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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Black Forest Cheesecake

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017, 3:51 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

This Black Forest Cheesecake balances the sweetness and richness of cheesecake with chocolate and dark sour cherries – perfect for Valentine’s Day or President’s Day, too.

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Dresden Stollen

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016, 2:14 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

Dresden Stollen

A traditional German Christmas treat- a sweet loaf I’ve come to love.

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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 3 – Gougères

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014, 11:32 am in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 6 comments

I can’t think of many easy little bites that go better with Champagne than Gougères, a savory bite of choux paste (the same pastry used to make Profiteroles) with cheese baked into the dough.

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Five Easy Bites for Holiday Entertaining Part 2 – Rosemary Spiced Nuts

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014, 12:36 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Here’s a fix for keeping more of the spice mixture on these irresistible, warm out of the oven, Rosemary Spiced Nuts (aka Union Square Bar Nuts).

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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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Memorial Day Grilling

Posted by on May 24, 2014, 10:37 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Cocktails, Recipes-Savory, Seasonal Celebrations | 4 comments

Just because I’m busy packing and moving, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Memorial Day Grilling. Here are some great recipes to revisit.

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Braised Lamb Shanks for Passover or Easter Week

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014, 6:41 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 2 comments

These Braised Lamb Shanks make for a very special dinner.

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Crab and Asparagus Quiche Makes for a Great Mardi Gras Brunch

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014, 12:28 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Mardi Gras day often starts out with brunch to fortify revelers for the festivities ahead. This Crab and Asparagus Quiche is a great dish to start the day..

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Maple Cream Profiteroles with Their Holiday Caps

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013, 1:29 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

Classic profiteroles (aka Cream Puffs) get dressed up for the holidays with Maple Cream and Caramelized Sugar “Caps”

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