Red Velvet Cake

© Petrina TinslayIt’s not due in theaters until December, but Disney's animated film The Princess and the Frog already has its share of critics. Here, three excellent reasons for loving it already:

1. It'll be the first Disney animated movie with a black princess, Tiana, complete with puffy gown and diamond tiara.
2. The voice behind Tiana's mom: none other than Oprah.
3. Tiana is an aspiring chef who dreams of owning a restaurant—in New Orleans, no less.

In Tiana's honor, here are 10 great New Orleans recipes, like Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing’s Red Velvet cake (above).