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Every week WWNO's Listening Post project sends out news and questions via text message, then reports back on the answers. 

To celebrate Mother's Day we asked: 

  • What's the best advice your mom has ever given you?

Here's what you told us:

If you're under 10 years old, the ingredients to an Easter meal are probably self-evident: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and Peeps. If you're older, the usual suspects may (or may not) be less sweet, but they're likely no less traditional.

Poppy Tooker, host of New Orleans Public Radio's Louisiana Eats, is no stranger to dinner table traditions — even if her favorite was a year-round affair. When Tooker was a child, her great-grandmother was still cooking, and her go-to side dish was something that, at first glance, might sound pretty typical: peas.

Keeping The Tradition Of St. Joseph's Day Altars Alive

Mar 17, 2014
Billy Brown

Growing up, Nick Scramuzza’s childhood home never had its own St. Joseph’s Day altar.

“It didn’t need one,” said the co-owner of the Lost Love Lounge in the Marigny. “There was one on each side of us, one across the street, and one on the corner," he says.

"On my block alone, Kerlerec and Chartres, there were at least four or five altars on that one block.”

Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on the odd, annual rite of airborne produce as the city celebrates St. Patrick's Day along the parade route.

Long before we thought much about food culture, learned to crave complex flavors or even did our own ordering at restaurants, many of us began to fantasize about food thanks to one enduring classic of a book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

WWNO's 2013 Holiday Schedule

Dec 26, 2013

Here in New Orleans the weather outside might not be very frightful, but the sounds on your radio are certainly delightful.

WWNO's 2013 holiday schedule will get you in the mood this season — a little bit of everything special, sans your great-aunt's fruitcake.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.: A Chanticleer Christmas

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The City of New Orleans will continue its curbside Christmas tree recycling program this year, the Mayor's Office has announced.

The trees, which will be collected during regular curbside trash collection days (Jan. 9-11), will be placed in selected coastal areas in an effort to help rebuild wetlands and protect the Louisiana coastline.

Authorities in Jefferson Parish say there will be no curbside garbage collection Christmas or New Year's Day.

Residents whose garbage normally is picked up on Wednesdays will have collections on Saturday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 4.

Curbside recycling collections will take place on Christmas and on New Year's Day.

The parish's four trash drop-off sites and the Jefferson Parish Landfill will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

At the close of 2013, it’s a good time to check in on the Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport. The giant chalkboard with a bold yellow frame has three words across the top: “Before I die…” People step up on a platform, pick their chalk color, and write or draw what they feel. 

Plain Dealing, La., artist Megan Davis-Taylor designed and built the chalkboard through a grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It’s been traveling around Shreveport Common since September.

Ian McNulty

Dining trends and new concepts can be exciting, but for some New Orleans expats the food priorities are all from the past. The holiday season is their time to reconvene with familiar flavors, and that time is limited. Don't get in their way. 

For those interested in the latest from the realm of food and restaurants, these have been exciting times around New Orleans. There have been so many new eateries, new flavors and hot trends turning up, it’s been hard just to keep track of them, never mind try them all.