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 Jazz Fest- and a Recipe for Crawfish Monica, sort of…

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016, 1:19 pm in Events, Music, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

A bit of Dianne Reeves at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and a recipe for my version of Crawfish Monica.

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Cuba Revisited: The New Paladares- and a Recipe for Plantain Chips

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 pm in Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Two new paladares in Havana, 304 O’Reilly and its sister place, El Del Frente, make a big impression.

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Braised Cabbage with Sausage

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016, 2:31 pm in Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Appreciating anew an old vegetable staple.

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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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Herb and Mustard Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015, 2:36 pm in Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

An easy, yet elegant, preparation for pork tenderloins.

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Quick Preserved Lemons and Preserved Lemon Aioli

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015, 3:55 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

A jar of Preserved Lemons used in Preserved Lemon Aioli help to ease my transition back into my daily life after a long road trip, and from the last days of summer heat into fall.

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BLT with Shrimp Salad – and Green Onion Ranch Dressing

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015, 9:31 am in Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

This BLT with Shrimp Salad borrows from a classic sandwich to make a great summer entree salad.

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Oven Roasted Beets with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015, 8:00 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Oven Roasted Beets are a classic. Serving them with the Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing was new for me, but worked fabulously.

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Sweet Potato Pureé with Roasted Garlic

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015, 9:32 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

Sweet Potato Puree with Roasted Garlic is a stand out side dish for late winter into spring- or anytime of year.

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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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