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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Winter Fruit Gratin

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013, 6:08 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

This delicious, yet simple, fruit gratin with Lovoka Caramel Liquer is a perfect ending to rich meal.

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Mom’s Apple Nut Cake- Cupcakes this time!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012, 3:18 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

This Apple Nut Cake was my mother’s go to choice for potlucks when I was young. I’ve made them into cupcakes for a Christmas season potluck.

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Noodle Kugel

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012, 5:34 pm in Entertaining Trends, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

Noodle Kugel, an old favorite, can easily be adapted to “small plate” or tray passed portions.

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Festive Bar Cookies- First in a Series of Mom’s Holiday Treats

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 am in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

I started making these holiday”Festive Bars” – a recipe I found in American Girl magazine – with my mother when I was about 10 years old.

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Cranberry Pear Chutney- Just in Time for Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012, 4:30 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory, Recipes-Sweet | 7 comments

This sweet, spicy and tart relish is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, and a favorite of my family and clients.

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Another Stop on the Way to Wine Country- Bocanova and the Very Best Strawberry Scones

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012, 9:03 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

A stop in Oakland on my way to Sonoma brought a wonderful brunch with friends at Bocanova where I dined on zingy Shrimp Ceviche and the best Strawberry Scones ever!

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Peach Ice Cream

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012, 3:37 pm in Recipes-Sweet, Travel | 6 comments

Got an abundance of peaches on a hot summer’s day? Make my grandmother’s favorite- peach ice cream.

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Blenheim Apricot Upside Down Streusel Cake

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012, 9:40 pm in Recipes-Sweet | 5 comments

The last Blenheim apricots of the season deserve this moist, upside down cake.

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Welcoming Ciarán with Brownie Cheesecake

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012, 1:02 pm in Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

This dessert may not exactly be an All American classic, but it’s certainly a dessert that only could have grown out of American excess-and I mean that in the very best way. Got a really good thing? Make more of it!

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