Louisiana Libations

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Oh, Louisiana summers … in the face of such adversity, we learn to cool off in style.

No complaints about this workday, in which I photographed cocktails and other beverages for Country Roads magazine’s “Summer Sippin'” spread. Link (with recipes and more pictures) through the jump.

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Dinner Lab BR: Modern Turkish

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Another night at Dinner Lab Baton Rouge! What a treat it is to share unfamiliar food with strangers. The comments and giggling bemusement provoked by Chef Tan Uckan’s Turkish spread (yogurt soup, bulgur salad, pea and poppyseed purée, and more delights) fell easily into conversation on local culture, mutual friends, foodie habits, and on and on.

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Shiitake-Crusted Chicken over Charred Lemon and Potatoes

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I was fllipping through a recent issue of SAVEUR in search of springtime recipes when a particular dish leapt out at me: “Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes” from Chef John Fleer at Rhubarb in Asheville, NC.

Now I didn’t follow this recipe to the letter, after all I’m a girl on a budget and morels are expensive! (Also they were out at Whole Foods, though I coulda sworn I’ve gotten them at Fresh Market before…) Continue reading