I grew up with 3 older brothers and my parents. I'm the baby and only girl. I started cooking at the age of 7. I made my 1st Gumbo at age 8. Folk came from miles around to get a bowl full or container serving.
I was a "make shift" short order cook for my brothers. On Saturday mornings especially. They would ask me to prepare their breakfast, usually pancakes of various types. One would order plain, the other would order with Wheat Germ and the other with peaches or fruit cocktail. They ordered eggs differently too ie scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, add onion, bell pepper the list goes on.
That's how I became the family cook. I miss those great times with my brothers. Two have passed away. The other lives out of town.
Now I cook for my church family and friends. They love my Louisiana Cuisine, with Cajun and Creole styles.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Seafood!!! That is my favorite. Any type of seafood dish using rice, pasta or stuffing/dressings. I also love to cook Red Beans and Rice with Cajun sausage.
My most favorite is GUMBO!!! Any style: seafood, chicken, Andouille, file', okra, ie. You name I'll cook it and call it GUMBO! LOL
My favorite family cooking traditions
Creole and Cajun. Fried Turkey, Turducken, Beef and Pork Roast and Gumbo for the holidays.
Every Monday is Red Beans and Rice day in the Big Easy.
Every Friday is Seafood day in the City that care forgot.
Bread Pudding with raisins is a traditional dessert for any event.
My cooking triumphs
I learned to fry chicken without burning it or having pink meat. It took me a few years to grow patience to fry chicken.
I learned to make Praline Candy. Another recipe that calls for patience.
My cooking tragedies
My numerous attempts to fry chicken.
My multiple attempts to make fondue. Which I still can not make.