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On our way up First Street the weekend before Mardi Gras, we ran into chickens promenading around a Garden District mansion. Today, I spotted chickens on Louisiana about a block […]

Tit for Lunch

Okay, not really tit. It’s probably spelled thit, but either way it’s the tit that puts the pork in the Vietnamese po-boy. After trying one made by the church ladies […]

Impossible Pie

We had some friends over for dinner last week and the discussion turned to pie. So I had to revisit our Katrina story. After the storm, my darling homeless husband […]

Cooking for Sylar

Pitiful, I know. And I don’t even have TV. But after the kids go to bed there’s not much I’m good for, except watching television shows on the computer and […]


It’s not every year I prepare gallons of glögg for our yearly Lucia party, and end up making a second batch. Glögg? YES. It’s Swedish for liquid cheer, and makes the […]

Runaway Crabs

Finally saw Julie & Julia last night. T’was a bit bland. How many times can an American mispronounce the French word for beef (boeuf) in a movie about two Americans […]

Buns get busy!

I’ve got nice buns. I really do. The only problem is that they should be paying taxes. Real estate taxes. After our Swedish Lucia party yesterday, which drew about sixty […]

Mama Maseca II

Tamale perfection not yet achieved. Okay, I messed up. Mixing the masa with lukewarm water doesn’t cut it (duh). The liquid has to go in hot, and broth tends to be […]

Mama Maseca

It wasn’t until I made tamales for my friend Golden two years ago that I realized that I had no idea what I was doing. It became clear that I […]