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 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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A Trio of Winter Vegetables- and a Recipe for Cauliflower in Brown Butter

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011, 2:28 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

A Trio of Winter Vegetables- and a Recipe for Cauliflower in Brown Butter

For Christmas dinner this year, I served a big platter of three winter vegetables, each pan roasted with slightly different ingredients- the brussels sprouts with cream, garlic and mixed herbs, the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and rosemary, and this lovely cauliflower in brown butter.

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Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 2

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011, 2:39 pm in Entertaining Trends, Small Pleasures Catering | 2 comments

Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 2

Event professionals nationwide share food predictions for 2011’s special events.

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Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 1

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011, 9:34 am in Entertaining Trends, Food and Drink, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 1 comment

Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 1

Sharing predicted food and drink trends from event professionals for 2011.

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Posted by on May 13, 2010, 5:55 pm in Small Pleasures Catering | 1 comment

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A Mother’s Day Brunch- with Mixed Berry Shortcake for Dessert

Posted by on May 8, 2010, 3:07 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 1 comment

Mother’s Day is the second busiest day of the year for restaurants, after Valentine’s Day. But my mother finds eating in a restaurant on Mother’s Day depressing, so we prepare a special brunch celebration of Mom at home.

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Celebrating Earth Day -40 Years Later-with Asparagus and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010, 2:18 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

Celebrating Earth Day -40 Years Later-with Asparagus and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

I had no idea then I would end up cooking professionally, but 25 years later, after working in the restaurant, hotel and catering industry in New York, I returned to the Bay Area to attend culinary school- btw, I lived right next door to the house with the organic garden of those early years.

Now, I regularly shop, for both my personal consumption and for parties I cater, at any of several local farmer’s market, and indeed, locally grown and organic produce have become a big trend in the catering business.

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