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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Margarita Cheesecakes- and My Best Cheesecake Tips

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017, 11:22 am in Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

A great Margarita Cheesecake recipe with tips for baking the best cheesecakes.

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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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Black Forest Cheesecake

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017, 3:51 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

This Black Forest Cheesecake balances the sweetness and richness of cheesecake with chocolate and dark sour cherries – perfect for Valentine’s Day or President’s Day, too.

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Dresden Stollen

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016, 2:14 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 0 comments

Dresden Stollen

A traditional German Christmas treat- a sweet loaf I’ve come to love.

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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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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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Race, Southern Food and an Upside Down Peach Pecan Pie

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015, 1:40 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

The issue of race is never too away when contemplating Southern food, and a recipe for Upside Down Peach Pecan Pie – an old “plantation” recipe.

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Chocolate Pecan Torte and Gold Brick Eggs

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015, 11:40 am in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations | 3 comments

I’d been making Jim Dodge’s Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Torte for many years, when it dawned on me how much his torte (being chock full of pecans) is like New Orleans’ beloved Gold Bricks.

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