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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Rosé Fest Part 2- A Cal/Med Menu and Oven Roasted Cippoline with Basil

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012, 5:37 pm in Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

Rosé Fest Part 2- A Cal/Med Menu and Oven Roasted Cippoline with Basil

Rosé Fest features a Cal-Med menu designed to transport you to the Mediterranean coast. This year we welcomed a new love- Roasted Cippoline with Basil.

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Oysters Rockefeller, Escargots and Barefoot Wine

Posted by on May 30, 2012, 8:29 am in Food and Drink, Historic Places, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel, Wine | 3 comments

Lunch with Barefoot Wines at Antoine’s in New Orleans, home of the original Oysters Rockefeller

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Rosé Fest 2011-Part 2 and a Grand Aioli- sort of…

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011, 9:31 am in Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Wine | 7 comments

In the south of France, the stronghold of Rosé wines, they are served with another summer treat, the Grand Aioli- a meal of meats, fish, and vegetables all served with that wonderfully pungent garlic mayonnaise, aioli. In France, the meats, fish and veggies are generally poached, but here in So Cal we like to grill things. I offer my menu version for our Rosé Fest.

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Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch Picnic

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011, 5:31 pm in Food and Drink, Menus, Seasonal Celebrations | 1 comment

Great music, excellent wines, fabulous food in a beautiful country setting-there aren’t many better ways to spend a late and lazy summer morning. So when Barbara Blake of Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch asked if I would like to create a Sunday Jazz Brunch menu to enjoy at a Sonoma wine country outing, I jumped at the chance. Sonoma County is not only a renown wine grape growing region, but also one of the country’s most abundant producers of many agricultural products, so I’ve created a menu which celebrates that richness with the simple elegance of a classic Mediterranean style picnic menu. And what wine to drink with your picnic brunch? Rosé wines not only carry the very essence of summer in every sip, but also happen to be just about the best food friendly wines around. So what do we recommend?  Try a great Rosé, like Pedroncelli Winery’s (a Sonoma County winery) Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, or Wente Vineyard’s Pinot Noir Rosé.  So click through to the next page to view the menu, and check back over the next week, as I update this post with links to some of the recipes for the picnic goodies:   Tapenade with Crostini Zucchini and Roasted Pepper Quiche Prosciutto with Figs and Melon Poached or Grilled Salmon with Gribiche Fingerling Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Wild Arugula Salad with Shaved Sonoma Dry Jack Cheese from Vella Heirloom Tomato Salad with Basil and Buffala Mozzarella drizzled with Balsamic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Plum or Apricot Frangipane Tart Heirloom Tomato and Buffala Mozzarella Salad...

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Summer Garden Parties- and a Recipe for Salmon Cakes

Posted by on May 20, 2011, 5:45 pm in Menus, Recipes-Savory, Seasonal Celebrations | 3 comments

These wonderful Fresh Salmon Cakes, created for an outdoor garden party, are great for brunch, but are versatile enough travel into lunch, and even an early dinner meal.

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Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011, 3:08 pm in Chef Interviews, Menus, Party Planning Tips, Small Pleasures Catering | 1 comment

Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Planning a well balanced menu is a very specific skill, and vital aspect to catering, and party planning.
Join me, for my recent chat with Suzanne Goin, on the menu selection process.

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A Menu to Complement a Keg Party- and Korean Beef Taco Recipe

Posted by on Sep 23, 2010, 2:51 pm in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water and tea, and its often called the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage. It’s also a natural to accompany spicier ethnic cuisines. Take a look at this menu designed specifically to complement a beer only party.

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Alison and Aaron Wedding Party and Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010, 9:44 am in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 3 comments

A Pan Asian menu for a casual backyard party to celebrate a newly married couple.

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Tapas and Paella for a Milestone Birthday Party

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010, 10:39 am in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Tapas with Paella – great menu for a special occasion party.

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Small Pleasures’ Stir It 28 Event Menu

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010, 12:21 pm in Food and Drink, Menus, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 0 comments

I just wanted to take a minute to share with you the menu small pleasures is planning to serve at the Stir It 28 event in Los Angeles. We'll be presenting up an "interactive" bruschetta bar (interactive is definitely a trend for 2010 in catered parties- no stodgy buffets or sit downs))  with assorted crostini and toppings so that guests can assemble their own bruschetta, and a luscious spread of desserts. I think it's a great menu- perfect for a cocktail "mix and mingle" type gathering. I'm also very grateful and excited that Tom Coffey, one of our very best servers will be doing his magic to create a beautiful display, and the lovely Aida Cadres will be on hand to help out, as well. L.A.'s own, The Liquid Muse is partnering with Grey Goose Vodka and Fre Alcohol-Removed Wines for the cocktail program for the  the event. She's created a signature cocktail -“Hearts for Haiti”-just for the day. I've done a walk through of Greg@sippitysup's home (Greg's hosting us for the event) and believe me, it's a lovely home. All in all, it is promising to be a great way to spend an afternoon, and on top of that, to contribute to a very worthy cause. Now I'd say that's a win/win. Menu Bruschetta Bar   Kalamata Olive Tapenade  SunDried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Cannellini Bean Purée with Prosciutto and Herbs Caramelized Onion and Fig Spread Herbed Goat Cheese Spread Gorgonzola Dolce Latte Spread and for Dessert… Puff Pasty Wrapped Baked Brie with Caramelized Apples Rosemary Spiced Nuts White Chocolate Lemon Curd Swirl Cheesecake Profiteroles with Chocolate Fondue Triple Fudge Brownies Grapes and Strawberries Oh, and there'll be a professional photographer on hand, so check back next week for great pics of the...

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