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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Crawfish Boil at the Home of John Besh

Posted by on May 17, 2016, 2:48 pm in Events, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

Boiled Crawfish

A crawfish boil, a beloved springtime event in southern Louisiana, at the home of Chef John Besh, where he talks about his foundation’s work.

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Tortilla Soup!

Posted by on May 5, 2016, 10:50 am in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Tortilla Soup

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo- Tortilla Soup- a soup you can garnish with favorite “salad” ingredients.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest- and a Recipe for Crawfish Monica, sort of…

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016, 1:19 pm in Events, Music, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

Crawfish Monica

A bit of Dianne Reeves at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and a recipe for my version of Crawfish Monica.

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Cuba Revisited: The New Paladares- and a Recipe for Plantain Chips

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 pm in Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Plantain Chips

Two new paladares in Havana, 304 O’Reilly and its sister place, El Del Frente, make a big impression.

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Cuba Revisited: Day 1 – The Rolling Stones

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016, 12:02 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 5 comments

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My second visit to Cuba, at this historic time, begins with seeing The Rolling Stones.

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Ash Wednesday at Shaya

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016, 12:54 pm in Chef Interviews, Restaurants | 2 comments

Hummus with Lamb Ragú and Crispy Chickpeas

An almost vegetarian lunch at Alon Shaya’s newest restaurant, Shaya, serving vibrant Israeli cuisine.

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Braised Cabbage with Sausage

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016, 2:31 pm in Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Braised Cabbage with Pork

Appreciating anew an old vegetable staple.

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Celebrating Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and Ms. Leah Chase

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016, 1:49 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 0 comments

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Ms. Leah Chase’s 93rd birthday celebration, and the 75th anniversary of Dooky Chase’s restaurant.

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Remembering Paul Prudhomme and Crawfish Cornbread Dressing

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015, 5:56 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

Chef Paul with my friend, Rose

New Orleans lost two towering figures this fall – legendary music producer and singer/songwriter, Allen Toussaint from the music world, and seminal American chef, Paul Prudhomme from the world of food.

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Holiday Tea at The Windsor Court

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015, 12:51 pm in Events, Restaurants, Seasonal Celebrations | 5 comments

Tea Sandwiches at the Windsor Court

An outing to the holiday afternoon tea at The Windsor Court Hotel

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