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May 27, 2009 05:49 AM

Stage Planks

I'm down here for a week doing rebuilding work. The homeowner we are working for was reminiscing about sitting on the bread box as a kid, eating stage planks and drinking Barq's Red. I found the soda (yum!), but I thought it would be nice to bring him the cookie as well. Any idea if and where I could find these? We're staying in the Marigny and working in Gentilly, but can get anywhere in the area. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Not sure if you can find them or not anymore, but here's a recipe for them:
    I recall something similar when I was a kid, called Rock and Roll, but I haven't seen that in years. I remember drinking those Barqs as well, back when it had the red dye in it that was banned for causing cancer...ahhh the good old days

    1 Cup of Molasses
    1 Cup of Sour Milk (buttermilk?)
    1 Tablespoonful of Ground Ginger
    1 Gill of Lard (1 gill = 1/2 cup, or 4 ounces)
    3 Cups of Flour
    1 Teaspoonful of Baking Soda

    Melt the molasses, lard and ginger together and blend well. When thoroughly melted and warmed, beat for about ten minutes. Then dissolves the soda in a tablespoonful of boiling water and add to the molasses; mix it thoroughly, and then add the flour, using good judgment and adding just enough of the three cups of sifted flour to make a still batter; beat thoroughly and vigorously. Have ready several greased, shallow pans; pour the mixture into them and bake for ten minutes in a quick oven.

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    1. re: roro1831

      A little more searching revealed this:

      Apparently they can still be purchased, just not sure what, if any, stores in NOLA have them

      1. If you want a scenic drive, you can travel down to Jeanerette and buy them at LeJeune's Bakery, along with some great French bread. I do believe that they distribute in N.O., but the locals will have to tell you where to go.

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        1. We saw them at the new Lakeview Tastee Donut coffee shop on Harrison Avenue and Marshal Foch. Buttermilk drops and other goodies, too. Soups, salads, sandwiches will be on the menu soon if not already. The place is kitty-corner from the Steak Knife.

          1. Just saw them this morning at Castellon's Pharmacy on Oak Street. Plus it gives you an excuse to stop at Pazzo Gelato. or Plum St Snowballs.