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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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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What’s New in King Cakes?

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015, 10:30 am in Entertaining Trends, Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Special Events | 1 comment

There’s been a surge of innovation in King Cakes recently, and in my dedication to you, I went out to sample some of them.

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Five Easy Bites for Holiday Entertaining Part 1 – Moroccan Spiced Olives

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014, 8:54 am in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Right before a holiday meal is no time for assembling fussy hors d’ouevre. Moroccan Spiced Olives is the first in a series of 5 very easy and champagne ready appetizers for holiday entertaining.

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Brunching at Commander’s Palace – and Their Bread Pudding Soufflé

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014, 1:28 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Restaurants | 1 comment

Every visitor to New Orleans should experience dining at Commander’s Palace. I was lucky enough to brunch there a couple of weekends ago, where my dining companion had the famous Bread Pudding Soufflé fro dessert.

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Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s New Home

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014, 7:42 am in Food and Drink, Travel | 2 comments

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum moves into its new home at the site of historic market space in New Orleans’ Central City.

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