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A Tribute to Jazz Fest

I can count on one hand the very few times I have completely missed Jazz Fest in the last 40 years. This was usually due to extenuating circumstances such as living out of the country over 5,000 miles away, or...

Irma D’s Vegetable Soup

For Mother’s Day, I requested that readers send favorite recipes passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. This recipe was passed down lovingly from Irma D Bruce to her daughter Mimi Bruce. Thanks Mimi for sharing the love from your...
Almost as Good as Granny’s

Almost as Good as Granny’s

I AM DESCENDED from a long line of fine Creole cooks. My great grandmother Lucille Bernard Cocke—the mother of Gladys Cocke Toca, my paternal grandmother—was known as “Sweet Lu” by many. Her husband, Clarence Cocke, lovingly referred to her as...
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

I HAVE NEVER been very good at making huge pots of gumbo. I like to think of my gumbo as a highly specialized small batch gumbo or “boutique” style gumbo. I strive for a deep, dark, rich, smoky flavor. Much...
Hong Kong Breakfast

Hong Kong Breakfast

Hong Kong, “fragrant harbor” is a pulsating international port and a melting pot of east meets west. The city assaults your senses at every corner with noise 24/7, glaring and garish signage, throngs of beautiful, gentle people pushing their way...

Kitchen Living

IN THE SOUTH, we live in the kitchen. Family and friends gather for food, drinks and good conversation as a way of life that is relaxed, casual and fulfilling. David and Hope Richard had their Covington home built around that...

Mother, May I…?

HOW MANY OF YOU remember that childhood game? Okay, maybe I am dating myself, but I remember playing and taking steps forward and back, hopping like a kangaroo and laughing! Well, May is the perfect time to play that game...
Sophisticated Social – Chef Soiree

Sophisticated Social – Chef Soiree

Chef Soirée Guests at Chef Soirée were treated to an enchanting evening under the stars at Bogue Falaya Park. The annual event, which benefits the Youth Service Bureau, is one of the most popular fundraisers on the Northshore. Sponsored by...
Sophisticated Social – Celebration

Sophisticated Social – Celebration

Celebration The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany’s Celebration has quickly become a fixture in the Northshore’s social scene. This year’s event was hosted by WDSU television chief meteorologist Margaret Orr and included music from Groovy 7, a “Culinary Showcase,” and...
Gran’s Caramel Cup Custard

Gran’s Caramel Cup Custard

Crème Caramel. Gran gets all of the credit for this one or I thought she did. She confessed that the original recipe was passed down from Aunt Louise Toca who was my great aunt. She has soothed broken hearts and...