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Lagniappe

As the title implies, this page offers a little something extra.

Here's a simple dish straight from Mrs. Mask's personal recipe file. She invented it to take to Mardi Gras potlucks or to go with a sandwich on the parade route.

Mrs. Mask's Mardi Gras Pepper Slaw

This colorful dish combines crunchy vegetables with bottled dressing. The longer you leave it, the better it gets, and because there’s no mayonnaise, it holds up well for Mardi Gras and tailgate get-togethers.

3 cups mini sweet pepper rings

2-3 celery ribs

1 medium onion

6-7 rainbow radishes

½-¾ cup Ken’s Lite Caesar dressing

White pepper and salt (to taste)

  • Wash the peppers and remove the seeds and white membrane. Thinly slice.
  • Clean the other vegetables, and thinly slice.
  • Toss raw vegetables in a bowl, then add Ken’s dressing. Season with white pepper, and if desired, salt.
  • Toss to thoroughly distribute the dressing. If you have more veggies, add more dressing. It needs to coat the slaw. Cover and refrigerate 6-8 hours before serving. If you think about it, toss the slaw from time to time.

Recipe Notes:

Use only those sweet mini peppers – full sized ones don’t look as pretty or hold up as well. Buy the big bag – the leftovers are great in salads, omelets.

If you don’t like some of the additional veggies, choose your own! Crunchy ones work best, like carrots or cucumbers, seeds removed.

We typically leave this on the counter top, covered, after we make it. Why? So every time we walk into the kitchen, we remember to toss it.

You’re essentially pickling vegetables here. So this really does get better with age!




The Mask is also bringing you five photos from long-ago Mobile Mardi Gras. The photos were graciously provided by The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of South Alabama:



ABOVE: King Felix's float sits at the United Fruit Company's waterfront warehouse on Fat Tuesday, circa 1935. In those days, the king often arrived for the day's festivities via boat. Note the mules pulling the float and the blankets marked "Felix" covering the mules. (S. Blake McNeely Collection)



ABOVE: In this photograph from 1935, the emblem float for the Knights of Revelry rolls down St. Joseph Street. Even though it was more than 75 years ago, the float is recognizable to anyone who has recently seen the KOR parade on Fat Tuesday. (S. Blake McNeely Collection)



ABOVE: Undoubtedly posed for the occasion, masker Cecil Miller lies in a doorway, apparently having imbibed too much Mardi Gras fun. Many modern-day revelers can appreciate the sentiment here. (S. Blake McNeely Collection) 



ABOVE: An Order of Myths float rolls down St. Joseph Street, circa 1935. Note the streamers flying off of the float, which is no longer allowed in Mardi Gras parades. (S. Blake McNeely Collection)



ABOVE: Vernadean, the dragon, has been in featured in the Mystics of Time parade ever since the first one in 1949. Here she is, just one year later than that. Note in the foreground the two men carrying flambeaux to light the night parade. (History Museum of Mobile Collection)