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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Crab and Sausage Stew aka Gumbo

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017, 5:17 pm in Books, Gift Suggestions, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

When the temps dropped last week, it was time for gumbo – this time John Besh’s Crab and Sausage Stew, basically a variation of gumbo.

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Crawfish Boil at the Home of John Besh

Posted by on May 17, 2016, 2:48 pm in Events, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

A crawfish boil, a beloved springtime event in southern Louisiana, at the home of Chef John Besh, where he talks about his foundation’s work.

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Meet Alon Shaya

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015, 10:03 am in Chef Interviews, History, Restaurants | 1 comment

Meet Alon Shaya, who happens to be having a great year. Now, I’m looking back 10 years, when he and John Besh re-entered New Orleans right after the storm.

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Domenica – to Soothe a Frazzled Traveler

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014, 9:01 am in Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Domenica’s rustic Italian, wood fire oven cooked food was just what this frazzled traveler needed.

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La Provence and Chef John Besh’s Little Pig Farm

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013, 1:43 pm in Food and Drink, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Having a fine Sunday brunch and visiting the Mangalista pigs at La Provence in La Combe, LA.

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Salad with Grilled Figs, Blue Cheese and Spiced Pecans

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012, 2:52 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

Grill the versatile and sensuous fig, which so perfectly carries us from summer into fall, and mix it into this sweet and savory salad.

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Sitting Down with John Besh-Part 4-Continuing the Traditions and Moving Forward

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012, 1:42 pm in Books, Chef Interviews, History, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Chef John Besh shares his thoughts on the value of New Orleans, its cuisine and restaurants.

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Sitting Down with John Besh: Part 1-Syrena and Café Reconcile

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012, 2:18 pm in Chef Interviews, Restaurants, Travel | 2 comments

After feasting on an incredible lunch last August at Restaurant August, I sat down to chat with Chef John Besh. He started out by sharing a favorite project, Cafe Reconcile, with me.

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Fish Friday- Crawfish Etoufée

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011, 5:59 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Crawfish wasn’t always a New Orleans Creole thing, but a Cajun country delicacy. You’ll find crawfish etoufée (and other crawfish dishes) all over New Orleans now, though.

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