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Sep 15, 201608:05 AM
Haute Plates

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Cuisines Of The Nation

Gumbo is great, but it’s sometimes hard to find essential ingredients like kale, quinoa, Sprite and whole wheat flour. Fortunately, my friends, you have me to share the recipes I have gathered during my travels throughout these United States over the past 20 years. The next time you can’t find asparagus tips for your turtle soup, don’t despair; just try one of these entirely authentic recipes:


Philly Cheese Steak:

  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 1 hot dog
  • 1 slice of American cheese

Combine and consume.

Speak ill of a rival sports team.


Texas Barbecue:

  • 5 lbs. beef brisket
  • 2 gallons ketchup
  • 3 cans “pinto” beans
  • 7.32 tbs. sugar
  • 1.33333333333333334 tsp. mustard powder
  • 37 lbs. mesquite wood chips.

Bathe the brisket gently in the ketchup. De-can the beans and wave them near the meat. Make an altar of the mesquite chips. Sprinkle the sugar and mustard powder onto the mesquite altar, then burn it. Serve the brisket with shame, napkins, and a light-bodied red wine. (A pinot noir is always nice.)

New York Pizza:

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese or cheese-like foodstuff
  • 17 grams of pepperoni, each cut into the image of Frank Sinatra as a young man

For this recipe you will need a large cast-iron skillet and 2 lines of cocaine.

Preheat the skillet on your stove top. Place the tortilla on the preheated skillet. Do a line of cocaine.


Take a deep breath; it’s just the coke. Do another line to be sure, though.


Chicago Pizza:

Use four flour tortillas.

St. Louis Pizza:

Omit tortilla.

Philadelphia Pizza:

Substitute anger for tortilla.

San Francisco-Style Cioppino:

  • 5 organic shrimp
  • 1 lightly caught salmon steak
  • 1 free-range, cage-free, grass-fed hot dog
  • 1 gallon ethically raised, organic ketchup
  • 2 quarts Benton’s hand-crafted, non-GMO water
  • 2 tbs. gluten-free salt
  • 1 bunch Tibetan kale

Boil the first three ingredients in the second two ingredients. Season with the salt. Add kale, assume downward-facing dog pose and enjoy.

Nashville Hot Chicken:

  • 1 bucket Popeyes chicken
  • 1 apostrophe
  • 1 jar hot sauce

Add apostrophe to “Popeyes.” Add hot sauce to chicken. Pretend Luke Bryan hasn’t ruined Country music.

New England Clam Bake:

  • 37.45 clams
  • 4 bunches kale
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • Seaweed, to cover

Place the clams in a large pot, and add water to cover. Bring pot to a simmer, cover, then remove from heat. Puree kale and apply to face and arms as balm. Look directly at cooked quinoa for 10 minutes, then add uncooked quinoa (to cooked quinoa). Discard.

Cover head with seaweed in shame.

Florida Happy Meal

  • 1 “Happy Meal”
  • 1 sunburn

Enjoy your authentic Florida experience.

Lagniappe: Disney Special

  • 1 family
  • 1 van
  • 1 Disneyworld server
  • 1 lawyer

Drive to Disney World in a van with your family, and when you arrive for your reservation at the “restaurant” in the “colonial village” portion of the “happiest place on earth,” and your server asks what you’d like, tell your server you’d like a martini. Try but fail to stop yourself from clubbing your server with Ye Olde Peppermill when he/she says, “… And I’d love to serve you a martini, but here at the happiest place on earth, we don’t serve alcohol!!!”

Call lawyer.


I could go on, but I’m about to make me some kale-quinoa gumbo. Bon appetit, mes chers!



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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