Side Dish: Foolproof muffins are this easy

I can’t pass up a new cookbook by Jean Anderson. With her background in food chemistry, I know the book will include plenty of useful information and its recipes will always work. Her latest cookbook is no exception. Anderson has had lots of experience baking muffins, the subject of her latest book. She was only about 4 years old … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Cookbook has plenty to chew on

HHH “The Chew: A Year of Celebrations” edited by Ashley Archer and Jessica Dorfman Jones Kingswell, $19.99 255-page paperback Fans of the television lifestyle show “The Chew” will welcome the latest cookbook from its five hosts — Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. “The Chew: A Year of Celebrations” includes recipes from each host, along with … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Fig gelato a great treat for summer

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter -- This LSU Purple fig will be one of many figs offered to taste so you can compare differences between varieties for taste, sweetness, texture and color.

When in New Orleans a few weeks ago for a seminar, a friend and I stopped by Hotel Monteleone’s Criollo Restaurant shortly after it opened for its evening dinner service. Were we ever happy we did. It was the first time I’d been there as a customer since the restaurant and adjacent Carousel Bar & Lounge have … Continue reading →

Side Dish: All you need to know about tea

“Victoria The Essential Tea Companion: Favorite Recipes for Tea Parties and Celebrations” from the editors of Victoria Magazine. Hearst Books, $24.95. 204-page hardcover. June may be National Iced Tea Month, but that’s no reason to forgo relaxing with a fresh-poured cup of hot tea. Enjoy hot — or iced — tea for … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Speaker offers a toast to commitment and to friendship

Jessica B. Harris organized and moderated an all-day coffee seminar on Saturday at The Historic New Orleans Collection. She probably doesn’t realize it, but she taught the seminar’s attendees a more valuable lesson than the history and business of coffee. The lesson? Honoring your commitments. Harris — author, food historian, scholar, consultant to the National … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Come hogs and high water

Advocate photo by Cheramie Sonnier  --  A fried red beans and rice ball topped with an aioli is among the entries in the new bean category at Hogs for the Cause. The snack was the idea of Jay Ducote and Aimee Tortorich, members of the Bacon Rouge team.

Torrential rainstorms Friday and very early Saturday had the 2014 Hogs for the Cause competitors scrambling to move their pits out of high water and hang on to flying tents. Overcast skies and cool temps greeted Saturday morning’s early arrivals, who slogged through mud to get to the 90 competitors’ food booths at “City Pork” in New … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Don’t duck Miss Kay’s cookbook

“Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, & Food — Bringing Our Home to Your Table” by Kay Robertson with Chrys Howard. Howard Books, $22.99. 236-page paperback. With all the recent hubbub about Phil Robertson of the “Duck Dynasty” television show, it seemed like the right time to review “Miss Kay’s Duck … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Wine lovers will drink in new ‘Atlas’

“The World Atlas of Wine: 7th Edition” by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. Mitchell Beazley. $55, 400-page hardcover. $29.99, iBook edition. Serious wine lovers will want to get the latest edition of “The World Atlas of Wine.” It is an amazingly comprehensive work filled with detailed information … Continue reading →

Cheese roll substitute in demand

Photo provided by Octopus Publishing Group Limited  --  Chocolate-filled Pear Puddings, prepared from a recipe in 'Pie' by Angela Boggiano, make a lovely finale for a holiday luncheon or dinner party.

My goodness, I didn’t realize how many people have been looking for convenient substitutions for the discontinued Kraft garlic and jalapeño cheese rolls. That is until last week. After writing about similar cheese rolls bein g back in local grocery stores, I heard from lots of readers apparently tired of having to concoct their own substitutions … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Garlic cheese roll is back in grocery stores

Photo provided by Devotion Vodka  --  Mistletoe Martini is a mixture of vodka, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream and white creme de cacao.

Reader Gretchen Berry, who always made a broccoli and garlic cheese casserole with Kraft’s famous Garlic Cheese Roll, wrote two weeks ago looking for a substitution for the product, which is no longer available. Berry’s request reminded me that the demise of that cheese roll and a second popular Kraft product several years ago left home cooks … Continue reading →

Side Dish: Cookbook showcases La. heritage

$24.95, 192-page handcover. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, don’t panic. You still have a week to prepare — and luckily most side dishes and desserts can be made ahead. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with asking family and friends to … Continue reading →