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 St. Joseph’s Day Celebration

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015, 2:48 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, History | 2 comments

This week saw the festival celebration of St. Joseph’s Day, celebrated initially by Sicilians, and then quickly adopted by the other citizens of Catholic New Orleans.

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Kids at the Mardi Gras- a Few Sights and Sounds

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015, 2:21 pm in Celebrations, Seasonal Celebrations, Special Events, Travel | 2 comments

One of the best things about the New Orleans Carnival parades- watching the kids. Here are a few shots.

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Carnival Season Begins!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015, 3:43 pm in Celebrations, History, Travel | 1 comment

Twelfth Night – aka King’s Day and Feast of the Epiphany- brings the beginning of Carnival season to New Orleans.

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Crab and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chiles for Cinco De Mayo

Posted by on May 4, 2014, 3:29 pm in Celebrations, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

These Crabmeat and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chiles are great for a Cinco De Mayo luncheon – or on any day.

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The Second Line

Posted by on May 13, 2013, 11:50 am in Celebrations, Current Affairs, History, Music | 5 comments

Whenever a group of New Orleanians is gathered, either in Los Angeles or the Crescent City, they rise to their feet and start waving their handkerchiefs, and often umbrellas, when the Second Line’s funky beat wafts over them.

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St. Joseph’s Day- and Old Fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013, 2:13 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

The many Sicilian immigrants to New Orleans brought with them the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Joseph, which was readily embraced by a city that loves to party.

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Mardi Gras, Mom and a Love of Beauty

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013, 5:09 pm in Celebrations, Personal Reflection | 14 comments

Carnival season in New Orleans, is about creating beauty, not for a national audience, but just for those who partake of it.

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Good Luck for the New Year Italian Style-Cotechino and Warm Lentil Salad

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011, 1:11 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 6 comments

Lentils and Cotechino, a mouth-watering sausage, originating in the Modena region of Italy, and spiced with clove and garlic, is a New Year’s good luck tradition. I broke out a favorite recipe of mine, Lentil Salad, and warmed it up to serve with the Cotechino.

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Rosé Fest 2011- Part 1 Hurray for Pink Wines!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011, 9:27 am in Celebrations, Wine | 8 comments

I have a thing for Rosé wines. I’ve been drinking then for almost as long as I’ve been drinking wine. In 2000, I began the (mostly) annual tradition of the Rosé Fest tasting party. Over the next couple of posts, I will be sharing thoughts and dishes from this year’s Rosé Fest.

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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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