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Growing in Place: Renovating over decades, the Campbells’ ‘little old farmhouse’ has kept up just fine

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Helen and Bill Campbell still live in the Steele Place home they purchased in 1967. By making severalmajor additions to the home, they have been able to raise their children in the home they purchased shortly after they moved to Baton Rouge.

While most of their friends have moved several times as their needs have changed and their families expanded, Helen and Bill Campbell decided to grow their house along with their family. “We were able to raise our children here, and now our grandchildren visit us here,” said Helen Campbell of the house that started out as… Continue reading →

Chic + Comfortable: ‘A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more’

Associated Press photo -- Designer Brian Patrick Flynn creates relaxed interior for his clients by meticulously editing all furnishings down to a mix of shapes, scale, materials and finishes. This neutral loft is packed with mismatched classic modern pieces which are sculptural and create somewhat of a collection rather than an actual set, something he avoids to keep spaces from feeling 'forced or too perfectly matched.'

It’s a difficult compromise: Many of us want our homes to look as stylish and carefully designed as those we see in decorating magazines. But we also want them to be comfortable and easy to enjoy. “A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more, and their homes are reflecting that,” says New York City designer Young Huh.… Continue reading →

Community News, May 22, 2015

Photo provided by CAL ESNEAULT -- Cajun Clickers -- East Baton Rouge Parish Library System Director Spencer Watts and Andrew Tadman, head of reference and computer services, spoke to the Cajun Clickers Computer Club on May 7 at  Broadmoor United Methodist Church about the new Main Library and recent additions to the digital library section. Club member Bart Bennett spoke about smartphone apps useful during storm emergencies. Shown are, from left, Nina Richard, Tadman, Bill Mead and Bennett.

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held its last recital program of the season, “Sounds of Spring,” May 12 at the Woman’s Club. The Iris Domestic Violence Center received a $50,000 contribution to assist with its… Continue reading →

Group sets presentation on overlooked herb

Have you ever used the herb savory? Did you know it’s considered one of the best possible herbs for flavoring bean dishes? That it makes a fine restorative tea? That it comes in several forms and grows wild all over the northern hemisphere, including in the United States? Find out all about this dynamic plant when the… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities, May 22, 2015

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly or visit to sign up online. BECOME A COLLEGE MENTOR, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition — LaShawn Robertson, (225) 456-5752: The program pairs each… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Tails of summer: Great recipes just in time for crawfish season

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crawfish Chajitas

Summer is crawfish season, and we’re able to get tails at a reasonable price, so let’s make a pot of Crawfish Étouffée, or a tasty Crawfish Spread, or maybe Crawfish Chajitas. This classic étouffée recipe is easy enough for a novice cook. Take the time to have all the ingredients chopped and measured before you start; after that,… Continue reading →

I Eat La.: The fine art of layering and balance: Sweet and Smokey Glazed Shrimp and Creamy Risotto

Advocate photo by Teresa B. Day -- Sweet and Smoky Glazed Shrimp over Creamy Risotto

That perfect balance of smoky and sweet is divine, but a little tricky to achieve. First, be careful to add a smoky flavor that is mild and understated. Then, let the sweet aspect enhance the way the smoke warms the flavor of your dish. Last, mix in a little vinegar to make it all come together… Continue reading →

Louisiana singers finish 2nd, 4th on 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TRAE PATTON -- Koryn Hawthorne, left, takes the stage with her coach,  Pharrell Williams, on the live finals of 'The Voice' Monday.

Ponchatoula native Meghan Linsey and Abbeville’s Koryn Hawthorne finished in the second- and fourth-runners-up spots respectively on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night. Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks, of Fultonville, New York, was named the winner of the reality singing competition series’ Season 8. Joshua Davis, of Travese City, Michigan, finished third. “The competition aside, we… Continue reading →

Cooking the competition: Baton Rouge cook Jesse Romero hopes to graduate to chef on Fox’s ‘MasterChef’

Photo provided by Triple 7 public Relations --- Baton Rougean Jesse Romero to appear on Season Six of 'MasterChef'

Baton Rouge native Jesse Romero began dabbling in the kitchen at the age or 8 or 9, taking cues from his parents and grandparents. On May 20, the 29-year-old brings all he’s learned over the years to compete on the sixth season of “MasterChef,” which premieres with a two-hour special on Fox at 7 p.m. The… Continue reading →

Common Ground: How to stay young when you’re not

After talking with several seniors — they were between 86 and 94 years old — I realized that growing older is a journey that we can choose to face with optimism and opportunity. The folks I spoke with are not rocking-chair types. They are outgoing people who live for the moment, travel, dance and share… Continue reading →

‘The Voice of Louisiana’: Half of tonight’s field of finalists are Bayou State natives

NBC photo by TRAE PATTON -- Koryn Hawthorne, of Abbeville performs in the live semi-finals on 'The Voice' last week.

