February 2012


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Secrets from Latil's Landing


Pan Seared Breast of Chicken with Kumquat Chutney

Serves 4


 Chicken Breasts

For Chicken

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 garlic cloves, crushed

4(6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves

Salt and Pepper to taste

� cup olive oil


For Chutney

1 cup kumquats, halved and seeded (about 15)

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1/2 jalape�o pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


For the chicken, combine lime juice, ginger, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and garlic in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken, seal and marinate in refrigerator 2 hours. Remove chicken from marinade, and discard marinade. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with � cup olive oil. Add chicken and cook for 4 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through.


To prepare chutney, while the chicken marinates, combine kumquats sugar, vinegar, onions, ginger, and jalapeno in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in basil, parsley, and 2 tablespoons limejuice. Serve warm or at room temperature over duck.


Love is in the Air
As Seen by Princess Grace
 Grace with Love

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Don't you just love this time of year?  It's the season for celebrating love.  I've had so much fun watching all the newly engaged brides plan their upcoming Spring weddings here at Houmas House.  They marvel at the mossy oaks, gasp when they step onto the veranda, and tear up when they practice walking down the aisle. 

I remember my wedding day so well.  It was quite a grand affair.  I hosted two thousand guests, media from across the country, and close friends and family from New Orleans. Getting married at Houmas House was positively the most magical moment of my life.

This Valentine's Day I will miss my late husband, King Sam, more than ever.    But I will relive my favorite day with each wedding I watch through my private royal chambers.  Take a second to look up and wave to me as you sit on the front lawn awaiting the lovely bride.


In honor of our wedding, we'll have a special Valentine's Day menu just for you.  I would recommend making reservations soon.  So many couples spend the most romantic time of year with us.  I can't blame them.  I did.


How will you celebrate Valentine's Day this year? I want to hear your story.

Grace's Wedding


Princess Grace

Celebrating Love


   Happy Valentine's Day!

Hear a Love Song by Judy Davis


What's Not to Love About Winter Gardens? 

 Winter Gardens

With it's year-round growing season, Houmas House  is always alive with  new growth and new blooms, even in the dead of winter. On the rare occasion when we really do have winter, as in 2008, the grounds were beautifully transformed into a "Southern Winter Wonderland". Adding to the natural show performed by the property's plant life.


Click to See Winter Gardens at Houmas House



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