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Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Well, the upside was I didn’t have to call the fire department.   Grilling is the caveman of cooking. I believe a pyromania gene is embedded in the DNA of most boys. The love affair of boy meets grill as...
Are Almonds the  New Cow?

Are Almonds the New Cow?

Consumers are flocking to nondairy milk products in lieu of traditional cow’s milk. Dairy products have been shown to contain large amounts of estrogen and progesterone complicated by the fact that many modern cows have been genetically altered to produce...
Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Birthdays were a big deal when we were young. We got dressed up and mom and dad piled my brother, sister and I into the Impala for the ride into the city to a fancy restaurant. It was usually an...
How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

It’s the part of cooking that no one ever talks about. It’s a topic rarely covered on the countless food shows hosted by famous chefs. Prepping food for a recipe is not glamorous and does not sell ads. Even so,...
Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Early in my career, I worked too much and slept too little while covering crime, floods and the daily circus of news.  I needed a break from urban reality and the adrenaline rush. I needed a reboot. I reasoned a...
Parading Down Memory Lane

Parading Down Memory Lane

I am a Mardi Gras veteran.  A childlike Christmas morning feeling of anticipation resonates in me the night before Fat Tuesday. It’s congenital, born with the first butt tap when I was introduced to this world at Baptist Hospital on...
Doing Lunch Better: Easy Peasy Meals

Doing Lunch Better: Easy Peasy Meals

Last August, when the school year began, you were bright eyed and bushy tailed. You rose early to prepare meals for your family. Why not? It was a summer of rest and fun in the sun with your children. You...
Our Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktails

Our Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktails

Celebrating mardi gras with specialty cocktails that are parade-worthy is a New Orleans tradition. Here are four recipes that will put you in the Carnival Spirit!
A Healthy Mardi Gras

A Healthy Mardi Gras

No matter how you celebrate Mardi Gras, high-calorie food is sure to be a part of the festivities. The real question is how to have fun without sabotaging your body and your health. I know it sounds challenging, but it...
Meatloaf: A Revisionist History

Meatloaf: A Revisionist History

There’s a famous art installation in Amarillo, Texas called the Cadillac Ranch, where a line of classic wing-tipped, fin-tailed Cadillacs are half-buried, nose first in the stark dirt.  I’ve always loved the striking visual—decadent post-WWII luxury roadsters arranged in a...
Believing in the Holiday Spirit

Believing in the Holiday Spirit

THERE WERE TIMES in my youth I thought Santa lived with my grandmother. I grew up across the street from my maternal grandparents. It was on a day I was sick at home from school, busy building a tent of sheets over a...