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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

On Twelfth Night I threw a party, as I do every year. The Christmas wreath comes down and Carnival (Mardi Gras) decorations go up.   I bake a King Cake in celebration of Three Kings Day, also known as The Epiphany.

Most people are confused with the Christian holiday that commemorates the biblical story of the three wise men, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, who followed the star to Bethlehem. They brought gifts to the Christ child.

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A King Cake Party

A King Cake
A King Cake

With New Year’s festivities over, I felt ready to stash the holiday decorations. But not before Twelfth Night; invitations to my annual King Cake Party were out.

Legend says the Wise Men, in search of baby Jesus, arrived in Bethlehem on the twelfth day after Christmas. They came to present gold, silver and myrrh. I offered my chosen guests a dinner party.

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The City That Made Me Indulge

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 2008
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 2008

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a feasting day before Lent; indulgence before penance. The weeks leading up, known as Carnival, are celebrated with parties, masked balls, parades and calorie dense food. It’s a time to be a bit naughty—and so I had good reason to devour New Orleans’s finest fare.

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