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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