Why The Name Bella Rouge?

My husband Brent and I have found over our years together that we are most happy when we are in the kitchen together. Food is love in our house. Whether it is entertaining friends, experimenting with new recipes (that don’t always work out by the way) or planning a romantic meal at home, food always seems to be at the center of our best memories.
The name itself is actually in honor of our dog that we adopted from a shelter about 6 years ago. She is a beautiful red toned Pit Bull/Australian Cattle dog mix. We named her Bella Rouge or Beautiful Red. The name reflects my Italian side and my husbands New Orleans roots. She is a perfect reflection of our family, and as my husband has always said, we were a couple until Bella Rouge. She made us a family.
That is what Bella Rouge Southern Kitchen is all about, bringing family and friends together. Cooking is a great way to spend the day together as a couple or as a family. To shop together, plan what you are going to make and cook it as a team. These are memories that will last a lifetime.
Our goal is to share our home, kitchen, table and traditions with you. We would love for you to share yours with us as well.

What is it about Southern Cooking?

Southern cooking is different for many reasons. It’s comforting, decadent – it’s food that truly brings people together.


As an only child and an only grandchild, it was a little overwhelming to visit my husbands family for the first time. It was Thanksgiving, and while everyone was not able to attend, there were still about 30 people in Momo’s kitchen – with  enough food to feed the entire state of Louisiana. The kicker? ALL of the food was so good!
As I have spent time with my southern family, I have learned that while there are some recipes written down, many of them are simply passed down by sitting in the kitchen and cooking together.
Brent always tells me that “in the south we don’t cook with time, we cook with love.” Most of the time it’s a quick look in the pot, a taste of the right consistency or an amazing aroma that tells you when it is time to go on to the next step.
Now when we visit New Orleans, I always try to take some time with my mother-in-law to learn hands on about her amazing cooking, and it is always a great time to just talk and laugh together.
Southern food was something that I had to learn and, to be honest, I was a little intimidated to cook for my husband at first. But over time, as I’ve tried new recipes and new methods in the kitchen, there are now some things that I have been able to make my own – and even share with his mom!