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The Mad Musings of a Cajun in the Kitchen

Growing Up Cooking 
May 1, 2012 7:49 am 
Updated: May 2, 2012 5:06 am

A little background on me; I am Cajun, and I spent most of my life growing up in southern Louisiana. I love my heritage, the food, and most of all my family, especially my grandmother. My grandmother was an excellent cook with multiple church cookbooks under her belt. That woman was immaculate. I know perfection is impossible, but she was not far off.

Every Sunday after church our whole family would get together, and she would cook. I am not talking about a roast and mashed potatoes.  I am talking about fried fresh gulf shrimp, fried catfish, seafood gumbo, a pot of greens, red beans and rice, turnips and ground beef, pecan pie, red velvet cake, lemon meringue pie, and her special chocolate pie. I would always be fascinated with how she would cook so much with ease and with such happiness. I loved helping her in the kitchen. It is one of my fondest memories.

My grandmother passed away a few years ago in 2009, but I feel her presence in her cookbooks and in what she left me. She also left me a passion for cooking, especially for family and friends who can enjoy it. I will forever miss her, but I can say that I was so lucky to have her and her influence in my life. I love and miss you Maw Maw. I was so lucky to have you in my life.
May 1, 2012 9:39 am
What a wonderful tribute to your maw-maw. I'm sure you will fill her shoes with ease :) I'm fairly new (12 years) to the south but I love southern cooking too.
May 1, 2012 10:44 am
Those memories are the best things we can inherit from our family. :)
May 2, 2012 5:06 am
I never knew my grandmothers, but through blogs like this I can imagine how "it could have been". Thank you!
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About Me
I am from deep south Louisiana and I am Cajun. Growing up in a huge family that loves to cook I have been helping in the kitchen since a toddler. I love cooking and have traveled around to get new recipes. I even lived in Mexico for 2 years and picked up authentic Mexican recipes. I love baking and southern dishes. I excel in homemade pies and southern classics. I am always trying new recipes and something new. My motto is you should always try something twice because nothing ever tastes exactly the same.
My favorite things to cook
I love and I mean LOVE pies. I have a few people addicted to my Lemon Meringue and No bake cherry cheesecake pies. I am constently baking and making desert. I also love to cook southern dishes and simple, easy and tasty things for my kids.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Sunday after church my family would get together at my grandmothers house and cook a huge southern supper. Now with my grandmother too old and ill to cook and myself moved away, I love to cook almost every night for my family.
My cooking triumphs
It took me a couple of times to get my lemon meringue pie perfect.... but it was so worth it.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot eat something unless it is seasoned perfectly and I gave my mom a recipe and she under seasoned it. I felt I mislead her. Lol.
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