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The Quest for Crabs

The Quest for Crabs

THERE’S USUALLY A line outside the Swan Oyster Depot restaurant on Polk St. in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. And it was no different when my cab driver, Jonathan from Cameroon, dropped me curbside at 11 a.m....
Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Ingredients: Directions: 1. Place whole poblanos rubbed with vegetable oil on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Turn every five minutes until evenly charred. Cover with plastic wrap in a bowl for 15...
St. Patrick’s Day Sensations

St. Patrick’s Day Sensations

KISS THE BLARNEY stone and find your four leaf clover. Lucky leprechauns will leap with joy as they sip these special St. Paddy’s Day libations. Enjoy our favorite cocktail recipes as you march into spring and celebrate with these fresh...
For the Love of All Things Art

For the Love of All Things Art

I’VE SPENT A lifetime staring at blank pieces of paper. The creative process is always a struggle. This comes to mind because my three favorite disciplines, writing, cooking and photography, all require a creative process and a starting point of...
Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers

Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! Sidewalk side or neutral ground, second line yourself right into the revelry of Mardi Gras. Get your go-cup ready and meet up with your krewe for a little debauchery as you indulge in some of our favorite...
New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

I’M NOT A fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I’m averse to promises of self-improvement. It’s just that the easiest promises to break are the ones we make to ourselves. Resolutions I make are usually made on a...
We’ll Take A Cup O’ Kindness

We’ll Take A Cup O’ Kindness

THE HEART WARMS as the new year begins…and so do the cocktails! Cheers to everything with these comfortable and cozy concoctions as you reflect on the holidays and look forward to all that the coming year brings. Enjoy a fireside...
For the Love of Pecans

For the Love of Pecans

Before the modern era of corporate farming and super supermarket shopping, most south Louisianans grew a lot of what they consumed. What our families could not produce was either bought from overflowing produce trucks that crawled the neighborhood streets or...
Making Spirits Bright!

Making Spirits Bright!

Spread some cheer and add some jolly to your holly with our favorite holiday spirits. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! Entertaining for parties and family gatherings is easy with these delicious and festive seasonal sips that are sure...
Thanksgiving and the Beach

Thanksgiving and the Beach

AHHHH…THANKSGIVING. It’s the reason for time honored recipes, stockpots and wagers on family behavior. The season of familiar relatives, old friends, new acquaintances— and casseroles, dressings, pies, rolls, more pies and tryptophan induced snoozes. It is also time for my...
Fabulous Fall Cocktails

Fabulous Fall Cocktails

BRING ON THE FALL! Get in the mood for cooler weather and get cozy with these autumnal concoctions. Add some spice to your sangria, some jam to your whiskey and some kick to your hot chocolate. These recipes will add...