Recipes

Variety, not Quantity

  The phrase, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” has never rang so true for so many. We are all pretty much on the same path, the same schedule. This town, like most towns in America, is shut down.…

Great Locales Inspire Great Cocktails

  (This article was composed before the full implementation of the effects and governmental restraints as applied to the Corona Virus outbreak. This article was penned on Friday March 13, which now seems eons ago. But the hope is that…

How I Learned to Love the Corona Virus

  I have been working remotely for several years. By “working remotely,” I mean “working from home and often in casual clothing/dainty unmentionables.” I am used to being alone and dealing with other humans via cell phone, Skype and my…

Sacrifice? Maybe Not so Much.

  For many New Orleanians, even those who for most of the year are not strict followers of a particular Faith, Lent is a season of sacrifice. Nothing wrong with that approach, and it does not hurt to give up…

Smokin’ Hot

Not long ago, good Southern barbecue was a rare find in New Orleans. A slice of meat drenched in barbecue sauce was about the closest you could get. Shortly before the turn of the 21st century, a few cooks with…

Whiskey in Winter

  When the weather turns cool, and to be honest in January that really should happen despite how we do winter in south Louisiana, then to me the perfect accompaniment is whiskey. Oh sure, brandy, port and hot toddies all…

A Winter Evening

My go-to dish for winter evenings is a pot roast, with all but the rice in one pot. At one time it could be consumed by my family, but as children went off to college, it began to cover two…

A Cajun Theme

Sometimes the dressings outweigh the turkey at my family’s Thanksgiving table. There are those, including me, who must have oyster dressing. A simple cornbread dressing pleases those who don’t like oysters, and you might as well count the must-have mirliton…

Authenticity

  Today’s word, students, is “authenticity.” It is one of my favorite answers to the question, “What makes New Orleans different and special when compared to other American towns?” Or “Why are we this way, and they are that way?”…

Pigskin and Perfect Cocktails

  Football Fans, we are here for you! There are so many amazing happy hours around town to get a good deal and watch the game while sipping your favorite libation. But some may argue that the best seat in…

Oodles of Noodle

If I have learned one thing about raising children, it is to feed them noodles. Really, any kind of pasta will do, but noodles are a favorite among kids, who like to slurp things. We Americans, of all ages, have…

Surviving the Hot Months

It’s a known fact that tourists avoid New Orleans in the heat of summer. And many who live here try to escape. Hard as I try, my trips lean toward early summer or fall, leaving me to survive the inferno…

Cocktail Condiments

  The recent annual gathering of Tales of the Cocktail is finished, and the last hedonist has returned home. We are left with fine memories and new ideas. It happens this way every year, and when the final ice cube…

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy construction? Obtainable ingredients? Speed to build? The portable party we know as summer presents its own set of challenges when it comes to creating a drink that satisfies. This time of year, tackling a build-your-own-cocktail project with too many…

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

  Ask Leah Chase what soul food is and she’ll say, “It’s food that soothes you when you eat it. It fills you up. It tastes good. Anybody in the South has been eating it all his life.” She should…

Don’t Complicate the Cocktail

  Looks like the corner, finally, has been turned. And not a moment too soon. We went through a period of ego and self-congratulations in the Cocktail World of the early 1990’s and into the new century where crazy drink…

Crescent City Cocktail Classics

  Prior to the birth of the current cocktail era, which made a first appearance around 1985, no city on the planet could claim the birth of more styles of cocktails than New Orleans. Even now, those classic cocktails invented…

Sinful Summer Flavors

Pork Belly 2 pounds pork belly Sea salt and black pepper 4 fresh bay leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed 1 teaspoon cardamom pods 4 star anise 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds Olive oil 2 quarts chicken stock 1 Tablespoon…

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A look ahead to St. Patrick's Day

Party On, NOLA!

  Most places around the world have thrown in the towel. Christmas and New Year’s are now both in the rear-view mirror. But here, we did our best to give those two seasons their due, and now we go into…

Crespelle!

  I think I’ve written before that the first thing I cooked when I had access to a kitchen after Katrina was crepes. I still have no idea why that’s what I decided to cook, but there you are.  Conventional…

The Shape that I am In

  I was reminded of TV dinners recently. I’m talking about the Swanson-brand type – a tin tray with several compartments and a thin piece of foil on top. You popped the things into a preheated oven and thereafter the…

A Gin Thing

  Many of us, maybe all, at some point or another overdid a food item, a drink, or one of life’s pleasures. Or maybe all three. And after the over-indulgence, we swore off the offending situation. Never again, we muttered.…

The Same But Different

  Mezcal and tequila are brothers from the same mother and therein lies the confusion and misunderstanding. Both are born from the same biologic, the agave plant, also known as the Century Plant. Mezcal and tequila are both taken from…

Caterer's Choice: Backyard Fry Party

  Last month, we introduced a new series called "Caterer's Choice" where we have teamed up with Chef Bryan Clark, executive chef for Joel Catering and Events. Each month, Chef Bryan will be offering up some delicious recipes and additional…

Family Recipes

  I was reading an article yesterday about the “dirty little secret” that a lot of family recipes we think are ancient in fact originated from labels printed on food products in the 1950s. I wasn’t aware it was a secret.…