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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Honey Harvesting at La Provence

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017, 10:26 am in Food and Drink, Learning Experiences, Restaurants | 0 comments

A visit to La Provence, John Besh’s country restaurant with small backyard farm, yields facts about bee keeping and honey harvesting.

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Remembering Dooky Chase, Carmen Morial and a Recipe for Devilled Crabs

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016, 3:31 pm in Food and Drink, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Remembering two elders of New Orleans Creole community and a recipe for Louisiana Style Devilled Crabs.

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Individual Quickbreads Part 1 – the Morning Glory Muffin and Coconut Creme Honey

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016, 4:30 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Reflections on the Catering Life | 1 comment

Any loaf cake or muffin batter can became a quick bread -one of my favorites is Morning Glory Muffin.

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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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Bourbon Hibiscus Cooler – Perfect for a Signature Holiday Cocktail

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015, 3:21 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Drinks | 0 comments

Bourbon Hibiscus Cooler, with Hibiscus and Rose Flower Extract, is a perfect cocktail to feature at your holiday party.

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Quick Preserved Lemons and Preserved Lemon Aioli

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015, 3:55 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

A jar of Preserved Lemons used in Preserved Lemon Aioli help to ease my transition back into my daily life after a long road trip, and from the last days of summer heat into fall.

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Oven Roasted Beets with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015, 8:00 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Oven Roasted Beets are a classic. Serving them with the Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing was new for me, but worked fabulously.

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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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Sweet Potato Pureé with Roasted Garlic

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015, 9:32 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

Sweet Potato Puree with Roasted Garlic is a stand out side dish for late winter into spring- or anytime of year.

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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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