Make Your Own Mardi Gras!

Sure, there are places to celebrate Mardi Gras with a crowd this week, but maybe “earning beads” isn’t really your speed.  If you’d rather laissez les bons temps rouler at home with a few friends and family, bring home these pre-Lent treats to your Carnival Krewe.  It’s all about indulging!

  • King Cake – purple, green and yellow sugared and iced coffee cakes with a plastic baby inside (so watch the choking hazzard!).  I get mine from Kroger where they’re either cinnamon or almond filled.  Or, call Savannah Rum Runner’s Bakery to special order.
  • ready-made praline beignets – THE BEST hot doughnuts in Savannah are available for dine-in or carry-out at Huey’s on River Street.  The praline dipping sauce is divine, but these powdered sugar-covered pillows of deliciousness are also heavenly on their own.
  • Beignet mix and Chicory coffee – recreate the iconic Cafe Du Monde breakfast by making your own donuts and coffee from these box mixes available at Cost Plus World Market on Abercorn.
  • throws – stock up on beads, masks and other cheap Mardi Gras trinkets at your local dollar store or party supply store. Kids usually dig that stuff and if you only pay $1 for it, you won’t feel bad about just recycling it on Wednesday
  • pancakes – for a simpler celebration of the last days before Lent, make pancakes!  The tradition came from using up rich ingredients such as butter, eggs and milk before the time of fasting during Lent.  And who doesn’t love the occasional breakfast-for-supper?

Elizabeth Christmas
Eat It and Like It

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.