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Singing “Put a little love in your…Pot”

1 Sep

I always get joy out of highlighting people that are doing great things in their community.  Last week I went to New Orleans, Louisiana to do a rebuilding project with the Missions Ministry of my church.  We had the honors of staying in a very humbling camp site called “Camp Restore”.  Aside from this being one of the best things that I have ever experienced, I was able to eat some GOOD down home New Orleans cooking.  Throughout the week, just to name a few, we had things like Creole Red Beans and Rice, New Orleans style Barbeque Chicken, Baked Chicken, Salisbury Steak with Green Peppers and Onions, Chicken Pasta, Collard Greens, Dirty Rice, Grilled Pork Chops, Andouille Sausage, Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce, Stewed Apples with Cinnamon and Nutmeg, and the highlight of the week was Ms. Lorraine’s “Crawfish Monica”.  Mmm Mmm Mmm… I cannot begin to explain to you how amazing it was!!! (I used the exclamation to stress it. LOL)

Ms. Lorraine & Mr. Charles Breaud

I was honored to meet the Couple behind the amazing cooking.  Ms. Lorraine and Mr. Charles Breaud, whom after 43 years of marriage are still enjoying sharing the kitchen at work and at home. Here is a peek into our conversation…

What made you decide to become a professional cook?

Just watching people enjoy themselves eating different foods and dishes.

Who were you inspired or mentored by?

My grandmother who had a restaurant and my mother who cooked for 9 children every day.

How long have you been doing this and what motivates you?

I have been cooking ever since I was12 years of age. People telling me how great the food tasted [motivated me].

How were you able to manage your home/family life and your job being that the culinary business is so demanding?

By putting God and my family first, things just fall in proper order, having good people helping me.

How has it been working so closely with your husband for all of these years?

It has been a ladder, but we enjoy each other’s company and putting things together.

 How did you get involved in working with Camp Restore?

My sister Brenda Johnson was the head cook. I had retired and she called one day and asked if I would come and work with her, and I said yes.

What is your average work day like?

Busy but I enjoy it.

 What would you say defines New Orleans cooking?

The layer of different seasonings. The love people put in preparing the food.

 I have found that there is a lot of history behind many of the dishes that you cooked for us.  How does that play a role in your cooking?

The history came from my grandmother and mother that is how I learned to cook.

 A lot of people suffered great loss post Hurricane Katrina, did cooking bring you comfort through the process of putting the pieces back together?

I was the only one in my family that didn’t lose everything, so my family came to my house and I would cook for them. There is nothing that can replace family. Material things come and go.

What is your funniest kitchen incident?

I had a full pan of rice and trying not to drop it, I did a split and didn’t waste a drop.

 What is your most successful recipe?

Ms. Lorraine’s “Crawfish Monica”.

 What ingredients should every home have in the cupboard or refrigerator?

Salt, pepper, garlic, and good taste buds.

 Would you like to leave us with a recipe?

Yes, smile and love yourself, family, and all others.

 

LOL in true chef style Ms. Lorraine did not leave us with any food recipes, but a true life recipe.  Thank you so much for taking the time to share your life and love of cooking with us.

God Bless

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

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14 Responses to “Singing “Put a little love in your…Pot””

  1. Shamin Gooding September 1, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    That’s crazy, I couldn’t do a split to save my life, let alone hold food in my hand at the same time. That rice would’ve been everywhere

    • Hershey September 1, 2011 at 1:55 am #

      LOL that is so funny! I think I could see that happening.

  2. Nay September 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    That was a good piece, Shirake! You should open a FB page & post this piece! You would get a lot more reads, comments & feedback…GOOD JOB!

  3. Hershey September 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Welcome Nay!!! Thank you so much! We do have a facebook fan page, it is SimplyStudded. Check us out.

    • "CARLITO" September 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      Hey my sisters. I don’t normally socialize on the internet but as I gained you two as Sisters-in-Christ, I couldnt help but to chip in. I couldn’t eat the “Crawfish Monica” due to allergies but I heard the camp buzzing over how delicious it was. Ms Lorraine had a southern hospitality that was so contagious! A real sweetheart of a woman. Good job “Ms Hershey”

      • simplystudded September 2, 2011 at 12:26 am #

        Thank you Carlito for taking time to check out our post… Please continue to drop it in from time to time.

      • Hershey September 2, 2011 at 6:21 am #

        Welcome Carlito!!! I am so happy that you decided to stop by. Yes I agree Ms. Lorraine is amazing!

  4. Romi September 2, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Hi Shirake! I’ve been missing New Orleans since I boarded the plane so I especially enjoyed the article! Great job! It really put a smile on my face. The funniest kitchen incident…hilarious!!! And the recipe… we need this in our diet everyday! Looking forward to the next blog!

    • simplystudded September 2, 2011 at 12:50 am #

      Thank you Romi…. Hershey gave our readers a little piece of New Orleans in a major way….

    • Hershey September 2, 2011 at 6:23 am #

      Romi I am so happy that you are here!!!! Girl I miss it too. Honestly it has been kind of hard adjusting to being in a room all by myself. LOL I really miss you guys. We had a blast in New Orleans! Please continue to stop by and give us a word. Much Love!

  5. kathy September 2, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Hershey, what a great interview with Lorraine. Thanks for all the hard work you did its hard to bring our community back. I am thrilled to have finally found your blog.

    • Hershey September 2, 2011 at 6:30 am #

      Welcome Kathy!!! I am thrilled that you are here. Thank you so much for the hospitality that you showed our group. Camp Restore is doing something amazing. God is truly using you to RESTORE your city back to it’s Glory. I am so happy that He found us worthy of such pleasure. You were also a blessing to us. I really appreciated that you would take the time out and give us a little history about each meal that we ate. I got a lot out of that. Honestly that was my favorite part of every meal that you partook in. Once again thank you for having us, and thank you for stopping by the blog. I hope to see your comments in the future as well. God Bless

  6. The Shower Singer September 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    LUV LUV LUV this! You captured Ms. Lorraine’s heart and spirit in this interview! She was warm, loving, and she helped make our stay that much greater:-) Her cooking and love was food for our stomach and soul! A lot like my singing…couldn’t resist lol! Missing you guys so much…

    Keep up the great work

    • Hershey September 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      Welcome Shelly!!! I am so happy that you enjoyed our interview. I REALLY miss you, but I REALLY don’t miss your singing. LOL

      Please be sue to keep on checking in. Much Love!

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