orleans: bragging rights.

Did you know that New Orleans wasn’t the first city to host Mardi Gras in the United States? That distinction belongs to the Port City.

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