It probably goes without saying that Houston is one of the great capitals of Mexican cooking in the U.S., and one of the finest Mexican chefs in Houston is Hugo Ortega. An immigrant from Mexico, he started his career as a dishwasher and has come to be a James Beard award-winning chef. Every time I’ve eaten at one of his restaurants, which he owns with wife Tracy Vaught, I’ve been blown away by the thoughtfulness of the cooking, and the depth of his flavors.

For years, the Indian-born chef Maneet Chauhan ran the kitchen of an absolutely delicious restaurant in New York called Vermilion. It eventually closed, I missed her food, and for years I watched her as a judge on the show Chopped, and I figured she might have left restaurants for a life in media. And then I learned that she’d actually moved to Nashville, and built a whole collection of restaurants there, marrying flavors from India and inspiration from the South and around the world.

Ian McNulty

We have a new airport in New Orleans, and you have questions. How do we get there, how long does security take, where’s my Uber? Right now, I think the answers vary.

But when it comes to the food at the New Orleans airport now, I can tell you this: it’s a game changer.

Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark: Instant Pot Mommy Food

Nov 13, 2019

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A delectable vegan Thanksgiving menu from Leon Fast Vegan

Nov 11, 2019

Every year, we enjoy sharing a wide array of recipe options for the Thanksgiving holiday. As such, we wanted to provide a menu of vegan dishes that bring a lot of flavor to the table. The folks at the healthy fast food chain LEON were happy to help, and they know what it takes to fix a feast inspired by flavors from around the world. This menu includes two sides, two main dishes, and a dessert from their book LEON Fast Vegan.

Thanksgiving made easier with make-ahead dishes

Nov 11, 2019

Take a bit of the stress out of your Thanksgiving feast by making some dishes ahead of time and then finishing them in the oven (or serve at room temperature) on Thanksgiving Day.

Fresh Basil-Orange Roast Turkey
Do seasoning blend two days ahead.

Is a career in food the right choice for you? On this week’s show, we’re exploring culinary careers from all angles. We begin by looking at two educational food programs in New Orleans. First, we’ll meet members of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute’s first graduating class along with their instructor, Chef Alison Vines-Rushing. NOCHI offers a fast track into professional kitchens, awarding a professional degree in just 100 days.

Ian McNulty

Boudin is classic Louisiana road food, and for a long time if you lived around New Orleans that was by necessity. If you wanted boudin, you had to travel for it, and the destination was Acadiana, the boudin heartland.

There's nothing better than the smell of roasted fall vegetables coming from the kitchen during the holidays. It warms the home, it warms the senses, and soon these dishes will warm your plate. In our unending quest for new side dish recipes, we asked our dear friend Diana Henry to suggest a few recipes that would work especially well for Thanksgiving feasts, falltime meals or holiday parties.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Louisiana Eats!

Since 2015, Louisiana Eats has called the Southern Food and Beverage Museum home. Now in its eleventh year, SoFAB showcases culinary highlights of 15 Southern states and Washington D.C. It's more than just a museum, though. It’s also an active part of New Orleans' food and beverage world, with a state-of-the-art kitchen where cooking classes are regularly held and budding entrepreneurs try their hand at launching new food businesses.