King Cake Recipe Mardi Gras Tradition

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King Cake Recipes a Mardi Gras Tradition Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

The Feb. 22 issue of the Appalachian News Express features an article on local Chef Chris who hails from Bayou Country

Fancy Cinnamon Roll Recipe – New Orleans Style

You might thing it odd that a girl in the Kentucky mountains is writing about a French tradition linked closely to New Orleans and the Deep South; but you shouldn’t.

Head up to Pike County’s Virgie area and you’ll find family names like DeRossett and Tackett that have lived in our hills and hollers for more generations than you can shake a stick at.It is said that many of the French trappers of our pioneer era liked Kentucky so much they decided to stay. We just do not talk about it much.

My own roots include a French shoemaker who came to the Bluegrass to make his fortune. See there? Shoes are in my genes! Why deny it?

King Cake is what we here in the highlands would call a Cinnamon Roll. The icing and sprinkled sugars in the traditional Mardi Gras colors makes it a little more high flutin’. Y’all know I am not big on food coloring and the like, but every once in the while for celebrations I will bend the rules.

Enjoy a King Cake and raise a cup of Earl Grey tea to the folks of New Orleans who understand our secrets and wink at us with a mischievous kinship.

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.