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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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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Five Easy Bites for Holiday Entertaining Part 2 – Rosemary Spiced Nuts

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014, 12:36 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Here’s a fix for keeping more of the spice mixture on these irresistible, warm out of the oven, Rosemary Spiced Nuts (aka Union Square Bar Nuts).

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Five Easy Bites for Holiday Entertaining Part 1 – Moroccan Spiced Olives

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014, 8:54 am in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Right before a holiday meal is no time for assembling fussy hors d’ouevre. Moroccan Spiced Olives is the first in a series of 5 very easy and champagne ready appetizers for holiday entertaining.

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Urban Farms, Community Gardens and Roasted Eggplant Dip

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014, 2:21 pm in Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

This Roasted Eggplant Dip is made from my “pay” for a morning of weeding and seeding under the broiling New Orleans sun.

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Arugula and Roasted Shiitake Salad

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014, 10:13 am in Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

This Arugula and Roasted Shiitake Salad is a simple, elegant salad for a hot summer’s day.

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Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival – and Achiote Spiced Beef Tacos

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014, 3:50 pm in Recipes-Savory, Travel, Wine | 1 comment

A visit to Kendall Jackson’s yummy Heirloom Tomato Festival, and a recipe for Achiote Spiced Beef Tacos

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Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014, 9:39 am in Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

This home made jerk marinade is one of the few items that was saved from the dumpster and made it into the ice chest I took with me on my travels as I left Los Angeles.

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Bodega Bay to Jenner – and a Simple Salad with Shrimp and Quinoa

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014, 8:57 am in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

A day trip to the Sonoma Coast, and a simple salad with shrimp and quinoa.

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