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Christmas at HH 

December 2010 
Symphony and Sophistication at Houmas House
Elegant affairs are nothing new to Houmas House. In fact, historical documents speak of lavish parties hosted by former owner John Burnside to have spun gold in the trees, giving the Spanish moss a shimmer. 
So we find it appropriate that the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is bringing its Christmas Brass and Percussion and will perform under our magnificent oaks on December 12th.  Talk about an elegant affair!
Just imagine, you'll be in your holiday finest attire, sitting under a cathedral of oaks, taking in the dramatic and moving music from the Baton Rouge Symphony.  It will be breathtaking! 
The performance starts promptly at 4:30 pm, so come early and see our blooming gardens at sunset. Despite the season, you're sure to see a multitude of colors at every turn.  The performance is sure to leave you hungry so Latil's Landing is offering a special menu just for the night.
We suggest making a dinner reservation soon. Our award winning restaurant is the locals favorite place to dine for special occasions. You can buy your symphony tickets online.

Secrets from Latil's Landing

Roasted Duck with Root Vegetables

Serves 4


1 domestic duck, about 4 pounds

2 tablespoons Steen's Cane Syrup

4 tablespoons olive oil, in all

4 ribs of celery, sliced lengthwise in half

1 large head of garlic, cut in half crosswise

1/4 pound baby carrots, peeled

1/4 pound baby parsnips, peeled

1 large onion, halved, and cut into wedges

1/4 pound baby turnips, peeled

4 small red potatoes, quartered

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon chopped basil

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup dry Sherry

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Quarter the duck. Season the duck with salt and pepper. Rub the duck with the cane syrup. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil is hot, sear the duck, skin side down, for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Place the celery and garlic on a wire rack fitted over a roasting pan. In a mixing bowl, toss onions, remaining olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, and herbs. Spread the vegetables evenly over the celery and garlic. Place the seared duck pieces on top of the vegetables.  Pour the water and sherry to the bottom of the roasting pan. Roast for 1 hour, or until the duck is tender.

Remove the duck from the oven. Place the vegetables in the center of the platter. Lay the duck over the vegetables. Spoon any remaining sauce over the duck. 

Ask Princess Grace 
As seen from the view of Princess Grace
New Orleans LAdy

Dear Princess Grace,

My name is Lady . I am a spoiled Yorkie and I know you are spoiled too! Your home and grounds are beautiful, I bet you have fun running around in that huge yard! I want to know if you have seen any ghost in your house or outside in the yard, my parents want to know too! I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Dear Lady: 

In the antebellum days the dogs at Houmas House had a wonderful life. They spent the summers lounging on the front porch and trotting through the gardens. In the winter they napped in front of the marble fireplaces.   Legend has it, they loved living here so much that sometimes early in the morning or at sunset you will occasionally see a dog ghost playing on the grounds. Their favorite spots are under the shady oak trees.  Since I've lived here I have not seen any but I'm always up early hoping to see one frolicking on the front lawn.

Email Princess Grace at [email protected]

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