From the Editor

November is a time of giving thanks, and this month we give thanks for the sweeter side of life, both inside the kitchen and dining room and out about town.

Celebrity chef Gail Simmons once said, “There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts.” We couldn’t agree more. From New Orleans classics like our iconic cover star Mile High Pie and southern pecan pie, to new favorites such as roasted banana zeppole and peanut butter pie, we have the not-so-skinny on all the best creations to satisfy your sweet tooth. Even better, order extra for the table or pick up another pie for Thanksgiving and share the wealth with family and friends.

As the holidays approach, we tend to loosen our diets and enjoy culinary delights a little more. And why not? You deserve that extra spoonful of pie, that new libation creation calling your name or the ooey gooeyest thing on the menu.

Inside this issue you’ll find plenty of things to do and ways to celebrate the fall season, including delightful tips, shopping selections and restaurants and taverns designed to tickle your taste buds and bring some cheer. Our Nosh recipe is a treat of a holiday dish that’s sure to be a new family favorite, and our Cheers cocktail creation is both spicy and sweet.

Life is short: Eat dessert first. That same “seize the day” mentality holds true for many things in life, especially in an extraordinary year such as 2020. In New Orleans, we embrace family and community. We share our favorite recipes for sweet potato and pecan pie, and the best places to pick one up in a pinch. We share the highs and lows of Saints games and pandemic closings and re-openings. Like enjoying dessert first, remember to do the things that bring you, your family and neighbors joy, and the rest will follow.

Sweet tidings and happy fall. Enjoy!


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