Maui, Y’all!

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Spending two weeks in Hawaii is good for the soul.  “Recharge the batteries,” my wife Roxanne says, “reboot your operating system,” my daughter Lauren likes to call it, but my personal favorite is “clean out the cobwebs.”  Whatever. As a Louisiana-based food writer covering culinary culture, I find myself on a lifelong journey of sorts. … 

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa and The Whole Truth

I am a Whole Foods Market fanatic. Always have been. Many years ago, I trekked all the way to Houston just to walk the aisles of this foodie fantasyland. Then later, Whole Foods moved closer with the opening of the New Orleans market, and then even closer in Baton Rouge. My wife Roxanne teases that … [Read More...]

Peggy's Fried Chicken and Waffles

Peggy’s Skillet Fried Chicken

Peggy is my momma. She passed away some time ago, but not before I learned her secret to the perfect fried chicken. She was a wiz in the kitchen and taught me the basics of cooking simply. She was a patient cook and knew that time was the most important elemental technique of cooking. Rush a recipe … [Read More...]

Speckled Trout and Shrimp Chowder

Fish Camp Chowder

I grew up fishing the coastal saltwater flats of Lake Borgne in the southeastern corner of Louisiana. From my family’s camp in Pearlington, Mississippi on the Louisiana and Mississippi state line, we fished the brackish waters at the mouth of the East Pearl River for redfish, flounder and most … [Read More...]

Cajun Boiled Peanut Recipe

Boiling Mad

Over the years, I’ve traveled extensively throughout the South. Even today, taking to the open road and driving along the two-lane, kudzu-blanketed byways of the American South is a treat for me. I guess it stems from all those family summer vacations of old – pajama-clad and packed in the station … [Read More...]

Gulf Coast Crab Dip

Crabbin’ Fever

Crabbing during the summer months is a family event in South Louisiana, and it is not uncommon to see folks dangling nets off most every bridge or canal lining the back roads of the coastal parishes.  The sweet white meat of the Louisiana blue crab is a culinary treasure that is easily accessible to … [Read More...]