Archive • May 2012

New Orleans Food and Wine: Part I of III

Charlie's Seafood

I’ve been in New Orleans for a week doing what I love–eating and drinking, sharing, sipping and toasting. But before you get too jealous, just know that I am experiencing a hint of a crise de foie–leave it to the French to create a name for “liver crisis,” an entirely self-induced malady. However, I do ...

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Spring Peas, Shoots, and Leaves

Short rib dumpings with shallots and scallions

As much as I love long-simmered stews, bowls of polenta with lots of butter and cheese, I’m always happy to forgo (temporarily) daube Provençale or cassoulet for the color, flavor, and crunch of these moments before summer. Photos below are some shots of spring I’ve taken over the past year or so: 1) Pea “chutes” from the ...

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No-Cook Freezer Jam Recipes

Blackberry Lavender Freezer Jam photo by Thomas Macdonald

One of my favorite cooks and eating partners, Sara Foster, has once again shared some brilliant recipes. This time she offers us ways to capture the sweetness of summer without overcooking. According to Sara, in this Organic Gardeningarticle, freezer jams are “another, easier way to get that sunny flavor in the middle of winter… ...

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New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival: First Bites

Brown Jambalaya with chicken and andouille

Here are some first bites from the 2012 Jazz and Heritage Festival in my hometown of New Orleans. I always start with these tastes of home: Brown Jambalaya made by Catering Unlimited; Fried Softshell Crab Po-Boy by Galley Seafood Restaurant; Cochon de Lait Po-Boy by Love at First Bite, and (not pictured) Pheasant, Quail, and ...

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