Author: Photos by Eugenia Uhl

Harvest Season

  Jesse Carr, Bar Director at Justine, offers a twist on typical, tomato-based cocktails like a Bloody Mary. “I love the idea of taking elements out of their normal spaces,” he said. Instead of featuring savory flavors, “La Recolter” (French…

Birthday Dream

  When Brennan’s staff brainstormed 75th birthday celebration ideas, wine director Braithe Tidwell found unlikely inspiration. “I dreamed we changed our entire cocktail menu to French 75s. I woke up and thought, “That is completely ridiculous…. Or, maybe a good…

Poetry in a Glass

  Laura Bellucci created this absinthe inspired daiquiri, as an homage to the 19th century French poet, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, an early advocate of “art for art’s sake.” After spending time in the Caribbean, his writing frequently referenced that tropical…

Bright Ideas | Staying Cool

Denizen of the French Quarter, Peter Patout knows classical Southern homes. As both an architecture historian and licensed historic property realtor, Patout says there’s much to be gleaned from the structures of old New Orleans houses. Going back to the…

Gatherings | Goodness To-Go

Picnic Pasta Salad with Oregano Dill Dressing Serves 6-8 Dressing 1 ½ cups vegan mayo ½ cup finely chopped fresh oregano ½ cup finely chopped fresh dill 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons nutritional…

Speak Easy

  Kent Westmoreland created this Gimlet variation after reading about the Beverly Country Club in “Mafia Kingfish.” The Beverly was an illegal casino on River Road, just beyond the Orleans Parish line, that operated from 1955-1962. Its owners included local…

Trendwatch | Pool Party!

Nothing says summertime quite like a waterside soiree. These vibrant picks for al fresco entertaining are sure to make a splash. Chair, gingham tablecloth and striped throw pillow: Robert Wengler chair woven of Manau and Tohiti rattan, linen gingham tablecloth…

In the Pink

  Latitude 29 owner and tiki maestro Jeff Berry created the Pink Moon during the pandemic when he was really missing his French Quarter bar. He began with a new guava purée that he was excited to try, then added…

Kitchen Gourmet: Local Catch

Tip Use your favorite salsa, either homemade or commercial, for this recipe. Crema is a slightly tangy Mexican cream. If unavailable, substitute sour cream thinned with a little milk or cream.   It’s a tradition in these parts to take…

The Promise of Spring

This year, I welcome Easter with open arms. We’ve had our share of dismal, cold, wet weather this year. The barren landscape is quickly taking on its spring lushness. Wild dogwood, native azaleas and delicate bridal wreath add bright splashes…

Voodoo Brew

huio Kimberly Patton Bragg created Keeper of the Crossroads for a New Orleans themed cocktail competition in Las Vegas. The drink honors the voodoo deity, Papa Legba. “I know he usually drinks rum,” admitted Bragg “but I figure he likes…

Trendwatch | Garden Variety

Decorative metal artichoke, Dunn & Sonnier, dunnandsonnier.com; 1940s iron Salterini chair with green and white striped seat (set of four), Merchant House, merchanthouse.co; straw sun hat and faux boxwood bush, The Plant Gallery, theplantgallery.com; vintage glazed Chinese garden stool, terra…

Daybreak

Buttermilk Biscuits, Sausage and Country Gravy A favorite dish that is enjoyed all across the South. In Louisiana, it is…

Ginger Snap

Rhiannon Enlil is celebrating National Women’s Month at the Sazerac House with her riff on the Gin Gin Mule, a drink originally created by New York cocktail luminary and mentor Audrey Saunders. Enlil counts Saunders and other women working in…

Kitchen Gourmet: Put an Egg On It

Asparagus And Sugar Snap Frittata 1 cup sugar snap peas 8 spears thin asparagus 6 large eggs ¼ teaspoon coarse salt freshly ground black pepper ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon butter Put a medium-sized sauce pan of…

Porch Punch

Luis Zepeda has only lived in New Orleans for two Carnival seasons, but he already has his favorite parade drink: a boozy Arnold Palmer made with Luzianne tea-infused bourbon and charred lemons. The charring brings a subtle smokiness and smooths…

Fest Feast 

This time of the year in Louisiana is usually busy with Carnival parades, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and the beginning of crawfish season.  Not so this year because of COVID-19. We are being urged to hunker…

Light Recipes

One thing everyone agrees upon is that seafood is a healthful food choice. It is high in good things, such as protein, vitamins and minerals, and low in bad things, such as calories, total fat and saturated fat. Eating seafood…

Soup’s On

The world of soups includes everything from the precious and esoteric to the homey and comforting, from thin and intense consommés to thick and hearty concoctions that blur the boundary between soups and stews. I love them all, but my…

Trendwatch | Go Bold

Whimsical black and white striped ball pillow, double-sided black and white eye pillows featuring inverted colorways and embroidery stitched Eye of Horus, the ancient Egyptian symbol for royalty, good health and protection, knobby brown Moro Orb Cushion in Jacquard cotton,…

Ready, Set, Roast.

Dijon Roasted Chicken 1 3-3.5 pound chicken broken down into 8 pieces (or your favorite cuts of chicken) 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes cut into wedges 2 medium red onions, sliced 10-12 whole cloves garlic 1 red bell pepper, julienned…

Setting the Tone

PIECES PROVIDED BY The Kitchenary, 456 Heymann Blvd., building C, Lafayette thekitchenary.net Pieces of Eight, 902 Coolidge St., Lafayette piecesofeightgifts.com Glam Meets Traditional While there will be no “dashing through the snow,” in Louisiana, a traditional table setting is a…

De la cuisine: Fare Play

When it comes to holiday menus, my family is all over the table. When I was a youngster, we had the usual baked turkey, roast pork, rice dressing (or eggplant dressing), some kind of sweet potatoes, green bean bundles and…

Raisin’ Cane (Syrup)

Cane syrup, once known as New Orleans syrup, is a product particularly associated with Louisiana. Historically, it was a sweetener made on small family farms by grinding sugarcane and boiling down the juice to make syrup. During World War I,…

Pet Power

ADOPT ME! Sparkle, a 3-month-old black and white puppy, lives up to her name. Sparkle has lots of energy. She’s feisty, loves to play, and will light up your life. She does great with other dogs, and quickly learns commands…

Hearty Fare

Supremes are sections of acitrusfruit with all of the pith and peel cut away. Once sliced, you can usethem in salads (and ceviche) or for garnishes. Since the bitter pith and peel are removed, you get…

Twist on a Punch

Bartender Toure Folkes founded Turning Tables in July 2019. Turning Tables advocates for equity in the hospitality industry providing mentorship, educational tools and classes, as well as exposure for the brown and black community of New Orleans. A core component…

Out of Your Gourd

Roasted Acorn Squash with Louisiana Lump Crab, Hollandaise Sauce and Pistachio  Roasted Winter Squash 2 acorn squash 1 ounce molasses 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature kosher salt black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. Combine butter and…

Illuminating Tradition

For decades, the enchanting flicker of French Quarter lanterns has illuminated our courtyards, homes and boulevards. With equal parts romance, history and utility these iconic fixtures provide a timeless elegance to our lives. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights is a…

Homeward Bound

Striated glaze ceramic jar by artist Dario Magro and glazed ceramic sea urchin by Gioacchino Autovino, made in Sicily and available at Sud, sudneworleans.com Vintage blue Eastern European bud vase and “Tales from the Roads Less Traveled” by Dutch photographer…