Author: Jyl Benson

The Best of The Bower and The Bower Bar

In early October my sister and I had dinner at The Bower, The Latter Restaurant Group’s new-ish (opened days before the start of you-know-what) chic, contemporary restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. We shared a collection of…

The Best Incarnations of King Cake

  While most of us were sleeping, with the stroke of midnight last night Carnival Season was upon us, and king cakes and king-cake-flavored things have rolled out in great abundance. What follows is a simple smattering of the hundreds…

Crazy for Cauliflower

My sister and I recently had dinner at The Bower, a new-ish chic, contemporary restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. We shared a collection of memorable dishes from the well-crafted menu, and we were doing OK until…

Sweet Tidings

  INSTAGRAM LIVE @NEWORLEANSMAG - DEC. 21 AT 5 P.M.   David Guas wrote in “DamGoodSweet” (with Raquel Pelzel, The Taunton Press) that he makes some version of bread pudding for his family every holiday season. I spice up this…

How to Host: Art of the Plate

Plating  We eat first with our eyes. Brilliant colors and compelling textures draw us in. We invited Chef Loma Xayalinh of Lomakase to work his plating magic. Every opulent bite of the chef’s nigiri sushi tastes as outstanding as it…

Best of Dining

New Orleans is a food town. We love to incorporate food and cooking into almost all of our celebrations, get-togethers, family reunions, festivals and so much more. This year, the city and our beloved dining institutions, neighborhood bars and gathering…

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours

  When my daughter, Cecilia, was still living at home (she is now almost 25 and working as a biomedical engineer for the Feds in Birmingham) our little family had a tradition of inviting everyone to our house on Thanksgiving…

The Best Oyster Dressing, My Dad’s

  The 15th anniversary of the death of Andy Benson, Jr. recently passed, and I am staring into another holiday season without him. My father loved holiday traditions, and he was the glue that held our family together. Shamefully, those…

The Best for a Beautiful Weekend

  It is supposed to be a gorgeous weekend. In connection with the Three Rivers Arts Festival that takes over downtown Covington on Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), wildly popular North Columbia Street artist Marianne Angeli Rodriguez…

Oyster Celebration

  Cook With Us! Join Jyl in the kitchen Nov. 16 for a cook-along with tips, tricks and more. Instagram Live @NewOrleansMagazine   In early March 2020 when I checked in to Commander’s Palace for brunch only to discover the…

Gifting the Gift of BOOZE

  While undeniably mainstream, gifts of libations are usually quite welcome. Knowing the etiquette of giving liquor as a gift will help you choose something commensurate with the status of the recipient. Is this for a pal or your boss?…

Best Sushi

  As is the case with most things Japanese, traditional Japanese sushi is subtle: The flavors are reliant on rice and the quality of fish. It is simple, straightforward, and balanced with rare experiments. Though some local sushi chefs are…

How to Host: Last Bite

  For easy bites to serve with cocktails when holiday well-wishers turn up unexpectedly, keep bags of The Ultimate Rosemary Butter Cookie, a sweet-savory bite, and The Ultimate Cheese Straw with the perfect tang of sharp Cheddar, available at Langenstein’s.…

The Best of Halloween

  My husband, Andrew, is prone to (usually) fleeting romances with kitchen gadgets. As both of us dislike kitchen counter clutter and we have limited storage in our circa-1900 Uptown cottage, only the worthiest gadgets and appliances are kept around…

Best Bets for the Weekend and Beyond

  We were giddy over an excuse to dress in something other than yoga pants and shorts, so my sister Beth and I donned dresses for an evening in the Lower Garden District at The Bower. We live within blocks…

The Best Way to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

  Through Oct. 15, our nation is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced our nation and our society. In the New Orleans area, we owe a particular debt of gratitude to the…

How to Host: Unexpected Outdoor Entertaining

Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you do not. This time we were in the target range when the rude lady with the old-fashioned name came calling, leaving behind shorn roofs, crippled foliage and moldy refrigerators that could take months to…

How to Host: Last Bite

To celebrate New Orleans’ grand brunch tradition, SoFAB (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-569-0405, SouthernFood.org) will take the month of October to celebrate “Birthplace of Brunch Month” with four pop-up brunches: Drag Brunch (featuring Poppy Tooker and Chef Jason Goodenough,…

Comfort Food

Years ago, my friend Jennie Merrill shared a version of this easy, Keto-friendly make-ahead crowd pleaser would be an excellent choice if you dare to entertain for Halloween. It makes for flavorful use of use of the abundant butternut squash…

The Best Pie, Coffee, and an Attitude of Gratitude

  I am a big fan of Nicole Eiden and Marielle Dupre, the ladies behind Windowsill Pies. The business partners met while working in a restaurant before Hurricane Katrina. The storm/flood sent Dupre, a Mandeville native and Tulane grad, running…