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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Black Eyed Peas with Mustard Greens

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017, 12:37 pm in Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

The discovery of Melissa’s Produce pre-cooked black eyed peas led to a updated dish for the New Year’s tradition, where the sum is better than the parts.

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Visiting Natchez, Mississippi

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017, 3:50 pm in History, Travel | 0 comments

An easy drive from New Orleans, Natchez, MS offers a perfect getaway with river views and the nation’s largest stock of antebellum homes.

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Visiting the Whitney Plantation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017, 3:23 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

I returned to River Road this past weekend to spend an aptly cloudy afternoon visiting the Whitney Plantation, the United States’ only plantation dedicated to the enslaved.

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Margarita Cheesecakes- and My Best Cheesecake Tips

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017, 11:22 am in Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

A great Margarita Cheesecake recipe with tips for baking the best cheesecakes.

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A Visit to Washington DC – and the New African American Museum

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017, 4:00 pm in Historic Places, History, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

A summer escape to the Washington DC area with a visit to the new National Museum of African American History.

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New Orleans’ Confederate Monuments

Posted by on May 22, 2017, 4:00 pm in Current Affairs, Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a moving speech Friday afternoon, as the last of the city’s four Confederate was coming down. He mentioned in his remarks all the people that had left New Orleans because of exclusionary attitudes – people like my parents, and indeed much of my extended family, who joined the tens of thousands, and perhaps more, in leaving the city for a better life.

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Maida Heatter’s Budapest Coffee Cake

Posted by on May 15, 2017, 9:29 am in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

A coffee cake from the incomparable Maida Heatter, and a beautifully dramatic bundt cake pan- neither disappoints.

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Remembering Deb

Posted by on May 2, 2017, 5:45 pm in Personal Reflection | 3 comments

Deborah Cotton was one of those people who knew right away that she loved New Orleans – with a passion.

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The Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017, 5:50 pm in Seasonal Celebrations, Travel | 0 comments

Carnival season’s Barkus (for pooches) parade in the French Quarter.

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Honey Harvesting at La Provence

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017, 10:26 am in Food and Drink, Learning Experiences, Restaurants | 0 comments

A visit to La Provence, John Besh’s country restaurant with small backyard farm, yields facts about bee keeping and honey harvesting.

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