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New Cooking Show Promotes Buying Local, Cooking with Louisiana Produce

September 28, 2012

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), in collaboration with 1stCo Productions of Baton Rouge, is producing a series of four, 30 minute cooking shows hosted by local chef Celeste Gill and featuring LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. The series, called “Cooking Up Louisiana Treasures,” starts airing this week and will run through the fall.

“This is an opportunity to remind our citizens that Louisiana, which is known for its great food, is rich with produce grown by our local farmers,” said Strain. “Not only do we give you the healthful aspect of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but the talented Chef Celeste shares with us easy and delicious recipes to cook up all of those homegrown vegetables,” Strain added.

Each episode will include profiles on different Louisiana farmers and their specialty crops, follow the crops from the field to local markets, and then into the studio kitchen for tasty and nutritious family meals prepared with an array of fresh and local ingredients.

In addition, each episode will include safety tips for proper food handling and several recipes that can be made at home. The shows will air on television stations throughout the state.

Television Schedule:

Shreveport area – Suddenlink Channel 12 – Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Lafayette area – Cox 15 Acadiana Open Channel – Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

LUS Fiber 3 – Acadiana Open Channel Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

St. Tammany area – Charter Channel 10 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

U-Verse Channel 10 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Baton Rouge area – Cox Channel 21 – Sundays at 8:00 a.m.

New Orleans area– Cox Channel 8 – Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m,

Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The series is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant to educate consumers on specialty crop industries.

The shows can also be viewed on LDAF websites, and