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January  2011 
A New Year Brings New Adventures
 Tea House
If you are here for the first time or a repeat visit, you'll instantly see that Houmas House strives to make each experience a new and spectacular one.  From our sophisticated dining and engaging tours, to our bountiful gardens, we are always giving you a reason to come back.  It's a new adventure each time! 
This year, we're boasting an additional wing on our Tea House. Now you can enjoy two cascading waterfalls as you take in the view of the grounds and feel the gentle breeze from the Mississippi River. 
For the garden enthusiasts, our rare collection of orchids is continuously growing and evolving. You won't want to miss our seasonal color renewal in the 12 acres of formal gardens surrounding the mansion.
As for the tour, each of our guides capture a different aspect of plantation life, culture, and the people that owned the property and sugar cane business.  Every tour is like seeing Houmas House for the first time.
Make a resolution to visit Houmas House...again and again.

Secrets from Latil's Landing

Turtle Soup 

Turtle Soup

Serves 12


2 Pounds boneless turtle meat cut into cubes

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup flour

2 cups diced onions

1 cup diced celery

1/4 cup minced garlic

1 cup tomato paste

1 quart beef stock

3 bay leaves

1/4 cup chopped oregano

1/4 cup chopped thyme

juice of one lemon

juice of one orange

4 hard boiled eggs chopped fine

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup dry sherry


In heavy saucepan heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook until the flour turns light brown color, about 8 minutes. This roux must be stirred at all times so it will not burn. When roux reaches the desired color add onions, celery, garlic, tomato paste, and turtle meat.  Cook for 15 minutes stirring constantly.  Add beef stock, bay leaves, oregano, and thyme and bring soup to a swimmer.  Simmer soup until turtle becomes tender, about 1 hour, then add lemon juice, orange juice, and diced eggs.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Ladel the soup into bowls and served with a shot of sherry on the side.

First Impressions 
As seen from the view of Princess Grace
New Orleans LAdy
I love to watch the faces of those coming to Houmas House for the first time.  I can always spot them right away by the look of fascination and excitement on their faces. It gives them away every time.  From my private living quarters I can hear the laughter, the gasps, and the  applause of the guests as they tour the mansion.  My favorite part is when they walk out onto the balcony and look down the alley of oaks and across to the Mississippi River.  They reach for their cameras and capture the moment.  Later we see these images reappear on social sites everywhere.  I love to see what each new visitor takes away with them. Sometimes it's a picture of the spiral staircase, sometimes a trinket from the gift shop, and almost always a "doggy-bag" from the restaurant.
But the one thing that's consistently taken back home with each guest is the memory of their favorite place to visit and and the trip back in time that we call Houmas House Plantation.

What was your first experience like at Houmas House?  I want to hear your story.
Email Princess Grace at PrincessGrace@HoumasHouse.com

Art Gumbo Continues 
Art Gumbo
Our monthly Art Gumbo Festival is still a local favorite.  If you're here for a quick visit or live nearby, it's worth the trip to see the local artists' paintings, pottery, and other hand made crafts.
Our award winning Executive Chef, Jeremy Langlois, also provides food tastings from Latil's Landing.
With live music provided by local bands and musicians, this festival is a sample of what Louisiana is all about.  Come see for yourself.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
10 AM-2 PM
Free Admission
On the grounds of Houmas House Plantation

Open Daily          


Sitting Area                                                

Monday, Tuesday 9 AM- 5 PM
Wednesday- Sunday 9 AM-7 PM 
Cafe' Burnside: 11 AM- 2 PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wednesday through Saturday 6 PM- 9 PM,
Sunday Brunch 11 AM- 3 PM; Reservations Required for 6 or More

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