Fruit and Bouillabaisse L’American

Summertime in the South means fruit-based desserts. A recent convert to eating fruit, I was a bit shy in receiving Fruit by Nancie McDermott. This cookbook features fruits I’d never heard of—mayhaws, pawpaws, quince and others I’d heard of but have never cooked with—scuppernong grapes and persimmons, and damson plums. There are no pictures in the […]

Fourth of July BBQ and Italian Ice

If you can’t beat the heat, join it! Been trying to get some grilling on for the holiday, like everyone else. In New Orleans, it is actually an important chore during hurricane season to clear through all the major meat products taking up residence in the freezer, just in case we need to evacuate and […]

Spiced Ricotta Pancakes with Just Spices

All is right with the world (in my little New Orleanian Mardi Gras bubble; note also that in the la la land of residency I really don’t have much time to belabor the weight of daily news). We have been trotting out to some of the early season parades, last night was Cleopatra, and we […]

Shiftcon Eco-Wellness Conference in New Orleans and Wheat Berry Salad

Calling All Food Bloggers to NOLA! Shiftcon Eco-Wellness Conference is coming to New Orleans December 1-3, will I see you there? This conference is for all food bloggers, dieticians and companies who care about health, food, and the environment. Shiftcon couldn’t have chosen a more perfect city to set the conversation on important issues like […]

Swamp Solstice and Black Bean Shiitake Burgers for Summer Nights

“I just want your extra time…” Today we officially celebrate the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice! This year marks the first semiannual Swamp Solstice Bike Parade—a festival conjured by me, KP and our dear friend the Joneses. We noticed a summer lull in New Orleans’ social calendar, probably because most find the weather […]

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 […]

Socca and NAMI Walk

This was a week of weddings and birthdays, polished off with the finale of the NAMI walk which is probably the best NAMI event in this country, because in New Orleans, there is no walking, there is only second lining. We marched to the Rebirth Brass Band around Audubon park with a miniature army of […]