Dear Chef Coco, Can you share a good idea for a special food gift? I am Italian and I want to make something special this year for my holiday party sweet tray and make enough to give as hostess gifts during the holidays. John H. Dear John H, Holiday Food Gifts are a great way to celebrate the past culinary treasures of one's family. Folks look forward to the season and a chance to reminise about childhood favorite foods. My mama was a great baker and all around fabulous Cajun
Dear Chef Coco, I remember on my last trip to the Big Easy we had a delicious brunch in the French Quarter. I would like to use that as a theme for my holiday family brunch I always hold the Sunday before Christmas. Can you give me some ideas? Cindy P. Dear Cindy, Brunch in New Orleans after church is a long standing tradition among the local folks. It tends to be a more formal affair because you still have your church clothes on when you front up to your favorite neighborhoo
Dear Chef Coco, I find with all the festivities during the holiday season, I find it hard to stay on the healthy eating zone. Any tips for a single guy who wants to enjoy the season and still stay healthy? Joe S. Dear Joe, Holidays are a tough time to stay in the healthy eating zone. Between time crunched days because of shopping and holiday parties we are often set up to fail and just eat that cookie because it's available. Here are a few tips to help us all stay on track du
So here is my annual public service announcement for keeping food safe while prepping, cooking and serving. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million people a year get sick from unsafe foods. So how can you keep your family safe in the kitchen? Some foods are riskier than others; most pathogens are found in uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables and animal products. How these products are cooked, served, and stored has a lot to do with their safety.
This time of the year I get lots of questions from my students in my classes about cooking plant based options for the holidays. There are more family members and friends that are eating plant based these days which can be daunting for even the most experienced cook. Here are some ideas that can mix up the menu and please the plant based eaters in your life. Holiday eating can be a mine field of unhealthful options for plant based eaters. Vegetables are often uninteresting, h