AQ at Houmas House



May 2012


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Secrets from Latil's Landing
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Merlot and Blackberry Risotto

Serves 4


8 beef short ribs, bone-inBraised Beef Ribs

Salt and pepper

1/4 olive oil

1 cup diced onion 

1/2 cup diced celery

1 cup sliced carrots

8 garlic cloves

1 bay leaf

2 tablespoons chopped thyme

1 750-ml bottle Merlot 

6 cups beef stock


Preheat oven to 350°F. Season ribs to taste with the salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy bottomed ovenproof pan over high heat. Add ribs and brown on all sides.  

Remove ribs to a plate and set to the side. Add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme to the pan and sauté, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add the Merlot, deglazing the pan, scraping off any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by three-quarters until thick and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes.  Return the ribs to the pan, add the beef stock and enough water to cover the ribs. Bring to a boil, cover with foil, and place in the oven. Braise in the oven, until the meat is fork-tender, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Allow the ribs to cool in the liquid, then cover and refrigerate overnight.  The next day, remove the excess fat that has solidified at the top from the overnight chilling and discard.  Remove the ribs from the pan. Place the pan with the cooking liquid over medium heat, uncovered. Cook until the liquid has reduced by three-quarters, about 1 hour.  The sauce should be able to coat the back of a spoon. Return the ribs to the sauce to reheat them.  Serve 2 ribs on a plate with Blackberry Merlot Risotto and drizzle the sauce from the pan over the ribs.


Blackberry Merlot Risotto


4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup diced red onion

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 cup arborio rice

1 cup Merlot

2 cups black berries

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 cups beef stock

1/2 sup freshly grated parmesan cheese 

salt and pepper to taste 



In a sauce pan bring beef stock to a swimmer.  In a separate sauce pan melt butter over a medium high heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until softened. Add the arborio rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the grains are coated in butter.  Pour in Merlot and add blackberries and brown sugar.  Cook until the wine has been absorbed into the rice.  Add a ladle full of the hot beef stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock, a ladle full at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. This will take 18-20 minutes. When the rice is tender, season with salt and pepper and stir in grated parmesan cheese.  Serve with Braised beef short ribs.

Mother Knows Best
As Seen by Princess Grace
 Princess Grace in pink hat

Do you have children?  Then you know how they bring life to any home.  I love watching my two, Sugar Baby and Baby Sam, frolic on the front lawn in the late afternoons.  We spend long summer days swimming in the ponds and napping under the mossy oaks.

My children are always ready to play and especially enjoy greeting our visitors when they can.


But they sometimes forget special occasions like, oh let's say....MOTHER'S DAY!  So, I'm sending a friendly reminder to them, and you that Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13.  And it wouldn't be a Houmas House celebration without our fancy Brunch.  Chef Jeremy Langlois has created a divine menu that will not disappoint. View Menu Here  I know I can't wait for my platter to be delivered to my private dining room in the Sugar Palace! 


If you didn't make a reservation already, I have arranged to have a few tables open for last minute calls. But don't wait too long--children everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect way to honor their mothers.  


Do you have a favorite memory with your mother?  Share it with me!   


Princess Grace

Steamboating Returns to the Mississippi River!
 American Queen Steamboat
Since DeSoto discovered the Mississippi River in 1541, it has served as a major source of transportation, commerce, and entertainment for its 2000 miles throughout the central United States.
Major tourist attractions and cities were developed along the river over time and the river was the main driver of their success.
Today, the Mississippi River is welcoming Steamboat cruising once again and bringing travelers back in time to a slower way of life.  The Great American Steamboat Company has returned the American Queen Steamboat to the lower Mississippi!  With several options to choose from, passengers can board the vessel in New Orleans and spend a leisurely week exploring the largest river system in North America.
Houmas House is proud to announce multiple docks of the American Queen in 2012 and 2013. 
American Queen Docked At Houmas HouseThe first arrival in April was magical!  It's the closest thing to recreating the early 1900's when steam boat cruising was popular and considered the most luxurious way to travel the Mississippi River.  


Inn at Houmas House
 Inn at Houmas House
We've all heard the expression April showers brings May flowers.  We'd like to think we took that expression to a whole new level.  Construction has begun on twenty-two luxurious cottages!  We've paid close attention to requests from brides, tourists, and locals looking for an escape.  And we're excited to announce the Grand Opening in Fall of 2012.
Stay tuned for pictures of our progress!

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Monday-Tuesday: 9 am-5 pm

Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm


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