the real deal

Of the many musical/cultural events that I’ve been able to attend over the last thirty years or so one stands head and shoulders above all of the rest .. it’s the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This year Jazz Fest marks its 40th anniversary with a captivating, scintillating line up, just announced. . . . → Read More: the real deal



An old friend called today wanting some advice about preferred dishes for the looming Thanksgiving meal .. a treat in preparation for some and a daunting task for others.

While I like turkey and all of the classic sides, it’s an annual feast that can be bland and repetitive in texture and taste. The traditional . . . → Read More: crunch


small indulgence

There’s something about small bowls and dishes that’s fascinating to me. Maybe it’s because of their potential to hold pungent dipping sauces, honey, red pepper flakes, salt, spicy mustard, hot sauce or ketchup .. my mother would be happy that I’m still not putting the bottle on the table. . . . → Read More: small indulgence