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Gran’s Caramel Cup Custard

Gran’s Caramel Cup Custard

Crème Caramel Gran gets all of the credit for this one or I thought she did. She confessed that the original recipe was passed down from Aunt Louise Toca who was my great aunt. She has soothed broken hearts and healed incurable diseases with this, the ultimate comfort food, crème..
Made with Mom’s Love

Made with Mom’s Love

Contrary to popular belief, I did not learn everything I know about cooking from my mom. However, what I did learn were these fundamental truths: eat local, cook it yourself, nobody can make a roux like someone from south Louisiana, and no distance is too great to drive for the..
The Doorway to Spring

The Doorway to Spring

Spring arrives in March, but somehow April always seems to be the month we begin to crave that fresh start. The garden begins to really come back to life and the chores begin to loom over us! This is the perfect time to step outside and check out the first..

One for the Ages

THOUGH TECHNICALLY a children’s book, like Harry Potter, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak resounds for people of all ages. Set in Nazi Germany during World War II, The Book Thief follows the story of Liesel, a young German girl. What makes this narrative different is that it is told..
An Artist’s Abode: George Dunbar’s Slidell Home

An Artist’s Abode: George Dunbar’s Slidell Home

IF YOU TRAVEL north from the edge of the brackish water of Lake Pontchartrain, down the slow Bayou Bonfouca, the neoclassical, modern home of artist George Dunbar rises out from the marsh, on a literal hill. An entire wall of French doors overlooks an outdoor living area and the bayou..
Advanced Campus an Investment in St. Tammany

Advanced Campus an Investment in St. Tammany

It is always exciting to see an idea come to life. Sooner than later, the St. Tammany Advanced Campus will become a reality. Ground was broken on this leading-edge facility in early March. This long-awaited, centrally located campus will be home to Northshore Technical Community College, a 23,000 square foot..
Barbecue Shrimp

Barbecue Shrimp

RECIPE by ANNE MORVANT This dish was supposedly invented in New Orleans at Pascal’s Manale. This particular recipe was given to us by our dear friend and neighbor, Anne Morvant. Anne always serves the BBQ shrimp with boiled red new potatoes and of course, crusty French bread to soak up..
Food Memories

Food Memories

LAST YEAR I traveled to New York and set out on a mission to find a neighborhood Chinese restaurant that supposedly had “the best” steamed crab and pork dumplings. When I arrived, I knew that the experience would be authentic. Fortunately, my Chinese friend had written the exact name of..