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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A Little Bread Pudding for Lundi Gras

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011, 2:13 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Sweet | 1 comment

Bread pudding was one of the few desserts regularly served in the New Orleans families which I have been a part of. In time for Lundi Gras parties, and Mardi Gras brunches I am sharing my recipe for this special New Orleans treat.

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Calás-the Search for a Lost Food Tradition

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011, 10:05 am in Food and Drink, History, Recipes-Sweet | 11 comments

Calás, a traditional New Orleans rice beignet, were a dish in danger of dying out completely, until post- Katrina, when it began enjoying somewhat of a comeback, as New Orleanians sought to preserve their traditional foods.

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A Chocolate Fest for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011, 4:59 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

A Chocolate Fest for Valentine’s Day

Any Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fest would be happy to include this Chocolate Truffle Torte.

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Welcome, Halima- and the Very Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011, 1:02 pm in Celebrations, Family Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

When our family met recently for Halima’s christening, I made this ultimate sour cream coffee cake (I had been searching for the “ultimate” recipe for a long time) for the post-baptism brunch.

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Candied Yams- Part 3 in a Series on Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 15, 2011, 1:39 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

Candied Yams- Part 3 in a Series on Sweet Potatoes

For years I kept away from candied yams in the kitchen, mostly because my few attempts at making them didn’t produce results anywhere near my Aunt Eura’s, the best I ever had. But with some help from Paul Prudhomme, I’ve now learned to make very acceptable candied yams.

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Sweet Potato Purée with Pecan Praline Topping- Part 1 in a Series on Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011, 12:53 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes, Recipes-Sweet | 4 comments

When browsing Epicurious’ Top 10 Food Trends for 2010, I noticed sweet potatoes made their list. Well, some of us have always loved sweet potatoes, and I’m showing my love with this fantastic recipe for Sweet Potato Purée with Pecan Praline Topping.

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Real Pecan Pralines

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011, 12:07 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 12 comments

As my Carnival season kickoff gift to you this year, I want to share a very special traditional recipe for New Orleans pecan pralines.

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Yet a Little More Joy of Baking – Almond Apricot Bars

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010, 1:39 pm in Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

These scrumptious Almond Apricot Bars are great any time of year, but I’m sharing them now because they happen to go great with a demi-sec or Crémant sparkling wine, so consider serving them at a New Year’s Eve cocktail party or brunch.

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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010, 7:30 am in Books, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 6 comments

This Sweet Potato Pound Cake is tastier than the ubiquitous autumn pumpkin bread- it’s spicy, rich and moist, with the dusky taste of fall- what’s not to love? And I was a little surprised, although I guess I shouldn’t have been, to see that it’s basically a 1-2-3-4 Cake.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Bars

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010, 8:05 am in Books, Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet | 3 comments

Sweet Potato Pie is a southern classic, as is Pecan Pie. Marrying the spicy, dense sweet potato custard with the gooey, dark sweetness of pecan pie filing- well, that’s a stroke of genius.

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