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Gisele Perez
Interests: I love cooking, reading, baking, jazz, wine tasting, driving up the coast of California and writing. I am fascinated with the history (past and ongoing) of New Orleans, my hometown.
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Pain Perdu Blog and Small Pleasures Catering Blog have moved from Typepad to WordPress. If you were a subscriber or follower, your subscription will not carry over. I'd greatly appreciate it if you would continue to follow us at WordPress. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at smallpleasurescateringblog
If you have subscribed to my blog, I ask that you would please re-subscribe now, as the blog has moved from Typepad to Word Press. Looking forward to sharing with you there. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at smallpleasurescateringblog
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Arriving in Havana, Cuba, and a recipe for our ubiquitous welcome cocktail- the Mojito. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at painperdu
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A steak and wine pairing dinner at Fleming's Steak House makes my re-entry into L.A. soooo tasty. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at painperdu
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As I delved deeper into studying the history of New Orleans, it became clear to me that one could not be interested in the history of New Orleans without also being interested in Cuba. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at painperdu
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A few weeks ago, I was invited (for the second time) to Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, CA. This time it was to experience their estate tour. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at painperdu
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A chat with Chef Jason Giles of the Portola Hotel on beer and food pairing, sustainable seafood and a few other things. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at painperdu
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Driving up the Central Coast of California through Big Sur and onto Monterey. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at painperdu
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This wonderful Lemon Pound Cake is adapted from a recipe by baker and cookbook author, par excellence, Flo Braker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at painperdu
@ Liz- you and my Dad! Not much compared to Bread Pudding as far as he was concerned.
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Bread Pudding, the quintessential New Orleans dessert, gets paired with Sauteed Peaches or Pears for late summer into fall. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at painperdu
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Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup are a great tart/sweet addition to Margaritas, and not too far from tradition either, as hibiscus is also used to flavor Jamaica, one of Mexico's most popular thirst quenchers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at painperdu
Yes, Jane, perhaps I was naive. They are beautiful places, though, and in some sense, lovely to see. I think I would feel better if history were acknowledged more honestly. And additionally, how can we ever heal what I feel is the gaping and central wound of our nation, if we don't face that history in a real manner.
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Jane- it was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2013 on A Special Farewell Party for Justin at painperdu
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Thanks, Greg. I'm - we are - pretty lucky as families go.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2013 on A Special Farewell Party for Justin at painperdu
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This Chocolate Fudge Cake with Caramel Sea Salt Buttercream was a special request from a very special kid for his big farewell party. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at painperdu
Thanks, Greg. Hopefully we'll have another big gathering for everyone to drop by before I go.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on My Birthday Party on the Grill Menu at painperdu
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An all grill menu, including Grilled Artichokes for a summer birthday gathering. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at painperdu
As mentioned, Lisa, Julia Child uses no shellfish in her recipe. I would stick to white fleshed fishes, though, and just substitute with the appropriate weight. Also, just use a fish stock.
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Posted Aug 5, 2013 at painperdu
LOL! Ah well, Maureen, maybe you will remember this recipe when we are in the midst of our winter!
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This shrimp and tortellini salad, made with a Creolized version of the classic French sauce, Ravigote, is definitely a keeper Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at painperdu
Thanks for more historical insight, Donald. I had to look up Matachine Society. Yes, there were plenty of "non-heir" producing men in and around antebellum New Orleans.
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Thank you, Ann, for your encouragement and affirming that we must continue to tell and hear the whole truth of our history.
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A wonderful new cocktail discovery (and a great lunch) from Borgne Restaurant. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at painperdu