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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Wee Annie MacKeown’s Light Fruitcake

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016, 4:35 pm in Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

Annie MacKeown’s heirloom fruitcake is made with dried, not candied fruit.

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Nutty No Sugar Granola

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016, 2:37 pm in Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

I was delighted to find I could substitute date syrup for sugar to make this nutty, extra crunchy, granola that’s not too sweet, with a slightly caramelized flavor.

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Ama Tierra, Costa Rica

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016, 11:31 am in Travel | 1 comment

Traveling to Ama Tierra in Costa Rica for a week of wellness and detoxing.

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Eating Around Oakland

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016, 9:21 am in Restaurants, Travel | 2 comments

Eating around Oakland- a sampling of the city’s hot new restaurant scene.

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Orange Cilantro Cole Slaw

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016, 10:34 am in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

This Orange Cilantro Cole Slaw is a delicious variation on an old classic.

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Individual Quick Breads Part 2- Chocolate Loaf Cake with Berries and Whipped Mascarpone

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016, 10:00 am in Books, Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

This Old Fashioned Chocolate Loaf Cake is even better as a simple dessert served with a fresh berry compote and Whipped Mascarpone.

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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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Crawfish Boil at the Home of John Besh

Posted by on May 17, 2016, 2:48 pm in Events, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

A crawfish boil, a beloved springtime event in southern Louisiana, at the home of Chef John Besh, where he talks about his foundation’s work.

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Tortilla Soup!

Posted by on May 5, 2016, 10:50 am in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo- Tortilla Soup- a soup you can garnish with favorite “salad” ingredients.

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