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I'm a passionate cook from Louisiana. I've lived all over the world, but have returned to the state and I'm currently residing in Covington, just north of New Orleans. Of course, my favorite food is Southern-style, especially the Cajun food of SW Louisiana. I have two favorite cookbooks that are so well-worn and dog-eared, they're almost unreadable. "Talk About Good", the Jr. League Cookbook of Lafayette, LA, and "Pirate's Pantry", the Jr. League Cookbook of Lake Charles, LA. Both are extraordinary.
If I had a month off with no responsibilities, I'd take my husband and animal babies down to our camp in Grand Isle, LA. It's on the Gulf coast with a beautiful sea breeze and great fishing.
When we're there, we fish for speckled trout and redfish and catch dozens of crabs off of the wharf. At night, we gather on the deck and fry fish and boil crabs with corn, new potatoes and whole pods of garlic. All of this accompanied by fun cocktails. The only thing that could improve this scenario, is if there was a Sunday afternoon Saints game on. I'm a HUGE, long-time fan. Ah, sheer bliss....
I love boiled seafood of any kind, crabs, crawfish, shrimp, etc. Roast beef Po-boys are a huge favorite, too. New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company have the BEST in the world. Acme Oyster Bar is a close second. I'm famous for my pot roast (Great-grandmother's method), chicken salad, peas with roux (I'll post the recipe, it's killer!), and gumbo. If I had to choose one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be seafood gumbo. We're so lucky to have a bounty of seafood in our area. I feel blessed to be here, and just loving life in Louisiana!