Abbeville’s Koryn Hawthorne and Ponchatoula native Meghan Linsey have reached “The Voice” finals. The two, along with folk rocker Joshua Davis, of Travese City, Michigan, and souful teen Sawyer Fredericks, of Fultonville, New York, will find out Tuesday night who’s the next “The Voice.” The singing competition series is wrapping up… Continue reading →

The ‘Later’ Show: BR’s ‘Laugh Now Laugh Later’ sketch comedy takes a break, but releases DVD

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- "Laugh Now Laugh Later" is now available on DVD.

Maddgame Entertainment’s locally produced sketch comedy, “Laugh Now Laugh Later” will be taking a break while its producers focus on filming an independent film. But don’t worry. You can laugh now then laugh later while watching the new DVD of the best of the best from show’s first five seasons broadcast on… Continue reading →

Community News, May 19, 2015

Photo provided by GABRIELLE LEWIS -- Gamma Eta Omega -- Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held its annual scholarship program honoring local female, high school seniors on April 18 at the sorority house. Shown are, from left, seated, Dynasti Hamilton, D'Errah Scott, Terri Honoré; standing, Myrtly Joyner, Scholarship Committee co-chair; Tamara Fluker, Tylar Holiday, Nwadi Oko, Natalia Mathews and Deborah Paul, Scholarship Committee chairperson.

The Highland Park Tennis Association raised $22,363 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the 2015 Jim Crane State Farm Highland Open tennis tournament April 17-19 at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center. The total was the second-highest in the Highland Open’s 33-year history, surpassed only… Continue reading →

Cheers! Former 'Mad Men' cast member Bryan Batt enjoyed run on hit TV show, looking forward to finale

Photo provided by Carin Baer/AMC --- Bryan Batt, who played Salvatore Romano in the first three seasons of 'Mad Men,' remembers the role and the cast: 'It was never like a job to me ... It was a complete joy.'

When the final episode of “Mad Men” airs tonight on AMC, former cast member Bryan Batt, martini in hand, will be watching from his New Orleans home. For three seasons, Batt starred as Salvatore Romano, art director of the Sterling Cooper ad agency, a role that brought a new level of fame to the actor. “For some… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Assembly to introduce 18 debutantes at tea

MaryHannah Grace Broussard

The Baton Rouge Assembly will present 18 debutantes at its annual ball Nov. 27 at the Baton Rouge River Center. The debutantes will be introduced to the wives of the Assembly members and their guests at a tea Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Country Club. The 2015 debutantes are MaryHannah Grace Broussard, daughter of Melinda Munley Broussard… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: For love of the children

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fur Ball --- Royal court members for the fourth annual Fur Ball are, seated, Nadine Carter Russell and Duchess Abby; and, standing, Brien Buxton and Queen Tullulah Jane, Chadwick Kenny-Possa and King Cobalt; Hunt Odom and Countess Chloe; Jenni Peters and Baron Spike; Margo Mathews and Baroness Gretl; Susan Nickel and Duke Harry, and Randy del Rio and Earl Mikey.

I need to start this week’s column by apologizing to Travis McLavy, who won the award for Most Graceful at this year’s Dancing for Big Buddy. She and professional dancer River Peterson were accidentally left out of the story recapping that exciting night. This week’s party scene includes… Continue reading →

Human Condition: ‘Drunk as the Lord’ and other unsuitable sayings

Aphorism: a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation. My father and his Protestant friends had many strange sayings that get no reaction from younger folk these days, except perhaps a questioning glance. Quite often I had heard one of them describing drunks as, “Boy, he’s three sheets in the wind with the… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Take time to thank a teacher

The mention of Barbara Grizzuti Harrison probably won’t ring a bell with you. But the story of her life and death has a lot to tell us about what we owe teachers, a subject that’s especially important right now as another school year draws to a close. Harrison wasn’t a household name in the world of letters.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 17, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, will show George Lucas’ classic, “American Grafitti,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in commemoration of the Gallery at the Manship Theatre’s exhibit, “Gary Noel: Vintage.” Several vintage cars from… Continue reading →

‘Monkey and Duck’ fun for the kids

?Monkey and Duck Quack Up!? by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

“Monkey and Duck Quack Up!” by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2015. $17.99. Vivacious Monkey wants to win a rhyming contest with his partner the laid-back Duck. He soon hits a snag, however, when he realizes that the only word Duck says is “quack.”… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 17-23

Book events THE COMIC BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comic and movie. Ages 14+. C.H. LAWLER BOOK SIGNING: 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court. “The Saints of Lost Things.”… Continue reading →

Back home on the lakes: Former Congressman Henson Moore’s home filled with design cues from a life of public service

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Carolyn and Henson Moore enjoy their home on University Lake with their dog Jason. The Moores returned to Baton Rouge after 30 years in Washington, D.C., where Henson Moore served in Congress and in other positions in government and business.

