February 2015

Coastal Cottage

A Coastal Retreat in the Heart WHEN YOU ARRIVE at the Upton’s home nestled between tall pines in the heavily wooded Tchefuncta Country Club, you know this house would be just as well suited on a vast expanse of beach overlooking the sunset. The Upton’s home design resulted from a family trip to Jumby Bay …

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Love that Lasts

Sunday morning early after my walk on the Mandeville Lakefront, I drove past a church that was letting out. The bells caught my attention and the people existing the worship center too. Couples were holding hands, arms draped around each other’s shoulders, talking, laughing returning to their automobiles. When they looked away from each other, …

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Blood Orange Salad

I love composed salads. Think of the plate as a palate and arrange colors, textures and flavors to your liking. Blood Orange Salad with Olives, onions, feta and mint Serves 4 2 blood oranges 2 Louisiana Sweets or navel oranges About 1/4 small red onion 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons best quality olive …

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Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe by Marguerite Walter Ingredients: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 3 Meyer lemons, zested 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 eggs Pinch salt 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into ½ inch pats In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, zest, sugar, eggs and salt and whisk to a homogeneous consistency. Place …

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Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat Marmalade From Food 52 and Debby Berger Debbie would advise adding a little more liquid if you like your marmalade to be a little juicier. I ate mine on a bacon, arugula, and marmalade sandwich. YUMMY! Thanks Deb! Makes 4 cups 1.75
 pounds kumquats 3 
cups sugar 1/4
 cup loose-leaf Earl Grey tea Juice of …

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Basic Scones

If I had to estimate how many scones I have baked in my lifetime I would guess that it would be well into the thousands. I started baking scones for the first Coffee Rani on Lee Lane. We quickly expanded to a larger space, then to Mandeville and then Metairie. That’s a lot of scones! …

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Spiced Kumquat Chutney

Spiced Kumquat Chutney Recipe by Epicurious with a little twist from Debby Berger I left a jar of kumquat chutney on Debby Berger’s front porch for Christmas. She asked me to share the recipe so I did. Twenty jars later, Debby has perfected this chutney. She would tell you that making kumquat chutney is a …

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Louisiana Citrus

The local farmers markets have showcased a variety of citrus since the late fall and early winter. Satsumas, navel and Louisiana sweet oranges, blood and red oranges, Meyer lemons, grapefruit, kumquats and other citrus are available now. Before the season comes to an end, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes and …

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Mardi Gras Punch

There are many versions of rum punch throughout the Caribbean and in New Orleans…the Hurricane of course. Rum punch does need to be a sweet red insipid concoction guaranteed to give you a headache. Use the standard formula below from the islands or my variation and you will be pleasantly surprised. 1 of sour 2 …

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