Author Archive | Jessica

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Extremely easy chocolate frosting

    I am a one-hit wonder when it comes to cake baking…but what a hit it is! Vanilla Buttermilk Cake from Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman is my go-to cake (I have Smitten Kitchen to thank for this discovery).  I make it for cupcakes, sheet cake and multi-layer cake.  I add lemon zest […]

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Matzo Ball Soup

There are loads of things I learned while living in New York.  How to survive, and thrive, in a 400 sq foot apartment.  How to subsist when 60% of your income goes to rent.  How to wear black in any season.  How to get to the airport quickly at rush hour (hint:  Car service and […]

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What to do in New York City!

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  —Tom Wolfe I moved to New York City from New Orleans at 24 years old having never visited before.  The city immediately wrapped its high intensity arms around me and I recall very clearly my first […]

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Thanksgiving 101. The list of dos and don’ts.

The Gathering to end all Gatherings is fast approaching. The menus are planned, grocery lists made, guest lists finalized, therapists consulted, vodka hidden. The time has come for Thanksgiving. The most wholesome of all family holidays. No gifts.  No chocolate bunnies. No costumes. Just food. family, friends, football, and turkey handprints. If you count a […]

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New Orleans recommendations (Updated for summer / fall 2015!)

“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Tennessee “The Man” Williams No one lives in New Orleans passively.  People make an active choice to be here and they can tell you exactly why and when they made the decision.  “I grew up here and knew I’d […]

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Glass Storage Containers

  Striking fear into my teenage heart was as simple as this:  “Hey, Jessica, grab a container to put this leftover rice dressing in”  NOOOOO! Anything but that! That meant walking around to the side of the counter facing away from the kitchen, opening the cabinet that smelled really old and musty, and sorting through […]

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(Not just any) Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you really think about it I bet you perform way more selfless acts than you realize.  Picking up a trinket for a friend because you know she’d like it.  Asking your doorman if he’d like a cup of coffee when you go out.   Helping a neighbor by putting yourself on their child’s emergency […]

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The End Is Near! Gifts for Teachers….

There are soooo many occasions during the year to be a gift giver.  Christmas, Hannakuh, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Administrative Assistants’ Day, Bosses’ Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries…man, it’s exhausting.  And that’s before your kids start school! Now you have other kids’ birthdays to consider besides your own and your nieces and nephews that, despite […]

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Memorial Day Crawfish Boil

Do you have plans for this weekend?  Do you either live in the Gulf Coast or are you a monster at sourcing ingredients?  If your answers are no and then yes then I have an idea!  Let’s host a Louisiana Crawfish Boil! The memory of my first New Orleans crawfish boils exist in a haze. […]

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Smoked Corn & Shrimp Chowder

About a year after Nick and I met we were having a discussion about smoking.  We had both smoked a bit in college and we were both very anti-smoking at the point of the conversation.  I told him that I had been absurdly excited when the smoking ban went into effect while I lived in […]

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Lessons from Mom. And Planter’s Punch.

My mom was born in Somerville, Tennessee and moved to New Orleans at 10 when her father and mother opened a truck stop and diner just east of New Orleans.  It was called Powers Junction and it was a booming business located at a crucial east-west path from the Florida coast to New Orleans and […]

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