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The Ancient Order of Southern Gourmets

The Ancient Order of Southern Gourmets

ONE OF THE FIRST cookbooks that my mom acquired was River Road Recipes published by the Junior League of Baton Rouge in 1959. Over 1.3 million copies of this recipe collection have been sold. I cannot imagine a Louisiana kitchen...

Grill Fever

The temperature is rising so think cooking outdoors. As a prelude to the Sophisticated Woman July publication and the Foodies and Friends article on grilling, I thought it was time to ask our readers for their favorite summer recipes as...

Color Your Garden Now

AS THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS of spring turn into summer green, wouldn’t it be nice to peek out at the garden and see a burst of color? A special tuber can do that for your garden. Nope, not a potato! This...

Sophisticated Social – Friend’s Coastal Restaurant

Friend’s Coastal Restaurant reopened with fanfare on April 24, following an $8 million reconstruction of the venerable restaurant along the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. Owner Ryan Richard, Operations Manager Jennifer Adams and Executive Chef Matthew Standefer greeted hundreds of partygoers...
Mary Miles’ Shrimp Scampi

Mary Miles’ Shrimp Scampi

For Mother’s Day, I requested that readers send favorite recipes passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. Carol Miles generously shared this favorite recipe from her mom, Mary Miles. Sure to be a crowd pleaser! Ingredients: ½ cup butter melted...

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...