Friends and Foodways: Pasta Monica

My friend, LSU classmate and sorority sister, Monica Joseph Butler Johnson, was a woman in a thousand: exuberant, intelligent and the life of every space she ever stepped into. In south Louisiana, it’s not a party unless there’s some seafood pasta, and I humbly dedicate my Pasta Monica to the girl from St. James, Louisiana who embodied everything… Read More Friends and Foodways: Pasta Monica


Tiger Slaw

If you still think of cole slaw as that gloopy, depressing, “they could have kept this!” side order from your local fast food joint, you haven’t been paying attention. Slaw is on everything these days, from bahn mi to pulled pork sliders and seafood tacos. My version, Tiger Slaw, pays tribute to LSU’s mascot, Mike VI. It’s purple, gold… Read More Tiger Slaw

Rum and Coconut Pralines

Listening to Celia Cruz’s “Azúcar Negra” inspired this dish one day as I walked among the oaks of New Orleans City Park. These pralines are a mix of my maternal grandmother’s Mississippi belief that every dinner should include dessert, my mother’s mastery of traditional “pecan candy”, and my own nod to the tropical influences present in New Orleans, often called the… Read More Rum and Coconut Pralines