Lagniappe, pronounced “lan-yap,” is a term used chiefly in the South — Louisiana and southeast Texas in particular — that means “a little something extra.” Its origins come from the custom of a shopkeeper including something extra in a customer’s bag, such as 13 beignets (yummy New Orleans pastries) when a dozen are ordered. It can also refer to a gratuity or tip or an unexpected benefit.
The word was taught to me — and many readers of the Daily Globe’s former Mixing and Musing column — by my late mother, Dorthy Rickers, who in addition to her talents as a writer and gatherer of recipes was fascinated by words (and was an expert grammarian, a skill that I aspire to but haven’t yet conquered).
When I finally succumbed to the suggestion that Daily Globe writers and editors create a personal blog about their particular area of interest, it seemed appropriate to title it Lagniappe — a little something extra for readers of our Web site — as well as a tribute to my mom. While I can’t fill her footsteps as far as the column goes, I hope this can be a forum for some of my own “musings” as well as the occasional “mixings.”
I hope you enjoy my attempts at lagniappe — a little something extra to mull over and digest.