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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So Long Ray Nagin

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010, 3:07 pm in Current Affairs | 0 comments

So Long Ray Nagin

Unfortunately, the LA2LA Chef was unable to make it to Jazz Fest this spring. It’s been interesting to sense the mood of the would have been especially glad to take the temp of the city now that Ray Nagin will soon be gone, and Mitch Landrieu takes over next week as Mayor.

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Celebrating Earth Day -40 Years Later-with Asparagus and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010, 2:18 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

Celebrating Earth Day -40 Years Later-with Asparagus and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

I had no idea then I would end up cooking professionally, but 25 years later, after working in the restaurant, hotel and catering industry in New York, I returned to the Bay Area to attend culinary school- btw, I lived right next door to the house with the organic garden of those early years.

Now, I regularly shop, for both my personal consumption and for parties I cater, at any of several local farmer’s market, and indeed, locally grown and organic produce have become a big trend in the catering business.

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Gumbo z’Herbes- New Orleans Green Gumbo

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010, 2:29 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 4 comments

Gumbo z’Herbes, New Orleans’ gumbo of mixed greens is a dish directly descended from the West African dish, Palaver Sauce, variants of which also appear in other outposts of the African diaspora.

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