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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...
The Quest for Crabs

The Quest for Crabs

THERE’S USUALLY A line outside the Swan Oyster Depot restaurant on Polk St. in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. And it was no different when my cab driver, Jonathan from Cameroon, dropped me curbside at 11 a.m....
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...
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...

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...