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Chef Susan Spicer of
Bayona, New Orleans



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~ Mark Twain, 1884

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"Nestled in a 200-year old romantic Creole cottage in the heart of the
French Quarter, Bayona is a jewel in the crown of New Orleans cuisine.
Featuring flavors of the Mediterranean, award-winning Chef Susan
Spicer also incorporates Alsace, Asia, India and the Southwest into
her menu. Recognized by national critics including the James Beard
Foundation, Susan and Bayona offer guests an elegantly causal
atmosphere and consistently outstanding service."

Grilled Shrimp with Coriander Sauce

16 medium to large headless shrimp,
peeled and deveined
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Toss shrimp with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and spices.
Skewer 4 to a portion and set aside.

Coriander Sauce
1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon orange zest (no white)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 ounces white wine
2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
6 ounces butter, softened
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a small saucepot, or saucepan, place chopped shallots, orange zest,
ground coriander, orange juice, wine and vinegar. Simmer over medium
heat until liquid is reduced by half. While still hot, place all ingredients
in a blender and blend for 5 seconds: Then add in softened butter by
the tablespoonful until sauce is emulsified. Stir in chopped cilantro and
season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm, but not hot. Broil or
grill shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side until just cooked through. Nap
with sauce and serve. This goes very well with black beans and sour
cream. Yields 4 servings.


Oven-roasted Crispy Chicken

1 cup buttermilk & 2 tablespoons water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together and add: 8 pieces chicken, cut up Toss
chicken in buttermilk mixture and let rest for at least 1/2 hour.

1 cup breadcrumbs with
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt

Dip the chicken in breadcrumb mixture and place on a baking pan.
Place in a preheated 375-degree [F] oven and cook for about 40
minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.


Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad with
Crispy Tortilla Strips

1 cup corn, cut off the cob and cooked
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 ripe Haas avocado, peeled & diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt, pepper
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 tortillas, cut in strips & fried in hot oil

Mix corn, tomato, avocado & green onions together. In a separate
bowl, mix lime juice, vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt & pepper and taste
for seasoning. Pour over the salad ingredients and serve on top of
shredded lettuce with crispy tortilla strips on top.

More Susan Spicer recipes:
Baked Oysters Italian Style
Bayona's Garlic Soup
Butterscotch Banana Pie

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