Anniversary Champagne Cake

My parents celebrated 41 years of marriage on Monday, and on that bright day in 1976, they served champagne cake to their guests in Portland, OR, my mother’s favorite. Mom recently came to New Orleans for a visit, and in addition to entertaining the chickens, restructuring my patio and filling raised beds made chicken-proof by […]

Chicken Parmigiana with Sneakers

Now that day has exhausted me I give myself over, a tired child to the night, and to my old friends the stars —  my watchful guardians, quiet and mild. -Hermann Hesse I read this verse last night while enjoying several idle hours on night float call. Usually I have the happy curse of running […]

Mocha Bundt Cake

Glorious Springtime Weekend. Planting seeds by day, House of Cards by night. There is a new chicken at the Hammer ranch, Juicy. She’s a beauty. And a new flower post fashioned from a PVC pipe, hole punched and spray-painted and stacked with petunias and other bloomers. Pretty sure this is un-waterable…. didn’t think about that […]

Mini Chocolate Cream Meringue Tarts for Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! A time when an entire city wanders amongst themselves seeming to hum “What a Wonderful World” in raucous harmony. We are so delighted to be back in New Orleans to enjoy firsthand the magical experience. Because we are Midcity-ites, we had a huge party to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Endymion. So […]

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup for the Soul

Friday night call. It’s chicken soup for the soul time. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Adapted from Food and Wine 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme Salt Pepper 1/4 cup […]