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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Fish Friday- Fried Catfish with Gribiche

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011, 6:04 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Fried catfish is a much loved dish throughout the Mississippi Delta region. While the fish is often served with tartar sauce, Gribiche, a French cousin of tartar sauce, has permanently replaced tartar on my menus.

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St. Joseph’s Day Cucidatti

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011, 9:17 am in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 7 comments

On St. Joseph’s Day all who wanted were welcome to come inside and view the altars and tables lavishly laden with a wide array of braided and decorative breads, fruit, Sicilian pastries (including fig filled cookies called cucidatti), fava beans and flowers.

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Fish Friday- Crawfish Etoufée

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011, 5:59 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Crawfish wasn’t always a New Orleans Creole thing, but a Cajun country delicacy. You’ll find crawfish etoufée (and other crawfish dishes) all over New Orleans now, though.

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Fish Friday-Crawfish Mashed Potatoes

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011, 3:03 pm in Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

I’m joining Fish Fridays with my first recipe-these wonderful Crawfish Mashed Potatoes.

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Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and a Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011, 4:55 pm in Celebrations, Events, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 0 comments

Ash Wednesday is the other side of Mardi Gras’ coin. Sharing a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese, a meatless dish that hardly seems like a sacrifice, to soothe the Ash Wednesday blues.

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A Little Bread Pudding for Lundi Gras

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011, 2:13 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

Bread pudding was one of the few desserts regularly served in the New Orleans families which I have been a part of. In time for Lundi Gras parties, and Mardi Gras brunches I am sharing my recipe for this special New Orleans treat.

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A Bridal Shower Menu of Comfort Food with a Citrus Rose Hibiscus Punch

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011, 10:28 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Drinks, Small Pleasures Catering | 4 comments

A wedding shower featuring a menu of comfort foods with a Citrus Hibiscus Rose Punch

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Calás-the Search for a Lost Food Tradition

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011, 10:05 am in Food and Drink, History, Recipes-Sweet | 11 comments

Calás, a traditional New Orleans rice beignet, were a dish in danger of dying out completely, until post- Katrina, when it began enjoying somewhat of a comeback, as New Orleanians sought to preserve their traditional foods.

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Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011, 3:08 pm in Chef Interviews, Menus, Party Planning Tips, Small Pleasures Catering | 1 comment

Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Planning a well balanced menu is a very specific skill, and vital aspect to catering, and party planning.
Join me, for my recent chat with Suzanne Goin, on the menu selection process.

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