An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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Braised Lamb Shanks for Passover or Easter Week

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014, 6:41 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

Braised Lamb Shanks

Why was last night different from all other nights? I catered my last event in Los Angeles last night – a Passover seder for the client who was my first, 17 years ago. The Passover menu, over the years, has often included a slow braised brisket, sometimes salmon, and almost always, a roast leg of lamb. This year we broke with tradition a bit, and served these Braised Lamb Shanks. The shanks looked a bit unwieldy on the plates. I think the 10 year or so old boys who I noticed grabbing them rather liked that- a kind of he-man/brontasaurus...

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A New Take on Roasted Asparagus – Serve with Roasted Pepper Salsa

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014, 3:27 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Asparagus with Roasted Pepper Salsa

  Even though we can buy them year round now, asparagus remain a quintessential harbinger of spring for me. And I (apparently like most Americans, according to surveys) count it as a favorite vegetable. I usually like to serve them roasted, with a flavored aioli or mayonnaise. Recently, I had a friend who was invited to join in a small dinner party at my home, call the day before the party to say she would be unable to join us that night, but would love to come over the evening after to share leftovers and catch up with me.  I had served...

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Savoring Mussels in Green Curry Sauce at Pêche

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014, 2:13 pm in Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Mussels in Green Curry Sauce

  Call me too cheap, too proud, or maybe just too plain stupid to spend the extra $80 a week on the GPS system the rental car company wanted to sell me. Navigating the byzantine streets of New Orleans (where north, south, east and west don’t apply when it comes to directions – but rather uptown, downtown, lakeside or riverside – if you’re lucky enough to understand how those are situated, can be a frustrating experience. It means I get lost a lot when driving there. Asking for directions in this city full of tourists doesn’t...

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Adele’s Kale Salad

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014, 1:22 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 4 comments

Kale Salad with Roasted Beets copy

  I got an e-mail, a couple of days ago, from my cousin, Adele, responding to something I had said in my interview with Michel Martin on NPR’s Tell Me More. “It is so great for me to be able to still cook with my family on a daily basis!”  she said. It’s true. Adele places a high priority on good food, and has raised her children to appreciate good food, too. They all developed a great palate and healthy eating habits at an early age. She’s also taught, by her example and by direct instruction, her 3 children to cook for themselves. The...

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Pasta Jambalaya

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014, 11:39 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

Pasta Jambalaya

  Last week I sent my brother, Ric, to join the brother already living in New Orleans, as well as several cousins,  off  to participate in the Mardi Gras festivities of this past week. I’ve been getting regular updates from Ric – there have been parties and several parades to attend every day – sigh. Oh well… Even though I had to stay behind this year, I decided to make myself a New Orleans dish this weekend. After all, we had the Oscars to celebrate here, right? Since I was alone, I kept it fairly simple,...

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Crab and Asparagus Quiche Makes for a Great Mardi Gras Brunch

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014, 12:28 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment


  The Carnival parades and festivities have been going on for weeks now in New Orleans.  In  just a few days, the partying will culminate on Mardi Gras day, after which the city will retreat into the rest, reflection and fasting mode of Lent. But before that happens, there will be full days of parade watching throughout the weekend along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, and lots of carousing in the French Quarter. To fortify themselves for the day ahead, many households will start out Tuesday morning with a brunch party. Menu...

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Calás for Mardi Gras

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014, 5:19 pm in Food and Drink, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes | 5 comments


      Your LA2LA Chef is honored to announce she will be discussing that distinctly  New Orleans treat, Calás , with Chef Jamie Gwen this weekend, and with  NPR’s Michelle Martin on Tell Me More. These shows air in markets throughout the country. Click through to their websites to find out when and where it airs in your market.   And if you want to read my previous post on my learning of the lost food tradition of Calás, you can click through to an earlier blog post right here at Pain Perdu.   Happy Mardi Gras,...

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Toup’s Meatery

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014, 9:01 am in Restaurants, Travel | 7 comments

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Toup's Meatery

  Some of you may know how much I hate the promiscuous use of the word “awesome”.  I’ve taken, on occasion of late, to asking servers in restaurants who tell me a dish is awesome, if I am going to see God. When I sat down recently to lunch at Toup’s Meatery, a place my New Orleans food blogging cohort, Mary Ehret, of Native Palate has raved about, the waitress began describing the daily special – the Jamaican Pulled Pork Sandwich. “It’s awesome – with a Smoked Paprika Aioli that’s...

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Domenica – to Soothe a Frazzled Traveler

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014, 9:01 am in Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Domenica's Porchetta Panini

  Wow! It was quite a week I spent in New Orleans. Because of an icy rain storm, most of the bridges into the city were closed, as was most of the Interstate, the main artery into, through and out of the city. There was only one little bar and grill open on Algiers Point, site of my new home. Fortunately, as I was just finishing up dinner at the end of the first day of the freeze, two N.O. cops came in and let me know the bridge would be open the next day, so I  confidently set out on my merry way, to make some phone calls from a...

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A New Orleans Ice Storm, a Divey Cafe Bar, and a Duck in a Bucket

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014, 10:41 am in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Dry Dock Cafe 2

  Here’s an only in New Orleans kind of story for you. You may have heard that there was an ice storm in and around the city this week. Most of the bridges and highways were shut down, along with a majority of the businesses, including many restaurants. On the first day of the shut down, I was reduced to getting my morning coffee at McDonald’s, the only place I could find open. For lunch and/or dinner, I found a local bar and grill on Algiers Point, right next to the ferry, serving passable burgers and po’boys, and run...

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