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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New Orleans’ Confederate Monuments

Posted by on May 22, 2017, 4:00 pm in Current Affairs, Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a moving speech Friday afternoon, as the last of the city’s four Confederate was coming down. He mentioned in his remarks all the people that had left New Orleans because of exclusionary attitudes – people like my parents, and indeed much of my extended family, who joined the tens of thousands, and perhaps more, in leaving the city for a better life.

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Maida Heatter’s Budapest Coffee Cake

Posted by on May 15, 2017, 9:29 am in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

A coffee cake from the incomparable Maida Heatter, and a beautifully dramatic bundt cake pan- neither disappoints.

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Remembering Deb

Posted by on May 2, 2017, 5:45 pm in Personal Reflection | 3 comments

Deborah Cotton was one of those people who knew right away that she loved New Orleans – with a passion.

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Breakfast Pasta with Eggs, Bacon and Sautéed Onions

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017, 12:23 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

I needed comfort food this weekend – you know, starchy, fatty, salty, chocked full of umami cheesy goodness comfort food – to get through these days, and prepare myself for the march, for the fight.

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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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Cuba Revisited: Day 1 – The Rolling Stones

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016, 12:02 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 5 comments

My second visit to Cuba, at this historic time, begins with seeing The Rolling Stones.

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Celebrating Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and Ms. Leah Chase

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016, 1:49 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 0 comments

Ms. Leah Chase’s 93rd birthday celebration, and the 75th anniversary of Dooky Chase’s restaurant.

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Remembering Paul Prudhomme and Crawfish Cornbread Dressing

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015, 5:56 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

New Orleans lost two towering figures this fall – legendary music producer and singer/songwriter, Allen Toussaint from the music world, and seminal American chef, Paul Prudhomme from the world of food.

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Mourning the Loss of a Gentle Spirit

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015, 2:25 pm in Personal Reflection | 5 comments

A very gentle spirit left us this week- Rapunzel, a foster dog who came to stay for what I thought would be a few weeks, but ended up staying for close to five years.

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Road Trip: El Paso, New Mexico and a Lunch Stop in Tuscon, AZ

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015, 2:41 pm in Personal Reflection, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Driving through the small town American Southwest, and a lunch stop at Pasco Kitchen and Lounge in Tucson, AZ.

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