Cooking up Carnival

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 09:32 AM.

Carnival season is here. Having guests over? Wondering what to serve? One area chef can help you with that.

A self-described “Irish Channel brat,” Vicki McCain was born and raised in New Orleans years before she became a cooking instructor at Cuvee Bistro Catering Center in Miramar Beach .

For those not from New Orleans , McCain says the Irish Channel is a blue-collar neighborhood where you can find a bar and grocery store on every corner.

During Mardi Gras, all the bars' Corner Clubs march in the Mardi Gras parade.

A major time of celebrating and getting together, food plays a significant part in a festive season, which culminates with the appropriately named Fat Tuesday.

"The main thing is going to the parades," said McCain. "And you meet at someone's house before or after the parade and eat together."

The main staple at the table will be a King Cake, for sure. The other dishes will be Big Easy-inspired dishes that are easy to prepare, serve, and reheat.

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