From the Desk of Whitney Lee... — louisiana cooking RSS



(In the key of Paul Revere) James is coming! James is coming!

(Original blog post written by Whitney Lee for Andrew Lee Design in October 2017) As much as it pains me to say it, Auburn alumni have this freakish loyalty to each other. It's like they're cajuns or something. I am caught up in this fraternity of Auburn grads, but I suppose my lot could be worse. I do not hate the fruits and friendships that have transpired because of my second-hand affiliation.  A few weeks ago, Andrew sent a text along the lines of: "James is in Auburn. Might be stopping by." That would be James Theodore Farmer, III. So after reading the text, I did what any respectable lady would do: yell at my kids and threaten them with...

Continue reading



Jambalaya Recipe

I have the jambalaya recipe that serves 35 people and is prepared in a big cast iron pot over a flame. Your literal blood, sweat and beers go into making it.  This is not that recipe. Easy Jambalaya:  1 lb. sausage 2 lb. shrimp or 1 lb. raw chicken 2 c. rice, raw 1/4 c. bell pepper, chopped 1/4 c. green onions 1 Tblsp parsley flakes (2) 10 3/4 oz cans beef broth (2) 10 3/4 oz cans french onion soup 1 tsp. Tony's  1 stick butter Garlic powder  Pour rice in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with soup, broth, butter, dry and raw seasonings. Stir. Top with meat and garlic powder to taste. Cover and bake...

Continue reading



Best Summer Recipes: Broiled Shrimp

Men in south Louisiana are often great cooks. My dad isn't one of them, but fortunately, mom's friends husband's are. This is a recipe from Mr. Jess Waguespack.  I've made this as long as I've been married. Gulf shrimp feels like a treat to most; the peel and eat way feels casual. For a more elegant approach, I peel these after they are broiled and serve over angel hair pasta.  Broiled Shrimp 6 dozen large shrimp 2 sticks butter, melted 2 cloves garlic 3 limes pulp of one lime 1/3 cup vermouth 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 8 dashes Tabasco pepper sauce 1/2 cup olive oil Arrange shrimp in one layer in a shallow pan. Mix all sauce ingredients...

Continue reading



Best Summertime Recipes: Key Lime Pie

Mom gave me this recipe when I lived in Atlanta. She said she's had this recipe since high school. I lived in Buckhead with my cousin, Carmen, for 8 weeks the summer before my senior year in college. I had an internship at a corporate Psychology firm downtown, and it was fun playing house, trying new recipes with my cousin. Carmen thought my easy recipes were delicious! This was also the summer that I made broiled shrimp and 72 hours later, she frantically rushed me to the emergency room, clearing everyone in the way of her "Whit Whit" getting the help she required. Her way of calming me was, "Whit, this is bad! Can you breathe? You look like Hitch!...

Continue reading



Best Summertime Recipes: Broccoli Salad

I should add the word "Easy" to the series title. "Best EASY Summertime Recipes". Because if it ain't easy, y'all know it's not gonna happen. Especially in the summer.  In my mind (or fantasy land), I would pick fresh tomatoes, grown from my garden, and throw together several fresh, light dishes with other organic ingredients that Reginald picked up at the local Farmer's Market. (Reginald is our Butler in fantasy land.)  I don't want to sound pretentious, but I think Reginald would wear a butler uniform of sorts.  Until I get my thoughts gathered on staff uniform style, where to find Reggie, (as we would call him when we are not in formal company), and how to even grow a...

Continue reading