Mardi Gras

#OutofOffice: This Coke Employee Finds Her Mardi Gras Muse in New Orleans

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Every year around this time, Kirsten Stimmel, who spends most of her days as a member of the Coca-Cola Global Assets Team, packs up her car with dozens of glittering high-heel shoes and drives to New Orleans to play an entirely different role: a muse. More specifically, Stimmel is a member of the Krewe of Muses, a group of around 1,100 women who parade during the annual Mardi Gras festivities. “I joke that it's my European vacation, Christmas

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Chef Virginia Willis Shares Her Minute Maid Mardi Gras Ham Recipe

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Before Lent comes Mardi Gras and with it: beads, parades, parties and lots of eating and drinking. Baked ham is a traditional Southern dish that easily feeds a crowd and is perfect for Mardi Gras get-togethers with friends and family. Southern chef Virginia Willis grew up eating baked ham her grandmother made with Coca-Cola, mustard and brown sugar. “Coca-Cola is to the South like Guinness is is to Dublin,” she says. “It's more than a beverage; it's

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New Orleans Artist Terrance Osborne Brings Barq’s Root Beer and Mardi Gras to Life

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For Terrance Osborne, art means home. After Hurricane Katrina ended his work as an art teacher in 2005, Osborne searched for another endeavor that could bring him the same level of purpose. Art seemed like the perfect avenue. While he didn’t start painting until middle school, his passion for art began early on. Both his mother and older brother created artwork as a hobby. “I always had a natural interest in art because of them,” Osborne says. It’s

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Mardi Gras Recipe: Roasted Pecan King Cake

The cool, brisk air gave me goosebumps as I was waiting in line for my class to proudly march out in the Mardi Gras parade. My blacked out teeth were chattering from the cold and my blonde, matted hair (teased to ultimate perfection) was being bullied every which way by the wind. My clothes were baggy, carefully mended with pastel yellow and pink patches, which was a very poor wardrobe choice on my part seeing how the patches did not shield

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Coca-Cola Cake Doughnuts for Fastnacht Day

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It’s hard to resist a doughnut, especially on a day that encourages creative indulgence. As the world celebrates Mardi Gras with costumes and parades, folks with Pennsylvania Dutch roots revel in their own long-held Fat Tuesday tradition: eating the sugar-glazed dough cakes known as fastnachts that come from their ancestors in Germany and Switzerland. Fastnacht History Fastnacht is German for “eve of the fast” and stems from the general

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Beyond King Cakes: Sampling Mardi Gras Fare Around the World

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For many Christians around the world, Mardi Gras is the last chance to bite into a juicy burger, filet or other meat and rich foods for a while. Considered the Eve of Lent (a six-week period of penitence and fasting before Easter), Mardi Gras celebrations around the world often involve indulging in a host of foods that won’t grab a spot of real estate on the plate again until Easter Sunday arrives. In New Orleans, king cakes reign supreme

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Mardi Gras King Cake With Coke

It’s that fluffy, breaded ring that appears once a year as part of a long-celebrated tradition in different parts of the world. The sweet dough, kissed with the warm spice of nutmeg, is filled with a creamy, fruity filling and topped with a sandy-smooth glaze that’s candied with brightly colored green, gold and purple sprinkles for finish. And the best part is that your slice may be the one that holds the prize! We’re talking about the king

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