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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Braised Oxtails

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018, 5:52 pm in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Braised oxtails are one of those French peasant dishes my mother used to make occasionally when I was a child, but that I rarely see nowadays. They are certainly worth the time and effort of seeking them out and putting in the time.

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My Mexican Adventure Part 4 – Casa Carmelita, Tlaxcala and Beyond

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018, 5:32 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 0 comments

A longing for Mexican food – and a pull for an adventure – led me to sign up for a culinary vacation exploring the home cooking of Puebla. A private car taking me from Mexico City landed me at Casa Carmelita, run by Jon, an American expat, and Esthela, his Mexican wife.

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My Mexican Adventure – Part 2- Valle de Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018, 12:32 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 4 comments

Our day started with a stop at Dona Esthela’s for a hearty Mexican breakfast, a trip to a tiny local farmer’s market, then it was off to find the wineries.

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Crab and Sausage Stew aka Gumbo

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017, 5:17 pm in Books, Gift Suggestions, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

When the temps dropped last week, it was time for gumbo – this time John Besh’s Crab and Sausage Stew, basically a variation of gumbo.

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Black Eyed Peas with Mustard Greens

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017, 12:37 pm in Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

The discovery of Melissa’s Produce pre-cooked black eyed peas led to a updated dish for the New Year’s tradition, where the sum is better than the parts.

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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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Quiche Lorraine

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017, 1:20 pm in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Quiche Lorraine, a sometimes beleaguered, but still true classic – and delicious – dish.

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Warm Lentil Salad with Butternut Squash and Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017, 4:49 pm in Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

A wonderful warm lentil salad with butternut squash, pancetta and brown butter vinaigrette – great with crispy skinned salmon.

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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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Stuffed Mirlitons (aka Chayotes)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016, 2:43 pm in Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

Stuffed mirlitons are traditionally served at the holidays on New Orleans Creole tables- but you don’t have to wait till then to give these a try.

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