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Baked Oysters with Chorizo and Fennel

Baked Oysters with Chorizo and Fennel

Fennel is a highly aromatic and slightly sweet anise flavored herb with culinary and medicinal uses. Christina used the market fennel and paired it with chorizo and Louisiana oysters to create this innovative baked oyster dish. The anise flavor is a little reminiscent of the famed oyster Rockefeller flavor we..
Sautéed Broccoli Rabe (or Rapini)

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe (or Rapini)

By Christina Falco Baldwin of Little Girl, Big Knife I always get super excited to see rabe at the market. It brings me back to my grandmother’s at Thanksgiving when this sometimes bitter green was a favorite side dish. 1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough, non-leafy stems removed Extra-virgin olive oil..
Little Girl, Big Knife

Little Girl, Big Knife

“Culinary creations of a little girl with big ideas” Christina Falco Baldwin is the little girl behind the big knife. If you don’t know her, you should. We met a couple of years ago and quickly recognized that we both shared a passion for creative cooking and locally sourced food...
Faust Farms Strawberry Short Cake

Faust Farms Strawberry Short Cake

According to Natalie Faust Jones this shortcake recipe has made its way through our three generations of their family now and she describes it as “truly spectacular.” Faust Farms is one of the vendors at the Covington Farmer’s market each Saturday during strawberry season selling their luscious berries. Ingredients Strawberry..
Hats Off to Benefit Family Promise of St. Tammany

Hats Off to Benefit Family Promise of St. Tammany

Sophisticated Woman is dedicated to bettering the lives of all Northshore residents. As part of our commitment, we annually host our Hats Off luncheon to celebrate the good work—and good works—of those in the community. Each year we dedicate all proceeds from the event to a local nonprofit. The 2015..
Marching Onward

Marching Onward

We are already fast approaching the one quarter mark of 2015. This is a good time to take a moment to assess where we are so far in the year, how we’ve built upon where we were in 2014, and our goals for the remainder of the year. We operate..
Cloak Your Garden With Color

Cloak Your Garden With Color

WINTER BEGINS TO FADE and our sights are focused on new, fresh designs for spring. As gardeners, we look to the landscape and the bare bones of our garden; these are the mannequins for our garden cloak. Look around and decide where you would like to drape color. Maybe, you..
Ponchatoula Quilt Trail

Ponchatoula Quilt Trail

FESTIVALS ARE A VITAL PART of Louisiana life, and Ponchatoula hosts one of the largest in the state, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Over 100,000 visitors from across the South flock to Memorial Park and historic downtown Ponchatoula in celebration of Louisiana’s state fruit. This year Ponchatoula will celebrate its 44th..