In the mix: Calling up ‘The Big Easy’ from a box

Each year, I’m determined to get at least a little closer to visiting New Orleans, if only via a Crayola-yellow box and 48 ounces of hot cooking oil.

We’re talking beignets here, those puffy little squarish French doughnuts made famous by Cafe Du Monde, the French Quarter landmark coffee stand that has been for decades . . . → Read More: In the Mix: Calling up ‘The Big Easy’ from a box

Bread of the Month: Frying puffy beignets

Say what you will — or say nothing at all to remain nutritionally chaste — but fried dough is a thing unmatched. Looking beyond any wickedness, how can one say that a hot doughnut, a hushpuppy, a fritter — all warm from the fryer — is anything but a good thing? If you refuse . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Frying puffy beignets