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Twelfth Night Food Traditions?

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I'm still feeling in a festive mood and I want to celebrate Epiphany tonight with some sort of traditional feast. Obviously, I'll make a King Cake, being an exiled New Orleanian, but I can't find any indications anywhere on the web of what might be an appropriate Epiphany Dinner. I don't want to go straight to Mardi Gras foods (fried chicken, beer with your doughnut). Any ideas?

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  1. I am in the same boat you are-a native living outside of New Orleans. I plan on making a big pot of gumbo and serving a king cake I purchased at Rouses when I was home last week. It is realllly cold where I am so I think gumbo is the answer for us. I looked into it as well, consulting the internet and books but can come up with nothing that constitutes a traditional Twelth Night meal. I know we were always at a party, and so many things were served. Hope this helps! Happy Mardi Gras!

    1. I don't recall a traditional meal for 12th night growing up. I actually have a dinner to go to tonight, but it's at a New Orleans themed restaurant here so I know they have decent gumbo and pretty good jambalaya, so that's what it will be for me.

      Obviously I think a drink of some sort is in order as the Phunny Phorty Phellows take to the street car tonight.

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      1. re: roro1831

        Thanks to both of you! I may just have to make grillades and grits and pretend I'm at a Queen's supper. My husband and I have ODed on gumbo in the past week, thanks to the tubs my grandmother sent up with us after Christmas.

        1. re: LostBread

          Grillades and grits, what time should I be there. lol My wife hates grits, and she flies to Dallas Saturday, I think I know what I'm having Sunday.