Category: New Orleans

The Joy of the Second Line

The Joy of the Second Line

A video that conjures the feeling of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Missing Jazz Fest; But at Least We’ve Got Muffuletta Pasta Salad

Missing Jazz Fest; But at Least We’ve Got Muffuletta Pasta Salad

A Jazz-Fest inspired recipe: to soothe our lonesome-for-NOLA feelings, I made a Muffuletta Pasta Salad.

WWOZ’s “Festing in Place”, an Alternative Way to Celebrate the NOLA Jazz Fest

WWOZ’s “Festing in Place”, an Alternative Way to Celebrate the NOLA Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest was supposed to start today, but it was a casualty of COVID-19. There are still things to celebrate, though. Music, in general. Jazz Fest music, in particular. WWOZ is hosting “Festing in Place: An On-Air Festival” on the radio and live-streaming. Yay!

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Making Crawfish Bread at Home

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Making Crawfish Bread at Home

We are in anticipation mode again – y’all know we love our Jazz Fest! – and looking to stoke up our NOLA daydreams via our tastebuds. This time, we chose something totally new to our kitchen: crawfish bread.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona did a captivating cooking demonstration at Jazz Fest in 2019.

Beasts of Burden: What Do They Think?

Beasts of Burden: What Do They Think?

I’ve always wondered how our beasts of burden feel about their “jobs”. Are their feet hurting? Do they enjoy being useful, understanding how important they are to us, or do they want to go on strike for better working conditions, a day off, or higher “wages”?

Cooking Up a Storm, a Cookbook with a Unique NOLA Legacy

Cooking Up a Storm, a Cookbook with a Unique NOLA Legacy

If you love cookbooks, New Orleans, or Cajun-Creole food – or if you just want a good read that pulls you into a magical culinary history – you need this cookbook.

New Orleans Noir

New Orleans Noir

“Don’t take the picture, let the picture take you,” is how this noir-reminiscent image from a walking tour in New Orleans came about.

A Chicken-Fried Good Time in New Orleans is In Our Future

A Chicken-Fried Good Time in New Orleans is In Our Future

From Shoofly Magazine: A simple story about a food festival grows to epic proportions when it kicks off the search for some of New Orelans’ best fried chicken.

Edinburgh Farmers Market – Jazz and Memories in the Shadow of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Farmers Market – Jazz and Memories in the Shadow of Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh farmers market had everything: produce, cheese, a bridal couple, dogs, paella, olives, breads…a plethora of products and people-watching.

Farmers Market in New Orleans – the Real Deal

Farmers Market in New Orleans – the Real Deal

The NOLA farmers market: no tchotchkes, doodads, gewgaws, knickknacks or trinkets here, just fine NOLA foodstuffs, friendly folks, and some fantastic music.

From Food & Wine: “The 50 best Southern restaurants in America, according to OpenTable”

From Food & Wine: “The 50 best Southern restaurants in America, according to OpenTable”

An article listing the best Southern restaurants – not surprisingly, New Orleans snags 8 of the 50 spots.

Discovery on Magazine Street: Garlic Beignets at The Vintage

Discovery on Magazine Street: Garlic Beignets at The Vintage

A trek down Magazine Street in New Orleans reveals the existence of garlic beignets, a real treat at a neighborhood cafe called The Vintage.

Surrounded: A Photo from New Orleans

Surrounded: A Photo from New Orleans

I looked up in NOLA and saw these steeples framed by the traditional NOLA architectural elements of this stately home and a beautiful old oak tree.

New Orleans, the Kentucky Derby and a Boozy Bourbon Milk Punch

New Orleans, the Kentucky Derby and a Boozy Bourbon Milk Punch

Even though the traditional Kentucky Derby cocktail is the mint julep, the libation of choice for the Grill-Meister and me is the Bourbon Milk Punch. It is lusciously, sinfully rich – a milkshake for grownups.

The Made-in-Italy Paderno Cookware I Fought for and Earned

The Made-in-Italy Paderno Cookware I Fought for and Earned

This Paderno cookware is my go-to choice when non-stick isn’t needed and cast iron is too much.


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