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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Chargrilled Oysters

Posted by on May 28, 2016, 3:14 pm in Events, Food and Drink | 2 comments

Drago’s Chargrilled Oysters- an unforgettable experience for your taste buds. Take a look at the show provided by the chefs at the grill.

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Crawfish Boil at the Home of John Besh

Posted by on May 17, 2016, 2:48 pm in Events, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

A crawfish boil, a beloved springtime event in southern Louisiana, at the home of Chef John Besh, where he talks about his foundation’s work.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest- and a Recipe for Crawfish Monica, sort of…

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016, 1:19 pm in Events, Music, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

A bit of Dianne Reeves at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and a recipe for my version of Crawfish Monica.

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Holiday Tea at The Windsor Court

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015, 12:51 pm in Events, Restaurants, Seasonal Celebrations | 5 comments

An outing to the holiday afternoon tea at The Windsor Court Hotel

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Barefoot – and Beyond – at Broussard’s

Posted by on May 30, 2015, 9:49 am in Events, Restaurants, Travel, Wine | 2 comments

Having lunch with Barefoot Wine at Broussard’s, a venerable French Quarter restaurant as part of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

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Blending a Grand Reserve Cabernet with Kendall Jackson

Posted by on May 16, 2013, 3:21 pm in Events, Wine | 1 comment

I was delighted to receive an invite to a Kendall Jackson wine blending seminar where I tried my hand at blending a Grand Reserve Cabernet.

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Meet SoFab – aka Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013, 6:23 pm in Events, Food and Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Meet SoFab – aka Southern Food and Beverage Museum

About a year and a half ago, I became involved with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFab) when they published my story Slow Cooking, Jazz and Political Acts, on chasing down a recipe for Okra Gumbo et al, in OKRA, their online publication. The involvement escalated, and a few months after that, I was asked to write monthly articles for OKRA. Philip Dobard, vice president and director of their media projects (SoFab Media)- and fellow NOLA expat living in Los Angeles, saw the articles and looked me up. We met at a coffee shop in Hollywood one afternoon last summer, and Philip laid out the big plans he and the others have for SoFab projects.  Last spring, when I was in New Orleans, I visited the museum, and had a chance to meet Liz Williams, director and founder of the museum, and Joe Sunseri, its business manager and archivist. And, of course, since I now write a monthly column at OKRA, I have developed an online relationship with Stephanie Carter, OKRA’s editor- lovely, food obsessed Southerners, all of them. Last weekend, I invited a few of my food obsessed L.A. friends over to meet Philip, and hear him speak while sharing a luncheon which included some favorite dishes from local southern cuisine eateries.   Philip Dobard   We dined on gumbo from Bourbon Street Fish (I once described this place as a dive, for which I quickly tried to apologize, when my mother said to me “that’s all right, dives are a good New Orleans tradition!”), and macaroni and cheese from Ms. B’s M &M Soul Food,  in Inglewood. There was fried chicken from Popeye’s (hey, for the price, you just can’t beat it!), and Norwood Clark- owner of Uncle Darrow’s in Marina Del Rey sent over a pan of his much beloved by me potato salad. Norwood is a good friend and another New Orleans expat, who’s always willing to help out causes having to do with our hometown. He was an active participant in our LAHelpsLA fund raising event in 2010.  And finally, I fried up yummy Gulf oyster and shrimp, sent from the Louisiana Seafood and Marketing Board (big thanks to them!), for po’boys (that quintessential NOLA snack) assembled in my kitchen. Oh, and to wash it all down, there was an assortment of wonderful wines brought by Nancy Fishgold, PR rep for Kendall Jackson, who I met last year at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience.     Philip gave us a brief history and overview of SoFab, currently housed at the Riverwalk, but about to move to its much larger new home along Oretha C. Haley Boulevard, which was once home to Dryades Market- a bustling open air market established in the 19th century and surviving into the mid-20th century. The boulevard is now home to a growing culinary district, with upscale groceries, a dairy, a bakery, Café Reconcile (a training ground which prepares at risk youth for careers in the restaurant industry) and numerous restaurants.  Some of SoFab’s programs and exhibits- well, there are a lot of them- their interests range from food history and culture,to issues of hunger in America, as well as food sustainability and justice- but I’ll give you just a few highlights: They’ve recently acquired the Frances Kuyper...

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So Long 2012- Hello 2013- and Recipe for Vintner’s Salad

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013, 4:21 pm in Events, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel, Wine | 0 comments

2012 year was filled with trips- big thanks to all who invited and/or hosted me in both NOLA and California.

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Kermit Lynch’s 40th Anniversary Party- Yeh!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012, 12:28 pm in Events, Food and Drink, Travel, Wine | 2 comments

A stop off on my way up to Sonoma’s wine country to celebrate Kermit Lynch’s 40th anniversary.

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The Grand Tasting at New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2012-with Crabmeat Donut Recipe

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012, 10:29 am in Events, Food and Drink, Travel, Wine | 0 comments

Just wanted to share a few pics with you from the Grand Tastings at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, which took place at the Morial Convention Center a couple of weeks ago.    Among so many items, some that stood out to me were Crabmeat Donuts (I’ve shared the recipe below), which I found amusing and unusual. But then I was in a Thai restaurant in So Cal a week later and saw little Shrimp Donuts on the menu – who knew???   Seafood Muffelattas – well, that’s different – muffelattas, the New Orleans sandwich invention that’s always included a selection of salume between the bread– go figure…   And then there was the deconstructed Crawfish Boil. Well, it’s certainly easier to eat without all those pesky tail shells to bite and heads to suck, although maybe not as much fun. Enjoy the pics – and the recipe for Crabmeat Donuts with Crab and Avocado Shooter is below the slideshow…     Crabmeat Donuts with Crab and Avocado Shooters   Crabmeat Donut   1 3/4 cups flour, plus some for rolling 3 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon blackening seasoning 2 eggs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying 4 tablespoons lump crabmeat 2 tablespoons water Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mxing bowl, mix the eggs, oil, water and crabmeat together, then slowly fold into the dry ingredients. Knead to from dough, and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness on a flour dusted board. Cut with a 1/2 inch donut cutter. Fry in heated oil for about 1 minute each.   Avocado Shooter   1 large avocado, peeled and pitted 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon coriander 1/4 teaspoon cilantro, chopped 1/4 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons lime juice Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste Blend all ingredients together in a food processor, and refrigerate until chilled.   Crabmeat Garnish   1/3 cup lump crabmeat 1 tablespoon diced tomato 1/4 teaspoon cilantro, chopped Creme fraiche for drizzling Mix ingredients together and chill until ready to use.   Fill a shot glass 3/4 full with the avocado shooter mixture. Fill the top of the glass with Crabmeat Garnish, and top with a skewered Crabmeat Donut. Drizzle with Creme...

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