In 1997, mother-and-daughter duo Ronda and Cherrie Myers searched Slidell in vain for a gift idea that was both eye-catching and delicious. They decided to take matters and some cookie dough into their own hands, launching Creative Cookies in the kitchen of Ronda's home. Word of their fresh, colorfully decorated cookies spread, and Ronda and her father eventually constructed a cookie shop on the side of her home. The business continued to grow and found a new home in a retail shopping center in 2002.
The Myers and their staff sweeten celebrations with treats such as cakes, cookie platters, or 12-, 16-, or 18-inch cookie cakes designed to be dunked in oaken barrels of milk. Kids and adults can also go to the shop and decorate cookies using the staff's design suggestions or their own inspirations.
The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook paints a vivid picture of the market's history through the whimsical voice of local food preservationist Poppy Tooker, who recalls notable market events through recipes, anecdotes and compelling profiles of key vendors. The 208-page paperback tome assembles more than 125 recipes selected from submissions by local chefs, market vendors and shoppers, and those compiled by a random ingredient generator. Inspired by local ingredients, the dishes range from creole classics, like oysters Rockefeller, to more extravagant creations like chevre-stuffed squash blossoms and satsuma-chocolate gelato. The volume's focus on crafting slow foods with fresh ingredients makes it ideal for rediscovering a culinary heritage or utilizing a garden accidentally sown entirely with spinach.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Court Street Café entices diners with an extensive dinner menu composed of hearty, homemade dishes made with fresh ingredients. Guests can prime palates with starters such as smothered cheese fries topped with shredded cheese, bacon bits, and homemade gravy ($6.99) or crawfish kickers—fried balls of crawfish and stuffing accompanied by a spicy dipping sauce ($7.99) that rouses taste buds and teaches them a thrilling flamenco routine. The family-oriented restaurant's flavorful main dishes include the philly cheesesteak sandwich ($7.99) served with bell peppers and provolone cheese on a poboy loaf. Diners craving classic New Orleans flavors can sink their teeth into jumbo portions of barbecue shrimp ($14.99) or hand-battered fried catfish ($10.99), which arrives playfully batting a colorful ball of yarn.
Cryovac sealed and flash-frozen to keep their flavor on lockdown, The Ranch Steak Company's USDA-Choice cuts of steak, pork, and poultry arrive safely to doorsteps for instant grilling or up to two years of freezer hibernation. The all-natural steaks steer clear of any preservatives or MSG that would smother their savory bouquet, while skinless chicken breast filets demurely cover themselves in a variety of piquant marinades. Ribs, chops, and roasts highlight the pork package's meaty cornucopia, pitting hands against forks for the title of Most Valuable Utensil. Once sealed and boxed, packages are shipped free of charge within 15 miles of The Ranch Steak Company's location in Denham Springs, or made available for pickup.
The flavorful flurry of homemade baked goods at Sweet Tooth Delivery imparts mouths with 30 years of perfected recipes. Bakers concoct an assortment of cookies ($0.59) including mainstay chocolate-chip and white-chocolate macadamia-nut varieties. Mini bundt-cakes ($1.49) can sate smaller appetites or supply pocket-sized nourishment for mid-wedding vow snacking. Almond constellations swirl through a fudgy interstellar nebula with each bite of a sweet praline ($1.69). Sugar-free cookies and candies pepper the store’s confection-filled shelves, along with Mylar ($2.99) and latex ($1) balloons and an assortment of gifts. Sweet Tooth Delivery is open Tuesday through Friday, leaving weekends free for eating broccoli.