‘Before the Dawn’ Will Make Readers Believe in Monsters [REVIEW]

Bloody heart

Love is deadly when you fall for the wrong man. (Photo by Sarah, Flickr)

When a woman is found brutally murdered, an FBI agent must face ghosts from his past to determine whether the killer is a copycat or if an old nemesis is back from the dead in Cynthia Eden’s Before the Dawn.  Read more of this post

Fou Maque Choux [RECIPE]

Moroccan Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze and Fou Maque Choux

Fou Maque Choux is our spin on a Cajun classic. Blending some of our favorite flavors, it is a quick and filling side that pairs nicely with dishes like our Moroccan Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Having traveled about the United States as much as we have, we tend to pick up culinary traditions all around the country. Maque Choux is a traditional side dish served throughout Louisiana. We first learned about it when we took a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking a few years back, although that recipe called for tomatoes. I’ve cut them out here, however, which is why I’m calling this version Fou Maque Choux (fou is Cajun for “crazy”). In its place I’ve  added a touch of Tex-Mex flavor by adding the black beans and Mexican oregano. The ingredients blend together beautifully and make for one yummy new riff on a Cajun classic. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Sandra Brown Produces Another Page Turner With ‘Sting’ [REVIEW]

Sting trailer

When a hit man is assigned to kill businesswoman Jordie Bennet, it should have been easy money. But then someone gets greedy in Sandra Brown’s STING. (Photo courtesy Grand Central Publishing, YouTube)

I love Sandra Brown! Every time I finish one of her books, I always look forward to the next, eagerly checking her website to see when I can expect to read another of her suspenseful stories. This month, Brown fans can rejoice because she has once again produced a winner with her newest release, Sting.  Read more of this post

10 of the Best Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans [VIDEOS]

Heather drinks a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

Visit Pat O’Brien’s to enjoy a delicious Hurricane, the rum-based drink that has become synonymous with New Orleans. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When friends tell us that they’re visiting New Orleans, it is almost as if they lit the gas lights on Decatur Street, because brilliant smiles spontaneously brighten our faces, illuminating our jazz-tinged memories of the Crescent City. For us, New Orleans is our happy place, that special community which wins our hearts every time we visit with its amazing smells, unforgettable sights, and mouthwatering cuisine, not to mention a soundtrack that envelopes you and seems to throb in your very soul.  Read more of this post