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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Important Tips for a Successful Cocktail Party

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 pm in Books, Food and Drink, Party Planning Tips, Recipes-Drinks | 3 comments

If you are planning a cocktail party, there are a few essential things to remember. Here are some important tips for ensuring that your cocktail party is a tremendous success.

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Sweet Potato Brioche- Part 2 in a Series on Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011, 9:13 am in Books, Food and Drink, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

On a visit to Bayona, a the bread basket containing little rolls of Sweet Potato Brioche appeared. I devoured them immediately, and I never forgot those wonderful little rolls, so was very happy to see that Susan Spicer’s cookbook included the recipe for them.

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Great Christmas Gifts for People Who Love New Orleans

Posted by on Dec 14, 2010, 3:36 pm in Books, Food and Drink, Gift Suggestions, Travel | 0 comments

If you happen to be someone who loves New Orleans, just in time for Christmas, here are some great suggestions.

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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010, 7:30 am in Books, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 6 comments

This Sweet Potato Pound Cake is tastier than the ubiquitous autumn pumpkin bread- it’s spicy, rich and moist, with the dusky taste of fall- what’s not to love? And I was a little surprised, although I guess I shouldn’t have been, to see that it’s basically a 1-2-3-4 Cake.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Bars

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010, 8:05 am in Books, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

Sweet Potato Pie is a southern classic, as is Pecan Pie. Marrying the spicy, dense sweet potato custard with the gooey, dark sweetness of pecan pie filing- well, that’s a stroke of genius.

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A Menu to Complement a Keg Party- and Korean Beef Taco Recipe

Posted by on Sep 23, 2010, 2:51 pm in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water and tea, and its often called the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage. It’s also a natural to accompany spicier ethnic cuisines. Take a look at this menu designed specifically to complement a beer only party.

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Alison and Aaron Wedding Party and Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010, 9:44 am in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 3 comments

A Pan Asian menu for a casual backyard party to celebrate a newly married couple.

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Five Years after Katrina- Hungry Town and Red Beans and Rice

Posted by on Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 pm in Books, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

Reading Tom Fitzmorris’s Hungry Town, and making Red Beans and Rice 5 years after Katrina’s wake flooded New Orleans

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A Special Cake for a Special Day-German Chocolate with Milk Chocolate Buttercream

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010, 1:07 pm in Books, Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

This German Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Buttercream has always been a “go to” cake for special days in my family.

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