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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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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Black Forest Cheesecake

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017, 3:51 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

This Black Forest Cheesecake balances the sweetness and richness of cheesecake with chocolate and dark sour cherries – perfect for Valentine’s Day or President’s Day, too.

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A Getaway to Ocean Springs

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017, 9:31 am in Travel | 0 comments

Both stressful times and gorgeous weather call for a getaway to a quaint coastal town, Ocean Springs.

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Breakfast Pasta with Eggs, Bacon and Sautéed Onions

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017, 12:23 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

I needed comfort food this weekend – you know, starchy, fatty, salty, chocked full of umami cheesy goodness comfort food – to get through these days, and prepare myself for the march, for the fight.

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Quiche Lorraine

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017, 1:20 pm in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Quiche Lorraine, a sometimes beleaguered, but still true classic – and delicious – dish.

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