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Little Girl, Big Knife

“Culinary creations of a little girl with big ideas” Christina Falco Baldwin is the little girl behind the big knife. If you don’t know her, you should. We met a couple of years ago and quickly recognized that we both...
Faust Farms Strawberry Short Cake

Faust Farms Strawberry Short Cake

According to Natalie Faust Jones this shortcake recipe has made its way through our three generations of their family now and she describes it as “truly spectacular.” Faust Farms is one of the vendors at the Covington Farmer’s market each...
Hats Off to Benefit Family Promise of St. Tammany

Hats Off to Benefit Family Promise of St. Tammany

Sophisticated Woman is dedicated to bettering the lives of all Northshore residents. As part of our commitment, we annually host our Hats Off luncheon to celebrate the good work—and good works—of those in the community. Each year we dedicate all...
Cloak Your Garden With Color

Cloak Your Garden With Color

WINTER BEGINS TO FADE and our sights are focused on new, fresh designs for spring. As gardeners, we look to the landscape and the bare bones of our garden; these are the mannequins for our garden cloak. Look around and...
Marilu’s Strawberry Pie

Marilu’s Strawberry Pie

My recipe collection reflects the people and the food that influenced my life and continue to bring me joy and sweet memories. Gayden and I have fond memories of dinners in New Orleans at the home of Sam Robinson and...
Strawberries & Chocolate and More…

Strawberries & Chocolate and More…

MY FRIEND Suzy Muery and I had the notion one day that we would start a baking business. Her oldest son Lex and my son Walker were born in the spring of 1987. We made this somewhat impulsive decision one...
Coastal Cottage

Coastal Cottage

A Coastal Retreat in the Heart WHEN YOU ARRIVE at the Upton’s home nestled between tall pines in the heavily wooded Tchefuncta Country Club, you know this house would be just as well suited on a vast expanse of beach...
Love that Lasts

Love that Lasts

Sunday morning early after my walk on the Mandeville Lakefront, I drove past a church that was letting out. The bells caught my attention and the people existing the worship center too. Couples were holding hands, arms draped around each...

Blood Orange Salad

I love composed salads. Think of the plate as a palate and arrange colors, textures and flavors to your liking. Blood Orange Salad with Olives, onions, feta and mint Serves 4 2 blood oranges 2 Louisiana Sweets or navel oranges...

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe by Marguerite Walter Ingredients: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 3 Meyer lemons, zested 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 eggs Pinch salt 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into ½ inch pats In a bowl, combine...

Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat Marmalade From Food 52 and Debby Berger Debbie would advise adding a little more liquid if you like your marmalade to be a little juicier. I ate mine on a bacon, arugula, and marmalade sandwich. YUMMY! Thanks Deb! Makes 4...

Basic Scones

If I had to estimate how many scones I have baked in my lifetime I would guess that it would be well into the thousands. I started baking scones for the first Coffee Rani on Lee Lane. We quickly expanded...