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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Urban Farms, Community Gardens and Roasted Eggplant Dip

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014, 2:21 pm in Recipes- Savory | 2 comments

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Nine years ago, in those early post-Katrina days when much of New Orleans sat submerged under flood waters, dire predictions began popping up in media outlets throughout the country. The soil will be dangerously contaminated for at least 10 years, they said, maybe a generation. Today, as I travel around the city, meeting people and acquainting myself with the new New Orleans, I find the city is absolutely filled with urban farms, community gardens and edible schoolyards. This morning I went to Parkway Partners, a non-profit that helps to...

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Eating Around New Orleans 2014

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014, 12:15 pm in Restaurants | 4 comments

Toup's  Meatery Burger

The year after Katrina blew through New Orleans devastating the city, a prominent national restaurant critic, after visiting the city to assess the state of affairs in the restaurant world, and in the city generally, famously dissed New Orleans’ cuisine and its Creole culture. He wrote that those who admire the food were “likely not sober enough at the time of ingestion to know what they were eating”, and that the restaurants were “going in the wrong direction”. As you can imagine, he got plenty of metaphorical one finger salutes, and I...

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Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s New Home

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014, 7:42 am in Food and Drink, Travel | 2 comments

More from the Louisiana exhibit at theSouthern Food and Bevergae Museum

  Yesterday I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s aka So Fab new home. They moved into new digs (from the Riverwalk) located on Oretha C. Haley Boulevard in a run down, and until recently, neglected, inner-city neighborhood in New Orleans. My relatives told me many years back, it definitely was not a neighborhood I wanted to get caught in at night. The site was home, in the mid-19th century, to Dryades Market, a market compound home to various seafood, meat and produce vendors (and...

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Arugula and Roasted Shiitake Salad

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014, 10:13 am in Recipes- Savory | 3 comments

Arugula and Roasted Shiitake Salad

  My first few weeks in New Orleans haven’t involved much cooking.   It’s difficult adjusting to a new – and very different  – kitchen. There’s a flow to cooking, which means decisions have to be made – where to put the pots and pans, the condiments and spices, the pantry staple items. The refrigerator needed to be stocked, which meant exploring groceries and markets (I’m still doing that). Not to mention there were a few boxes plopped right in the middle of the kitchen.  And then there was the lure of all...

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Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival – and Achiote Spiced Beef Tacos

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014, 3:50 pm in Recipes-Savory, Travel, Wine | 1 comment

Achiote Spiced Beef Tacos

      Last fall, Kendall Jackson Winery invited me to their annual Heirloom Tomato Festival.   If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I am  completely in love with Sonoma County, that I’m a real wine lover, and I have a great fondness for heirloom tomatoes, too.  So being there – on a balmy fall day, much less – well, that was a slice of heaven.   Along with great wine, there were yummy tastes from local restaurants and caterers, great music and even a friendly cooking competition. Oh, and we...

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The Morning Call in City Park

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014, 1:08 pm in Personal Reflection, Travel | 2 comments


The Morning Call   I was greeted by cool air this morning as I stepped out onto the deck this morning to take the pooch out. You just can’t imagine how happy that made me. So I decided to take myself and my journal on a ride to have my morning coffee and beignets at The Morning Call in City Park.   Now I know many of you have visited New Orleans, and make an obligatory stop at the Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter for your beignets, but I was lucky enough  to have my friend, Lori, take me to The Morning Call for a birthday...

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High Above – and on – Sedona

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014, 9:10 am in Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

Breathtaking Sunset View of Sedona

  When I visited Sedona a few years back,  and later recounted the experience to my friend, Greg, at SippitySup, he said to me “I can’t remember if I’ve ever been to Sedona.” “Greg,” I said, “if you’d been to Sedona, you’d remember it.” While I knew I wanted to make a stop for lunch in Phoenix, I was certain I wanted to drive the couple of hours north from there, to return to Sedona. Above and below are shots of the breathtaking views from the private scenic lookout point at Sky Ranch Lodge, where Paul and I spent the first overnight...

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Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014, 9:39 am in Recipes - Savory, Recipes- Savory | 3 comments

Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa

  Because I was on a deadline, a lot of items had to be tossed when it came time to clear my two refrigerators and full freezer before I left on my vacation to Healdsburg- the little 2 weeks of break I treated myself to between the months of packing and completely moving out of my Los Angeles house of almost 18 years. There were only a few preparations that made it into the ice chest I took with me. Among them,  a couple of pints of my Chunky Apple Compote, and some freezer Raspberry Jam I made in a first experiment, and a half container...

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Lunching at Blanco’s- a Pretty Damn Good “Chain” Restaurant in Phoenix

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014, 1:07 pm in Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 6 comments

Blanco's Pomegranate and Grapefruit Margarita

    Last month I set out on the trip my parents made with their young family over 50 years ago, in reverse. They were moving from New Orleans to Los Angeles, and all these years later, I was returning to New Orleans.   My father, on the couple of vacation trips we made after that, chose to get through the drive as quickly as possible. One long day from Los Angeles into New Mexico. Then another 2 days through the rest of New Mexico, all of Texas and western Louisiana. It made for very long and tiring days. My friend, Paul, and I...

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Barefoot at Bistro Ralph

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014, 8:52 am in Restaurants, Travel, Wine | 2 comments

Halibut w: Smoked Paprika and Preserved Lemon Jus

  I first met Jennifer Wall at the New Orleans Wine and Food Extravaganza in 2012, when I was invited to a  luncheon at Antoine’s in the French Quarter sponsored by Barefoot Wines. I’ve tried – on my visits to Sonoma County – to catch up with her ever since.  Jen’s a wife and mother of three, as well as winemaker at Barefoot Wines, however, so she’s a very busy lady. But this summer, we were finally able to connect, in the last couple of days of my Healdsburg stay, when she invited me to join her for...

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