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Foodies and Friends – My Mother

Foodies and Friends – My Mother

She shows up in my mind unannounced, especially in May, the month for mothers. With her hand on her hip and head cocked in a question mark with its slight tilt and hair piled high, her soft smile betrays the...
La Salle and La Belle

La Salle and La Belle

THIS STORY AND scenario came to mind as I looked back on how the tricentennial of the City of New Orleans might have happened 32 years earlier. In the fall of 1996, I found myself standing on the floor of...
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...
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...
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...
Water, October And The End of Summer

Water, October And The End of Summer

Water. In my hometown you were never very far from water. It seems as if I’ve spent my life seeking it or it seeking me. The former was preferred as there was no better way to beat the heat. The...
Healthy Summertime Snacks

Healthy Summertime Snacks

Children are active during the hot summer months, so it is important to stay nourished and hydrated. We all know that the more active kids are, the hungrier they become. All that swimming, biking and hiking will really kick up...
Jamaica: Gateway to Flavor

Jamaica: Gateway to Flavor

The airplane dipped lower and lower, almost clipping the coconut palm, palmetto and ficus trees, then bounced to a landing. The hand-painted welcome sign across the prefab building, the terminal at the Montego Bay Airport, proclaimed it the “The Gateway...