I'm still catching up on desserts from my summer trip to New Orleans. One Big Easy treat that I'd be remiss in neglecting is the praline. In the French Quarter, several local stores compete to sell these creamy, melt-in-your-mouth pecan candies to us tourists. My wife, who arrived in New Orleans a day or two before me, surprised me by leaving a box of pralines in our hotel room for when I arrived (she was busy at a conference when I got in). Exotic flavors, like coconut, were delicious, but they couldn't compete with the original. I mean, really, what could be bad about cream, butter, sugar, and pecans? (Obvious answer to the rhetorical question: nothing!)
The next time I'm in New Orleans (and make no mistake, I'll be back!), I'll be sure to pick up a few pralines to snack on between (rich, ample) meals.