Author: Marcelle Bienvenu

De la cuisine: Cozy Nights

When a blustery cold front slides into south Louisiana, my husband and I know the drill. Light a fire in the fireplace in our party house living and dining area that looks out over Bayou Teche. Invite a few friends…

De la cuisine: À la Minute

Tableside service (the preparation of a dish by a server at your table) went out of vogue for a while, but according to trendspotters, it’s becoming popular once again. Having an entire meal, from soup to dessert, prepared tableside is…

De la cuisine: Simple Supper

My summer vegetable crops are winding down but not before I harvested several beautiful eggplants (also known as aubergine or brinjal). To celebrate, I made a large batch of caponata, a Sicilian dish of eggplant, olives and onions seasoned with…

De la cuisine: The Herbalist

This is the time of year I plan meals around what I can find in my garden or at local farmers markets. Fresh herbs — sweet basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, chives, lemon balm — are flourishing. Creole tomatoes are…

De la cuisine: Mardi Gras Munching

Mardi Gras is late this year — March 5. The latest it can be is March 9 and the earliest it can be is Feb. 3. Every year, no matter on what date is falls, it’s either “early or late.”…

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…

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…

Summer Repast

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

A Lent-Approved Valentine’s Day Menu

There will be leftovers of the soup and dessert, which can be served again at another meal. Valentine’s Day this year is the day after Mardi Gras, which is Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), declared by the Catholic…

mayo- daze

Creamy, dreamy homemade mayo elevates sandwiches, sauces and salads

Summer Fruits

Tomatoes, corn and figs take center stage during the hottest season

Spring Thaw

Winter’s heavy bounty gives way to light, seasonal vegetables

Lost Recipes

The sweet treats of my childhood were quite humble. Many afternoons when I arrived home from school during the winter months, Mama had sweet potatoes, still warm from the oven, on a tray along with a can of Steen’s 100%…