Author: Photos by Eugenia Uhl

Dessert Dreams

With the holidays almost upon us, dessert fantasies are a common occurrence — pies, cakes, cookies, candies, all manner of sweets. I love every one of them, but I have a special place in my heart for ice creams and…

All Treat, No Trick

  They say the weather is beautiful everywhere in October. Because it is one of our most comfortable months, I try to stay at home and enjoy the snappy chill in the air and the first chance for hot soups.…

Last Call: Playing the Middle

  In the hospitality industry, October is classified as a “shoulder month.” It’s still very warm; even the memory of hot weather has not faded. Life’s cyclical happenings of work, school, vacation are more in a work mode. Around here,…

De la cuisine: Autumnal Feast

PICTURED, ABOVE Rather than offer dinner rolls, you can opt to garnish the soup when serving with crispy croutons. These may be stored in an airtight container (after cooling completely) for up to 2 days. If there are no fresh…

Mix Modern

The ship captain’s table that often serves as a bar, along with the elk antlers nestled beneath were purchased from Ann Koerner Antiques. The green velvet Directoire chair is the first chair deemed “good” by Fort’s close friend and mentor,…

When Pho Meets Bahn

I once lunched with Anthony Bourdain at the now-closed Pho Tau Bay restaurant on the West Bank. We each had a beer and a bowl of pho and discussed his latest book and our trips to Vietnam. It was 20…

Last Call: With Good Reason

There are a load of good reasons why New Orleans has hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl so often, but the one reason that keeps coming forward is that we are a convenient town. All that any visitor could want, including…

Morning Cheer

Bags of frozen mixed berries are widely available these days. The one I bought contained raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Since there is no added pectin, this is a soft spread. Made with a minimum of sugar, it is tart and…

Mama Knows Best

Crawfish Cornbread Dressing Dressing Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 1 rib celery, finely diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound cleaned crawfish tails 1 ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon…

Grande Dame

  When noted interior decorator Gerrie Bremermann closed her iconic shop, Bremermann Designs, on Magazine it was the end of an era. But for Bremermann, 91, long considered the dean of decorating in the South, it was a new beginning.…

Sweet Life

  As you approach a small building between Pine and broadway, there’s an intoxicating smell of butter, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s Gracious To Go, which is attached to Gracious Bakery’s 5,000 square-foot commissary kitchen. This local bread and pastry shop…

White Lightning

White marble and brass Florence Lamp H 21.25-inch and whitewashed hemp rope side table at Eclectic Home; McCartys Pottery Artisan Garden Sculpture Bell Chime at Katie Koch Home. Combine functional form and aesthetics with a pair of diminutive lamps. Positioned…

Think Cool

While everyone is cursing the high temps and humidity, I’m as happy as a clam at high tide. I agree August days can be as hot as Hades, and the mere thought of cooking can certainly make one break out…

Making A Statement

Toni Point and Alysia Fields met while studying Architecture at Mississippi State University. It was that love of  architecture and culture that brought the pair to New Orleans years later. After graduating from MSU, Fields pursued a second degree in…

Kickin’ the Heat!

A “man bites dog” kind of story: August, and no one has to be told or convinced it’s hot. The Founding Fathers of this nation were not talking about New Orleans weather in summer, but they could have been, when…

Cool Eats

Quick summer meals that go well with your favorite chilled, adult beverages

Summer Savories

A summer barbecue in New Orleans can make you feel like the main course. My idea is to cook something that goes on the grill for a matter of minutes, putting you back in the air-conditioning or pool as quickly…

Last Call: With Style

Depending on our mood, our age, our location, or even what else we have planned for later, making the choice of what watering hole to patronize takes on shades of importance. We are all quite fortunate to live in a…

Summer Repast

Abundant, sweet tomatoes are ripe for picking and eating alone or in a meal

Creole Tomatoes and Sweet Basil

If you like fresh fruits and vegetables, June is your month. You name it, it’s in season. At our house, we’ve gone to containers for both flowers and vegetables so, needless to say, our vegetable-growing days are waning. But, at…

Tropical Dreams

Summertime, and thoughts of sybaritic pleasures turn to tropical islands, replete with refreshing beverages constructed from exotic ingredients. But since those journeys are not available to all, nor can one head to the Caribbean with any frequency, how fortunate for…

Patio Posh

Add luxurious global-market karma to outdoor lounging in your own backyard

Last Call: Toasting History!

For over 100 years, 1831-1932, a train, operated by the Pontchartrain Railroad, carried day-tripping New Orleanians from the heat of the city to the cooling breezes on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The Smoky Mary ran up Elysian Fields Avenue…

easy does it

High-flavor, low-effort recipes to ease the transition from spring into summer

O Canada

When Paul Prudhomme put Cajun cooking on the world-wide map, he told food writers beating down his door, “Go to the country.” Or, in other words, New Iberia, St. Martinville, Lafayette, his home-town of Opelousas and other southwest Louisiana towns…

Home Grown

Legendary British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll credited gardens with teaching many useful things, including patience, industry, thrift and trust. She also wrote, “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is…