Welcome to American Gourmand!

My name is Dan Leyten, a.k.a Danno. You may know me from my other food blog Nola Cuisine where I’ve shared recipes, restaurant experiences, and food photography surrounding the cuisine of New Orleans, Louisiana since 2005. That site has been so much fun for me and has continued to amaze me through the years, both by the traffic it has generated and the wide array of wonderful people it has put me in contact with.

I’ve been planning for a long time to start a new food blog with a broader scope that will allow me to explore and share other types of cuisine that make up our tremendously vast melting pot here in The United States. The possibilities are endless, right?! Memphis Barbecue, El Salvadoran Pupusas, my endless quest for the BEST Fried Chicken, taquerias, food trucks, street food, and on and on and on. I intend to keep the same format as Nola Cuisine, authentic recipes with photos that I hope will make your mouth water and your stomach rumble! Think of this as a sister site to my labor of love Nola Cuisine.

I am headed to Nashville in a couple of weeks and hope to bring back a bevy of Southern goodness to share, recreate, and salivate over. Barbecue, Meat & Three’s, Hot Chicken. I can hardly wait!

For my first real post though, I’m going to start with a recipe that is near and dear to my heart, and has evolved over the years, and continues to evolve. A recipe that makes me think of Mom’s kitchen, and a home that is not the one I live in now, but more of a state of mind, a comforting memory…a simpler time. After all, that’s what good cooking does right? It takes you someplace. Maybe back home, or in some cases to someplace you’ve never been before.

First stop…my Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe.

From Homemade Rendered Lard
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4 Responses to Welcome to American Gourmand!

  1. Wendell Smith says:

    I enjoyed your blog about breakfast at Loveless Motel and the fried chicken for breakfast. Reminded me of growing up in rural north Mississippi. It was not uncommon to have fried chicken for breakfast. We also had fried pork tenderloin, pork chops, salmon patties (we didn’t call them croquets) or scrambled eggs with salmon cooked in with them.
    That with cathead biscuits, sawmill gravy and grits was field hand food. It would hold you over to dinner time.
    Of course we also had country cured ham, home made sausage, or bacon. Always had molasses, jams, and jellies along with fresh cow butter for some of the biscuits.
    Just poor folks food………………….

    • Danno says:


      I’m glad you enjoyed my post, I enjoyed your comments as well! I recall, in all of my research of Creole Cuisine in New Orleans, that Fried Chicken was considered a breakfast dish there as well! God love the south and the past as well. We’re missing out in the morning!

      Just poor folks food indeed…I think we’re all missing these breakfasts!

      By the way??

      Are you a descendant of THE Wendell Smith of Nashville???

      I just ate there on Saturday, with an upcoming post!


  2. J. says:

    Hey Dan,

    I’m excited to see that you have a new blog. I discovered NOLA Cuisine when I had moved away from New Orleans to Maryland and was trying desperately to recreate the dishes I missed so much. I never quite got French bread right.

    Do you have an RSS feed link for this site yet?

  3. Wendell Smith says:

    No kin to the one in Nashville. I live down here in what we call LA, Lower Alabama. About half way between Fairhope and Foley. Been here 4 years after RV’en full time for about a year. Great place to live. Only about 15 minutes to the sugar white beaches of the Gulf………/

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