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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Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch Picnic

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011, 5:31 pm in Food and Drink, Menus, Seasonal Celebrations | 1 comment

Great music, excellent wines, fabulous food in a beautiful country setting-there aren’t many better ways to spend a late and lazy summer morning. So when Barbara Blake of Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch asked if I would like to create a Sunday Jazz Brunch menu to enjoy at a Sonoma wine country outing, I jumped at the chance. Sonoma County is not only a renown wine grape growing region, but also one of the country’s most abundant producers of many agricultural products, so I’ve created a menu which celebrates that richness with the simple elegance of a classic Mediterranean style picnic menu. And what wine to drink with your picnic brunch? Rosé wines not only carry the very essence of summer in every sip, but also happen to be just about the best food friendly wines around. So what do we recommend?  Try a great Rosé, like Pedroncelli Winery’s (a Sonoma County winery) Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, or Wente Vineyard’s Pinot Noir Rosé.  So click through to the next page to view the menu, and check back over the next week, as I update this post with links to some of the recipes for the picnic goodies:   Tapenade with Crostini Zucchini and Roasted Pepper Quiche Prosciutto with Figs and Melon Poached or Grilled Salmon with Gribiche Fingerling Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Wild Arugula Salad with Shaved Sonoma Dry Jack Cheese from Vella Heirloom Tomato Salad with Basil and Buffala Mozzarella drizzled with Balsamic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Plum or Apricot Frangipane Tart Heirloom Tomato and Buffala Mozzarella Salad...

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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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