Alma Oysters with Tropical Mignonette

Thu, 07/11/24
This mignonette—a vibrant sauce made with vinegar & shallots that's sprinkled on top of oysters—comes to us from Executive Chef/Owner Melissa Araujo of Alma Cafe in the Bywater. It's a recipe to which she has a personal connnection "because it has all the ingredients and ta... Read more

Recipe: Summer cocktails

Mon, 05/13/24
This month, we have a pair of refreshing summery cocktail recipes from Lead Bartender Heather Blanchard of The Pool Club at the Virgin Hotels New Orleans, on Baronne near Lafayette in the CBD. Also, something NOLA locals & summer visitors might want to note at the bigging ... Read more

Recipe: Chocolate Crémeux Tart

Sun, 04/14/24
The difference between chocolate mousse and the filling of this crémeux (trans. creamy) tart is that the latter doesn't contain whipped egg whites or whipped cream, and so has a denser, less airy consistency. Which makes it an excellent filling for a tart shell. The crust ... Read more

Recipe: Pan Con Tomate

Mon, 03/18/24
This month's recipe comes to us from Chef Kathryn Searcy at Costera, a coastal Spanish restaurant and bar on Prytania & Robert Sts. Pan Con Tomate is a classic tapa and makes simple & elegant appetizer/Happy Hour finger food. The list of ingredients is short and the techniq... Read more

Recipe: Moros y Cristianos

Wed, 02/14/24
Rice and beans are a staple in many cuisines, and they're perfect for Lent. This version comes to us from Executive Chef/Owner Melissa Araujo of Alma Cafe, a Honduran eatery on Louisa St in the Bywater. It's rather different from New Orleans red beans and rice, in that it u... Read more

Recipe: Chile Colorado

Tue, 01/02/24
Recipe: Chile Colorado  Or, more completely, "Carne con Chile Colorado," but we're refraining from anything that smacks of "Chile con carne", a name which over the years has been appropriated by the manufacturers of canned chili.  This version has a murky Tex-Mex history, ... Read more

Recipe: "Hot" Chocolate Cookies

Fri, 12/08/23
The combination of chocolate and chile (a pairing as old as the chocolate-chile drink that the Aztecs called xocolatl) makes these "cookies for grown-ups". Even if they're too intense for tender young palates, the combination of  chocolate richness plus chile heat is a high... Read more

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thu, 11/09/23
We've got a menu's worth of Thanksgiving recipes, for your dining pleasure. Many of them, while traditional, are just a little bit different, like Kermit Ruffins' Barbecue Smoked Turkey, Cranberry-Jalapeño-Lime Salsa, Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey & Sausage Gumbo, or Pumpki... Read more

Recipe: Pastalaya

Fri, 10/13/23
Though not really traditional, pastalaya is a cool variation on jambalaya, with pasta instead of rice. Like jambalaya, it's perfect for tailgaters, parades, potlucks, and any time you want a one-pan meal. The only trick is getting the pasta cooked in minimal liquid, so that... Read more

Recipe: Mushroom Campanelle

Sun, 09/03/23
Located on Magazine Street a couple of blocks above Napoleon, Osteria Lupo showcases Northern Italian cuisine. Here's their recipe for Mushroom Campanelle, a version of mushroom ragu. It's vegetarian, and made with fresh pasta and a variety of fresh mushrooms. "Osteria Lupo... Read more

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