Microwave pralines are easier to make than stovetop pralines, and just as tasty.
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August 20, 2013 Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.
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Akein Scott, 19, the suspect in a shooting spree Sunday that left 19 people wounded in New Orleans.
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May 16, 2013 Police investigating the shootings that left at least 19 people injured in New Orleans Sunday have arrested Shawn Scott, 24, and his brother, Akein, 19. An additional four people were arrested and charged with harboring Akein Scott, the authorities said Thursday.
Kenneth Terry with the Treme Brass Band plays the trumpet Monday during a community response to a shooting during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.
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May 14, 2013 Second-lines — jazzy, rolling dance parties — are a staple in the black neighborhoods of the Big Easy. But on Mother's Day, a second-line parade was marred by a mass shooting that left 19 people injured. The violence has sparked questions of whether the events should be shut down, but those in "the culture" say linking violence to second-lines is unfair.
An image taken from a video released by New Orleans Police Monday shows a suspect in the Mother's Day parade shootings that left 19 people wounded.
May 13, 2013 New Orleans police have released images of a suspect in Sunday's shootings that wounded 19 people at a Mother's Day parade. Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the man, one of three suspects.
A reveler shows off his mask during the Krewe of Okeanos parade in New Orleans on Feb. 10, 2013.
February 12, 2013 In New Orleans today, one thing was made clear: Revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds. While the crowds were thinner than usual, many thought the weather was perfect for Fat Tuesday.
Waitress Gaynell James serves up calas cake from the kitchen at The Old Coffeepot Restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Jan. 28, 2013.
February 12, 2013 A path to freedom for enslaved blacks, an engine of economic independence, a treat for Mardi Gras revelers. Once you know the fascinating history of this Creole rice fritter, beignets will seem boring by comparison.
Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges by a federal grand jury. They include "conspiracy to deprive citizens of honest services."
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January 18, 2013 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.
September 25, 2012 The victim, killed in 2012, was a local celebrity of sorts in New Orleans. But the trial of his accused killer was stopped after a court employee spoke up to say there was a video of the murder. But where is that video? No one knows yet.
Kids in New Orleans on Monday getting some relief from the heat thanks to ice being distributed to those without power.
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September 4, 2012 "After six days of camping outside in sweltering temperatures because Hurricane Isaac knocked out power a week ago, there are many angry folks in the city and surrounding parishes."
Fresh Hubig pies read for delivery in 2007.
July 27, 2012 Hubig Pies has been producing hand-size, fried fruit pastries for hungry folks in and around New Orleans since 1922. The building is "a total loss" after a blaze today.
Sucre in New Orleans is one of many bakeries that leaves the plastic baby out of the king cake.
February 17, 2012 How a mysterious traveling salesman made a porcelain baby Jesus a Mardi Gras tradition.
Photographer Jennifer Shaw re-creates her Katrina story with toys and a toy camera.
August 29, 2011 Photographer Jennifer Shaw re-creates her Katrina story with toys and a toy camera.
December 20, 2010 The NBA has purchased the New Orleans Hornets from majority owner George Shinn and minority owner Gary Chouest. Shinn founded the team in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1988 and moved it to New Orleans in 2002.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right of Jindal, show their support for keeping the Hornets in New Orleans at a news conference Monday.
December 13, 2010 Government and business community leaders came together in New Orleans on Monday to rally support for keeping the NBA's Hornets in the Crescent City.
November 10, 2010 More than five years after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, the Six Flags amusement park has yet to reopen. A videographer takes a look inside the desolate remains of where laughs and good times were shared among the people of Louisiana.
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