Hello, glad you stopped by!
I'm Kay and this is where I share recipes, especially of the food and culture from my rich Cajun heritage. I was born and raised in Vermilion parish, the gateway to the wetlands in the heart of Acadiana. I grew up eating the best food in the world amongst French-speaking people who exemplify living life to the full. It shows in the way they gather with their family and prepare their food.
I'm doing my best to represent the culture authentically and keep it alive for generations to come, and it all started with my Mama's gumbo recipe!
You'll not only find recipes for gumbo but for jambalaya, étouffée, my great-grandma's croquesignoles (French donuts), and more; along with a few stories about growing up in Acadiana. Not all of the foods are from Cajun cuisine so there's something delicious for everyone. I also have a fancy for kitchen gadgets, trendy eats, hints for better cooking, and great Louisiana products.
So have a look around! Find something scrumptious to cook up for yourself and those you love while learning about the unique lifestyle of the Cajun people.
My husband, Steve (Mississippi Man), and I live in the Southeast corner of Arkansas, called the ArkLaMiss, with our Weimaraner, Cord. We are recently retired funeral directors; well, Steve still works part-time. It's an adventure navigating this life change with my love and best friend, and we highly recommend it!
You'll see the Mississippi influence in some of the recipes, also. Steve's family grew sugar cane and made their own homemade syrup every Thanksgiving day. Therefore, his Mamaw was an expert biscuit maker.
We have 3 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 5 grandchildren, 7 grand dogs (as of last count), and 1 grand bunny named Autumn.
I began Louisiana Woman Blog hoping to preserve my family heritage through food and stories for our children and grandchildren. True classic Cajun food seems to get lost in our modern culture. Little did I know many people are interested in cooking and eating Cajun food and want to know more about where it comes from.
I'm excited about this opportunity to share this good food and my experiences with you through this blog. It's my pleasure!
Acadiana, is a place of wetlands in the middle of the boot just above the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico and south of Louisiana's Interstate 10. My childhood home is near the center of Vermilion Parish, where not too long ago, the only language spoken was Cajun French, and the primary sources of living were fishing, rice, and cattle farming.
My grandparents were cattle and rice farmers, and my dad was a cattle farmer. Mama was a school teacher and the best cook I know. Many of her recipes and style are mentioned in my cooking. I had a Catholic upbringing and I'm thankful my parents raised me in the Christian faith.
My Louisiana home is a unique place filled with unique eats; many are made by preparing a roux first. The geographic area is attributed to the abundance of fresh seafood, allowing many different dishes to suit the Cajun palate. The people have always thrived off the land and don't waste a thing! Yeah, we pretty much eat anything.
I'm glad you're here and looking forward to adventures in cooking with you while learning more with every delicious recipe post. I invite you to have a look around and explore good food, cooking tips, and stories about living in Cajun country. Enjoy!