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Easy Crawfish Étouffée

I cooked my first meal for Andrew a month before we got engaged. Thinking the night I cooked would be the night we were getting engaged, my nails were painted in the perfect shade of pink, "Bubble Bath".  Telling Andrew I'd cook on the Friday night, I asked my sister for her "Easy Crawfish Étoufée" recipe. I strategically left out the word "easy". If I recall, I played it off as laborious.  He was impressed. I was too. I was 25 and a real woman, cooking and all. Me and my Bubble Bath nails enjoyed the chilly November night with no warmth of a diamond on my finger. Not just yet.      1 pound crawfish tails, seasoned with little red...

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Ballpark Chili

It took me a long time to find "the one". But when I did, there was no going back  Here's the recipe for what my mom and her friends call "Ballpark Chili": 1 1/4 pounds ground beef 2 onions 1/4 bell pepper 2 cloves garlic or 1 T garlic powder 1/2 cup cooking oil 1/2 cup flour 1 1/2 - 6 1/2 oz can tomato paste 1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce 1 - 10 3/4 can Ro-Tel tomatoes 1 - 10 oz can tomatoes, diced 1 T salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 T chili powder   Mix together oil and flour and brown in a large pot, stirring constantly. Brown ground beef in roux, add all onions, bell...

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Sheer Providence

"We met at an Auburn/LSU tailgate in Baton Rouge." That's what I tell people.  It is the truth.  But like many a southern single, it was manipulated. Well, let's say orchestrated. And bless his heart, he didn't have a clue.  I was living in Charleston, SC at the time, living my best life. Andrew was finishing up at Auburn. My girlfriends in Charleston who went to Auburn did their best due diligence on Facebook to see which of their guy friends hadn't gotten engaged or married. If you know anything about Auburn University, it's this: you will get towed on campus, and if you reach 21 and don't get "A Ring by Spring", the devastation is massive.  Looking on Facebook...

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Tomato Pie

This is Mrs. Glenda's recipe for Tomato Pie. It's the best and only Tomato Pie recipe you'll need.  I love when I've found "The Recipe". I finally found "the one" for Chili. Same goes for broiled shrimp and pumpkin bread and jambalaya and a few more.  Mrs. Glenda, from Wichita Falls, Texas says "tomato pie" like a Texan, with an emphasis on the "o" in "tomato" and the long "i" in "pie". I say it like a south Louisianian, with a subtle flat accent, eliminating certain vowels and extending others: "T'mata Piae". I prefer the way she says it.  Tomato Pie 3 large tomatoes (firm) slice fairly thin and drain on paper towels. Salt 1 pie crust- bake as directed. Prick...

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Two Whitney's

"What do you do?" I answer that question depending on who's asking.  There's "Regular Whitney" who enjoys selling diamonds, estate jewelry and redesigns. Most often, I'm "Dear Southern Lady" forward.  But then there's "Sporting Whitney". Sporting Whit sells hunts to Argentina. I realize this is unexpected, and I can explain.  My husband, being a sporting and wildlife artist, frequents game fairs throughout the south. I, being a verbose side kick, like to meet new people at these game fairs.  I meet Argentine lodge owner, lodge owner needs a rep, I know bird hunters, boom: 6 years later, and we're basically family.  The outdoor industry has been a wonderful addition to our life. Having boys, my aesthetic has grown more handsome...

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