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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Chocolate Pecan Torte and Gold Brick Eggs

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015, 11:40 am in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations | 3 comments

I’d been making Jim Dodge’s Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Torte for many years, when it dawned on me how much his torte (being chock full of pecans) is like New Orleans’ beloved Gold Bricks.

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A Special Farewell Party for Justin

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013, 5:14 pm in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 9 comments

A Special Farewell Party for Justin

This Chocolate Fudge Cake with Caramel Sea Salt Buttercream was a special request from a very special kid for his big farewell party.

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Visiting New Orleans- Xavier University Chapel and the Height of Tourist Season

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012, 7:40 pm in Family Celebrations, Personal Reflection, Travel | 3 comments

Attending the dedication of New Orleans’ Xavier University’s (my mother and father’s alma mater) newly built Katharine Drexel Chapel, at the height of tourist season

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Welcoming Ciarán with Brownie Cheesecake

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012, 1:02 pm in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

This dessert may not exactly be an All American classic, but it’s certainly a dessert that only could have grown out of American excess-and I mean that in the very best way. Got a really good thing? Make more of it!

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Mom’s Seven Layer Spinach Salad – First in an Occasional Series

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012, 2:27 pm in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 10 comments

This Seven Layer Spinach Salad was a go-to favorite recipe of my mother’s for our extended family’s Christmas Eve celebrations.

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A First Birthday Party- and Italian Cream Cake

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011, 11:30 am in Family Celebrations, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet | 15 comments

In May of 1994, my father celebrated his 70th birthday at a grand party. It was the first and last birthday party of his life. I made this wonderful Italian Cream Cake, a recipe I thought it would be perfect for a New Orleans crowd, chocked full if pecans and coconut, and as I suspected, it was a hit.

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Fiesta Olive Cheesy Spoon Bread – a New Take on a Comfort Food

Posted by on May 30, 2011, 11:46 am in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

This Cheesy Olive Spoon Bread, a sort of hybrid corn pudding/baked polenta, is an updated version of a classic Southern comfort food.

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Welcome, Halima- and the Very Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011, 1:02 pm in Celebrations, Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

When our family met recently for Halima’s christening, I made this ultimate sour cream coffee cake (I had been searching for the “ultimate” recipe for a long time) for the post-baptism brunch.

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