Haute Plates - December 2012

Christmas in the Country

'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring unless you count my 11-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter, both of whom were stirring quite a bit. I am not aware of any mice.  My…

Cooking Reconsidered: Cookbooks and Chicken Stock

I am not a fan of Cook's Illustrated. I don't harbor the same sort of passionate dislike I do for certain Food Network personalities, but the tone of many articles in the magazine irks me. Take the premise for a…

It's a Season of Cheer, for the Most Part

Hello, my friends. With the holiday season upon us, I hope your preparations are well underway (which my wife tells me is two words, unless it's being used in the naval sense, so I'm using it in the naval sense,…

The Heart of the Matter at Coquette

I try not to repeat myself in this column. Because restaurants of note keep opening in New Orleans at a rapid pace, I certainly don't have to. That means, however, that I don't get to return to my favorite restaurants…