Recipes

Stiff Drink, Anyone?

  We are not sure about y’all, but now is the time for a stiff drink. We have been through the wringer for more than a year and the cycle of ups and downs seems never-ending. So, while we are…

The Best Way to Avoid COVID this Weekend

  Like so many in New Orleans, my income is largely tied to the hospitality industry, which is tied to tourism. Like so many New Orleanians, the foundation of my security has been rocked yet anew by another spate of…

Summer Snacking: Melanie’s Boredom Busting Cheesecake Yogurt

  With Louisiana setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and the reinstated mask mandate to help curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, these days we’re opting for a semi-self-lockdown. That plus the oppressive heat means we aren’t even…

The Best of All Things Brennan

  Commander’s Palace recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of offering 25 cent martinis at lunch. Ti Martin and her cousin Lally Brennan own and manage the fabled Garden District restaurant their family started generations ago. Ti generously shared the story…

A Summer Recipe

  I tend to be the type of person who works things out in my heart and mind mostly by writing about them. Sometimes I share it publicly and other times I write it down just to get it out…

Sharing The Best of New Orleans Culture with the World

  Yesterday the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC) invited me to address an international group of NGO (a nonprofit organization that operates independently of any government, typically to address a social or political issue) managers interested in learning more…

À Votre Santé

  The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I love the lore. I love its namesake bar at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. I love sipping a Cognac version during colder months. I love the lighter take made with gin…

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…

Fire up the Grill

  Chef Daniel Esses shared a version of this recipe with me years ago when he was the man behind the menu at Three Muses on Frenchmen Street. Today he mans the kitchen at Rimon in Tulane University’s Hillel Center,…

Celebrate the 2021 Top Female Achievers

  Celebrate this year's Top Female Achievers with New Orleans Magazine Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. on our Facebook page. Before you tune in, make sure to grab yourself a cocktail and a snack with these recipes provided by…

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…

Fish Friday: Picnic Fish Fry

  Every week in Lent, we brought readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef or restaurant. Because New Orleans is a seafood-driven city, we have a lagniappe recipe to add to your weekend plans. This week, try…

Fish Fridays: Ralph's On The Park's Blackened Gulf Fish

  Every week in Lent, we’re bringing readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef or restaurant. This week, we have the blackened Gulf fish recipe from Ralph's on the Park.   Blackened Redfish  Ingredients: 1 cup of…

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…

A Frisky Devil’s Debut

  Recipe Frisky Devil Combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce Drambuie liqueur, 1.5 ounces honey simple syrup and .75 ounces lemon juice in a shaker. Shake and strain over rocks with ice. Garnish with a strawberry heart (slice a V…

Fish Fridays: Jumbo Lump Crab Deviled Eggs

  Every week in Lent, we’re bringing readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef or restaurant. This week, Copper Vine's Chef Amy Mehrtens shares the restaurant's jumbo lump crab deviled eggs.   Deviled Eggs Ingredients: 18 Boiled…

Fish Fridays: Pêche Seafood Grill's Tartar Sauce

  Every week in Lent, we’re bringing readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef or restaurant. This week, Pêche Seafood Grill's Chef de Cuisine Nicole Mills shares their tartar sauce recipe. A perfect pair for any of…

Date Night In

  Earlier this month, we reported on a new initiative during the Lenten season called Fish Fry Friday’s - a partnership with Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and United Way of Southeast Louisiana. During the season, 39 participating restaurants will donate a…

Fish Fridays: GW Fins' Barbecue Shrimp

  Every week in Lent, we’re bringing readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef or restaurant. This week we have the GW Fins' barbecue shrimp recipe.   BBQ Shrimp Ingredients: 4 pounds fresh head-on Louisiana shrimp (10-15…

Fish Fridays: Chef Jimi Setchim's Bronzed Redfish

  Every Thursday in Lent, we're bringing readers a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef. This week, Chef Jimi Setchim of Broussard's Restaurant and Courtyard shares the restaurant's bronzed redfish recipe.   Ingredients:  6 oz Redfish Filet 1…

Daybreak

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

Gatherings | Flavor Fiesta

Chile and Turmeric Roast Pork Shoulder Serves 6-8 1 ½ tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves 6 garlic cloves, peeled ½ teaspoon turmeric powder ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon ground coriander seed ½ teaspoon ground cumin seed ½ teaspoon morita…

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…

Salad Days

We so often forget that a well made salad can serve as very good entrée, all on its own. I knew a salad could be an entrée, but I never wanted it as an entrée, that is until I experienced…

Fish Fridays: Chef Scot Craig’s Crab Cakes

  Each Friday in Lent, we'll bring you a fish-forward recipe from a local New Orleans chef. This week, Chef Scot Craig of Katie's Restaurant and Francesca by Katie's shares his crab cake recipe.   What you'll need: 8 slices…

It's Lent! So, What Are You Drinking?

It’s Lenten season and many people decide to give up drinking during this time. This year, Lent takes place from Wednesday, Feb. 17, to Thursday, April 1. So, what do you sip on if you’re giving up the practice of…

Purple Haze

Mixologists find it easy to fall in love with Empress 1908 gin derived from butterfly pea blossoms that give the libation its natural indigo color. Handcrafted in small-batch copper pot stills, its exquisite taste, regal look and delicate aroma make…