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Louisiana Love: Enter to Win The Lucky One on Blu-ray

Shrimp and Grits

What's your favorite Louisiana-inspired comfort food?

What’s better than Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling sharing a moment in the kitchen? Easy: Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling sharing a moment in the kitchen over jambalaya.

In Warner Brothers‘ spring 2012 blockbuster “The Lucky One,” U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t know. When he finds out her name and where she lives, he shows up at her door. Rather than spoil the rest, we’ll give you a heads up:  a luscious Louisiana meal ensues, and it involves one of our favorite Cajun dishes: Jambalaya.

Which got us thinking… Efron finds his lucky charm in Louisiana — can you can find yours in its cuisine?

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A Real-Deal Mardi Gras King Cake

King Cake

I’m a very lucky girl, having married into a food-obsessed family from New Orleans. My in-laws send us NOLA treats all year — local favorites that are hard to come by in New York, like Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, Aunt Sally’s pralines and Tony Chachere’s seasoning. As Fat Tuesday approaches, it’s King Cake time.

This quintessential Mardi Gras treat is a sweet braided pastry with frosting coated in plenty of purple, green and gold sprinkles, but the pièce de résistance is hidden inside. Whoever gets the slice with a plastic baby — caution is recommended as you devour your piece — is declared the king or queen for the day. Some say getting the baby is like catching the bouquet at a wedding, except instead of being the next to marry, it means the finder will soon have a (real) baby.

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