Childhood Hurricane Memories

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: August 28, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

So Katrina is about to hit Louisiana and like everyone else, I’m pretty worried. The warning only goes as far as Morgan City which is about an hour east of Lafayette. It’s on the outer most part of Cajun Country. I can’t imagine what New Orleans is going to look... more

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Cajun Roadkill

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: May 6, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

Pooh Yie! I been to Holly Beach! Last week, I went to Louisiana to get as much video as possible of Cajun traditions and of my grandma and great aunt (taunt) telling stories. I came back with about 6 hours of video but I still have to encode it. Still,... more

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An Open Letter to Sonic Drive-In

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: May 5, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

A Cajun friend and I were talking about how much we dislike being known for cooking “blackened” food even though neither of us have ever made it or even eaten it. After  our conversation, I was prompted to write to Sonic Drive-In which just introduced a new “Cajun” burger. The... more

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A Gift from Maw-Maw

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: April 5, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

My mom, the Maw-Maw of, got really creative and decided to frame my niece and nephew’s favorite recipes and give it to them as a Christmas gift. (Ain’t that so Cajun.. getting gifts that revolve around food? 😉 This is what my nephew’s recipe looked like:   Click for... more

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Census Repost

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: April 2, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

I finally got ahold of a super nice lady at the ethnic department of the Census bureau. My last post was so inaccurate that I removed it. To summarize, I’ll just post a letter I wrote to the US Representative of my hometown (Kaplan, LA), Mickey Frith. Mr, Mickey, You may... more

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Crawfish Boils

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: March 31, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

One of the most popular pastimes in Sothern Louisiana is having a big ol’ crawfish boil. I think that was one of my favorite things to do growing up, other than playing Nintendo. My mom was the tax lady of the town and sometimes her customers would come bearing gifts... more

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The Cajuns: Americanization of a People

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: March 30, 2005 | Category : Cajun Country Blog

I’ve been reading the book, The Cajuns: Americanization of a People, by Shane Bernard and I highly recommend it. I think that this book is one of the main reasons I exhausted all of my vacation time today by booking a flight to Lafayette (Woohoo!)   I’m going to go back... more

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A Cajun Wedding: The Traditions

By: Chrissy LeMaire | On: February 6, 2005 | Category : Articles

Note: newer traditions have been displayed in italics. A popular south Louisiana witticism holds that there are three ways one can become a Cajun: “by blood, by marriage, and by the back door”. Since marriage is a common option of becoming a Cajun, many wonder how a typical Cajun would describe... more

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