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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The Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017, 5:50 pm in Seasonal Celebrations, Travel | 0 comments

Carnival season’s Barkus (for pooches) parade in the French Quarter.

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Holiday Tea at The Windsor Court

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015, 12:51 pm in Events, Restaurants, Seasonal Celebrations | 5 comments

An outing to the holiday afternoon tea at The Windsor Court Hotel

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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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Kids at the Mardi Gras- a Few Sights and Sounds

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015, 2:21 pm in Celebrations, Seasonal Celebrations, Special Events, Travel | 2 comments

One of the best things about the New Orleans Carnival parades- watching the kids. Here are a few shots.

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A Few Sights and Sounds of Mardi Gras – Part 1

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015, 12:11 pm in Seasonal Celebrations, Travel | 0 comments

A few sights, sounds of, and a reflection on the Mardi Gras season.

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Memorial Day Grilling

Posted by on May 24, 2014, 10:37 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Cocktails, Recipes-Savory, Seasonal Celebrations | 4 comments

Just because I’m busy packing and moving, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Memorial Day Grilling. Here are some great recipes to revisit.

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A Purple Season at The Farmers’ Market

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012, 9:16 am in Food and Drink, Seasonal Celebrations | 3 comments

Ever notice that a season’s produce is closely identified with a color?

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Stacked Crepe Cake- Part 2 in a Series

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012, 11:30 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Seasonal Celebrations | 4 comments

This Stacked Crepe Cake is an elegant showstopper on a holiday brunch buffet, but you don’t have to wait for a party. It would be great served for an intimate supper, too.

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More Summer Grilling Pan Asian Style-Hoisin Marinated Steak Salad with Asian Vegetables

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011, 3:54 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Seasonal Celebrations | 6 comments

A Hoisin Marinated Asian Steak Salad, makes a perfect counterpoint to Grilled Rock Cod with Red Thai Curry Sauce on our outdoor grilling (Pan Asian style) menu.

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