Yaka Mein and a Tale of Two China Towns

Yaka Mein and a Tale of Two China Towns

Kara Johnson

Yaka Mein, Ya-ka-mein, Yakamein, Yakamee, Yaka Meat and Old Sober are all different expressions of the same dish.  Many claim it has mystical healing powers such that it can cure a hangover with a...

A Casual Connoisseur's Guide to Creole and Cajun Cuisine

A Casual Connoisseur's Guide to Creole and Cajun Cuisine

Kara Johnson

  New Orleans is famous for its world class, one of a kind cuisine, but its cuisine is actually comprised of two different kinds of cooking.  They are Creole and Cajun.  I grew up loving my uncle ...

THE COOK SHOP: NOW & THEN

THE COOK SHOP: NOW & THEN

Kara Johnson

 Let me take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. My name is Kara Johnson, and as the saying goes, I was born and raised in New Orleans. I’m an attorney, entrepreneur, food and lifestyle...

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

Kara Johnson

Shrimp & Grits are a staple in the world of New Orleans inspired cuisine. The dish itself has extended beyond the bayous and into fine dining establishments the world over. Voted the #3 dish on...

A Word with Shawn Lindsay

A Word with Shawn Lindsay

Kara Johnson

I’d like you to meet Shawn Lindsay.  I consider him a friend and count myself lucky to be able to do so. This interview is a part of my series covering good cooks in the City of New Orleans.  My ...

Creamy Salmon Pasta

Creamy Salmon Pasta

Kara Johnson

Ingredients THE COOK SHOP Creole and Cajun Seasoning Blends 2 salmon filets 2 cups penne pasta 1 pint heavy cream 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1 bunch of green onions 2 table spoons of canola oil  ...

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