Houmas House in the fog 



September 2012


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens



Surviving Isaac

HH through the gates  

We thank you all for your thoughts, emails, and prayers last week.    As you know, we're no stranger to a hurricane. The Sugar Palace has withstood hundreds of tropical storms, hurricanes and floods over the past 237 years.  Our eighteen inch walls are no match for high winds and rain.  And the massive Live oaks that line the grounds have a root system that stretches the width of the longest branch.  Not to mention, we're so high above sea level, that even the most severe flood of 1927 still didn't invade our mansion.

We do appreciate all the visitors who came back so quickly following this storm, and those that continue to do so.  We're 100% operational and have already hosted a beautiful wedding just days following the winds and rain. 

Fall is approaching, the temperature dropping, and our seasonal garden color renewal just around the corner.  There are so many reasons to visit and always something new to discover.  See you soon!

Secrets from Latil's Landing

Mushroom and Cauliflower Risotto

Serves 4

Cauliflower and Mushroom Risotto 

1 cup arborio rice

4 cups shitake mushrooms, sliced

1 crown cauliflower, chopped into small florets

1 cup yellow onion, diced

1/2 cup dry white wine

5 cups chicken stock

3-4 slices proscuitto

Parmesan cheese

2 T butter

Olive oil

Salt and pepper



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To start, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook about 4-6 minutes, stirring often. Once cooked, remove from heat.

Add more olive oil to the pan if necessary, then add the chopped cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cook about 3-4 minutes, charring one side before stirring. Stir, then transfer to the pre-heated oven and cook about 30-40 minutes, until cauliflower is soft but not mushy.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the diced onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook about 6-7 minutes, stirring often. Once translucent and soft, and the arborio rice and stir well to combine. Just before the mixture begins to smoke, add the white wine and stir until totally absorbed. Add a single cup of broth, bring to a low simmer, and stir constantly until absorbed. Repeat this with 3 more cups of broth - holding off on the final cup.

Before adding your final cup of broth, stir in the mushrooms and cauliflower. Add the final cup of broth and stir until almost totally absorbed (stop the cooking just before you think you should).

Crisp the prosciutto in a heavy skillet over high heat, or in the oven.

To serve, top each plate with shaved parmesan and chopped prosciutto.


Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?
As Seen by Princess Grace
 Princess Grace and Sugar in Alley 

 Greetings.  My baby girl, Sugar Baby, is growing so fast. I'm thrilled about teaching her all the responsibilities of being the Princess of the Sugar Palace. First thing's first- wearing the hat.  After countless attempts, I've finally taught her to wear it with style and grace. 


Next on the list will be how to properly enjoy high tea. With the new restaurant and tea house opening soon, it's imperative that we are brushed up on our tea etiquette.


Sugar has realized her favorite activity is greeting guests and meeting visitors from around the world. We'll continue to work on her garden etiquette, but I feel she's on the right track to ruling as the Princess. So, I guess the mystery is solved. You can teach a dog new tricks! 


Princess Grace

New in the Gift Shop at Houmas House
Introducing the latest in fashion for tools- we are excited to carry the sassiest tool set for Southern Belles everywhere.  Only in our gift shop can you find these.  Order them soon, we don't have many!
Southern Belle with tool set Southern Belle with Tool Set2

Open  DailyWater Flower 

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


 Directions to Houmas House Here