Former Congressman Henson Moore and his wife, Carolyn, always knew they would move back to Baton Rouge when he retired from a career in government and business. “We had family here. Our oldest friends are here,” Carolyn Moore said. “It was a given we would come home.” In June 2007, after 30 years in Washington,… Continue reading →

Lawn-care basics: Knowing how much to cut, irrigate, fertilize your yard can pay off when it’s time to sell

Associated Press photo -- A lawn is fertilized before rain falls near Langley, Wash. One of the most common mistakes in lawn care is over fertilizing which can burn the plant roots and contaminate area water supplies. A good time to fertilize is just ahead of a soaking rain.

Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard. There’s cutting at the right height, irrigating with the correct amount of water and fertilizing at the appropriate time, among other things. Ignore a few of those guidelines and you’ll be the one getting clipped. Financially. Lawn care… Continue reading →

Community News, May 15, 2015

Photo provided by JEAN LEYDA -- Torchbearer Beta -- Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi provided bingo games for Flannery Oaks Guest House residents on May 3. Shown are, seated, Page Meyer, who called the bingo games; standing from left, Jean Leyda, Virginia Huffman, Verlyne LeBlanc and President Dixie Gregory.

LSU Dairy Science Club holds annual banquet The LSU Dairy Science Club recognized an animal science professor, a long-time dairyman and students at its annual banquet May 2 at the LSU Student Union. Cathy Williams, professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Animal Sciences and faculty advisor to… Continue reading →

LSU AgCenter Garden News: Guides offer help for successful garden

The LSU AgCenter has published five new information brochures on home vegetable gardening in Louisiana. The series is a practical guide to help you have a successful home vegetable garden, says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. The Home Garden Series includes five publications. The harvest publications — “Spring Harvest” and “Fall Harvest” — include information… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunties, May 15, 2015

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly or visit to sign up online. HELP A CHILD IN NEED, Capital Area CASA Association — (225) 379-8598, email or visit… Continue reading →

The Ice Creamiest: Need a new favorite ice cream? It’s pretty cool making your own

Photo by Cynthia Nobles -- Bananas Foster Sundae

Kleinpeter’s ice cream? Gone. Blue Bell? Bit the dust, at least temporarily. K&B’s paper gallons are relegated to history, as are those blue-and-red cartons of Brown’s Velvet Creole Cream Cheese. Now might be a good time to consider making your own. There are basically two types of ice cream… Continue reading →

Tips for cooking pasta al dente

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Fusilli With Italian Sausage, Peas and Creamy Tomato Sauce

What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It’s the base of a zillion easy-to-make weeknight meals and the friendly playmate of 2 zillion ingredients, including leftovers. Pasta comes in all sizes and shapes, all of them designed with a purpose. Pastas in long strands — including spaghetti and… Continue reading →

Common Ground: A lesson on staying on school track

Royal Stewart, of Maringouin, will become the first student to graduate from the Iberville Parish Math, Science and Arts - North Virtual Academy on Friday, May 15.

Graduation day will mean much more than earning a diploma for 19-year-old Royal Stewart Jr., of Maringouin. Stewart is the first grandchild on the maternal side of his family to graduate from high school, and on Friday he will be the first student in Iberville Parish to graduate from the Math, Science and Arts — North Virtual… Continue reading →

Community News, May 12, 2015

Photo provided by FRANCOIS RATARD -- Lions convention -- Louisiana Lions held their 92nd State Convention on April 24-26 at the Holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge. Shown are, from left, Jeanne Kusiak, Miss Louisiana 2014 Lacey Sanchez and Lions International Past President Clement Kusiak.

Links hosts mock trial for Rosebuds Club The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links hosted a mock trial reading for their Rosebuds Club on April 17 in Judge Lisa Woodruff-White’s courtroom. Members were given a part to play in a mock criminal trial. Parts included prosecutors, defense attorneys, the… Continue reading →

Who’s Next: American Idol finale, 13 stars have risen from the ‘American Idol’ ranks; we are about to discover No. 14 . . .

Fox photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Clark Beckham, Jax and Nick Fradiani, from left, will battle it out to be come the next 'American Idol.'

Who will be one of the last to take the title of “American Idol”? Wednesday’s finale comes only days after Fox announced that next season will be the last for the once-dominant music competition. So will it be the guitar-strumming Nick Fradiani, of Guilford, Connecticut? White House, Tennessee’s Clark Beckham, who comes from a gospel-singing… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, May 11, 2015

WHAT: Health summit in recognition of Women’s Health Week WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 WHERE: Capitol Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road, Baton Rouge ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. INFORMATION: or email or call (225) 772-7029 DETAILS: State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome and the Louisiana… Continue reading →